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Early Head Start School Readiness Director – Office of Children’s Affairs
Downtown Denver
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Posted 4 Days Ago
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About Our Job
The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees work where needed, at a city site and/or in the field at least three days a week and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days.

Please apply as soon, as this position will close without advance notice once we receive a sufficient number of qualified candidates.

The Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA) supports Denver Agencies, the community and its service providers in ensuring all children and youth have basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten and have the opportunity to succeed academically and professionally.

Current programs of OCA include the on-going development and implementation of strategies to increase access to nutritious food; high-quality childcare and afterschool programs; maternal and child mental health; early learning and literacy resources; youth transportation, mentorship, cultural experiences and pathways to post-secondary education and careers.

We are a small team of highly motivated, passionate people. We are driven and flexible. We deeply believe in the mission of our work. We are humble, mindful, and accountable to the people of Denver and to each other. We are respectful of our relationships. Before we act, we listen with empathy and learn with openness. We are dedicated to deliver structural, systemic change for our community; we must think about the world as it could be rather than marginally improving the world as it is. We are locally driven and community centered.

Denver Great Kids Head Start (DGKHS) is hiring for an Early Head Start School Readiness Director. This Director reports to the Head Start Executive Director and is responsible for planning, coordination, consultation, evaluation, support, review, oversight and reporting on school readiness programs and initiatives of DGKHS to achieve established educational targets as measured by children’s performance on Teaching Strategies Gold Child Outcomes assessments, and other indicators. The Early Head Start School Readiness Director serves as a technical consultant to the delegate agencies and demonstrates effective leadership, teaming and facilitation skills to engage partners in planning activities that result in goal advancement and increased child outcomes.

As the Early Head Start School Readiness Director, duties include:

Child Development:

Ensure all children transitioning from Denver Great Kids Head Start have the cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills, knowledge, and physical development to succeed in school and in life
Develop policies, procedures and practices for Early Head Start that support children, families and pregnant women. Develop and implement culturally responsive programs, initiatives and training sessions that provide opportunities for Head Start parents to more effectively support the school readiness activities of their children. Promote positive relations with community stakeholders by participating on various committees that advocate school readiness initiatives or activities for Head Start families
Data Collection and Analysis:

Review and analyze delegate agency child outcomes assessment data and provide recommendations to Head Start Executive Director for implementation strategies to improve overall performance
Complete and submit required reports to Executive Head Start Director, Executive OCA Director, Management Team, Governing Body, Policy Council
Training/Technical Assistance

In partnership with DGKHS team members, parents and other stakeholders, determine overall training needs and provides training, mentoring, and consultation to delegate agency education staff, as needed. Using Spanish language skills.
Under the direction of the Head Start Executive Director, develop city-wide training opportunities that support goals for education programs. Attend trainings and participate in professional development opportunities to keep abreast of best practice strategies and programming for school readiness
Program Monitoring

Perform on-going monitoring of Head Start classrooms to ensure that facilities, materials and supplies promote and support early learning and are safe and meet Head Start program performance standards as well as state and local licensing requirements. Perform observations in Head Start classrooms and develops assessment reports on teacher-child interactions
In conjunction with delegate agency staff, develop improvement plan that promote school readiness activities in accordance with the established school readiness plan
Provide authoritative guidance and direction to delegate agencies who serve EHS per the Head Start {Program Performance Standards
Provide consultation and programming to delegates Conduct program monitoring on both EHS and HS Provide coaching to delegate agency EHS and other HS staff and monitor coaching logs Conduct classroom Observations of HS and EHS programs Initiate and participate in education staff meetings across all delegate agencies Participate in all DGKHS content area meetings Reviewing all data- comp template Maintain EHS budget and participate in budget meetings Participate in DGKHS education training sessions
About You
To be successful in this role, you thrive on providing service to the public with demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. You provide training along with coaching with empathy and understanding. You also enjoy working as a team player who meets deadlines and provides deliverables as a representative of OCA.

Our ideal candidate will have:

Bilingual skills, preferably Spanish. Strong communication skills written and verbal
Experience working in an Early Head Start program
Working knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards
Classroom Assessment and Observation System Reliable experience
Training and presentation skills to diverse audiences
We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field based on a specific position(s)
Experience: Three (3) years’ experience performing full performance professional level duties within a specialized, functional area. (This does not include clerical experience)
Education/Experience Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements
To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):

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Position Salary Range

$63,801.00 – $105,272.00
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Based on experience and education

Office of Children’s Affairs
The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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