Assistant Director Program Planning

  • Full Time
  • St Paul
  • Applications have closed

Website Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Sr. Director, Head Start & Early Head Start, the Assistant Director, ERSEA and Program Planning will work collaboratively with the Sr. Director, Head Start & Early Head Start and the other Head Start assistant directors to provide leadership and a vision of excellence to aspire to and one that reflects best practices for the Head Start program. The Assistant Director, ERSEA and Program Planning is responsible for providing the overall vision for and the development of the program’s ERSEA, program planning and transportation functions. This position is also responsible for policy/procedure development, ongoing monitoring, and continuous quality improvement related to service delivery and program goals within the purview of this position. 

Essential Duties (Not all Inclusive):

  • Ensure and maintain compliance of the Head Start Performance Standards, Minnesota Rule 3 and applicable standards.
  • Provide a vision of excellence for ERSEA, Program Design, and Transportation to aspire to and one that reflects best practices.
    Recruit, supervise, develop and evaluate direct reports.
  • Proactively research and seek out information about research-based best practices in the early childhood education field and ensure the program’s policies and procedures include current best practices.
  • Ensures the Data Analyst completes the annual Community Assessment and that the data can be used to effectively inform program decisions including selection criteria, program options that best meet the needs of children and families in the service area, center and classroom locations and program schedules.
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate policies, procedures and monitoring systems are in place in order to implement high quality service delivery in the area of transportation.
  • Supervise, oversee and monitor the Transportation Coordinator duties, including, but not limited to, decisions related to routing, fleet maintenance, staff scheduling, staff development, safety requirements, staff hiring and performance evaluation, and contractor responsibilities.
  • Collaborate closely with the Transportation Coordinator and ERSEA team to plan transportation services efficiently and to best support access to Head Start services.
  • Ensure effective and appropriate policies, procedures and monitoring systems are in place in order to establish high quality service delivery in the areas of eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance of children that comply with federal regulations and in order to ensure the program reaches and maintains full enrollment throughout the year.
  • Meet full program enrollment and maintain a sufficient wait list for all program options (center-based, home-based, and child care partners).
  • In collaboration with the ERSEA Manager, ensure systems to monitor and track children’s eligibility for child care assistance program (CCAP) and Pathway I and Pathway II early learning scholarships subsidies are in place.
  • Work with the finance department to monitor billing and reimbursement for all subsidy funding sources (CCAP and Pathway I and Pathway II early learning scholarships).


  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Public Health, Nonprofit Administration, Human Services, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5 years of experience in social services, non-profit administration, client recruitment and enrollment or Head Start.
  • 3 years of management experience.
  • Strong organizational, leadership, communication and time management skills.
  • Group process and training development skills preferred.
  • Knowledge of current community agencies and local social service resources helpful.
  • Knowledge of Head Start regulations required.
  • Because of the multiple locations of centers throughout Ramsey County, a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation on a daily basis is required.

Job Details:

Department: Head Start

Salary: $64,410-$83,719 Annually

Schedule: Mon-Fri, 40 Hours/Week


Community Action offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off (PTO), 14 paid holidays, health, dental & life insurance, retirement, employee discount programs and more.

Background Checks:

Community Action conducts criminal background checks at the time of hire. Some positions require additional fingerprint and photo verification. Not all backgrounds are a barrier to employment.

Posting Dates: 3/19/2021-4/2/2021

Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance.