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Director of Head Start

Posted: 04/15/2022

LifeWorks Community Action is a community of neighbors helping neighbors build bright and stable futures. We have a strong network of programs to help our neighbors address their immediate needs and overcome the challenges of poverty. If we do not have the support someone is looking for, we make sure they are connected to an organization that does.

LifeWorks is one of only 50 designated Community Action Agencies in New York and one in a network of 1,100 nationally. We stand at the intersection of the economic equity and social justice movements and recognize that race, gender and other inequities remain barriers that must be addressed. As a community and as a nation, we must ensure that no one is forced to endure the hardships of poverty.

LifeWorks believes that by working together, we can alleviate the symptoms of resource insufficiency and break the cycle of systemic disadvantage. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers take a whole person and whole family approach to service coordination. This comprehensive approach ensures that our neighbors have the skills, tools, resources and opportunities to make meaningful change.
Position Description:
LifeWorks is currently seeking a candidate for the role of Head Start Director, responsible for delivery of a comprehensive Child Development and Family Services program for Head Start children and their families. Head Start is a federally funded early childhood education program serving low-income children birth to age five, as well as pregnant women.

The Head Start Director is responsible for total operation of the program, including, but not limited to, program planning and evaluation, customer management, reporting and compliance, fiscal management, and supervision of all centers, partnerships, and employees.

The Head Start Director is also a key member of the LifeWorks Leadership Team and plays an active key role in furthering the LifeWorks mission within the organization and in the community.

The ideal candidate will work well with others, meet challenges with determination, be hands-on, and play a critical role in strategic decisions.  Most importantly, they will be committed to improving the lives of children and their families.
Knowledge, skills, abilities:  

  • Minimum requirement is a Master’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Business or related field with management and leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Experience with financial and budgetary management, program administration, personnel management and grant preparation.
  • Above average organizational, communication and computer skills, ability to work as a member of a team and foster a collaborative work environment.
  • Ability to lead programming that is responsive to the unique needs and culture of families, such as single parents, grandparents as caregivers, co-parenting relationships, LGTBQ families, non-English speaking or immigrant parents, teen parents, domestic violence situations and more.
  • Must have a clean driver’s license and be insurable to operate agency vehicles.  Some travel for conferences, trainings, meetings, etc.
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Paid Vacation, Personal and Sick Time
  • Paid School Breaks
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Assistance Plan
LifeWorks Community Action, formerly Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, is a nonprofit that helps thousands of neighbors each year overcome the challenges of poverty by providing food, early childhood education, energy services, health and wellness, and immigrant services. Popular programs include The Pantry in Ballston Spa and The Kitchen in Saratoga Springs, as well as Head Start, WIC and Weatherization.      Help Starts Here. 
LifeWorks Community Action promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in all agency programs and services.  We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds who embrace and support an inclusive and equitable work environment.

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