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Head Start Services Specialist (#HSSSPCGENM) GENM
$17.23-$27.35 Hourly / $2,986.53-$4,740.67 Monthly / $35,838.40-$56,888.00 Yearly


Performs duties assisting with the coordination of services to pre-kindergarten children and conducts community outreach programs.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in a Social or Behavioral Science or Education.

Or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of the laws and regulations governing education and health service for children with disabilities.
  • Working knowledge of developmental/child psychology.
  • Working knowledge of social services and community resources available for pre
  • kindergarten children and their families.
  • Working knowledge of human behavior and social problems.
  • Skill in the application of interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to work effectively with disabled children as well as others.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and to develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and implement social service and basic education training programs.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Establishes and conducts outreach and recruitment programs to ensure enrollment of eligible children.
  • Conducts Individual Education Plan meetings to determine services needed to meet the special needs of each child.
  • Monitors the Individual Education Plan to assure that identified services are provided.
  • Refers children with disabilities for placement in kindergarten and provides parent/child transition services such as parent involvement, familiarity with school requirements and onsite visits.
  • Organizes and maintains both manual and computerized health record keeping systems in accordance with federal standards regarding control and confidentiality.
  • Compiles data on enrolled children using classroom observations and interviews with parents and teachers.
  • Writes narratives and reports.
  • Acts as liaison between staff, parents, and participating agencies in planning and conducting nutrition service programs designed to assist in meeting the needs of children.
  • Encourages parent participation as paid employees, volunteers or observers in Head Start activities such as program planning and classroom activities.
  • Refers families of Head Start children to community based family support programs.
  • Assists with coordination of the Head Start Transportation System.
  • Assists with development and implementation of strategies for achieving educational objectives.
  • Evaluates educational services at Head Start Centers to insure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Develops and conducts staff/parent training/education in the areas of health, child behavioral/development, and referral resources.
  • Assist in inspecting Head Start Centers to insure compliance with fire, health and safety requirements.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: HSSSPCGENM; EST: 5/14/1991; REV: 7/31/2012;