Head Start Grantee Director (#RS8100)
$52.50-$63.82 Hourly / $9,100.58-$11,061.82 Monthly / $109,207.05-$132,741.85 Yearly


Under general direction of the County Administrator, performs responsible managerial, organizational, and administrative work at the County's Head Start/Early Head Start Program; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An incumbent in this single position management class is responsible for managing and administering the programs, functions, budgets, and activities of the County's Head Start/Early Head Start Program.


  • Plans, organizes and directs the development and delivery of the Head Start Program; provides leadership and coordination of the program; ensures program is in compliance with state and federal regulations and guidelines.
  • Directs the activities of department staff through subordinate managers and/or supervisors; selects staff and evaluates performance; reviews and takes action on disciplinary matters.
  • Directs staff in the preparation and monitoring of program budgets, determines appropriate levels of services; analyzes services to ensure cost efficiency and adequate levels of service.
  • Oversees the preparation of contract proposals and reports; reviews and approves invoices for submission to funding sources; coordinates activities and facilitates development of refunding applications, budgets and required reporting.
  • Oversees the development of operational policies and procedures; analyzes and interprets existing and proposed legislation and federal and state policies, procedures and other directives to determine impact on operations.
  • Conducts annual needs assessment and evaluates program effectiveness; evaluates impact of pending federal and state legislation and provides appropriate input and recommendations to advisory bodies.
  • Analyzes reports and statistical data; summarizes information and prepares or supervises preparation of reports for management, state, and federal agencies.
  • Coordinates the provision of services with state and federal agencies; ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and other required regulations; resolves issues and confers with advisory bodies.
  • Attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors and Policy Council, and provides input and recommendations on issues germane to the program; serves on various committees and attends meetings, conferences and activities relating to program management.
  • Acts as staff to the County Head Start Policy Council.
  • Oversees and implements on-going training programs for staff and advisory bodies.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in child development, education administration, public administration, or closely related field.


Experience: Five years of experience performing child development or related duties in a social service agency, including three years in a management or senior level administrative position, preferably in a Head Start program.


Substitution: A master’s degree in any of the above academic areas may substitute for one year of the required general experience.


License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Head Start Performance Standards; organization structures; principals and practices of Head Start programs at the federal and state level; delivery systems and quality standards; administrative analysis and research techniques; methods of program evaluation and control; conflict resolution; principles and practices of budgeting, program management, long-range planning, and customer service; principles and practices of effective management and personnel administration; basic computer operations, including relevant software.


Plan, organize and administer programs; work within state and federal regulatory systems; formulate short and long range plans; analyze and implement program mandates; analyze complex problems and recommend solutions; understand, interpret, and apply legal codes, regulations, and rules pertaining to program operations; research and prepare a variety of administrative reports, applications and project proposals; read, analyze, interpret and apply contracts, laws, regulations, and policies; prepare annual budgets and financial and statistical records; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; utilize computers and office automation equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, staff, and internal and external departments and agencies.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting for long periods; occasional standing, walking, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, driving; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; read computer screens; frequent color perception and eye/hand coordination; occasional depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Occasional holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact/speaking; occasional travel; Special Requirements-May require working weekends and nights; working alone; Environment-Occasional exposure to noise; occasional risk of exposure to dust, poor ventilation, and indoor cold/heat.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RS8100; EST: 11/9/2005; REV: 6/14/2006;