Head Start Director

Under the direct supervision of the Parent Policy Committee Members and works closely with the Tribal Administrator.


Head Start

Pay Grade:




Job Description:

Under the direct supervision of the Parent Policy
Committee Members and works closely with the Tribal
Administrator. Incumbent is responsible for providing
overall vision, leadership and day to day operations in the
planning, implementation, and evaluation of all component
aspects of Head Start. Responsible for the supervision of
the HS Staff.


• Mandatory reporter of all suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect.
• Must have the ability to research, write and work with the pueblo’s grant writer for additional funding that can help
sub stain the heads start program.
• Responsible for providing assistance in accordance with the tribe’s Emergency Operations Plan or their level of
training (CPR and/or First Aid).
• Responsible for enforcement of a Drug-Free Work Place & policy.
• Actively encourages and embraces diversity throughout the program, agency and community.
• Responsible for obtaining an annual physical and TB screening
• Shares information and knowledge with appropriate staff members regarding program activities and services,
including information from funding sources to parents, staff and board members through memorandums, staff
meetings, individual conferences, etc.
• Responsible for the written preparation, approval and submission of the Head Start grant inclusive of collection and
analysis of data for program assessment, evaluation and improvement.
• Responsible for reading and understanding the program deliverables and goals established in the Head Start grant,
Head Start Act and Performance Standards.
• Responsible for formulating, coordinating, and implementing the Head Start program inclusive of long-range goals
and short-term objectives, action plans, monitoring reports, and policies and procedures.
• Use program data, and results of the annual program self-assessment, wage comparability study, and community
needs assessment to determine program direction.
• Establish program monitoring procedures to ensure compliance and efficient program operations.
• Interpret all government regulations, transmittal notices, and memoranda pertaining to the Head Start program, and
initiate as appropriate.
• Identify new program development areas and develop proposals to secure funding.
• Prepare and submit reports necessary for the continued funding of the program as required by Office of Head Start.
• Keeps apprised of developments and trends in the program’s operation and be attentive to the changing
or growing needs of the community to ensure compliance with federal guidelines and Community Care Licensing
• Maintains and ensures that staff and volunteers maintain the confidentiality of staff, parent, child, client, community,
and agency information included in files, conversations, meetings, correspondence, or any other source.
• Models professionalism for parents, children, clients, community, co-workers, and volunteers.
• Prepares and actively participates in staff meetings and committees.
• Promotes a team environment and teamwork.
• Provides leadership in the interpretation, application and dissemination of state and federal laws and regulations
• Serve as an advocate for the Head Start program, establish partnerships with tribal programs to address child, family
and community concerns and develop plans for utilization of community resources.
• Foster shared decision making with Policy Council and work closely with that group to ensure organization, training
and effective operations.
• Attend monthly Policy Council meetings, Tribal Council meetings when requested and other meetings as required.
• Responsible for Developing and or revising the internal personnel policies specific to Head Start requirements in
conjunction with the Human Resources Department and Policy Council.
• Guide and assist in the hiring process for all Head Start staff, and in their assignment and orientation to the program
and their duties.
• Relative authority to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local laws as well as the Agency’s Policies and
• Relative authority to maintain compliance with program standards and the requirements of funding guidelines.
• Maintains close communication with the PPE Committee to recommend a course of action and to receive directives
on priorities.
• Oversee the monitoring of services provided and insure compliance of services with Office of Head Start
• Administer and provide professional assistance to program staff in planning, reviewing, and implementing the goals
outlined in the Head Start grant.
• Represent the Pueblo of San Felipe in meetings with governmental agencies and professional organizations, on
national and state councils, and on regional consortiums and national boards.
• Prepare monthly monitoring reports, Annual Report, and annual Tribal Transition Summary Overviews that establish
fiscal and programmatic direction and continuity.
• Promote, establish and implement positive working relationships with children, families and co-workers.
• Oversee Head Start’s School Readiness Plan.


• Master’s Degree preferred, Bachelor’s Degree (required) in Early Childhood Education, or a Bachelor’s Degree in
Education, Social Work, or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning including 12 credit hours
of coursework related to early childhood education and child development.
• Minimum of five (5) years management/administrative experience in an Early Childhood Education Program or
related field.
• Minimum of five (5) years supervision experience.
• Minimum 2 years’ experience in financial management, grant-writing and resource development.
• Grant writing experience.
• Significant experience in administration, including knowledge of State licensing requirements and Head Start
Performance Standards. Strong knowledge of best practices and systems in the field of early childhood.
• Experience in design and delivery of training.
• Strong computer skills, including internet and e-mail, excel and the ability to learn new systems as needed
• Must possess a valid driver’s license.
• Prefer a food handler’s certificate or ability to obtain within a specific period of time.
• Prefer a CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain both within a specific time frame with upkeep of
• Must pass a thorough background check, Sex offender check, driver’s license check.
• Must pass a drug and alcohol test.
• Head Start Experience Preferred
• San Felipe Preference and Veteran’s Preference preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Must have strong written good communication skills with staff and parents. Good knowledge in computer skills,
business, budgeting and knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards preferable.
• Sustained concentration and ability to handle multiple tasks often simultaneously.
• Significant diagnostic and problem solving skills.
• Ability to direct and assess the performance of program supervisors and consultants.
• Ability to handle highly stressful and sensitive situations in a professional manner.
• Ability to interpret and implement complex policies and regulations.
• Ability to work independently and maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
• Ability to exercise tact and discretion in all employee interactions.
• Frequent sitting for long periods using computer keyboard, telephone and other office machines.
• Strong organization and time management skills, ability to meet tight deadlines.
• Ability to plan and implement activities and procedures designed to ensure the completion of established goals and
objectives. Identify program needs and alternatives; implement modifications and improvements as needed.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individual groups, including
parents, school district representatives, policy boards, community agencies and staff.
• Knowledge of principles, practices, methods, and techniques applicable to preschool education.
• Knowledge of effective management and administrative techniques regarding planning, budgeting, program
implementation and modification, program assessment and evaluation procedures, purchasing and contract

Apply Now