Director of Planning and Special Projects
Salary: $23.25 per hour
FLSA Classification: Exempt
40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year
Open: August 20, 2018 Closed: When Filled
POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Planning and Special
Projects is responsible for organizing, performing, and coordinating the development of plans and
programs that are to be undertaken to eliminate poverty. Provides feedback to the Executive Director
regarding the appropriate and inappropriate use of data for internal and external reporting and analysis.
Works with all agency sites, utilizing reports on a routine basis that is predefined. Identifies issues and/or
concerns early so that mandated reporting is never delayed.
Works with other agencies and independent groups as the need arises on advocacy planning activities and
makes arrangements for in-house training for staff. Participates in preparing recommendations for budget
allocations, especially as it relates to program or project operations.
Supports the ED, CFO, and Head Start Director in monitoring and maintaining agency technology and
equipment, troubleshooting / repairing, and other duties as needed, as it relates to the agency’s technology
systems. Coordinates and/or prepares agency plans and proposals in the proper format for submission to
other agencies for funding or other action as required. Conducts planning workshops and training sessions
where such is necessary to facilitate plans and program development. Responsible for serving as a resource
in the formulation of Agency policies and procedures as directed. Responsible for researching leading edge
resources for inclusion in meeting the Agency’s goals.
Must have a basic understanding of people’s needs and their correlation with other factors that may
contribute to social and economic conditions. Additionally, must have the ability to work with people of
varying degrees of experience and backgrounds.
Develops recommendations to the ED for programs, activities, and projects. Provide rapid information flow
to and from staff, committees, and/or other agencies. Assists the HR Director in serving as a resource in
the formulation of Agency policies and procedure as directed. Works with the Executive Director to develop
and implement a strategy to inform and secure the support of key media outlets. Maintains positive
relationships with other professional, social service, civic and business organizations. Delivers concise and
timely messages to various audiences concerning the Agency.
Results Oriented Management Accountability (ROMA) Certification required or within one year of
employment and conducts required ROMA training for the Agency.
Represents and speaks for the Agency as directed by the ED. Serves as the point of contact for other
agencies as it applies to communication issues of CAA business.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Must have a bachelor’s Degree or higher preferably in a related field. Work
experience may be substituted for formal education where such is deemed to be of appropriate level and
A minimum of five years working in an office setting with computer work being the major duty of the
position. Must be extremely efficient with Microsoft Office products and tools- specifically programs
designed for data collections, writing reports, and retrieving information. Also, be familiar with the
principles and concepts of social planning and research techniques and methodology.
Other Requirements: Applicants must have a current Florida Driver’s license, reliable transportation,
satisfactory criminal records check for abuse and neglect, negative TB skin test, drug testing as required
and state required minimum vehicle insurance and uninsured motorist insurance. Must be knowledgeable
and proficient in using MS Office applications. Applicants must meet all Department of Children and
Families requirements for employment.
PHSICAL DEMANDS: This position requires the employee to be in a seated position and actively working
on a computer keyboard for long periods. Frequent communication contact with clients and customers.
This position may be required to stand for long periods of time while completing observations in the
classroom and on the playground. Moderate to vigorous physical activity is required when working in and
among staff at center sites.
If interested in applying, please complete the attached employment application and return to Human
Resources by the closing date. For more information, contact David Powell, HR Director, 850-438-4021 or
The Community Action Program Committee is an EOE and participates in E-Verify.
** All submissions will be acknowledged and will be held in strict confidence. Finalists for the
position will be required to participate in a behavioral and critical thinking assessment. These
assessments, delivered in two separate sessions, are web-based, take about 45 minutes each, and
help match the candidate’s traits with the desired traits detailed above. All results are held strictly
Microsoft testing and work product samples may be required.