Head Start Director
Child Care Associates is seeking strategic, innovative,
mission-focused candidates for
the Head Start Director position. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced
candidate who is well-versed in Head Start and Early Head Start programs to lead the
work of impacting early learning by guiding the program design, creating data-driven
improvements, and leading a talented team within a regional nonprofit in the 13th largest
city in the nation. Successful candidates are collaborative and inclusive leaders who
have the personality and skills to effectively drive program impact.
Regional support for young children has increased over the past 5 years, creating an
opportunity to propel CCA’s services and the early learning system to new levels of impact and
quality. Because of CCA’s longevity, size, and history of achievement, it has the potential to
become a model for the early learning field at the local, state, and national level. The Head Start Director will support CCA leadership as the organization develops this potential. Head Start and early education are deeply supported as a greater good and the Head Start Director is a celebrated and appreciated role.
As a senior leader in the organization, the Head Start Director plans, designs, implements, and
evaluates the framework, systems, and procedures to ensure excellence in delivering CCA’s
early childhood education programs throughout North Texas. Guiding program oversight, the
Head Start Director commits to providing an inclusive culture, distributing responsibilities
equitably, and fostering creativity in a collaborative environment that delivers ongoing
transformation. The Director will lead, train, and develop a team ensuring that Head Start
Performance Standards as well as best practices in early education are well-known and
supported across the organization. The Director of Head Start will collaborate in the community
with leaders and stakeholders to deliver the message of the lifelong impact and social
significance of early childhood education on health, economics, and behavior.
Specifically, the Head Start Director will have three areas of focus:
Leadership, Management & Communication – Demonstrate leadership in an early
education nonprofit including building strong management teams and systems as well as
a building clear and transparent communication across the Head Start program and
Program Operations - Oversee programs, including operational and financial
management, evaluation, assessment, and ongoing process improvement.
Internal and External Relationship Building, Cultivation, and
Cultivate meaningful working relationships with staff, public leaders, community
agencies, and school district personnel. Build, lead, and inspire a diverse team of
Leadership, Management & Communication
- Build a team that implements quality early education programs while daily achieving Head Start performance standards.
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive program structure to ensure the daily operation of multiple child development centers and joint classrooms within school districts.
- Coordinate and develop Head Start program plans and policies and procedures as needed that align with Head Start Performance Standards, Texas Child Care Licensing
Minimum Standards, and CCA values, policies and
- Build a shared governance approach between the Head Start Policy Council and CCA’s Board of Directors; guide and direct the Policy Council team to ensure families are engaged and active in leading the program.
- Remain up-to-date and aware of literature, news and reports
childhood, education, innovation, as well as management and leadership literature.
- Develop a pipeline of skilled and degreed early childhood educators in the organization.
- Collaborate with school districts and other partners to expand Head Start andEarly Head Start services within schools and organizations.
Reports, Analysis, and Continuous Improvement
- Develop a culture of collaborative inquiry and use of data that drives program improvement and decision-making.
- Use data to ensure equitable outcomes for children and families.
- Lean into continuous improvement; assure remediation of any non-compliance found and regularly incorporate program improvements.
Internal and External Relationship Building, Cultivation,
- Build effective relationships with the Board of Directors, Head Start Committee, Policy Council, and community partners.
- Develop the analytic and management capacity of managers and coordinators and serve as an active coach across the program.
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field; doctorate degree a plus!
- Minimum of three (3) years previous experience as a Head Start Director with experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration. (Significant experience as a Deputy Director in another Head Start program of scale may be considered).
- Stellar written and verbal communication skills.
- Collaboratively leads teams with open, transparent communication.
Compensation range is expected between $110,000 and $145,000 based on experience and
degrees. A competitive benefits package is provided, including employee health insurance plan
(at little cost to employee), vision & dental insurance, life insurance, wellness benefits, and a
403(b) retirement plan. Employer contributes 4% to 403(b) beginning after one year of
employment and will match at 50% up to an additional 4% employee contribution. Flexible Paid- Time Off begins upon hire with paid holidays and employer-provided week off at December holiday time. Summer flex-time options are available. The agency may also offer offsetting moving expenses.