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Assistant Center Director
at MAAC Project
|Department:||Child Development Program|
|Location:||Gosnell - San Marcos, CA|
|FT/PT Status:||Regular Full Time|
Under direct supervision, Assistant Center Directors assist in planning, implementing and providing day-to-day supervision of the educational programs and operations of an assigned Head Start/Early Head Start center, typically with two or more classrooms/program options. Responsibilities include providing children with a safe, nurturing, engaging and secure learning environment that gives them the awareness, skills and confidence to succeed in their present environment and in later school life; ensuring delivery of Head Start and community support services to families; for compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, service area plans and state licensing requirements, including those applicable to health, safety and fire regulations; accountable for the timely completion, reporting and the preparation and maintenance of up-to-date children’s files. Duties and responsibilities are carried out with considerable independence within the framework of established policies, procedures and guidelines.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Examples of the essential and core duties of this position included in this announcement are not necessarily a full description of this position. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein, if such assignments are reasonably related to the overall duties of this position.
- Assists the Center Director with: organizing, and overseeing the programs, program personnel and activities of an assigned center; works with assigned teaching and family service staff and develops, implements and monitors service area and center work plans to achieve assigned goals, objectives and educational outcomes; contributes to development of and monitoring of performance against the available resources; participates in developing, implementing and evaluating work programs, plans, processes, systems and procedures to achieve MAAC and Head Start goals, objectives and performance measures consistent with division quality and service expectations.
- Assists the Center Director with: monitoring staff performance and providing coaching for performance improvement and development; subject to management concurrence, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with MAAC’s Human Resources policies and procedures, applicable Head Start regulations and labor contract provisions.
- Provides day-to-day leadership to ensure a high performance, child- and family-centered environment which supports achieving Head Start educational objectives and family service expectations; provides leadership and participates in programs and activities that promote effective parent involvement and a positive employee relations environment.
- Assists the Center Director with: overseeing the day-to-day operations of assigned program options; ensures centers are properly staffed in conformance with licensing requirements and adjusts staffing as required; responds to telephone calls and parent visits regarding a wide variety of child and family issues; communicates center activities and program master calendar to staff and parents; ensures cooperative working relationships between staff, parents, volunteers, community partners, specialists and consultants; resolves food service and transportation issues and special needs with applicable managers; coordinates the delivery of meal services, including receiving food, required paperwork, meal production records, food order, inventory, assigning duties to Program/Kitchen Aides..
- Assists the Center Director with: inspecting and monitoring center operations to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, state licensing requirements and health, safety and fire regulations; adjusts staffing to ensure conformance to applicable licensing requirements; performs mandated inspections of classroom and playground facilities and takes necessary corrective action to ensure that housekeeping/cleanliness standards and permit/license requirements are met.
- Assist the Center Director with: overseeing and participating in implementation of daily lesson plans and activities, ensuring they are age appropriate, individualized and culturally sensitive; observes teachers in the classroom and provides feedback; mentors and coaches staff in planning appropriate curriculum and activities; provides technical and problem solving assistance to teachers and other staff; trains staff on curriculum changes and DRDP procedures; monitors to ensure timely completion of child observations and assessments; ensures Individual Education Plans are being implemented.
- Promotes parent involvement in center activities; and assists with; planning and conducting parent education/training meetings; oversees the activities of assigned parent trainees.
- Assists the Center Director to ensure the maintenance of up-to-date, accurate center and children’s files; reviews daily and monthly teacher reports; compiles and submits end-of-the-month reporting for each assigned program option, classroom status, meal count, volunteer time, in-kind donation, transportation, field trip and other reports required by funding agencies.
- Fills in for other center staff as required; substitutes in the classroom; portions and prepares children’s meals; serves as bus aide when required; participates with other staff on field trips.
- Attends staff and program planning meetings; participates in mandatory training sessions.
- Builds community relationships; participates in recruitment and enrollment activities as required
- Maintains an inventory and orders materials and supplies for center operation
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in early childhood education, child development or a closely related field which includes 24 semester units in child development, including twelve (12) CORE semester units [Child Development, Child, Family and Community and six (6) units in curriculum],] 3 units in Infant/Toddler coursework, 3 units in administration or staff relations; and at least four years of progressively responsible teaching experience in a Head Start or child development program, at least one of which was in a lead or supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
- Associates degree required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
- A Child Development Permit at the Master Teacher or Site Supervisor level is required.
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