Executive Director (Head Start program)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: DOE



Start Date


Application Deadline



32980 Alvarado-Niles Road
Suite 856
Union City
United States


Pre-screening to start on September, 2018

Anticipated Start Date: January 16th, 2019

This is a one-year, Full-Time (100%) appointment, subject to renewal.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director Controls and manages the operation of the agency. The Executive Director is expected to bring to the position an ability to adopt broad comprehensive views of the organization's objectives, as well as an ability to establish and implement the necessary steps for the attainment of the objectives. The Executive Director is accountable for all the agency's operation affairs and will make timely reports to the Board of Directors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Board Relations and Governance

  1. Plan and execute the operations of the agency in accordance with the by-laws and policies of the Board.
  2. Work effectively with the Board of Directors to develop short and long-term strategies for accomplishing the objectives of the agency.
  3. Coordinate regularly with the agency's Board President.
  4. Attend all regular and special meetings of the agency's Board of Directors
  5. Understand local, state and federal laws and regulations as they apply to the mission and operations of the agency with emphasis on Head Start and Early Head Start laws and regulations, and the laws and regulations pertaining to California child care.
  • Interpret state and federal requirements and implement action plans, when necessary.
  • Monitor and evaluate compliance with federal and state regulation in all program areas.
  • Report agency activities to managers, Board of Directors, and Policy Council regularly, and to community groups, legislators and Federal and State program officials as necessary.

Financial Leadership and Oversight

  1. Provide overall financial oversight and risk management of agency funds.
  2. Submit a timely and balanced annual budget to the Board of Directors.
  3. Schedule and oversee the annual fiscal audit.
  4. Negotiate contracts or oversee contract negotiations in areas pertaining to finance, audit, rental facilities, consultants, food providers, transportation and cooperative agreements with public schools and community partners.
  5. Research grant opportunities; pursue grants as directed by the Board of Directors.

Community Outreach

  1. Develop and maintain community partnerships, as appropriate.
  2. Oversee all media coverage for the agency.
  3. Conduct agency public relations activities, including being the agency's spokesperson and first point of contact.
  4. Represent the agency on appropriate communities and with other community groups.

Staff Management and Program Oversight

  1. Provide ongoing supervision and oversight of job responsibilities of direct reports.
  2. Complete performance evaluations of direct reports.
  3. Make hiring and termination decision for key agency positions.
  4. Visit Head Start and Early Head Start centers on a regular basis, and confer with site staff.


Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  1. Federal, state, and local laws, rule and regulations related to grants management and personnel.
  2. Principles, practices and objectives of early childhood education and Head Start/Early Head Start programs management.
  3. Principles of management, administration, human development, and adult learning.
  4. Community agencies and systems.
  5. Financial management, including budget preparation, fiscal analysis, and monitoring.

Ability to:

  1. Establish and maintain effective working relationships and open communication with the public, parents, community organizations, partner organizations, Board of Directors, Policy Council, management team, staff, and federal and state agencies.
  2. Provide and maintain leadership in support of the agency’s culture and mission.
  3. Solve problems, facilitate in a group environment, and work well with others.
  4. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Assist the executive management team with policy and procedure development.

Physical Demands:

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, possess finger/hand dexterity; handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear, and taste or smell.
  2. Specific vision ability required for this job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  3. The work environment characteristics involve a moderate amount of noise.
  4. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
  5. Work environment contains risk of exposure to infections and contagious/blood borne diseases and injuries caused by equipment, exposure to chemicals (cleaning agents), and trash. Employees may be exposed to varying and unpredictable situations and may be subject to work schedule and shift changes.

Education and Experience:

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of practical experience in non-profit management OR 10+ years cumulative practical experience in non-profit management and for-profit management.
  • Preferred: Advanced Degree and 5+ years of practical experience in no-profit management OR 5+ years cumulative practical experience in non-profit management and for-profit management.

Additional Requirements:

  • Physical Examination - Pre employment and every three years
  • Tuberculosis Test/Clearance - Pre employment and every three years
  • Immunization records that comply with Senate Bill 792 (MMR, TDap, Influenza)
  • Child Abuse Index Clearance
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Current California Drivers' License/Proof of Automobile Insurance
  • First Aid & CPR Certification (As required)
  • Other mandated employment documents

 EOE STATEMENTWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please apply directly to our careers' site. Include your resume and cover letter.

If you run into issues when applying please contract hr@cfcsinc.org