Assistant Director Program Services

  • Full Time
  • St Paul
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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 Program Services 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 Program Services is responsible for providing the overall vision for and the development of the program’s health, data analysis, family engagement, and home visiting 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 compliance of the Head Start Performance Standards, Minnesota Rule 3 and applicable standards.
  • Develop a vision of excellence for health, data analysis, family engagement, and home visiting services 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, in particular related to family engagement and health services, and ensure the program’s policies and procedures include current best practices.
  • Ensure effective and appropriate policies, procedures and ongoing monitoring systems are in place in order to establish high quality service delivery in the area of health services, family engagement, home visiting, data analysis and nutrition.
  • Ensure systems are in place, including ongoing monitoring, to meet and/or exceed all performance standards and licensing requirements related to health services including, but not limited to, ensuring each child has an ongoing source of health care, timely hearing and vision screenings and children are up to date on age appropriate physical examinations and immunizations.
  • Lead the development of an ongoing family outcomes report based on family strengths and needs assessments and family goal attainment.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a program-wide Head Start Parent, Family Community Engagement (PFCE) framework.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director of ERSEA and Program Planning, Assistant Director of Quality Support and Assistant Director of Center Operations, lead the development of systems to support children and families in successfully transitioning into Early Head Start and Head Start, from Early Head Start to Head Start, Early Head Start to another preschool program, Head Start to kindergarten and transitions between programs.
  • Ensure ongoing monitoring systems are in place to establish comprehensive and high-quality home-based service delivery that meet and/or exceed Head Start Performance Standards and facilitate communication between all service area managers and the family services manager to ensure all policies and procedures are appropriately implemented and provide high-quality service delivery.
  • Work with Data Analyst and Assistant Director of Education Quality Support to develop accurate and timely school readiness goal reports at least on a quarterly basis and more often as needed. Work with Data Analyst to develop reports to disaggregate data as needed to support continuous quality improvement related to school readiness goals for all children.
  • Ensure all nutrition related policies and procedures meet Head Start Performance Standards, CACFP expectations, and MN Rule 3 regulations and are appropriately implemented.


  • 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 or early childhood education.
  • 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.