Summary: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer/Head Start Director, the Head Start Deputy Director oversees the agency’s program for early childhood learning to achieve educational quality, positive child outcomes, and kindergarten readiness.

Full-time position                     FLSA Classification: Exempt                         Benefits Eligible

Open: April 2, 2024                 Closed:  When position is filled                     Salary – $78,100

Summary: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer/Head Start Director, the Head Start Deputy Director oversees the agency’s program for early childhood learning to achieve educational quality, positive child outcomes, and kindergarten readiness.


Oversees the day-to-day management and operations for the Head Start and Early Head Start Program.

Supervises, collaborates, and coordinates all Head Start service area leadership and oversees initiatives to ensure that the following are met:

  •  Timely and appropriate support for children with atypical behavior.
  •  Family education and outreach activities are consistent with education goals and activities.
  •  Family engagement and health and wellness efforts are well executed and aligned with promoting children’s school readiness and healthy development.
  •  Comprehensive health and developmental screenings and follow-up are completed within timeframes set by Head Start Performance Standards and executed according to the program’s policies and procedures.
  •  Program is fully enrolled per the grant application.

Develops, initiates, maintains, and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

Works with the Director of Compliance and Monitoring to ensure that compliance Issues/concerns within the program are being appropriately evaluated, investigated, and resolved.

Provides reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested, to keep the CEO/President/Head Start Director, the Board of Directors and Senior Management informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts.

Provides periodic reports requested by the Administration of Children and Families, Regional Office and other agencies.

Works with the Human Resource Director on staffing and training for the Head Start Program.

Assists the CEO/President/Head Start Director in the preparation of the annual budget, COLA, and other funding opportunities for the Program.

Assists with the Community Assessment and ensures updates are completed yearly.

Effectively communicates with parents and staff, addressing any concerns and maintaining a high level of customer service.

Coordinates monthly Policy Council meetings and maintains a positive relationship with Policy Council members.

Education and Required Qualifications: Bachelor Degree required in relevant Human Services, Public or Business Administration or Early Childhood Education and experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration is required.

Five or more years of recent experience in a management role involving program oversight, preferably within a multi-site operation.

COMPETENCY: To perform the job successful and individual must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Communication: Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions
  • Strategic Planning: plans for growth and mission advancement.
  • Focuses on Results: work product achieves results in line with and outcomes.
  • Planning/Organizing: Using time efficiently.
  • Displays Honesty and Integrity: Approaches others in a tactful manner, treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position, and accepts responsibility for own actions and keeps commitments.
  • Solves Problems and Analysis Issues: reviews and evaluates issues, makes changes and decisions based on effectiveness and data.
  • Champion of Change:  supports and promotes the Agency Vision, Mission, and Direction.
  • Inspires Others:  serves as a mentor / coach and promotes professional and personal development.

Physical Demands (not all inclusive, see job description for complete list)

  •  Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.
  •  Ability to receive and respond to oral communication.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e., preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, and extensive reading.

Other Requirements: Applicants must have a current Florida Driver’s license, reliable transportation, and must meet all Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Office of Head Start (OHS) requirements for employment.

Additionally, applicants must be knowledgeable and proficient in using MS Office applications.

Conducting meeting and training presentations (in-person or virtual) are required.

Interested applicants, please complete and submit an employment application (resumes may be attached) at by the closing date. For more information, contact Deborah Nagle, HR Director, 850-438-4021 or email

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