• Head Start Deputy Director

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(7/26/2019 9:54 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM College of Medicine
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start currently serves 724 children/families at 9 sites throughout Pulaski County.  The program’s overall goal is to increase the social competence of children in low income families and children with disabilities, while improving the chances of success in school. Head Start/Early Head Start addresses the needs of the whole child including the educational, vocational and material needs of the entire family.  The program strives to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while enabling parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children. Head Start/Early Head Start helps parents meet their own goals while giving children a head start in life.


    The Deputy Director will works with the Head Start Director to assist in leading and developing a strong program management team and systems to implement a leading Head Start and Early Head Start program to ensure that every child served by UAMS is achieving positive outcomes.


    The Deputy Director is responsible for meeting Head Start Performance Standards. Additionally, the Deputy Director will be responsible for full implementation of all aspects of the Head Start program’s education, family engagement, health and monitoring systems and analysis approach. 



    UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts
    • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

    Salary:  Commensurate with experience


    This is a provisional position. Provisional positions are funded by external grants or contracts with established end dates.  When the grant expires or is not extended, the provisional position will be eliminated.  Employees in provisional positions may apply for other positions at UAMS when their provisional position ends.


    • Provides individual and group support for Educational Leaders in implementing educational initiatives and coaching.
    • Assures that team members are working collaboratively with one another and with community partners to ensure full enrollment, up to date adherence to children with EPSDT requirements, medical and dental homes and insurance, timely follow up and support for children with (identified or suspected) special needs, and support for family goal partnerships and well-being.
    • Establishes the working relationships with partner staff to promote program wide commitment and execution of strategies that engage families as full partners in their children's development and school readiness.
    • Assures that systems for monitoring, self-assessment and program management are fully executed to assure program's ongoing quality improvement.
    • Communicates data-driven programmatic insights effectively and coordinates with Content Area leads and Program Director to provide necessary data for program planning. Coordinates with leadership to provide teacher onboarding and support.
    • Supervises assigned department personnel. Includes the following responsibilities, but are not limited to: hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating, and ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and the completion of all work performed by direct reports. 
    • Educates direct reports on all department and agency policies and procedures. 
    • Meets with assigned staff at least monthly to identify and resolve problems, manage projects, track goals, and review work processes and procedures. 
    • Represents team and/or department at meetings, events, and training as required.
    • Consistently contributes to professional excellence through productive leadership and participation in: 
    • External community relationships (LEAs, higher education, NHSA, state agencies, policymakers)
    • Ensures fiscal management by monitoring expenditures and compliance of state/local licensing and QRIS
    • Ensures the creation and implementation of partnership agreements with local and state entities. 
    • Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required. 
    • All duties as assigned


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, Human Services, Social Work or related field PLUS (3) three years of supervising and coaching teachers and experience working with families and community organizations in a social service setting, preferably Head Start.
    • Must be computer literate. 

    • Must have current health and initial health examination within three months prior to employment 

    • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle with liability insurance, and be willing to use vehicle for agency related travel.
    • Must be willing to participate in training to further education as required by Head Start to maintain the position

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Reliable in CLASS and ITERS/ECERS 

    This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen.  A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity.  The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.



    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Frequently
    Sit: Occasionally
    Walk: Frequently
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Continuously
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
    Talk: Continuously
    Hear: Continuously
    Taste or smell: Frequently
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
    Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
    Noise Level: Loud
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: None


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