Hillsborough County, FL - Tampa, FL

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Performs professional and managerial duties directing and evaluating the activities of assigned Head Start/Early Head Start Center staff to ensure programs comply with federal performance standards.


Note : The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.

Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates activities of Head State/Early Head Start Centers to ensure compliance with program, statutory, and regulatory requirements.
Oversees educational curricula to include classroom management, child outcomes and record keeping.
Trains staff and parents in accordance with Head Start performance standards, developmentally appropriate practices, pedestrian safety, and licensing requirements, including Child Development Associate (CDA) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards for preschool age children or infants and toddlers.
Oversees facilities maintenance and transportation activities at assigned centers.
Coordinates activities between Head Start service areas as well as with outside agencies.
Maintains records and prepares and submits required reports.
Supervises the work of professional and other center staff by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling and evaluating performance to ensure work activities are properly carried out.
Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
Performs other related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.
Considerable knowledge of adult supervision and counseling practices.
Considerable knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to early childhood development.
Considerable knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to early childhood development.
Considerable knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards relating to educating children.
Considerable knowledge of Head Start/Early Head Start program accreditation requirements.
Skill in making presentations to groups.
Skill in verbal communication with pre-school age children and adults.
Ability to coordinate and select appropriate activities for young children and their parents both in the home and in the classroom.
Ability to develop a training plan and train adults.
Abililty to resolve conflicts between pre-school age children and staff.
Ability to plan, organize and conduct early childhood education programs.
Ability to oversee the work of subordinate staff.
Ability to assume a seated position on the floor, or a bent or kneeled position for extended periods of time.
Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.
Ability to handle confidential information.
Ability to use a computer and related software.
Ability to follow established rules and procedures.
Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.
Ability to implement safety procedures.
Ability to work effectively with others.
Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.
Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.
Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.

Bachelor's or higher degree in Early Childhood Education or in a related field with 18 credit hours in early childhood courses; and

Two years of experience in Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children's education program; one year of which must have been in a supervisory or team leader capacity.


A Certification of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Pre-Schoolders or Infant/Toddlers Course; and

Proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility rules and Regulations; and

A Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Special Needs Course; and

A background investigation and fingerprint identification prior to hiring; and

A State of Florida Child Care and Education Program Director Credential, within the probationary period.


A National Credential as a Child Development Associate for Infant/Toddlers (CDA) within one year of employment; and

Certification in First Aid and CPR within the probationary period; and

Possession of a valid driver license.


OPEN AND CLOSED RECRUITMENTS : We are running concurrent Closed (Internal) and Open recruitments. Internal candidates on a closed eligibility list must be considered first, prior to a selection being made from the open eligibility list. To be considered for the same classification under Open recruitment, internal candidates must also apply under the open recruitment process.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE : Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE : The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

NOTE : Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.

NOTE : Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County. They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.

EXAMINATION : Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their training and experience.