Head Start Director

Ohkay Owingeh
Posted 1 year ago

Job Features

Position TitleHead Start Director
DepartmentHead Start
Period to Apply07/27/2021-Open Until Filled
SupervisorExecutive Director of Education
Pay RateD.O.E.
Position StatusRegular Full-Time
FLSA StatusExempt
LocationHead Start

Job Description


Under general supervision of the Executive Director of Education, responsible for managing the Head Start Program for Ohkay Owingeh. Develops, plans, ensures implementation of budgets, provides for equipment, supplies, schedules, staffing and transportation arrangements. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director of Education.
Supervision of Head Start Staff.


• Writes, coordinates and implements the Head Start work plan.
• Provides for a comprehensive program including improvement of health, nutrition and physical abilities of children.
• Supervises, coordinates and evaluates activities of Head Start Program in conjunction with parents and staff.
• Improves staff effectiveness by; coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; and planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.
• Determines goals for the Head Start Program in conjunction with program guidelines.
• Establishes short- and long-range operating plans.
• Assures that Head Start complies with Tribal/Federal/State regulations and operates within program guidelines, meets educational needs of the children in the program, and successfully involves parents.
• Provides training and information about Head Start.
• Prepares the Federal application annually on time, to ensure program continuation.
• Writes grant applications and contract applications for the continued funding of the Head Start Program.
• Oversees all operating budgets of the Head Start.
• Prepares and submits quarterly reports, and all other reports required.
• Achieves financial objectives by preparing the annual budget, inclusive of operational plans and objectives, and recommends staffing and expenditures; monitors program expenditures; institutes budget revisions as appropriate; and reviews purchase orders, request for payment, and in-kind contributions.
• Observes Teachers while teaching, and provides guidance, recommendations, and feedback.
• Hosts regular staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding program-related activities.
• Develops, implements, and participates in staff development and training programs.
• Plans yearly calendar.
• Coordinates and assists in conducting and planning workshops for center staff and parents.
• Follows and ensures compliance to Head Start Child Abuse and Neglect Policy and Confidentiality Policy.
• Networks with local, state, and national organizations in the interest of low-income and Native American families.
• Oversees any consultants hired by the Head Start Program.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by; conducting research; attending seminars; educational workshops; classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; and conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
• Increases management’s effectiveness by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining managers; communicating values, strategies, and objectives; assigning accountabilities; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; developing a climate for offering information and opinions; integrating functional objectives; providing and participating in educational opportunities.
• Attends meetings and functions as required.
• Performs other duties as required.
• Knowledge of traditional form of government and pueblo customs and traditions.
• Knowledge of the functions and structure of Ohkay Owingeh.
• Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
• Knowledge of records management procedures.
• Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of preschool curriculum development, and of Head Start management and programming.
• Knowledge of administrative and project management.
• Knowledge of early childhood learning methods.
• Knowledge of the development, preparation and control of budgets.
• Knowledge of managerial and statistical analysis techniques and reporting procedures.
• Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
• Ability to communicate effectively in the English both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
• Ability to work effectively with individuals and demonstrate leadership and team-building skills with empathy and enthusiasm.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to analyze situations and adopt appropriate courses of action.
• Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
• Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draws valid conclusions.
• Ability to identify and secure alternative funding or revenue sources.
• Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact, fairness, lack of prejudice, and desire to help when dealing with people.
• Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
• Ability to prepare accurate, complete, and legible reports and create and present detailed, accurate, objective, and effective speeches and presentations.
• Ability to interpret applicable Federal, State, County, and Local Laws, regulations requirements, ordinances, and legislation.
• Ability to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of all children including at-risk, special needs, gifted, and culturally diverse populations.
• Ability to respond to emergency or crisis situations.
• Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything, and continually seek improvement in results.
• Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
• Skill in training staff and parents in child development needs.
• Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.
• Skill in classroom management.
• Skill in preparing reports and correspondence.
• Skill in preparation of project time lines and staffing plans.
• Skill in budget preparation and administration.
• Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
• Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
• Must satisfy health requirements as defined by the federal program standards.
• Certified in First Aid and CPR.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Administration, Human Services, or related field plus five years’ experience in Head Start Program management or related field.
• Must be willing to sign a confidentiality statement upon hire.
• Must be familiar with community resources that assist youth and families in the communities we service.
• Must be culturally sensitive and be able to work effectively with individuals from different ethnic backgrounds.
• Must be physically able to perform job duties.
• Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
• Strong clerical and computer/database skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook.
• Current valid New Mexico’s Driver’s License with no DWI’s.
• Must be insurable through the Pueblos insurance Carrier.
• No felony convictions or gross misdemeanors within the past ten years.
• Must successfully be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.


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