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Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Services


Under the supervision of the Vice President, Early Childhood Education Programs, the Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Services oversees the areas of mental health, disabilities, health and nutrition for St. Anne’s Early Childhood Education division. This position is also responsible for overseeing services to children with disabilities and conforming to 45 CFR 1305 and 1308 of the Head Start Performance Standards and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This position also coordinates the management and delivery of medical and dental services by working with community organizations, content specialists, and local providers.  The Assistant Director, Interdisciplinary Services works closely with the other Assistant Directors and relevant peers in both the Support Services department and Education Services department to ensure consistent service delivery within the Early Childhood Education division.  The Assistant Director carries out duties for all of St. Anne’s Early Head Start and Head Start contracts and program options.



Mental Health & Disabilities

  1. Oversee operations of the mental health and disabilities areas of Head Start and Early Head Start to ensure contract compliance.
  2. Provide regular supervision and support to Disabilities Specialist and Mental Health Specialist.
  3. Manage urgent mental health crises.
  4. Follow up on unusual incident reports from education staff or other staff as needed to determine need for further mental health follow-up
  5. Review screenings conducted by the Mental Health Specialist; provide referrals; provide crisis intervention as needed
  6. Supervise the Disabilities Specialist to ensure all legal aspects pertaining to the Local Education Agency (Part B) and Regional Centers (Part C) are adhered to for each child.
  7. Prepare and analyze reports for monthly reporting to the Director of Support Services.
  8. Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Family and Community Engagement and the ERSEA Specialists in the development of the ERSEA plan, specifically on the strategies to recruit children with disabilities; develop a systemic approach to reach the enrollment goal of 10% of children with disabilities.
  9. Participate (as needed) in meetings with LEAs and Regional Centers to determine children’s eligibility for services.
  10. Provide expertise to mental health and disability-related operations and develop mental health and disability-related policies and procedures.
  11. Provide support and guidance in situations involving children who are reported to be endangered by abuse, neglect, exploitation, unsafe or hazardous living conditions; assist in taking appropriate action and required reporting.
  12. Develop a transition system for children needing specialized services as they leave Head Start/Early Head Start and move into a school system.
  13. Oversee partnerships with mental health agencies, Local Education Agencies, and Regional Centers to provide services to families and children who need mental health and/or disabilities services.
  14. Attend meetings with the Los Angeles County Mental Health Department.
  15. Participate in community and county advocacy groups for children’s mental health and disabilities and community trainings helping develop ongoing resource network.
  16. Lead/Coordinate Response to Intervention (RtI) services.
  17. Participate in program planning, particularly in the Mental Health and Disabilities roadmaps and School Readiness Plan.
  18. Conduct regular trainings/support to staff and parents in a variety of mental health and disabilities and child development related topics.
  19. Meet with funder’s specialists for monitoring visits.
  20. Participate in funder’s meetings.
  21. Participate in the enrollment review team and multidisciplinary team.


Health & Nutrition

  1. Oversee RN Consultant and Health Specialists in coordinating and planning health services, including health screenings, staff and parent education, community outreach and health committee activities.
  2. Ensure health staff make reasonable accommodations to minimize/eliminate health and safety risks defined and authorized by administrative team.
  3. Oversee health staff coordinate child study teams and multi-disciplinary teams for intervention and follow-up purposes.
  4. Ensure the facilitation of activities to provide parents with health-related workshops/trainings.
  5. Prepare and update the annual Health Services Action Plan and standards and procedures for providing and evaluating health care services, including development histories for children.
  6. Monitor health and safety as detailed by Community Care Licensing Division, Head Start Act and Performance Standards, California Health and Disabilities Periodicity (CHDP) schedule for Health Assessment required for the age group served.
  7. Utilize data management systems to track and monitor cases and the effectiveness of service delivery and to prepare management reports regarding health services.
  8. Periodically audit children’s files to ensure compliance with recordkeeping and data system standards.
  9. Ensure all staff follows safety procedures.
  10. Train staff and develop policies and procedures aligned with all State and Federal mandates, including sanitation, hygiene procedures, universal precautions, and the administration, handling and storage of medications.
  11. Lead the Health Service Advisory Committee, develop and maintain community resources and collaborations with health providers in the local community, and negotiate interagency agreements and contracts with health providers.
  12. Participate in agency planning and the development of funding applications, including working with community-based networks and child development and health partnerships.




  1. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, Family Services or related field required (Master’s degree preferred in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Human Services or ECE); or three plus years’ experience in managing services for Head Start programs.
  2. Knowledge of mental health, disabilities, health and nutrition services requirements per Head Start Program Performance Standards strongly preferred.
  3. Minimum one-year administrative supervisory preferred.
  4. Experience working with at-risk populations and/or Head Start/Early Head Start.
  5. At least three years providing mental health services to children and low-income populations; birth to 5 knowledge highly desirable and experience with DMH documentation strongly preferred.
  6. Knowledge of health and nutrition services requirements per Head Start Program Performance Standards strongly preferred.
  7. Minimum of one year administrative supervisory experience.
  8. Experience working with at-risk populations and/or Head Start/Early Head Start.
  9. Must possess and maintain a valid Class C California driver’s license, automobile liability insurance, and driving record acceptable to agency’s insurance carrier
  10. 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.
  11. 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.




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

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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.

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