Early Head Start Director

  • Full Time
  • Grand Portage
  • Early Head Start Director (0-3 yr olds)
  • September 1, 2021

Grand Portage Band

Grand Portage Reservation

Job Description

Job Title:         Head Start Director

Department:  Grand Portage Head Start

Location:        Grand Portage Head Start

Reports To:     Tribal Programs Administrator

FLSA Status:    Exempt

Salary Level:   Negotiable



Responsible for the planning, administration, fiscal management and evaluation of the program including supervision of all employees, by performing the following duties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Program Planning and Implementation:

Designs, coordinates and updates community needs assessments.


Establishes a three-year plan for program operation and expansion from the needs assessment information.


Develops goals and measurable objectives in accordance with program performance standards.


Plans, formulates coordinates and implements the Head Start program plan in conjunction with the Tribal Programs Administrator, Policy Council and Tribal Council.


Attends training sessions and workshops in and out of state.


Collaborates with Tribal Programs Administrator to ensure governmental statues, regulation, transmittal notices and memorandums pertaining to the Head Start Program. Develops policies and operating procedures based on this guidance.


Coordinates efforts with the Family and Community Partnership Coordinator to ensure that the program meets its in-kind and volunteer requirements.


Prepares program performance reports and statistical reports to be submitted to regional office on a regular basis as required by federal regulations.


Prepares grant applications according to Federal and State regulation and guidelines and distributes to the Tribal Programs Administrator, Policy Council, Reservation Tribal Council, and parents.


Administers grants received in conjunction with Tribal Programs Administrator and the Grants Accounting Dept.


Prepares annual budget for review by Tribal Programs Administrator, Policy Council, Reservation Tribal Council, and Head Start Federal and State Office.


Maintains internal accounting system to insure accountability for program income, supplies and expenditure.


Works with the accounting department to implement monitoring of budget expenditures and budget revisions, property procurement and inventory control; participates in audit interviews; works to resolve audit exceptions and implements management recommendations.


Reports regularly to Tribal Programs Administrator, Policy Council and Reservation Tribal Council on status of budget.


Reviews and authorizes all expenditures and disbursements for submittal to Tribal Programs Administrator and the fiscal department.


Prepares required quarterly and annual reports for submission to regional office.


Identifies and pursues potential additional funding sources, grants, and local monies.


Utilizes evaluation information to maintain, correct and/or improve delivery of program services.


Studies policies and procedures and modifies or makes recommendations for modification as necessary for the proper functioning of the program.


Works closely with the Federal Program Specialist and the American Indian Head Start Quality Improvement Center to ensure effective delivery of services.



Conducts regularly scheduled staff meetings.


Develops job descriptions, performance standards, and job priorities.


Recruits and discharges staff in accordance with Policy Council, Reservation Tribal Council, Federal guidelines and personnel policies.


Conducts annual staff evaluations and post-probationary evaluations.


Maintains up-to-date personnel files on all employees.


Provides staff with ongoing training in policies, procedures, and program requirements.


Provides orientation training for new staff and new Policy Council members.


Insures that continuing education needs of staff are met.


Develops and maintains clear-cut lines of authority and channels of communication.


Community Relations/Public Affairs:


Attends all Policy Council meetings.


Serves as an advocate for the Head Start Program. Promotes good public relations by serving on boards, committees and participating in community activities.


Serves as a liaison between program agency, Tribal Programs Administrator, Tribal Council, Policy Council and community agencies.


Promotes shared decision making with the Policy Council and special committees to ensure organization, training, and effective operation in accordance with Transmittal Notice 70.2, The Parents.


Develops plans for utilization of community resources. Works closely with public and private agencies that can provide supporting services to Head Start families.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises employees in the Head Start program. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience:

At a minimum, a baccalaureate degree and experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration.  Experience with grant writing and with securing and individualizing needed services for children with disabilities preferred.


Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of preschool child development programs, prefer experience with in Head Start.

Familiar with Individual Education Plans (IEP).


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with program staff, children, parents and community agencies and professionals.


Ability to keep all information strictly confidential.


Other Requirements:

Must have an annual physical exam including a TB test, within the last year and be able to provide documentation verifying exam and TB test or obtain physical exam and TB test within 30 days of hire.


Must have current Red Cross First Aid and CPR training or complete training within 90 days of hire and keep training current thereafter.


To apply for this job please visit www.grandportage.com.