Head Start Education & Inclusion Manager

The Family Conservancy Kansas City , KS 66101

Posted 2 months ago

Summary of Position

Works in cooperation with all other content areas within the Head Start program to oversee and coordinate all activities pertaining to the Education and Inclusion content areas. This includes, but is not limited to, researching, developing, data analysis, planning, organizing and implementing training opportunities.

Provides training and technical assistance to partner programs to ensure completion of all child outcomes information to evidence completion of school readiness goals. Provides guidance and direction for the comprehensive integration of services, training, and compliance in alignment with five-year program goals and objectives. Oversees the inclusion process from identification, to referral, to ensure the successful completion and child service attainment with LEA/Infant/Toddler Services/community agencies. Provides direction for the Head Start program and its partners to evidence compliance with Head Start regulations, state licensing requirements, and other federal guidelines to ensure the school readiness of all children.

Essential Job Results

Creates effective working relationships among staff, assuring open communication by supervising, training, coaching and consulting assigned program staff.

Provides leadership and supervision in accordance with agency policies and applicable laws including interviewing, hiring and training employees, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance quarterly, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems in an effective manner.

Contributes to the success of the Education and Inclusion programs by developing and maintaining formal and informal relationships with community resource agencies, early education professionals, government agencies, business and schools, and other Head Start staff.

Coordinates and collaborates with Head Start and other staff in the implementation of service policies, procedures, and Head Start Program Performance Standards which affect the Educational and Inclusion needs of participants.

Utilizes all identified data bases to enter and evidence completion of program and grant school readiness goals and objectives for Education and Inclusion services.

Provides individualized coaching, training and technical assistance, and program-wide support to partner staff to foster client centered family engagement and coordination of services in all aspects of Education and Inclusion services.

Develops training materials regarding school readiness, developmentally appropriate practices, stages of child development, inclusion strategies, parenting education, and behavioral risk reduction program activities for parents and education staff members.

Ensures compliance with Head Start regulations through the development and implementation of the Education and Inclusion policies and procedures. Collaborates with other Head Start staff to ensure continuity of services in collaboration with other content areas.

Oversees recordkeeping and reporting systems within the Education and Inclusion areas. This includes ensuring timely data entry of all classroom, child, and family related data within ChildPlus, COR Advantage, and other systems used to evidence compliance with federal and state regulations. This position is required to make data driven decisions for continuous program improvement.

Collaborates with the Quality Assurance Coordinator to review and track professional development plans of all education staff members to ensure compliance with state and federal training hour requirements.

Collaborates with the Health Coordinator to ensure compliance with safe environments, including alerting the Head Start Director to staff identified health and safety concerns as noted during site visits or ongoing classroom observations.

Ensures compliance with federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by supporting children with differing abilities. This includes educating parents on their role within the process, assisting with transitions within and out of the program, and integration of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) & Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for children with differing abilities in a multidisciplinary setting.

Provides trainings and educational materials as outlined in federal regulations, as well as any topics identified by partner sites and parents to increase their knowledge base in the areas of child development, curriculum implementation, developmental red flags, interventions and strategies, and IDEA law. These trainings will be provided as requested and may occur at staff meetings, parent meetings, and other meetings as appropriate.

Collaborates with the ERSEA/FCE/PG team to actively recruit and serve children with differing abilities. This includes participation in community-wide events and committees to foster two-way relationship building and resource development to meet the needs of those we serve.

Oversees and ensures high quality curriculum instruction and fidelity with High Scope requirements by scheduling classroom observations, ongoing monitoring and review of lesson plans, and completion of Program Quality Assessments. Utilizes monitoring results to inform ongoing coaching and training and technical assistance needs throughout the Head Start program.

Ensures completion of all child developmental screens in accordance to Head Start 45-day requirements. Verifies completion, timely follow up to share results with parents, re-screens as needed. Responsible for reporting screening results during regular intervals as defined by the Head Start Director.

Ensures resources are available for partner staff to complete parent and teacher conferences, home visits, and transition plans. Assesses resources (handouts, brochures, and forms) annually and reevaluates effectiveness, if necessary.

Compiles, analyzes, and reports child assessment data at minimum three times per year. Utilizes the data to drive decisions regarding professional development, curriculum instruction, and enrich learning environments to meet program school readiness goals.

Participates and assists in planning the annual self-assessment. Collaborates with the Head Start management team during the development of program improvement plans, strategies, and school readiness goals to meet outcomes and objectives.

Oversees the coordination of one-on-one behavioral support to children in Head Start. Works with interdisciplinary teams to ensure the development and implementation of individualized intervention plans for children to support all educational, social/emotional development and mental health concerns.

