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Lutheran Social Services of the South Regional Director in Texas

Upbring Head Start & Early Head Start centers set children up for a bright future by providing a safe, inclusive place in which to learn, grow and thrive. We surround families with the services needed to prepare children to start kindergarten ready to learn. The Regional Director coordinates all functions of the program(s), provides leadership, guidance and support. The Regional Director works with other program leaders and agency departments in planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating program systems and in representing the agency in local, regional, state, and national communities. The Regional Director is responsible for assuring that all program mandates and regulations are met daily. This position develops the structure, systems and procedures that align with the mandates and regulations and ensures that policies are carried out throughout the program. The Regional Director ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, agency policies and procedures, and Child Care Minimum Standards. Upbring is classified as an essential business by the state because the services we provide are critical to the wellbeing of thousands of children and families. Our Upbring staff members are servant-leaders on the pursuit of breaking the cycle of child abuse and empowering others to do the same through example while embodying our core values: We are Warriors. We are Servants. We are Family.

We Are Warriors | We Set the Standards for Child Education

Work Standards

  • Directly supervises the Center Directors, Education Coordinators, and Family Services Coordinators, providing ongoing support and leadership to their respective teams.

  • Work in concert with Program Director and Operations Assistant Superintendent to develop operational procedures, implement strategic initiatives and complete projects that impact both the local programs and the Agency’s business objectives

  • Ensure compliance with agency policies, municipal ordinances, federal standards, Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers, Head Start Performance Standards and Child and Adult Care Food Program

  • Responsible for ensuring fire and security systems for all centers are in operation and in compliance

  • Staff must not use/impose corporal punishment or other forms of child maltreatment as a method to discipline children

  • Comply with the company code of conduct and other applicable regulations and requirements, including Licensing Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), Upbring policies, and procedures, Child Care Minimum Standards, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements

  • Always ensure the health and safety of each child in care, and support the overall well-being of children

  • Monitors and ensure status of food handler permits, fire permits, and Board of Health requirements. If applicable, arranges for well water testing and maintains records and chemicals for safe operation of well water.

  • Monitor and ensure service area standards are recorded for the completion of the yearly PIR

  • Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

Decision Making

  • Continuously oversees data monitoring from education team (TGS, CLI, MHS, My Teachstone, etc.)

  • Uses data to develop program goals and initiatives

  • Approves education staff hiring

  • Review and approves Coaching and Counseling and Personnel and Improvement Plans

  • Approves, time, absences, and mileage for direct staff

  • Monitor funded enrollment level in accordance with enrollment requirements

  • Monitor and analyze family services, health, and disabilities data

Communication

  • Immediately communicate and address in collaboration with employee’s supervisor all concerns related to child health and safety

  • Communicates with leadership on programmatic status, updates and communicates any concerns regarding the education team and center directors

Fiscal Management

  • Ensures fiscal management by monitoring educational expenditures

  • Approves purchases for classroom needs

  • Responsible for monitoring the IT, facility and maintenance, and food service annual budgets

We Are Servants| We Help Others

Adaptability

  • Approve or disapprove school delays and closures

  • Responds to all emergencies and acts as emergency liaison with municipal departments

  • Assist in surveys of new buildings and opportunities for business expansion

Teamwork

  • Address and collaborate with employee’s supervisor regarding any mitigating concerns: inclusive but not limited to classroom management, behavior management, child health and safety, child development, and any other concerns requiring intervention

  • Collaborates and coordinates with other service area leadership and initiatives to ensure timely and appropriate recruitment and support for children including children with atypical needs, as well as parent education and outreach activities are consistent with education goals and activities

  • Conducts monthly meetings with school partners in collaboration with all area directors

  • Collaboratively plans, organizes, and facilitates monthly Policy Council meetings

  • Work as part of the team and always show professionalism by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries

We Are Family | We Are Passionate & Compassionate

Building Relationships

  • Directly communicates with school districts and other education partners (ECE, ECI, ESC service centers, etc.)

  • Consistently collaborates and contributes to professional excellence through productive leadership and participation in:

    • Planning and leadership (policy council relations, leadership team meetings)
  • Participates in Upbring Head Start network leadership and collaboration meetings

  • External community relationships (LEAs, CBOs, higher education, NHSA, state agencies, policymakers)

  • Liaison with contractors to assure stated work is completed properly and in compliance with the Davis Bacon Act

  • Work in conjunction with Family Services, Health, and Disabilities Assistant Superintendent to develop operational procedures, implement strategic initiatives and complete projects that impact the program goals and objectives

  • Work with Family Services, Health, and Disabilities Assistant Superintendent to draft partnership agreements

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience

  • Establish and maintain professional working relationships with vendors, program and center funders, and the business community

Developing and Encouraging Others

  • Provides individual and group support for education team and center directors in implementing educational initiatives and coaching

  • Plans and implements comprehensive, differentiated, and sequential professional development for Upbring staff.

  • Provides input for annual renewal applications and self-assessments

  • Monitor and supervise training and educational opportunities for parents and families

  • Hold meetings with staff to create action plans for implementation

  • Supervise and mentor Center Directors, Education Coordinators, and Family Services Coordinators

  • In partnership with center leadership, chain of support and corporate People Operations, actively participate in the recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and training of new staff; develop ongoing professional development trainings to meet Head Start program standards

  • Perform 90-day and annual evaluations of direct report staff by the established deadline

  • Provide ongoing coaching and support of direct report staff with consistent communication and provide supportive and constructive feedback regarding work performance and performance expectations

  • Schedule and conduct weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly supervision meetings with direct report staff to ensure they have the tools and resources to effectively perform their jobs and discuss their work performance

  • Work closely with chain of support and People Operations to address and resolve employee relations issues and concerns in accordance to federal and state employment law and Head Start policies, guidelines, and standards

Minimum Qualifications

  • Per Office of Head Start (OHS) and Federal mandate, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec 8, 2021 or have an approved exemption on file prior to hire date (can be requested during offer process)

  • This role is a year-round position and scheduled to work as such. Any request for extend time off is subject to availability of vacation accruals, program needs, and People Operations review and approval. Unpaid time off exceeding two (2) weeks will not be permitted and require change in employment status with required advance notice per Upbring policies.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

  • 3 years’ experience in a supervisory role; experience in early childhood setting

  • Demonstrated success in program management, including operational and financial management, evaluation and assessment, and continuous improvement for educational programs

  • Experience leading and inspiring a highly effective team, with a strong commitment to staff development

  • Demonstrated success implementing new programs to engage broad, diverse audiences

  • Ability to communicate effectively in written or verbal format to groups of all sizes and individuals

  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time

  • Current Texas Driver’s License and auto insurance in good standing

  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and other related programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

  • Bilingual education expertise

  • Background in Special Education/Inclusion

  • Prior Head Start / Early Head Start experience

  • Experience with Head Start approved curriculums, monitoring and assessment tools

  • Reliable in CLASS

Physical Demands & Work Conditions

  • This position requires sitting and looking and using a computer for long periods of time

  • Position may work in a child facility and have limited exposure to children

  • Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.

The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.

Agreement

The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status. If the day-to-day work I perform differs significantly from the above outlined essential duties, it is my obligation to inform my supervisor and/or Organizational Development.

ID: 2021-4838

Shift/Hours: 1st Shift

External Company URL: http://www.Upbring.org/

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