Reference ID: 3858
Location: Newport, VT
Category: Administrative
Job Type: Full Time



Exciting, full-time opportunity available for a unique individual who enjoys a work environment that is challenging and rewarding. The Newport Head Start/ Early Head Start program is seeking a leader who will provide support and supervision to staff as well as leading a team effort to provide quality early childhood and family-centered services. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational skills; the ability to meet program timelines and implement federal and state licensing requirements. Candidates will have completed VT Early Childhood and Afterschool Program Director Step One certificate or successful completion of a 3 credit course in program management for early care and education or for school age care and education of children; and three credit course in curriculum. At a minimum, must possess a credential in social work, human services, family services, counseling or related field. Supervisory experience preferred. 

To apply send a cover letter, resume and 3 reference letters to email address provided; FAX to 802-334-5249; or mail to NEKCA Human Resources, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855. E.O.E.


Responsibilities Include:

·        Carry out duties in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, Content Area Plans, Vermont Child Care Licensing Regulations and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

·        Oversee day-to-day operations of the center and facility management

·        Participate in completion of HS/EHS Application and Income Verification forms

·        Participate per center plan in obtaining heights and weights and sensory screenings for children enrolled after screening day and returning children

·        Participate in the development and implementation of Individual Health Plans if required

·        Provide support and resources and participate in family partnerships and goal setting process

·        Promote parent involvement through parent meetings, on-going support, and encouraging parent leadership in Program Governance

·        Promote staff participation in program committees and at Parent Committee meetings

·        Share information regarding Governing Bodies and their activities with parents and staff

·        Develop Center Plans annually: implement, evaluate and revise in collaboration with center staff, utilizing available data

·        Participate in management meetings and In-services and incorporate relevant knowledge and skills into practice

·        Participate in community Early Childhood activities and meetings, in discussion with supervisor

·        Demonstrate knowledge of current local, state and Federal regulations

·        Assist parents, as necessary, in obtaining and maintaining child care subsidy certificates

·        Ensure two-way communication with families, covering all content areas and with community partners

·        Monitor and ensure all center records and files are up-to-date and meet all program timelines and requirements

·        Complete monthly reports as required and contribute to appropriate data collection to support program planning

·        Complete child and family file reviews as required

·        Monitor classroom and home visit activities to meet program expectations

·        Participate in the planning, implementation, and recording of child observations of EHS playgroups, if applicable

·        Facilitate and actively participate in center activities

·        Keep up-to-date with current trends and demonstrate commitment to best practices in the Early Childhood field

·        Facilitate the hiring process of center staff in accordance with protocols and policies

·        Provide support and supervision to center staff in accordance with protocols and policies

·        Ensure new center staff and volunteers complete all orientation and training activities in partnership with NEKCA Human Resources Director, CFDP Director, Associate Director and Content Area Managers

·        Complete NEKCA Performance Evaluations, Professional Development Self-Assessment, and in partnership with supervisor, Individual Professional Development Plan

·        Monitor and maintain center budgets and submit all invoices in a timely manner

·        Promote community collaborations for public awareness and partnership building

·        Be aware of indicators of child abuse and neglect and comply with Vermont Mandated Reporter Law and program Child Protection Protocol

·        Monitor enrollment and initiate recruitment efforts

·        Collect attendance data, monitor patterns and develop follow-up strategies

·        In partnership with the center team, participate in collecting and documenting non-federal share


Minimum Requirements Include:

          Per Vermont Child Care Licensing qualification requirements, the Center Manager must:

·        Be at least 21 years of age

·        Program Director that serves 13-59 children shall be qualified as a Teacher Associate,

and shall have completed either:

·        Vermont Early Childhood and Afterschool Program Director Step One (1) certificate; or

·        Successful completion of a three (3) college credit course in program managemen for early care and education or for school age care and education of children; and three (3) college credit course in curriculum

          Per Head Start Standards, the Center Manager must:

·        Effective written and oral communication skills

·        Work effectively as a team member

·        Maintain confidentiality

·        Commitment to be actively engaged in a continuing process of professional development

·        Sufficient transportation to meet job requirements

·        Available to work year round according to program design, if necessary

·        Obtain CPR and First Aid Certification within six months of employment


Health & Dental Insurance

Life & Accidental Death Insurance

Long Term Disability

Supplemental Insurance Options

Employee Assistance Program

Wellness Initiatives

Pension Plan (SEP)




Sick / Family Leave

Minimum Education: High School or Equivalent
Job Type: Full Time
Category: Administrative
Minimum Experience: 1 Yr
Location: Newport, VT