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Salary: $24.47 per hour / 40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year (full-time and eligible for benefits)
**Open: Until filled

Are you a socially conscious, dedicated individual who is committed to building a better future for children, families, and communities? If so, join us as we support impactful programs across Escambia County and Northwest Florida to create positive outcomes for children and families served. We are looking for a seasoned educator and a mission-minded leader to fill critical roles in our organization as Center Director as Educational Leader. If you’re up for the challenge, apply today.

Overview: Reporting to the Early Learning Inclusion Specialist, the Center Director as Education Leader serves as the educational leader for one or more centers in the Head Start program, with responsibilities including the following:

  • Ensure full implementation of all aspects of CAPC’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools, with the goal of supporting all children to achieve School Readiness Goals.
  • Supervise all teaching staff (teachers, assistant teachers, floaters, substitutes, and extended day.)
  • Ensure full enrollment at your assigned center(s) throughout the year, with waiting lists for each site.
  • Provide ongoing coaching to teaching staff to support them in successfully fulfilling all aspects of their role, including but not limited to effective practices in the following:
    • CLASS™ Teacher-Child Interactions
    • Learning Environments
    • Curriculum
    • Child Assessment
    • Meeting All Children’s Needs
    • Working with Families
    • Professional Growth and Collaboration
    • Work with teachers to implement program curriculum with fidelity.
    • Work with teachers to implement child assessment systems reliably, including understanding child outcomes data and using them to plan and individualize.

The Center Director as Educational Lead is primarily responsible for achieving the following outcomes for the Head Start/Early Start program:


  • Serve as education lead for the center, overseeing the implementation of all aspects of education services and providing teachers with supervision, training, coaching, and monitoring.
  • Support the effective implementation of the education content area, implementing all relevant policies and procedures.
  • Use the Center Director Success Rubric (CDEL-SR) to self-assess and set goals for continual growth as a Center Director.

Family Partnerships:

  • Coordinate with the Family Services team to ensure full implementation of family services and parent involvement (in consultation with the Director of Family Service/Family Services Coordinator).
  • Model strong, positive relationships with families.

Human Resources & Supervision:

  • Directly supervise center staff, ensure completion of all human resources activities, and ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Meet at least once per month with the people supervised to monitor, provide ongoing verbal and written feedback consistent with their individual development plans for performance improvement, ensure adherence to Head Start performance standards, and to plan and direct work.

Communication & Service Coordination:

  • Lead regular team meetings to ensure effective communication and service coordination.
  • Ensure families receive the monthly newsletter.

Record Keeping & Reporting:

  • Ensure complete and accurate implementation of all CAPC’s required systems for recordkeeping and reporting, including:
  • Individual child/family files

Ongoing Monitoring & Self-Assessment:

  • Review weekly MBI (managing by information) and monthly MBI + reports and ensure all concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.
  • Review quarterly MBO (managing by outcomes) report and ensure all concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.

Program Governance and Leadership:

  • Serve on the leadership team and attend regular meetings and occasional leader planning retreats.
  • Participate in annual and quarterly planning to set, plan for, and monitor program goals.

Operations and Facilities:

  • Serve as operational lead for the center, ensuring compliance with all program policies/procedures and Head Start/Early Head Start, licensing or other regulations
  • Ensures that facilities, materials, and equipment are safe, appropriate, and conducive to learning and reflective of the different ages and stage of development of each child, including children with disabilities.


  • Supervises assigned department personnel. Includes the following responsibilities, but are not limited to: training, scheduling, evaluating, and ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and the completion of all work performed by direct reports.
  • Educates direct reports on all department and agency policies and procedures.

Education: A Bachelors’s or advanced degree and equivalent coursework in Early Childhood Education is required. Head Start / Early Head Start Program experience is preferred.

Experience / Credentials: A Director’s Credential is required for this position. At least 1-year of experience working with preschool children and 1-3 years of supervisory experience is required.

Required Licenses, Certifications, and/or Registrations: 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.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Applicants must meet all Department of Children and Families requirements for employment and must have completed the forty-hour (40) childcare class.

The Community Action Program Committee, Inc. is an EOE; participates in E-Verify; and Advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion