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Volunteers of America Southwest Director of Early Head Start in San Bernardino, California

Director of Early Head Start

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Job Location

Early Head Start SB - San Bernardino, CA

Position Type

Full Time

Education Level

4 Year Degree

Job Shift




Volunteers of America is a federally and stated funded comprehensive early childhood education program with a focus on child development that includes a child’s cognitive, physical and social emotional growth and development. The program fosters Family Engagement in all areas of a child’s development and provides comprehensive resources to low income families in the areas of health, nutrition and community resources.


Under the direction of the Division Director of Education and Early Childhood Development and/or the Vice President - COO, the Director of Volunteers of America Early Head Start Program is responsible for providing leadership and accountability for all areas of program compliance and daily operations.  This position should have thorough and extensive knowledge of the Head Start Performance Standards, knowledge of child development and family dynamics and awareness of the value of community partnerships within the agency’s service area. This position must have knowledge of fiscal principals, budgeting and Human Resources to maintain program compliance.


  • Evaluate organizational effectiveness; interpret a variety of data to determine program strengths and challenges

  • Evaluation of staff; setting goals and expectations for performance

  • Ensuring timelines are met, and appropriate reports are generated in a timely and usable manner

  • Ensuring compliance with health/safety/licensing regulations, Head Start Act and Performance Standards

  • Responsibility for funding/re-funding applications and their approval by the Board of Directors, and Policy Council

  • Effective communication with constituents, Board, employees, parents and community groups.

  • Making rapid and informed decisions for program operations.

  • Develop and maintain budgets that address the successful implementation of daily operations and services to children and families

Provide input in the development personnel policies for agency employees to ensure the inclusion of Head Start Performance Standards in the Volunteers of America Southwest Personnel Policies.



  • Five years of professional and program management experience associated with educational, social services, family development and or operational programs that are directly related to the operations of Early Head Start services, including at least three years of management and supervisory experience.  

  • Experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in Education, Public Administration, Business Management, Child Development, or a related field is required. A Master’s degree is desirable.


  • Management capacity relevant to human services program management and familiarity with federal, state, and local laws, codes regulations, and requirements pertaining to the Head Start program, and state laws

  • Leadership skills; the ability to set course and direction for the organization

  • Strategic orientation; the ability to see the “big picture”

  • Understanding of national and local initiatives related to school readiness, transition and other program and curriculum objectives

  • Principles and practices of business administration, organizational management, facilities management and human resources management.

  • Principles and methods of finance and budget administrations as they apply to the funding and reporting requirement of state and federal categorical programs.

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Early childhood education and development;

  • Oral communication skills; the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences

  • Strong written communication skills


  • California Teachers Commission on Credentialing; Child Development Director’s Permit.


Eligibility to Work:  All potential employees will be asked to present supporting documents establishing proof of identity and employment eligibility upon completing the I-9 form.

Medical Examination:  Must submit a medical examination demonstrating capability to perform type of work required; must submit a tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray,and proof of the following immunizations; Influenza, Pertussis TDAP (Whooping Cough), and Measles (MMR).

Fingerprint Clearances:  All potential employees will be subject to obtain fingerprint clearances from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Child Abuse Index prior to starting work.* 

Other Special Requirement:  Must have the use of an automobile with adequate insurance coverage and a valid California driver’s license, or have available transportation.

 *Failure to meet medical standards and/or criminal record clearance may result in withdrawal of job appointment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

• Ability to lift 30 pounds if required.

• Ability to squat, bend, stoop, sit on floor, stand, and walk for required periods of time.

• Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.

• Reach with hands, arms, use hands, and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.