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Education, Community & Social Programs Division
Home Based in Region IV (KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC, NC)
Applicants must be actively working on the Head Start contract and reside within Region IV.
At ICF, we support educators working with people of all ages. From early childhood and Head Start through university studies to vocational and workforce training, ICF professionals help clients across the globe proactively respond to many of the important challenges facing education today.
ICF seeks an experienced Head Start Grantee Specialist Team Lead with expertise in administration and management systems to mentor and coach a team of home-based Grantee Specialists who provide high quality technical assistance that improves the capacity of Head Start and Early Head Start programs to meet or exceed the Head Start Performance Standards and applicable Federal regulations. The Grantee Specialist Team Lead will develop professional development plans with GS Specialists and support the expansion of their expertise through observation, reflective feedback and coaching, including sharing lessons learned, best practice and role modeling. The Grantee Specialist Team Lead will approve/disapprove the monthly TTA reports and submit the quarterly observation aggregated summary report. The Grantee Specialist Team Lead will support some programs to correct deficiencies identified through the national monitoring system and with agencies with multiple areas of noncompliance and will assist programs to comply with all Head Start Regulations. Other tasks may be incorporated as assigned by the GS Manager.
This position is home-based in one of the Region IV states and will involve extensive travel to programs within the eight states identified as the Federal Region IV (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina).
Conduct at least two field observations in each performance period of the Grantee Specialists to assess quality of TTA provided and determine professional development needs and report the data into the quarterly observation aggregated summary report.
Provide ongoing mentoring and coaching of Grantee Specialists to ensure the provision of high quality training and technical assistance.
Provide professional development support for Grantee Specialists to increase their expertise and ability to support program capacity and strengthen quality systems for programs.
Work with leaders within a grantee organization to plan strategic interventions and assist in the implementation of changes that resolve deficiencies and serious non-compliances per the OHS monitoring report.
Ensure that work plans, Monthly Travel Plans and other Grantee Specialist deliverables are met in a timely manner. Once deliverables are met, notify the GS Manager for review and approval.
Work with Federal Regional staff in developing strategies for grantee intervention and plan outcomes that address problem areas for all affected grantees.
Coordinate with other Grantee Specialist Team Leads and Early Childhood Specialist Team Leads to identify ways to address administrative and program improvements in a comprehensive and holistic manner under the guidance of the GS Manager.
Review, interpret and utilize a broad array of data to identify trends, and assist each Grantee Specialist or assigned grantee to use the information to establish objectives for change and identify steps and processes needed for implementation. Upon completion, provide comprehensive reports to the Grantee Specialist Manager.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree
5+ years of demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance required, specifically on issues pertaining to governance, fiscal management systems and administrative issues within Head Start. Knowledge of management and related issues and demonstrated ability to apply such knowledge.
Minimum 2 years of progressive mentor/coaching experience working with remote-located staff/teams.
Experience providing training at State, Regional, or National Meetings and technical assistance to individual organizations.
Knowledge of the Head Start Performance Standards, as well as other relevant/appropriate Federal requirements and regulations is required.
In-depth knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check
Master's Degree in a field related to Program Design and Management, Business Management, Accounting, Public or Non-Profit Administration, or Project Management (with fiscal emphasis) or related field.
Experience in a position within a Head Start program or early learning program (Executive Director, Assistant Director, Program Director, Chief Finance Officer).
Knowledge and experience performing program design management and fiscal management preferred.
Experience in reviewing, interpreting, and utilizing a broad array of data to identify trends and establish objectives for change
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of groups including governing bodies, staff, community leaders, and Head Start policy groups (policy councils and committees).
Knowledge of adult learning principles.
Ability to complete detailed paperwork in a timely manner.
ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.
ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)
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