Director of Headstart

New Haven, CT, US
Mar 02, 2021
Position Type:
Executive Management

Date Posted:

Gateway Center

TITLE & FOCUS: Director of Headstart


The Director of Headstart leads the District's efforts to ensure that children and students from birth to age 8 (grade 3) are well prepared for and well started in their school-based education. Working across lines of the New Haven Public Schools and the wider community, the Director must provide vision, leadership, and organization to ensure effective developmental learning for all early childhood students. The Director of Head Start manages the Head Start Program in accordance with regulatory and funding source guidelines and New Haven Public Schools' Policies & Procedures. The Director develops, implements, monitors and evaluates programmatic and financial operations.


Responsibilities will include:
  • Establish vison, structure, and systems within NHPS and New Haven to support high quality early learning experiences for young children.Establish and support learning tools, including curriculum, assessments, and teaching guides, that support students and teachers in the effective development of early academic, personal, physical, and other developmentally appropriate skills.Build strong connections to community providers and the wider community that support parents in their role as first teachers during the period of early childhood learning; collaborate with the Office of Youth, Family, and Community as needed.Support professional learning of staff providing early learning experiences, including in developmental stages and pathways of children, recovery and support in response to trauma or adverse childhood experiences, and in effective family and community relationships.Secure and manage grants that support the work of early childhood learning, including federal, state, local, and private resources.Manage and evaluate staff within the Office of Early Childhood, as designated by the Deputy Superintendent.Collaborate with other offices and departments as needed to establish effective services, including those addressing academics, social emotion learning, special -education, enrollment, and talent development.Work with teachers, school leaders, and district leaders serving early childhood students, including the educators at the Dr. Reginald Mayo Early Learning Center and other schools serving pre-K students.Represent the District, the Superintendent, and other Senior Leadership in communicating the District's goals and activities within the community, particularly the early childhood community, including parents, community groups, and in public settings.Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Superintendent.


Candidates should possess a Master's Degree and at least seven (7) years of successful experience in a leadership position in a school system, including significant experience in early childhood education. Successful candidates will need Candidates should also be able to provide evidence of successful experience that demonstrates:
  • An advanced degree in education (i.e. a master's degree), with advanced learning in early childhood preferred.The Intermediate Administrator or Supervisor Certification (092); either already holding that certification, or hold a comparable certification with the ability to secure the appropriate Connecticut certification.At least 7 years of experience in education, reflecting successful teaching, preferably in early childhood, and successful school or program leadership, preferably in an urban district.Demonstrated achievement as an educational leader, ideally in early childhood, including specific evidence of improvement in student learning as a result of the candidate's leadership.Effective management and leadership of adults, including in coaching, evaluation, and team-building among a variety of stakeholders.Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood learning, including childhood developmental stages.Demonstrated knowledge of pedagogical models and strategies to improve instructional delivery; ability to design, deliver, and support high quality professional learning for teachers and staff.Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and cross-organizationally to accomplish integrated projects.Outstanding problem-solving and policy design skills.Demonstrated ability to get along with a diverse group of co-workers and other stakeholders.Proficiency in oral and written communication.
REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent of Schools

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Established by the Board of Education.

SALARY GROUP: Executive Management and Confidential Employees.

EVALUATION: Performance evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board of Education's policy on evaluation of supervisory personnel.

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