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Associate Director, Head Start (HS)

Job description

Schedule: Monday – Thursday 8am-5pm, flex Friday 8am-4pm.

Location: Lynwood, CA.


This position is responsible for overseeing the the day-to-day function of preschool education program operations and professional development within Head Start center-based program, and the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) programs within the Division of Early Childhood Education (ECE). The Associate Director of Preschool Education will maintain a supportive supervisory relationship with staff, student teachers and volunteers and work with other directors, managers and staff to ensure program compliance. In collaboration with the Associate Director of Infant and Toddler Education, and under the direction of the Vice President of ECE, will develop, implement and uphold the mission, policies, and practices of St. Anne’s Early Childhood Education. In addition, this person will be responsible for carrying out administrative duties such developing and managing budgets, supervising Head Start (HS) education personnel, strategic planning, self-assessment and monitoring, assisting in the development of funding applications, developing and administering the school readiness plan as it pertains to the Head Start program, developing and administering training plans and overseeing coaching staff.


  • Responsible for operations of all preschool education at all applicable St. Anne’s Early Learning Centers; ensure smooth operations and promote a positive atmosphere in providing quality services.
  • Work collaboratively with the Vice President of ECE and Associate Director of Infant and Toddler Education to implement early childhood education programming in accordance with all applicable state, federal and local regulations; licensing, contractual and Agency requirements; and Head Start Performance Standards. Oversee Managers to ensure that programs and services are delivered accordingly.
  • Hire, orient, train, supervise, and develop reporting staff to ensure that they have the support and guidance needed to provide quality services to children and families; monitor performance of staff and complete annual performance evaluations and development plans; plan and oversee performance evaluations of HS staff in collaboration with Center.
  • Oversee staff training and development for reporting staff and collaborate in Agency staff development planning and delivery; assist staff in becoming members of the professional early childhood education community.
  • Provide supervision and guidance for staff through Managers or their designee in daily activities and staff development areas.
  • Ensure that staff ratios are met including, if necessary, providing assistance in classrooms.
  • Conduct research and provide recommendations to the Vice President of ECE on evidence-based curricula and practices that support high quality Preschool education services to St. Anne’s children and families.
  • Oversee coaching activities and monitor and supervise coaching staff.
  • Responsible for ensuring that teachers are meeting or exceeding national benchmarks for teacher quality and CLASS.
  • Work closely with the Vice President of ECE to ensure that all needed services are being provided, that all data is being collected, and that reports are being reviewed to ascertain child outcomes and make improvements to services and to program design.
  • Ensure the health and safety of all children, parents and staff participating in St. Anne’s ECE program.
  • Ensure that all HS education staff act in accordance with the agency code of conduct and that corrective actions are taken for violations.
  • Develop and implement conflict management and problem solving strategies with children, staff and parents.
  • Maintain effective and ongoing communication with parents and caregivers of enrolled children.
  • Make purchases of inventory and equipment; monitor budget and expenses.
  • Utilize word-processing, spreadsheet and data based computer programs to enhance office operations and center recordkeeping.
  • Maintain and implement handbook of policies and procedures for enrolled families.
  • Support and provide in-service opportunities and/or on-the-job experience for staff who desire expansion of their scope of responsibility in preparation for future career advancement.
  • Act as representative for St. Anne’s ECE program as designated by the Vice President of ECE; develop and maintain relationships with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by St. Anne’s, state licensing, HIPAA, and other regulatory agencies.


  • Provide leadership and guidance to the ECE staff in the absence of the Vice President of ECE.
  • Attend conferences and professional training in order to maintain knowledge of best practice within the field and to ensure St. Anne’s is a leading provider in the community.
  • Collaborate with the Development Department to generate resources/funds through grant writing and/or program proposals.
  • Participate in the Continuous and Quality Improvement (CQI) of the agency.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field (of which 24 ECE/CD units, including core, 6 units in administration, and 2 units in adult supervision).
  • A valid State of California Child Development Site Supervisor or Program Director Permit.
  • Expected to have 350 days (of 3+ hours per day within 4 years) of experience, including at least 100 days of supervising adults and one program year of site supervisor experience.
  • Established reliability in Infant/Toddler CLASS preferred.
  • At least 3 years of experience overseeing a Head Start and/or Early Head Start programs.
  • Effective communication skills required.
  • Proficient in developing and maintaining cooperative staff relationships.
  • Ability to receive and implement constructive feedback.
  • Must maintain First Aid (infant/child/adult) and CPR certification.
  • Knowledge of State Department of Education – Title V, and Dept. of Social Services Title 22.
  • Experience in working with diverse cultures.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to receive and implement constructive feedback.
  • St. Anne’s values the dignity and worth of every person we serve. Employees are expected to support children’s emotional and social development by encouraging understanding of others and promoting positive self-concepts. All employees must have the ability to treat those served by our agency in a caring and respectful manner, mindful of individual differences and cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.
  • As providers of social services, St. Anne’s employees work with clients dealing with complex emotional and mental health issues, many of whom are facing significant personal crises on a daily basis. Employees must remain aware of any personal emotions, transference, and/or countertransference that may hinder the ability to remain professional. As such, employees are expected to maintain composure during all interactions and crisis situations, implement a self-care plan, and utilize crisis communication to deescalate client crisis and prevent any serious bodily injury or harm.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talk or hear. The employee is often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee may occasionally be required to drive a motor vehicle.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Internal Candidates (who have been in their current position for at least six months) may submit a Transfer Request Form to Human Resources.

Standard Mail
St. Anne’s – Human Resources
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Fax: (213) 385-1533

Via email:

You may send your resume as a part of the body of your e-mail or attach it as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file.

Once a resume or application is submitted to St. Anne’s it is screened and processed. PLEASE DO NOT CALL to inquire about the status of your resume. If you are deemed a good fit for any of our current openings, we will contact you for an interview.

Please note, St. Anne’s conducts a physical, including tuberculosis and drug screen; fingerprinting and background check which includes Child Abuse Index, FBI and Department of Justice, as well as reference checks.

Thank you for your interest in St. Anne’s!


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