Center Dir, Family Services Coordinator

at Save The Children in Heavener, Oklahoma, United States

Job Description


The position is responsible for the general and day-to-day operations of a Head Start/Early Head Start center or cluster of outlying centers. You will be responsible for providing coverage to multiple classrooms, assuring regulatory and legal compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, communicating with parents to learn about and use community resources, working with parents on goal setting, encouraging parent involvement and participation in their child’s education. You will also assist families as they identify and meet their own goals through case management model developing and carrying out program’s Family Partnership Agreements, assisting with the completion of the child health requirements and other required screenings and assessments.

As a front-line representative of Save the Children, the Center Director & Family Services Coordinator is required to ensure the safety and security of Head Start children and families that the individual comes in contact with and adhering to the agency’s values of Accountability, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity.

As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, the position is expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training to minimize risk to children. The position must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report, respond to any instance of child abuse, and promote training and awareness around all child-safeguarding obligations.

Responsibilities and Impact

+ Supervise and coach staff; facilitate resolution of conflicts; encourage and support professional development opportunities; develop and monitor center and staff schedules.

+ Conduct regular staff meetings, support staff training, and monitor/provide ongoing feedback for performance improvement and appraisals. Submitting accurate information in a timely manner, including written documentation, scheduled reports, and mandated reports.

+ Work with all center staff to ensure quality teaching and learning environments.

+ Track and monitor staff attendance, including verification of timesheets as well as employee on-sited record keeping. Responsible for monthly reports, safety checks, annual safety inspections, and completion of licensing requirements.

+ Assist in the identification, purchase and annual inventory of center supplies and equipment.

+ Arrange for family and staff workdays for center improvement, plan and implement all center parent meetings, successful collaboration in maintain children/family files and privacy.

+ Work with the managers/specialists/coordinators to ensure that all tracking and data entry related to ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance), health, education, mental health, disabilities and child and family needs is maintained as well as full attendance with a 72-hour turn around to fill vacancies.

+ Ensure regular communication with families regarding screening, assessments, and surveys in order to provide needed information regarding medical, nutritional, educational, and social services as needed to ensure that all requirements are met according to Head Start Performance Standards while maintain strict confidentiality.

+ Ensure the reporting of all children, staff, family and other center related incidents. Assist in the monitoring and reporting of family related services to appropriate Head Start superiors.

+ Attend case coordination meetings with appropriate staff, to fully integrate services.

+ Maintain up to date and participate in individualized continuing education plan including CPR and First Aid certifications.

+ Ability to effectively demonstrate sound judgement, using discretion as it relates to individual cases.

+ Monitor and support child, family, providers and vendor interactions on the facility premise.

+ Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

+ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least two years of relevant experience

+ Proven work experience in a position that directly relates to the implementation and monitoring of program operations.

+ Demonstrated knowledge of program planning and practices in infant/toddler and preschool center-based program’s thorough knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to early childhood education.

+ Proven knowledge of general business practices including supervision, accounts payable, inventory control and risk management.

+ Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate successfully with individuals and teams at all levels, whether internal or external

+ Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, children and parents, and outside agencies.

+ Professional proficiency in spoken and written English

+ Professional proficiency in MS Office suite

+ Demonstrated ability to successfully oversee and operate the day-to-day program in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

+ Demonstrated successful time management, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

+ Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

+ Professional proficiency in spoken and written English

+ Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate and collaborate with individuals and teams at all levels-whether internal or external-in the provision of high-quality services to children and families

+ Demonstrated successful interpersonal, communication and organizational skills; great problem solving and time management skills.

+ Demonstrated ability to follow established and communicated directions and take initiative

+ Demonstrated knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early Head Start program.

+ Proven ability to relate sensitively with children.

+ Proven ability to keep all required information strictly confidential.

+ Must participate in professional development training including basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification as required by state licensing and HSPPS.

+ Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging

Physical Requirements related to essential functions: Ability to perform medium to heavy physical work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds frequently and up to 5-10 pounds constantly, performing such activities as sitting, crawling, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping. This also includes some duties that require repetitive action and motion skills, keyboarding and computer use.

Clear pre-employment background check requirements, including local, state, and national criminal records check, sex offender registries, employment, and education verifications (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and pass all state and local health requirements required post job offer and prior to employment. This position may require the incumbent to operate a motor vehicle to fulfill certain essential functions of the job. The incumbent should maintain a valid driver’s license and remain in compliance with any Save the Children policies pertaining to the safe operation of motor vehicles. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified. Preferred Qualifications

+ Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages used by children and families).

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistanc
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Job Posting: JC228771905

Posted On: Nov 18, 2022

Updated On: Jan 14, 2023

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