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Senior Director, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

Senior Director, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

locationMiami, FL, USA
PublishedPublished: Published 3 weeks ago
Education / Training
Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
$76,960 - $90,792 per year

Salary Range: $76,960-$90,792 annually

Benefits (The Good Stuff)

  • Exempt (Salary): 3 WKS+ Vacation Paid*
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • 12 PTO Paid Days
  • Competitive Health Benefits Package
  • Wellness Program Reimbursements up to $50/month
  • Short Term Disability at NO COST
  • Life Insurance & AD&D 2X Annual Salary at NO COST
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plan UP TO 6% Employer Funding
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Discounted On-Site Early Childhood Care
  • Tuition Assistance for Early Education Degree
  • Free Monthly Transit Card

*Vacation amounts may vary based on roles, schedules, and years of service

Help us make a difference in our community. United, we are tackling complex issues and turning contributions into real change. We fight for equitable access to quality education, financial security, and the health of everyone in our community. Join our team and join us in the fight for a stronger Miami!

United Way Miami, Inc. is hiring a Senior Director, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership to join our team. As Senior Director, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership you will beresponsible for assuring all the Head Start program mandates and standards for excellence are met on a daily basis. This position assists in the development of the structure, systems, and procedures to facilitate this. In addition to operating responsibility for programmatic aspects of the program, it bears the responsibility of assuring that the program is strategically positioned for the future.  

UWM is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace, please visit our Career site homepage to view our EEO statement and Drug-Free policy. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Planning and Management

  • Assures compliance with funding source mandates, all applicable laws, and regulations, and assures that standards, which exceed the minimum, are being met.
  • Following guidance from the VP CFE, participates in the development and execution of long and short-range goals for UW Early Head Start Child Care Partnership– specifically, Program Design and Management.
  • Provides guidance and leadership to staff by ensuring the staff understand the policies and procedures and program goals and emphasizes the importance of the program achieving high standards of quality, internally and through public and private sector partnerships. 
  • Reviews and analyzes monthly financial and statistical reports to assess the budget status and to initiate preventative measures if any problems appear to be predicated.
  • In collaboration with the VP, monitors agreements for the purchasing of goods and services and assures that bids are solicited in accordance with state and federal regulations.
  • Assures that the program serves the number of eligible children for which it is funded.
  • In conjunction with service areas supervisors, review and analyze monthly Attendance Reports to assess chronic absenteeism and use individual child attendance data to identify children with patterns of absence that put them at risk of missing ten percent of program days per year. Develop appropriate strategies to improve individual attendance among identified children, such as direct contact with parents or intensive case management, as necessary.
  • In collaboration with staff, develop Annual Work Plans for all service areas for children 0-36 months and their families.
  • Works with other organizations in the community to foster collaboration as defined by federal Head Start.
  • In conjunction with the VP, the Board of Directors, staff, and Policy Committee, lead planning meetings in which long and short-term goals for improvement are established.
  • Produce high-quality reporting, recommend efficient strategies to prevent concerns, and provide effective solutions to concerns that may arise.  
  • Ensures the implementation of the program self-assessment as mandated by the Office of Head Start. 
  • Ensures the information submitted in the Program Information Report (PIR) is accurate before reporting to the Office of Head Start.
  • Oversees the Policy Council meeting and agenda to ensure pending items are addressed and voted upon.
  • Collaborates in the development of a funding application every year.
  • Keep abreast of all regulations, Program Information, and Information Memoranda pertaining to the Early Head Start program. Ensure that partners receive and review these materials on a monthly basis. Assist partners in developing procedures based on this guidance.
  • Maintains effective, appropriate communication with the CFE Committee including:
  • Attending all regular and special meetings, and committee meetings
  • Providing a written report to the board of the programmatic status of the program and of the administrative activities since the last meeting monitoring results, and strategies to resolve problems, including the update of the program goals.
  • Communication of relevant information from the funding sources
  • Assures remediation of any non-compliances found in partner programs or grantee assessment and incorporates recommendations into planning for the improvement of the program.
  • Hears and resolves community complaints about the program, seeking input from staff, parents, or the Board, as needed.
  • Completes and submits regular reports to the funding sources, the CFE Committee, Board of Directors, and the Policy Committee.
  • In consultation with the Associate Director, assures us that classrooms and playgrounds are well-equipped.