Orchestrates the inclusion referral system throughout the Head Start program. This includes overseeing the referral process from the partner site, to Infant/Toddler Services and/or with the Local Education Agency (LEA). Ensures the coordination of additional developmental screenings as needed.

Oversees coordination and consultation with families and staff to develop strategies to address childs needs and makes referrals to LEA or Infant/Toddler services. If the child does not qualify for services, ensures referrals are made to community providers to seek alternative services.

Attends professional development opportunities to ensure compliance and relevance within the early education field. Shares newfound knowledge with the Head Start team, partner staff, and other relevant stakeholders.

Assists the Head Start Director in planning and achieving financial objectives for the Education and Inclusion content areas; by preparation, analysis, and initiation of corrective actions of assigned programs/services as needed.

Mission

Carries out The Family Conservancy's Mission: Helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success.

Supports The Family Conservancy's Strategic Plan and ensures accountability through successful implementation of assigned objectives where applicable.

As part of our Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process, attends assigned meetings and contributes in a meaningful way.

Immediately reports safety concerns and potential hazards identified to the direct supervisor.

Maintains professional standards and technical knowledge through 15 clock hours of annual attendance at educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and informs staff and colleagues of the results of these activities.

Effectively utilize agency technology to accomplish tasks (Microsoft Office Suite; Google Mail, Calendar & Drive; program specific software; printers/scanners/fax/phone).

Maintains confidentiality of all agency information, consumer nonpublic personal information (NPI) and personal health information (PHI), as well as records directly or indirectly identifying any person currently or formerly receiving services from The Family Conservancy.

Attends diversity training yearly. Application of knowledge will demonstrate awareness of the wide spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, and personal lifestyles/cultures found within the service populations. Employees are expected to apply knowledge gained from diversity training and to act in a sensitive, nondiscriminatory, professional manner.

Accepts and uses supervision, direction, and consultation to maximize available resources in the completion of work duties.

Additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed to maintain and improve effective functioning of the department and to advance the mission of the organization.

All job responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of agency policies and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work or closely related field required.

Three years' prior relevant working experience and expertise in serving young children and their families required.

Three years of prior supervisory experience within an early education, social service, or human service field.

Written and verbal communication skills required to interact with health professionals, vendors, and agencies in a professional manner, developing rapport and enhancing business relationships required.

Working knowledge of community resources required.

Individual must:

Possess ability to work with partner staff and families in a supportive manner throughout the assessment and referral processes.

Effectively utilize agency technology to accomplish tasks (Microsoft Office Suite; Google Mail, Calendar & Drive; program specific software; printers/scanners/fax/phone).

Demonstrate ability to utilize identified databases for data entry.

Provide compliance monitoring in a proactive and supportive manner.

Possess excellent oral and written communications skills. Demonstrate teaching/training skills.

Develop rapport with consumers including children and their parents.

Collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model and team player.

Present information to groups and individuals through verbal and written formats.

Speak, read, write, and understand English to communicate with community members, consumers, co-workers, and others.

Travel to all parts of the facility, Head Start and other locations and throughout the community.

Maintain successful clearance on Criminal, Sex Offender, Medical, and Missouri and Kansas Child Abuse/Neglect Background Screenings.

As a visitor in a child care setting, must maintain good physical health verified by physician and must be free from tuberculosis, as documented by TB test.

Possess ability to work with families in a supportive manner throughout the assessment and referral processes.

Ability to troubleshoot basic problems and prepare comprehensive reports.

Present current information on best practices in Early Education settings to groups and individuals.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Master's Degree in Early Education, Social Work, or other closely related field.

Prior relevant work experience with low income and diverse populations in a community or other relevant setting preferred.

Prior experience in Early Head Start/Head Start programs preferred.

Knowledge of Head Start federal guidelines preferred.

Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish, English/Arabic, or English/Somali preferred.

Prior experience with Conscious Discipline, High Scope or another research-based early education curriculum, and CLASS preferred.

Reporting Relationships and Principal Contacts

Reports to the Head Start Director. Principal contacts include Head Start Director, Vice President of Programs, Head Start staff, other agency staff, child care partners, children and their parents, early childhood professionals, and clientele of the project's collaborative community agencies. Work involves extensive public contact and includes connecting children and families to community resources, acting as a liaison with health and special needs professionals, community organizations, government agencies, business, and schools.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervises Education/Inclusion Specialists.

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

As position requires off-site work at Head Start and other child care facilities, individual must have access to transportation, valid driver's license and adequate personal liability insurance coverage. Travel throughout the metropolitan area and counties within the service delivery area is required.

Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Kansas and Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect and Sex Offender background investigations.

Position involves extensive use of computer, telephone, fax and copy machines.

Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paperwork, recordkeeping, and filing.

As an employee working with child care providers, must be free from tuberculosis.

Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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