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Salary: $25.18 per hour / 40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

FLSA Classification: Exempt – Benefits Eligible

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.)
  • 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 Leader is primarily responsible for achieving the following outcomes for the Head Start/Early Start program:


Serve as education lead for the center, overseeing 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.
  • Oversee training of new hires (in conjunction with HR leads); develop, conduct or arrange other training as needed for staff, parents or volunteers.
  • Work with teachers to implement a program curriculum that incorporates all elements and meets all standards established by Acelero Learning (in compliance with Head Start standards and best practices).
  • Oversee and approve the preparation of weekly lesson plans, including individualization and all other required elements.
  • Ensure that teachers integrate goals from Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children with disabilities (in consultation with Early Learning Inclusion Specialists).
  • Ensure the completion of all required child screenings and assessments, including 45 and 90-day requirements for new children and quarterly progress assessments for all children.
  • Ensure that classrooms, gym and outdoor areas are supplied with developmentally appropriate materials.
  • Participate in team meetings, home visits, and community events as needed.
  • Support teachers in understanding child outcomes data and using it to improve practice.
  • Provide teachers with coaching and support for quality improvement and professional growth through regular observation and formal and informal feedback.
  • Use the Center Director Success Rubric (CDEL-SR) to self-assess and set goals for continual growth as an 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.
  • Support Family Advocates to implement all aspects of family services program, including support and monitoring of Acelero’s Shine On, Families initiative.
  • Ensure parents are integrally involved in developing the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education through regular meeting with Policy Council members and others.
  • Assist teaching staff in developing a system offering parents opportunities for enhancing and increasing their child observation skills.
  • Coordinate training for parents and community members wanting to volunteer in the classroom.

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
  • Time sheets
  • Child assessments

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 Bachelor or advanced degree and equivalent coursework in Early Childhood Education is required. Head Start / Early Head Start Program experience is preferred. Directors with VPK experience are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Experience / Credentials: A Director’s Credential is required for this position.  At least 1-year of experience working with preschool children and 1-2 years of supervisory /managerial 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.

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