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Head Start Education Leader

Childcare Resources
Birmingham, AL 35209
From $40,000 a year - Full-time


Birmingham, AL 35209

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Position Title: Head Start Education Leader

Reports To: Master Education Leader

Classification: Salaried / Exempt

Position Summary:

The Educational Leader is responsible for serving as the educational lead for one or more centers in the Head Start program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure full implementation of all aspects of the Head Start program’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools, with the goal of supporting all children to achieve School Readiness Goals.
  • Supervise all teaching staff (teachers, assistant teachers, floaters, substitutes and extended day.)
  • Provide ongoing coaching to teaching staff to support them in successfully fulfilling all aspects of their role, including but not limited to effective practices in the following:
  • CLASS™ Teacher-Child Interactions
  • Learning Environments
  • Curriculum
  • Child Assessment
  • Meeting All Children’s Needs
  • Working with Families
  • Professional Growth and Collaboration
  • Work with teachers to implement program curriculum with fidelity
  • Work with teachers to implement child assessment systems reliably, including understanding child outcomes data and using them to plan and individualize
  • Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required
  • Maintain confidentiality in regard to staff and family information
  • Be present at work in order to provide consistency of services
  • Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner
  • Demonstrate commitment to mission, values, and policies in the performance of daily duties
  • Follow agency procedures to assure reporting of suspected child abuse and/or neglect
  • Follow agency procedures in reporting any suspected licensing deficiencies observed at child care programs
  • React productively to change and handle all other work-related responsibilities as assigned

The Educational Leader is primarily responsible for achieving the following outcomes for the Head Start/Early Start program:


  • Serve as education lead for the center, overseeing implementation of all aspects of education services and providing teachers with supervision, training, coaching, and monitoring.
  • Support the effective implementation of the education content area, implementing all relevant policies and procedures.
  • Oversee training of new hires (in conjunction with education & HR leads); develop, conduct or arrange other training as needed for staff, parents or volunteers.
  • Work with teachers to implement a program curriculum that incorporates all elements and meets all standards established by the Head Start program (in compliance with Head Start standards and best practices).
  • Oversee and approve the preparation of weekly lesson plans, including individualization and all other required elements.
  • Ensure that teachers integrate goals from Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children with disabilities (in consultation with Mental Health/Disabilities).
  • Ensure the completion of all required child screenings and assessments, including 45 and 90-day requirements for new children and quarterly progress assessments for all children.
  • Ensure that classrooms, gym, and outdoor areas are supplied with developmentally appropriate materials.
  • Participate in team meetings, home visits, and community events as needed.
  • Support teachers in understanding child outcomes data and using it to improve practice.
  • Provide teachers with coaching and support for quality improvement and professional growth through regular observation and formal and informal feedback.


  • Supervise or coordinate with the family engagement team to ensure full implementation of family engagement and parent involvement (in consultation with the Director of Family Service/family engagement Coordinator).
  • Model strong, positive relationships with families.
  • Support Family Advocates to implement all aspects of the family engagement program, including planning monthly Parent Committee meetings.
  • Ensure parents are integrally involved in developing the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education through regular meetings with Policy Council members and others.
  • Assist teaching staff in developing a system offering parents opportunities for enhancing and increasing their child observation skills.
  • Coordinate training for parents and community members wanting to volunteer in the classroom.


  • Directly supervise center staff, ensure completion of all human resources activities, and ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Meet at least once per month with the people you supervise to monitor, provide ongoing verbal and written feedback consistent with their individual development plans for performance improvement, ensure adherence to Head Start performance standards, and to plan and direct work.
  • Plan and adjust work operations to meet changing or emergent program requirements within available resources.
  • Submit annual performance evaluations in a timely manner.
  • Work with teachers to develop and support their individual development plan, including training plans for each teacher to obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Individual development plans filed in the personnel folder and a training log.
  • Understand the personnel policies and procedures, and ensure that the people you supervise are aware of these and any changes to them that occur.
  • Assign and review the work of the people you supervise. Instruct, train and work effectively with the people you supervise from a variety of backgrounds and with differing levels/areas of training. Model best practices within the service area.
  • Devise work methods and procedures that support improvements in existing work practices; supporting the people you supervise in developing and setting goals, priorities, and timelines.
  • For open positions, comply with the program employee recruitment and selection procedures to ensure consistency and compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), legal hiring practices and internal policies and procedures.
  • Take required disciplinary action, in an objective and fair manner, following Program Policies and Procedures and EEO requirements. This includes requirements involving the Head Start Policy Council in employee hiring and termination as outlined in Performance Standards 45 CFR 1304, Appendix A.
  • Make appropriate personnel decisions not requiring higher approval as-needed and submit others as a recommendation to the supervisor.


