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Head Start Manager-Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Job Title: Head Start Manager 

 Job Vacancy #: RSIC 149-22

Department: Education 

Job Status: Full-time; Exempt

Salary: Up to $65,436.80 annual salary

Opening date: 09/14/2022

 Closing date: Open until filled

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the RSIC Education Manager and general direction of the Head Start Parent Policy Council, the Head Start Manager will manage the Head Start Program for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. The Head Start Manager has commensurate authority to provide leadership and direction for the Head Start Program. The Manager will serve as a mentor and coach for staff in all aspects of the Head Start Program in order to meet federal requirements as outlined in the Head Start Performance Standards. In addition, the Head Start Manager is responsible for the overall programmatic operations and evaluation of the program including direct responsibility in the areas of Program Design and Management, Shared Governance and Fiscal Management as well as general responsibility of all other areas of Head Start. The Head Start Manager will meet the minimum qualifications for this position as outlined in the Head Start Performance Standards, 1302.91 Head Start director hired after November 7, 2016, has, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree and experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration.


* Formulate, coordinate, and implement the Head Start Program.

* Assist in the development and implementation of Head Start program goals, objectives, action plans, policies and procedures as a result of the program self and community assessments.

* Establish operating procedures that enhance efficient program operation and compliance.

* Develop clear-cut lines of authority and channels of communication.

* Interpret all governmental and tribal ordinances, regulations, transmittal notices, ordinances, and memorandums pertaining to the Head Start Program.

* Identify new program development areas and participate in the development of proposals to secure additional funds and programs.

* Collect and analyze data, as needed, for program assessment and evaluation and improvement.

* Prepare and submit reports necessary for the continued funding of the program and as required by the RSIC Education Manager and Community Services Director.

* Serve as an advocate for the Head start program. Schedule weekly meeting with various staff and overall program staff.

* Serve as liaison between program agencies, Tribal Council, grantee, Policy Council, and community agencies.

* Must be able to work with outside agencies to meet the needs of children with disabilities.

* Foster shared decision making with Policy Council and work closely with that group to ensure organization, training, and effective operations.

* Attend monthly Policy Council meetings, Center Committee and Tribal Council meetings, when requested, and other meetings as required.

* Develop plans for utilization of community resources. Work closely with public and private agencies that can provide supporting services to Head Start families.

* Develop personnel policies in conjunction with the RSIC Personnel Department and Policy Council for submission to and approval by the RSIC Tribal Council.

* Guide and assist in the hiring process for all Head Start staff, and in their assignment and orientation to the program and their jobs.

* Plan, organize, assign, direct, review and evaluate the work of all program staff.

* Oversee the monitoring of services provided and insure compliance of the services with the Head Start Performance Standards.

* Collaborate and coordinate activities with other service agencies to ensure that the developmental and service needs are met for children, parents, and staff.

* Administer and provide professional assistance to program staff in planning, reviewing, and implementation of budgets and other financial related matters.

* Represent the RSIC in meetings with governmental agencies, professional, and business organizations as needed. Responsible for establishing and maintaining fiscal control over all assigned program assets and records, this includes but is not limited to preparation of yearly, quarterly, monthly and other financial reports, required to discharge the responsibilities established by Tribal, Federal, State and local authorities. Ensure all purchase orders are signed off by the RSIC Education Manager.

* Will monitor the Reno and Hungry Valley centers on a regular basis, i.e., announced and un-announced on-site visits. Will schedule time bi-weekly for on site in HV.

* Will assure that all staff, classroom and child services are met as outlined in the Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Act, and RSIC policies and ordinances.

* Will participate in all Head Start and RSIC trainings, as requested and mandated.

* Must be able to promote, establish and implement positive working relationships with children, families, and co-workers.

* Will work closely with the RSIC Fiscal Department for management of Head Start grant and Tribal support funds for the program.

* Works effectively in a team environment and actively participates in joint problem solving; willingly cooperates with co-workers listening attentively to others; asks clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the other person’s views and underlying assumptions, following rules, regulations, and policies; positively contributes to implementing changes

* Deals with issues directly, in a respectful and timely manner. Focuses on resolving the issue while not criticizing the person

* Employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret information; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret people and situations work under intensive deadlines and interact with management, administrators, staff, teachers, parents, family members, children and others encountered in the course of work.

* Promote and establish a positive relationship and communicate effectively with other staff and parents using daily communication and implementing positive working relationships with children, families and co-workers

* Communicate on a regular basis verbally, electronically and in writing to the Head Start staff regarding program issues including concerns and recommendations, related to but not limited to children, families, staff and program.

* Participates in all phases of Head Start and RSIC training program.

* Performs other duties as required to be in compliance with RSIC Personnel Policies and Procedures and the Head start Performance Standards to help meet the needs of the Head Start program; including acting in behalf of the Education Manager when requested.

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Minimum Qualifications:

* Possess a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources, public administration, Early Childhood Education or related field from an accredited college or university and experience in fiscal management, supervision, and human resources. May substitute a bachelor’s degree in any field plus five (5) years experience which demonstrates the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position or any combination of education and experience over seven (7) years that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be acceptable.

* Must be a minimum of twenty-one (21) years of age at time of hire and be eligible for participation in the RSIC Vehicle Insurance Program;

* Have a valid Driver’s License and current DMV record submitted prior to date of hire;

* Able to maintain confidentiality of personal information about children, families, and staff.

* Able to work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge of Tribal community and sensitivity to Native American Indian needs.

* Must demonstrate experience in working with pre-school age children and families.

* Demonstrated ability to establish functional program strategies and long-term planning in a tribal government with operations ranging from enterprises to community services.

* Possess strong conceptual, technical, project management, and communication skills with the ability to persuade external and internal customers on proposed ideas and implementation strategies.

* Excellent leadership and management skills, including demonstrated ability to select, train, develop, mentor, and motivate staff.

* Must be able to maintain confidentiality of personal information about children, families, and staff.

* Demonstrated ability to work concurrently on multiple projects and manage competing priorities.

* Must be able to pass an extensive and detailed Criminal History/Employment Background Check.

* Must satisfactorily pass an annual physical examination and TB screening

* Must possess and maintain infant and adult CPR certification, First Aid certification, and a Food Handler’s Certification within three (3) months from date of hire and each year thereafter.

* Must be able to pass pre-employment screening and background checks

Submit application to: Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

    Human Resources Department

    Attn: Esther Sanchez

    34 Reservation Rd

    Reno, NV 89502

    Phone: 775-785-1303

    Fax: 775-785-8779


Indian Preference:

Hiring preference will be given to qualified tribal members of Reno-Sparks Indian Colony followed by members of other federally recognized tribes.

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony requires a designated candidate to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen, criminal background check which may require fingerprinting, and confirmation of professional references and certifications.