Job Specifications

HEAD START COLLABORATION OFFICE DIRECTOR

Job Code: 074700

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 25

Occupational Category: Administrative Services, HR & Fiscal Operations

Effective Date: 04/24/2011

Class Definition:

Facilitate collaboration among Vermont's Head Start and Early Head Start grantees, the Vermont Head Start Association, and Vermont's early childhood systems, services, programs and organizations (including Building Bright Futures, Vermont's early childhood advisory council) to benefit low income children from birth to school entry and their families. This involves policy formulation, planning, and monitoring of the integration of Early Head Start and Head Start with other child development (including early intervention), health and family support services and early care and education programs into a set of comprehensive services for families. The work includes oversight and leadership of the State Head Start Collaboration Office and federal grant to meet the federal Office of Head Start's federal goals and priority areas. Duties involve extensive interaction with program managers, federal officials, service providers, technical staff, parents, and the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of the Child Development Division but with significant latitude for independent judgment and decision making.

Examples of Work:

Develops the Office's 5 year strategic plan based upon a multi-stakeholder needs assessment and implements the activities through annual work plans aligned with the VT Head Start Association and other organization strategic and implementation plans. Develops local, regional and state interagency agreements to improve access to child development, health and family support services and early care and education programs as well as to improve the quality of these services and programs. Assists in the development of state public policy relating to early childhood programs such as the alignment of Head Start (including Early Head Start) child development and early learning standards framework with State early learning guidelines, curricula, assessment methodologies and outcomes and collaborations with Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and Vermont's early childhood professional development system to promote professional development and acquisition of higher education credentials for Head Start and Early Head Start teachers through traditional and non-traditional programs. Provides administrative and technical support to the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services and to the Commissioner of Education on collaboration projects and issues such as coordination with state and local school entities to foster the seamless transition of children and continuity of services between Head Start and elementary schools. Serves as the liaison with Vermont Head Start Association and with federal and regional Administration for Children offices, including the Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care. Arranges, participates in and or monitors federal, state, interdepartmental and interagency meetings to assure that all aspects of programs are consistent with federal and state statutes, regulations, and policies. Prepares or directs the preparation of federal reports. Negotiates and resolves conflicts among departments and providers. Participates in and represents the Deputy, Commissioner and Secretary at a variety of state and national association or committee meetings. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Work is primarily performed in a normal office setting but with the need for travel, for which private means of transportation must be available. Attendance at a variety of regional, departmental, agency and multi-group conferences are anticipated, some involving a leadership or chairperson role. Night and evening meetings may be anticipated involving individuals from various disciplines and advocacy groups.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of human services principles, practices, and goals.


Considerable knowledge of human services delivery and education systems.


Considerable knowledge of early childhood development and family support principles and evidence based practices.


Considerable knowledge of continuous quality improvement, collaboration and systems development principles and practices.


Considerable knowledge of and experience in Head Start, Early Head Start and other federal and state programs and their regulations.


Ability to use and present data Early Head Start and Head Start data that informs policy development.

Ability to draw relevant conclusions from diverse fiscal and program input

Ability to correctly interpret and apply complex rules, regulations, policies and procedures to both general and specific situations.


Ability to conceptualize program processes and relationships along a total continuum from planning to evaluation.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Education and Experience:

Master's degree in child development and family development, education, public administration, organizational development, or a human services field AND four (4) years at or above a professional level in a public policy, management or administrative role in a human services or education, preferably with Early Head Start and Head Start or related child and family services.

Note: Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the master's degree on a six months for a semester basis.

Special Requirements:

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, pursuant to 20 V.S.A. 2056c or other applicable statutory authority, requires criminal record checks for all AHS positions, including motor vehicle driving record checks and national record checks where appropriate.