Children's Home Society of Florida

Early Head Start Program Director

Job Locations US-FL-Jacksonville
Job ID
# of Openings
Regular Full-Time


Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults.


PROGRAM NAME: Early Head Start 
OBJECTIVE: To develop, implement, direct and manage the Early Head Start program 

- Coordinate and oversee implementation of services. Develop local

  collaborative service agreements with providers for health care, translation

  services, etc.
- Create a “Family Partnership” Interim Policy Council to assist in program

  development and program achievement of outcomes.
- Develop referral systems with child welfare/CBC partners to recruit families.
- Market, organize and oversee the recruitment, screening and admission of

  children and families to the program.
- Oversee parent involvement in all phases of the program, including policy

  deliberations, classroom participation and parent educational activities.
- Recruit, hire, train and supervise program staff.
- Oversee program meets all CHS, COA, licensing, contractual, quality

  management and outcome standards and requirements.
- Implement and manage the evaluation and reporting of program statistics.
- Develop and regularly monitor program budget. Coordinate billing and

  budgeting with the Finance Department.
- Organize and/or conduct pre-service and in-service training as needed.
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with relevant community

- Represent CHS at pertinent meetings / functions which may be held during

  evenings, weekends or holidays.
- Perform supervisory responsibilities specified in COA Standard TS3 and CHS

  statewide directives.
- Direct contract and grant renewal process for the program.
- Participate in fund-raising and grant writing activities.
- Serve as a member of the Division’s management Team.
- Purchase and oversee property inventory. 
- Participate in the quality improvement process.

This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children's Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.


REQUIRED:  All degrees must be from an accredited university.

- Master’s degree in Human Services
- Five years supervisory experience.
- Two years program management
- Florida Driver’s License within 30 days from hire


- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education
- Experience in Early Head Start program
- Experience working with Local Board governance (advisory board, task

  forces, policy councils, etc.)
- Local connections with early childhood partners in the Central Florida



- Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
- Ability to learn computer skills sufficient to perform all essential functions
- Ability to provide supervision to medical staff (licensed nurses) and clinical

  staff (ITDS therapists)
- Effective verbal and written communication sills
- Knowledge of child welfare system (children at risk of child abuse / neglect)
- Knowledge of Early Head Start Performance Standards
- Knowledge of Medicaid (to bill clinical services)
- Knowledge of Trauma-informed care and / or infant Mental health Care
- Possess abilities specified for supervisors in COA Standard TS 3.07: Ability to:
- address interpersonal barriers and strengths in his/her staff
- empower those receiving supervision
- offer criticism in a constructive manner
- understand employment and labor laws 
- Skilled in community collaborative planning
- Skilled in implementing start up projects

NEEDED: carrying, driving
PREFERRED: sitting, standing, walking


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