Do you love working with families? Are you passionate about empowering others to achieve success? The Director of Family Engagement and Health will be a key member of the Community Action Head Start leadership team and play a critical role in guiding the strategic direction of our family impact programs.

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 deliver exceptional family and youth programming to create an unapparelled Head Start family experience.

Summary:  Reporting to the Director of Head Start / Early Head Start, the Director of Family Engagement and Health is responsible for achieving full implementation of all aspects of Head Start family engagement; ERSEA; and health services, with the goal of executing high-quality, two-generation strategies to support families of young children and build nurturing environments to promote their children’s school readiness and healthy development.

• Open Date: October 1, 2021            Closing Date: Open until filled

• Salary: $29.02 per hour / 40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt – Benefits Eligible

Overview:  Reporting to the Director of Head Start / Early Head Start, the Director of Family Engagement and Health is responsible for achieving full implementation of all aspects of Head Start family engagement; ERSEA; and health services, with the goal of executing high-quality, two-generation strategies to support families of young children and build nurturing environments to promote their children’s school readiness and healthy development.

The Director will work in collaboration with others to fulfill the following activities:

  • Represents the agency as a community speaker resource regarding agency services and programs to assist low-income individuals and families.
  • In collaboration with the human resources team, plan and oversee interviewing, onboarding, and continuous education and training process for all family service, ERSEA, and health staffing positions.
  • Oversee and assist the program to develop systems for eligibility, recruitment, selection, and enrollment/ intake process for returning and new families, including the development of a comprehensive recruitment plan that will lead to the program becoming fully enrolled.
  • Assist the transitioning program to put in place the internal systems and external partnerships to assure that all children participating in the program are up to date on preventive care and follow-up evaluation and treatment, have access to high-quality medical and dental homes and health insurance.
  • Support the training and partnership development required to conduct on­site health screenings and exams within required Head Start Performance Standards (HSPS) timelines for children lacking community access to these services
  • Ensure all child files are built in accordance with the Head Start program’s table of contents and meet local licensing requirements.
  • Plan and implement initial, differentiated, and sequential professional development for family service and health staff that will lead to the successful implementation of the CAPC’s Family Service and Health approach, supporting program leadership to utilize the Head Start program’s competency-based Success Rubrics and reflective coaching and supervision, models.
  • Assist Head Start Director to develop Memorandums of Understanding with key community-based organizations that will allow referrals to the HS program, outline available services that will be provided as well as delineate roles and responsibilities of both organizations.
  • Assist staff to establish Center-based Parent Committees as well as assist the Head Start Director to form an active Policy Council.
  • Support the success of the CAPC Health Advisory Committee.
  • Support the quality of family engagement efforts through technical assistance, professional development, and coaching including the development of a work plan with short and long-term benchmarks and deliverables.
  • Assist with identifying promising strategies to strengthen our work and engage in continuous quality improvement processes to strengthen strategy execution and staff capacity to achieve child and family outcomes.

Monitor the quality and reliability of data at the family, coach, center, and program levels. Conduct formal and informal qualitative audits, as well as review data trends to assess the execution of program strategies and assure that all programs are in full compliance with Head Start Performance Standards (HSPS).

Education / Experience:  BA/BS in social work, human services, or related field required. A master’s degree in social work, public health, or a relevant field is preferred.  Prefer 3-5 years of experience in coaching and program management, a minimum of 5 years of working directly with the public in some capacity, experience in community-based interventions to improve outcomes for low-income families and communities, with direct experience developing and implementing program strategies, 3+ years experience in the family and community engagement field, including experience in coaching, supervision, program management and providing technical assistance, experience assisting families of young children to act as full partners to promote their children’s school readiness and overall healthy development, expertise in national family engagement models preferred, and strong analytical skills in order to quickly assess situations, identify trends, develop solutions, and apply critical assessments to the larger context.

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