People & Engagement

• Responsible for Performance Management plans for all supervisees.

  • Responsible for approving Time and Attendance in a timely manner for any hourly staff directly under his/her supervision.
  • Include progressive counseling, as needed ensuring that UWM, EEOC, federal, state, and local guidelines are adhered to.
  • Develop strategies that support retention and team building through all division’s communication systems, and staff meetings. 

• Manages staff, consumers, and general public grievances according to policies and procedures 

• Responsible for tracking the implementation of strategies to meet Program Goals.

  • Monitors the implementation of the responsibilities of employees through observation, monthly supervisory meetings, team meetings, and review of files and documentation.
  • Carries out the function delineated in procedures for staff grievances.
  • With the assistance of the UW People & Engagement Department, hires, and if necessary, separate employment with staff, complying with applicable laws, regulations, Personnel Policies, and Procedures assures parent input into the hiring and/or separating employment of staff prior to seeking their approval for the personnel action.

Health Safety, Licensing

In collaboration with the Early Head Start Grantee HUB team, ensures compliance of EHS CCP partners with the Early Head Start Performance Standards, Department of Children and Families regulations and all requirements of any accreditation programs have been completed.


  • Maintains a close working relationship with the Fiscal Coordinator, which provides the Senior Director with information for budget writing and the status of the budget to facilitate effective oversight of expenditures.

Staff Supervision/ Professionalism

• Maintain confidentiality and model professional work ethicParticipate in the onboarding of the HUB staff by having a greet and meet meeting to discuss program goals.

• Demonstrate knowledge of ages and stages of development for children 0 to 36 months. 

  • Monitors the implementation of the responsibilities of employees through observation, monthly supervisory meetings, team meetings, and review of files and documentation.
  • Ensures the practice of reflective practice and supervision and touchpoints to support the work with children and staff. This includes the effective implementation of reflective supervision to support the development and evaluation of their performance through a process of inquiry that encourages their understanding and articulation of the rationale for their own practices. 

• Attend community meetings, training, or events. 

• Positively project UWMD’s mission, goals, philosophies, and policies to families, staff, and the community.  

• Keeps abreast of trends and research in the early childhood field.


  • Establish and maintain a relationship of cooperation and respect with co-workers, assuming a fair share of work and demonstrating initiative. 
  • Lead and supervise all teams through communication, collaboration, and discussion of individual staff needs, partner’s needs, and curriculum planning. 
  • Lead a healthy climate for all HUB staff.

Decision Making

• Exercise independent judgment on a daily basis.  

• Maintains VP of all incidents and changes pertaining to the program and partnership sites.  


Education Requirements: Bachelor's degree with at least three years of experience in Head Start Management systems is required. Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or related Child Development field preferred. Bilingual is preferred.

Experience Requirements: 5 years of supervision. An understanding of Head Start philosophy and the ability to implement its principle of shared authority and decision-making. Experience in human services program management, including program planning, operations and evaluation, and the use of management information systems. Leadership ability. Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.

Technology Requirements: Must have good computer skills; knowledge of Word, and Excel, proficient in the use of the Internet. 

Other Essential Knowledge/Skills: Must have a “big picture” approach to problem-solving, system development, and decision-making; ability to work independently; analytical and problem-solving skills; must understand Head Start Performance Standards requirements; must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; must have excellent organizational skills and proven ability to work within prescribed timelines.

Career growth: We encourage you to grow by providing formal and informal development programs, coaching, and on-the-job challenges. We want you to ask questions, take chances, and explore the possible.

Apply with confidence! Research indicates that individuals, especially people of color and women, may hesitate if they don't meet every requirement. At United Way Miami, we embrace diversity and inclusion. If you're enthusiastic about a role, apply, even if your experience or education isn't an exact match. You could be the perfect fit for this position or discover other exciting opportunities within our organization. Please note that while some roles may have specific requirements for funding eligibility, we STILL encourage you to explore our job opportunities.


Required degree level

  • Bachelor

Years of experience

  • 3 - 5 years of experience

Salary range

  • $76,960 - $90,792 per year

Required languages

  • English