Director, Head Start - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Carbondale Illinois

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

United States


Detailed Job Description

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Head Start. This position is a Non-Research Administrative/Professional position.

SIU Carbondale annually attracts approximately 18,000 students from all 50 states and 100 countries, and has more than 5,000 faculty and staff and 222,000 living alumni in the United States and in more than 20 nations. Eight colleges and two professional schools comprise SIU Carbondale. The university offers more than 200 majors, minors and specializations, three associate degrees, as well as graduate and professional education, including doctoral degrees in more than 30 fields and medical and law degrees. Carbondale is approximately 100 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, and is surrounded by the 240,000-acre Shawnee National Forest, the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, multiple state parks and six lakes. A vibrant community of approximately 26,000 residents, Carbondale is regarded as one of the best small cities in Illinois.


  • Ensures the program's full compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and pertinent state and local regulations and requirements in the areas of enrollment, recruitment, selection, eligibility and attendance (ERSEA), transportation services and staff development, and center and co-location site operations.
  • Directs the development of program annual grant proposal, financial plans and budgets & works in concert with governing bodies, appropriate University departments & funding source for approvals & grant submission.
  • Plans, formulates, coordinates & implements the Head Start Program & provides direction and leadership for all service areas.
  • Develops & monitors necessary management systems & procedures to assure fiscal accountability, record keeping & reporting & compliances with all applicable local, state & federal rules/regulations.
  • Develops & administers organizational structure to implement programmatic requirements ensuring quality services to children & their families. This position requires development & oversight of policies/procedures to administer the Head Start Program. Additionally, the position must make decisions based on local, state, University and federal rules & regulations. The position requires discretion and independent judgment in decision making related to personnel & human resources matters, child health & safety, operation of transportation services, facility maintenance & safety and financial management. The ability to make independent decisions is necessary in order to analyze & minimize risks for children, families, staff and the University.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree
  • At least Five (5) years of experience as an administrator/supervisor in a social services organization, child care/development setting, educational environment or related field working with children and families. Experience should include the ability to manage a substantial budget and complex working environment while setting goals for the organization and providing leadership to fulfill the mission of Head Start.
  • The ability to communicate effectively is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in working with Federal or State grants.
  • Previous work experience with a Head Start provider.

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Effective Date: Anticipated effective date of employment will be January 1, 2016.

Application Instructions:
Use Institution Website button to the right of this job description, then follow instructions on the jobpage at SIU-Carbondale's website.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

Keyword Phrases

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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