Website Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Head Start and Early Head Start, this position is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the special needs and the mental health services to Head Start children and families and ensuring the program is compliant with Head Start Performance Standards and applicable policies and regulations. This position supervises the Early Intervention Specialists and the Behavioral Aides. Furthermore, this position provides work direction to the contracted mental health consultants.
Essential Functions (Not All Inclusive):
- This position is responsible for ensuring that the Head Start program is compliant with applicable state and federal rules and regulations including Head Start Performance Standards, Minnesota Rule 3, and IDEA.
- Develop and implement Disabilities and Mental Health Policies and Procedures that fully comply with the above standards and regulations.
- Monitor agency staff compliance to all Disabilities and Mental Health Policies and Procedures.
- Develop and update the Child Behavior Guidance Manual that meets Head Starts Performance Standards and Minnesota Rule 3 regulations.
- Develop, implement, and/or oversee the training of Head Start staff related to Behavior Guidance, Disabilities and Mental Health Policies and Procedures.
- Work in collaborations with local school districts to develop and constantly work to improve the child referral system to ensure timely evaluations are completed on children.
- In collaboration with Education Managers and Center Education Coordinators, monitor to ensure children who fail their developmental and/or social and emotional screening are re-screened and when necessary, the referral process is initiated.
- Compile and report disabilities and mental health related data for the annual Head Start Performance Review Instrument (PIR).,
- Monitor and support Early Intervention Specialists in assisting classroom staff in understanding how to support children in making progress towards the goals in their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and ensuring the program receives IEP Progress Reports.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years direct experience serving children with special needs/mental health concerns and their families required.
- Master’s degree in a related field preferred.
- 3 years experience providing services to children and families with special needs; including mental health services.
- 2 years of supervisory/leadership experience strongly preferred.
- Computer skills, both database and word processing required.
- Must have demonstrated knowledge of early childhood development, early intervention services, conditions and syndromes that may cause disabilities in young children, childhood mental health, psychiatric medication, ethical practice, psychological testing methods, cultural competence and family systems theory.
- Knowledge of community resources preferred.
- Knowledge of Head Start preferred.
- Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
- Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within 90 days of hire; must maintain certifications.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
Department: Head Start
Starting Salary: $58,795-$76,439 Annually
Schedule: M– F, 40 Hours/Week
Community Action offers excellent benefits including generous paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, health, dental & life insurance, retirement, employee discount programs and more.
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.
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.