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Executive Director

CPI/Community Parents Head Start, Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

The Executive Director administers the delivery of Community Parents, Inc. Early Head/Head Start programs as contracted with HHS/ACF/Office of Head Start as grantee for center based services. You would be responsible for ensuring our programs achieve target outcomes and maintains the highest standards of program operation. You will oversee a budget of $5-8 million and approximately 60 employees at multiple sites who provide a wide range of programs and services that creates opportunities for families and communities to thrive. You would work closely with a seasoned management team for compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Comptroller for implementation of the Code of Federal Regulations, launch improvement and innovation initiatives, document and present program progress and results and support ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts. As a member of the Head Start Leadership Team, you would contribute to the development and execution of department-wide strategies, collaborate with other functional teams to drive efficiency and impact, and promote a positive workplace culture across the agency. Being a representative at local, regional and national communities, the Executive Director is the hallmark for Community Parents, Inc.

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Program Implementation (60%)
• Oversee the translation of program design into high quality implementation frameworks as required by the Office of Head Start, responsible to assure that operational mandates and quality standards for compliance are achieved. Maintain an effective working relationship with members of the Board of Directors, Policy Council and Head Start staff.
• Stay abreast of state-of-the-art research and practices for addressing the early childhood development and family education needs in targeted Head Start and Early Head Start communities.
• Ensure safeguarding protocols and security policies are effectively implemented according to
local licensing and federal standards.

Program Growth and Visibility (15%)
• Serve as technical lead for resource development efforts in order to strengthen the diversity and sustainability of Head Start program funding and cultivate donor relationships through in­ person meetings, site visits and other engagement events.
• Establish relationships between CPI and other relevant organizations (governmental and non­ governmental) working in the field of Early Head Start and Head Start.
• Provide technical guidance and actively support advocacy efforts to drive policy change; contribute to development of policy agendas and participate in local, state and federal meetings as needed.
• Contribute to activities that increase brand visibility, program awareness and identify other media-worthy moments that highlight our work.

Leadership & Resource Management (25%):
• As a member of the Head Start leadership team, actively participate in meetings and contribute to the overall strategic direction of the organization.
• Provide leadership and oversight of program operation of CPI. Prepare annual report, submit
annual refunding application and supplemental grant submissions, as required.

• Champion the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive agency environment that supports the overall philosophy and mission of the organization.

• Directly supervise a team of site directors working in multiple offices and remote-based locations; providing guidance and support, building their technical and supervisory capacity, and fostering a positive team morale and workplace culture.


• Master's level preferred with 5-7 years' experience in monitoring and supervision, fiscal management and grant administration.
• Knowledge and experience in child or family development, education, social work, human services or related field.
• Excellent verbal, written, organizational, and communication skills, and exceptional attention to detail. Comfortable with public speaking.
• Proficiency in MS Office applications, Word, Excel, Google Docs, Teams, email and internet for recordkeeping and fiscal management;
• Excellent customer service abilities to develop and maintain strong, cooperative relationships with program staff, parents, community agencies and organizations.
• Must be committed to social equity of families with limited financial resources, and to
maintaining client confidentiality.
• Must be skilled in meeting precise deadlines, and must possess abilities to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
• Must be energetic, positive, mature, professional, diplomatic, motivated, have a can-do, extra-mile attitude, and be able to work independently and as part of a team.
• Must demonstrate physical ability to carry out required tasks.
• Knowledge of effective marketing and public relations
• Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to respond to emergencies when necessary.
• Ability to uphold all health and safety standards.

Why you should consider Community Parents, Inc.

We have 53 year history of experience delivering early childhood and family services in underserved communities. Our mission is to enhance the well-being of our communities, individuals and families through responsive, innovative and collaborative human services. CPI believes every child deserves a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from adversity that may impact their growth and development. Our work with children and families requires that we commit working together to address these inequities.

CPI offers outstanding benefits that include health, vision, flexible spending account, life and disability insurances an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) pension plan, vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran.

We endeavor to create an environment that values all people in a safe environment that promotes an inclusive and equitable learning with a heart for sensitivity, a head for critical thinking and a hand for change.
Employment Requirements

Valid Driver's license .

Criminal Background Clearance Medical Examination
Position requires repetitive use of 10-key, computer keyboard and mouse, as well as extended periods of visual focus on a computer monitor.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Forward Letter of Interest to: Cynthia Cummings, Executive Director

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