Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:05 PM
Center Director - Palm Beach Head Start Overview: Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is an organization that is guided by big ideas and these guiding principles create an imperative to serve that compels LSF to build on organizational strengths, overcome weaknesses and create effective programs in response to human suffering and need. The mission, values, vision and ends polices guide the work of LSF. These guiding principles also shape the advocacy and promotion efforts of the organization, which focus on the needs of the vulnerable, overcoming barriers to service and positioning LSF to effectively respond to opportunities. The LSF business model responds to a rapidly changing service landscape with an aggressive growth strategy. That growth is predicated on methodical pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities and the maintenance of a new program "pipeline." LSF provides value by developing and competently deploying efficient organizational structures; effective operating policies and procedures; accountable management systems and processes; and expertise in the form of personnel, strategic alliances or purchased services. We have over 60 Programs throughout Florida, an operating budget of over $210 million dollars and 1,400 employees. Our Head Start Programs are in multiple counties throughout Florida providing multiple program options including center base, family childcare, home base, pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers. Vision "Ready for School, Prepared for Life" Mission To educate, equip, and empower children, families and staff through partnership and efficient data driven systems to close the achievement gap. General Description: Assigned to a Center with six or more classrooms, 12 or more staff and more than 110 children/families served. Responsible for the general and day-to-day operations of a Head Start/Early Head Start center or cluster of outlying centers, covering multiple classrooms, coordinating, overseeing and teaching duties, communicating with parents and the community. Supervises and monitors all staff working at the assigned center. Ensures implementation of educational activities for pre-school aged children and infants/toddlers in the Head Start/Early Head Start Program that comply with federal performance standards. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts. Essential Functions:Coordinates and oversees the daily activities of a Head Start/Early Head Start Center to ensure that center complies with federal performance standards and local licensing/health/fire inspection requirements.Schedules, assigns and reviews the work of Center staff.Assesses educational needs of education staff and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.Conducts classroom observations on education staff and measures education staff performance on the Teacher/Teacher Assistant Success RubricConducts Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observations on teacher -child interactionsProvides coaching and feedback to education staff on classroom management, emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support.,Conducts education staff performance appraisals and evaluationsSubmits requests for repairs to facilities in order to ensure a safe environment for young children and staff.Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory. Ensures staff properly document meals served for reimbursement through the USDA Food Program and other programs.Monitors meal and snack periods, restroom activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.Supervises assigned staff. Ensures staff scheduling for classroom coverage; prepares performance appraisals in a timely manner; takes appropriate corrective action in accordance with LSF Personnel Policies & Procedures and HS Performance Standards.Documents children's progress and completes all required screening and assessment forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.Reviews reports concerning incidents of ringworm, head lice or bruises on children and reports to appropriate Healthcare Specialist.Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency. Reviews Health Observations and Reports of Concern referrals submitted by Head Start/Early Head Start Teachers.Plans volunteer activities for parents and community volunteers.Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information to Head Start/Early Head Start staff.Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.Orders supplies and equipment to be used by special needs children in the classroom.Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports.Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with Head Start/Early Head Start staff.May perform First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to Head Start/Early Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary by the supervisorAttends all required staff and parent meetings and activities.Performs other related duties as required. Education:A baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-aged children. Coursework equivalent to a major related to Early Childhood Education includes but is not limited to the following: A) Teaching credentials: licensure or certification by the state for Pre-K teachers recognized by the local school district or state education agency as qualifying teachers to teach pre-school children in that school district or state if the individual has at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching pre-school aged children. OR B) Coursework: No less than 18 semester credits in courses that focus specifically on child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical development, mathematics, science and children's literature. These courses may have been taken in various departments such as Education, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others, and must specifically address young children. A baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America's professional staff. Completion of State Childcare Training required including Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschoolers or Infant/Toddlers Course; and proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course. In addition all state mandated courses for the Voluntary prekindergarten required. A Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Special Needs Course; and a State of Florida Child Care and Education Program Director Credential; and possession of a valid Driver License. Experience: Three years of experience in teaching pre-school or kindergarten age plus two years of supervisory experience required. Some experience in financial management and budgeting preferred. Previous Head Start/Early Head Start experience preferred. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area. Skills:Considerable knowledge of supervising Education staff.Considerable knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.Considerable knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to early childhood development.Considerable knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to early childhood development.Skill in coordinating and selecting appropriate activities for young children and their parents.Skill in making presentations to groups.Skill in verbal communication with pre-school age children.Skill in resolving conflicts between pre-school age children.Ability to plan, organize and conduct early childhood education programs.Ability to oversee the work of subordinate staff.Ability to assume a seated position on the floor, or a bent or kneeled position for extended periods of time.Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.Ability to handle confidential information.Ability to use a computer and related software.Ability to follow established procedures.Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.Ability to implement safety procedures.Ability to work effectively with others.Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Also required: Certification in First Aid and CPR and successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check and drug screening prior to hiring. Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services 3230 Commerce Place, Suite A West Palm Beach, FL 33407 EOE/DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE Company Description: Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is an organization that is guided by big ideas and these guiding principles create an imperative to serve that compels LSF to build on organizational strengths, overcome weaknesses and create effective programs in response to human suffering and need. The mission, values, vision and ends polices guide the work of LSF. These guiding principles also shape the advocacy and promotion efforts of the organization, which focus on the needs of the vulnerable, overcoming barriers to service and positioning LSF to effectively respond to opportunities. The LSF business model responds to a rapidly changing service landscape with an aggressive growth strategy. That growth is predicated on methodical pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities and the maintenance of a new program "pipeline." LSF provides value by developing and competently deploying efficient organizational structures; effective operating policies and procedures; accountable management systems and processes; and expertise in the form of personnel, strategic alliances or purchased services. We have over 60 Programs throughout Florida, an operating budget of over $210 million dollars and 1,400 employees. Our Head Start Programs are in multiple counties throughout Florida providing multiple program options including center base, family childcare, home base, pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers. MISSION: Lutheran Services Florida serves to bring Gods healing, hope and help to people in need in the name of Jesus Christ. VISION: LSF sees itself and its employees as called and committed servants of Christ by serving the needy, the frail, and the powerless with integrity, faith, love and kindness in order to change lives, restore dignity, work for justice and bring healing, hope and help. LSF is a leader in the State of Florida in providing human services. VALUES: We derive our basic values from a Biblical understanding of loving creative and redemptive activity in Christ Jesus. We seek partnerships with congregations to serve people in need. We recognize that no one agency or group can be fully effective when working alone; and we therefore seek relationships with other faith-based organizations and/or community-based organizations with similar missions. We do not discriminate in the provision of services. We do not discriminate in hiring; we seek staff members who are culturally competent and committed to serving others. We intentionally seek former clients capable of joining our staff, and we encourage promotion from within. We believe that our success should be evaluated by our abilities to serve those in need and change their lives for the better. We want employees that love serving our families. LSF: Love, Service, Faith.
• Location: West Palm Beach
• Post ID: 48688498 westpalmbeach