  • Lead regular team meetings to ensure effective communication and service coordination.
  • Ensure families receive the monthly newsletter.
  • Attend local, state and regional initiatives to represent the center and to develop professionally.
  • Ensure children’s individual health, nutrition, disabilities or mental health needs are met, through the implementation of the Head Start program’s referral system, coordination with appropriate coordinators/specialists, and participation in case conferences as necessary.
  • Develop a working knowledge of local community resources related to education and transition.
  • Actively participate in Head Start/Early Head Start community, including staff meetings, mandated training, committee meetings, and other program-wide functions as needed, including some evening activities.


  • Ensure complete and accurate implementation of all Head Start program required systems for recordkeeping and reporting, including:
  • Individual child/family files
  • Master binders
  • Education portfolios or other documentation of early childhood education services
  • In-kind contributions from parents or community members
  • Purchasing and tracking of supplies and equipment
  • Employee timekeeping
  • Employee paid time off
  • Attendance and payments (as appropriate) for Full/Extended Day
  • Child, family & program information in the data system
  • Child observations, assessment & planning information in


  • Review weekly MBI (managing by information) reports and ensure all concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.
  • Review quarterly MBO (managing by outcomes) reports and ensure all concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.
  • Review quarterly and annual child outcomes data and oversee teacher planning to help all children make developmental gains.
  • Participate in annual program self-assessment
  • Implement all monitoring systems required by Head Start program, Head Start, child care licensing CACFP or other agencies, including:
  • Daily visual check of indoor & outdoor safety
  • Monthly or quarterly completion of health & safety monitoring tool


  • Serve on the leadership team of the Head Start program affiliate program, attending regular meetings and occasional retreats
  • Participate in annual and quarterly planning to set, plan for, and monitor program goals
  • Contribute to annual review and revision of the program’s integrated service plan
  • Lead for the good of the entire organization, understand the big picture and use it as a framework to make decisions
  • Make decisions that support program quality and maintain program accountability
  • Establish a focus for the education service area and act to align area’s goals with the strategic direction and needs of the center; ensure that employees in the area understand how their work relates to the center as a whole and the relevant regulations and performance standards
  • Improve quality and effectiveness of education service area and overall organization by initiating, sponsoring and implementing organizational change and by helping others to successfully manage organizational change
  • Promote the consistent exchange of information and a cooperative environment within the leadership of the center
  • Attend parent committees, Policy Council and board of director meetings as needed or requested
  • Ensure teachers and volunteers understand regulations associated with the prevention of occupational disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions.
  • Recognize that your job description is service area specific but not limited to: confidentiality, child abuse reporting, attendance and dependability, appropriate dress, customer service and support to all families, prudent use of program resources, and promoting and maintaining safe work environment.
  • Uphold the shared mission and values of the Head Start program.


  • Serve as operational lead for the center, ensuring compliance with all program policies/procedures and Head Start/Early Head Start, licensing or other regulations
  • Ensures that facilities, materials, and equipment are safe, appropriate, and conducive to learning and reflective of the different ages and stages of development of each child, including children with disabilities.
  • Ensures Center-based environments are free of toxins, such as smoke, lead, pesticides, and herbicides.
  • Ensures arrangements and space, as well as types and use of materials and equipment, match grantees identified curriculum.
  • Ensures the facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Conduct and/or supervise monthly safety checks of all facilities.
  • Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.


  • Supervises assigned department personnel. Includes the following responsibilities, but are not limited to: hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating, and ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and the completion of all work performed by direct reports.
  • Educates direct reports on all department and agency policies and procedures.
  • Meets with assigned staff at least monthly to identify and resolve problems, manage projects, track goals, and review work processes and procedures.
  • Represents team and/or department at meetings, events, and training as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education OR Bachelor’s degree in related field with at least six (6) courses in early childhood education and experience teaching preschool-aged children OR state awarded preschool teaching certification with experience teaching preschool-aged children; Master’s degree preferred
  • Previous experience teaching in an early childhood setting; experience with supervision, management or coaching preferred
  • Experience managing an infant/toddler or preschool program
  • Obtain certification in CPR and First Aid.
  • Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.
  • Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Knowledge with the inclusion of children with disabilities preferred
  • Knowledge of infant/toddler health and safety licensing requirements (if applicable)
  • Knowledge in Fiscal management/budget preparations (if applicable)
  • Skills in collaboration and community partnerships (if applicable)
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation
  • Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically.
  • Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers – typing and/or writing.
  • Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading).
  • Ability to receive and respond to oral communication.
  • Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Work Environment:

  • Work is generally performed in an office environment.
  • Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: business office with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, human voices).
  • Standard office equipment generally used includes:
  • Telephone
  • Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
  • Printer/Photocopy Machine
  • Calculator
  • Fax Machine
  • May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties.

The statements contained above reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skills required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please be advised that this document should not be construed, in any manner, as a contract of employment. All employees of Childcare Resources are employees “at-will”. I have read and understand the responsibilities and requirements of this position.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $40,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Work setting:

  • Office
  • School


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • CPR Certification (Preferred)

Work Location: Multiple locations