Director of Head Start & Education Services

  • Full Time
  • Rosemount, MN
  • The Director of Head Start & Education Services has responsibility for the CAP Agency Head Start and Education programs with a primary focus on Head Start and building new public-private sector partnerships through increased collaboration with the private sector, local and state governments and other community-based non-profit organizations.  The Director has primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with regulations for all Head Start program operations and for Head Start program development, fiscal management and operations.  The Director will also supervise the Program Manager for Child Care Aware (CCA).  The Director will be part of the Senior Leadership Team and will report directly to the President/CEO.
  • May 31, 2021

Website Community Action Partnership of Scott Carver and Dakota Counties

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS — Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identifies education development opportunities; implements facilitation of new services relevant to Head Start and CCA, including funding for sustainability.
  • Completes and submits funding applications and reports for assigned program areas.
  • Develops and manages budgets and expenditures for assigned program areas.
  • Leads the strategic planning, development and administration of departmental initiatives.
  • Initiates and maintains a positive and professional working relationship with the Policy Council, including monthly meetings, training opportunities, information and decision-making responsibilities, and on-going activities.
  • Develops and maintains professional and working relationship with State and Federal Head Start officials.
  • Leads initiatives to successfully recruit, develop, and retain highly effective and diverse employees.
  • Supervises program managers and coordinators.
  • Ensures compliance with agency and funding source policies; all program regulations, work plans, and policies and procedures in a manner that works toward the achievement of goals/objectives of the program.
  • Develops and maintains positive and professional community partnerships for the purpose of collaboration, networking, and sharing of information.
  • Represents the Agency and assigned program areas in public relations activities in coordination with Public Relations and Marketing.  Participates in Agency Speakers Bureau.
  • Represents the division in Agency management functions. 
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.


  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Communication
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Customer Centered
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Use of Technology and information management
  • Managing Performance
  • Developing Others
  • Forward Thinking

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minimum of five to ten years of experience in a human services related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in Head Start strongly desired. Demonstrated strong skill in building relationships with key stakeholders, strategically managing Head Start and Education Programs, expertise in State, Federal and Head Start regulations, experience leading Head Start Federal Reviews. 


Knowledge of:
·       State and Federal laws and regulatory issues governing CAP Agency Education Programs, including rules and regulations of the Federal Head Start program and other governing agencies.

·       Principles and practices of administrative management, including finance, budgeting, purchasing, contract and grant management, customer service and employee supervision.

·       Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.

·       Local community resources, regional community services programs, and regional training programs.

·       Specialized CAP, Federal and state agency software applications and procedures.

·       Principles of record keeping, records management, and management of confidential records.


Skill in:

·       Directing and coordinating CAP Agency Education programs and operational issues.

·       Interpreting, and applying State and Federal statutes, codes, rules, and regulations.

·       Reviewing operations and assuring compliance with CAP Agency Education program laws, regulations, and rules.

·       Assessing, analyzing, and identifying problems, and recommending effective solutions.

·       Researching, collecting, analyzing, and preparing data and generating reports.

·       Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and evaluating staff performance.

·       Providing effective customer service, and dealing tactfully and courteously with the public.

·       Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, families, clients, advocates and representatives from community groups and government agencies.

·       Operating a personal computer using standard and specialized software.

·       Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License, proof of insurance and review of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report is required.



Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Mobility to drive a motor vehicle in order to attend meetings.  A job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.

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