Head Start Executive Director

Central Ohio is looking for an innovative leader who can lead a team to privide top-notch Head Start services to Greater Columbus Families.
Job Description

The Head Start Executive  Director has overall responsibility for the management and administration of the YMCA of Central Ohio  Head Start program and partnerships. The Director serves as a liaison with the Regional Office, regarding budget issues, new proposals, personnel matters and program issues. The Head Start Director plans, directs, and coordinates the Head Start program to ensure delivery of a comprehensive Child Development and Family Services Program for Head Start children and their families.



  • Bachelor's degree required; master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred; at least five (5) years of previous supervisory experience or related work experience (as multi-site project manager) required.
  • Must have 3-5 years of head start management level experience 
  • Must pass physical examination, background check and fingerprinting screen.
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • YMCA Multi-Team or Branch Leader certification; if not certified, must obtain certification within 12 months
  • A passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.
  • Understanding of the nature and purpose of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.
  • Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations.
Essential Functions
  1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions. 
  2. Works collaboratively with the Head Start management team, center directors and educational partners to develop operational procedures, implement Head Start service plans and school readiness goals, and complete projects that impact both the Head Start programs and the YMCA’s objectives.
  3. Ensures compliance with State Child Care Licensing and Federal Head Start Performance Standards. 
  4. Keeps the YCO leadership team,the Policy Council, Board of Directors, Grantee Sub-Recipients, and all other program stakeholders updated and informed on all program developments. 
  5.  With assistance from the CFO  and the Grants Administration  Director, monitors grantee budget(s) , expenditures and in-kind non-federal match requirements.
  6. Supervises two YMCA Head Start Center Managers, two service area coordinators (Nurse and Dietician), the Director of Data, the Director of Education, the Director of Family Services and the Director of Compliance (additional leaders may be added as necessary).
  7. Maintains contracts for all utilities, communications, storage, cleaning services and any other contracted services as needed for the program.
  8. Coordinates purchasing for Head Start furniture, equipment, food, janitorial, office, technology, and building supplies.
  9. Issues company supplies to personnel, while maintaining an inventory of equipment, laptops, cell phones, walkie-talkies etc.
  10. Keeps abreast of the changing needs of program staff in order to provide the information and tools to meet those needs on a program-wide basis.
  11. Reviews status reports prepared by Program personnel and modifies schedules or plans as required. Prepares and regularly presents reports for management, Head Start  Policy Council, and Board of Directors monthly. 
  12. Prepares grant applications as well as supplemental funding applications to secure funding. 
  13. Attends staff training, conferences, and development opportunities in order to obtain, and/or expand necessary education and skills.
  14. Builds relationships with community representatives and other early childhood professionals in order to develop community collaborative activities, promote community awareness, and to enhance the Head Start programs.  
  15. Writes all program waiver requests as needed to stay in compliance with federal regulations.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Ys values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA’s efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds
and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader
building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development
of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability
and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.