Contact Information
935 E Lincoln Rd
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
P: 208-522-5391
T: 1-800-632-4813
F: 208-522-5453

Director of Head Start

Closing Date: September 1, 2022


Position Title:           Director of Head Start
Department:            Head Start/Early Head Start Program
Supervisor:               Chief Executive Officer
Position Status:         Exempt Executive, Regular Full Time
Salary Range:           $70,000 – $85,000 D.O.E.
Last Reviewed:          March 2019



Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for administration of the Head Start and Early Head Start Program for the Agency; and provides services to children and families with low income by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors. Head Start Performance Standard 1304.52(c) regarding Head Start Director qualifications must be met through demonstrated skills and abilities in a management capacity relevant to human services program management.


1. Coordinates with the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and Policy Council to establish policies and programs and administers such programs within legislative regulations.
2. Assumes responsibility for administration of performance standards and procedures related to personnel, including staff development; budgeting; program operations and effectiveness; and physical facilities.
3. Prepares, distributes, and maintains a variety of grant applications and related reports, adequate for program operations, expansion, and compliance.
4. Oversee development of a budget for all grants and contracts and assure appropriate expenditure of funds. Manages the financial condition of assigned grants, projects, and programs in a prudent manner; and assures that assigned grants, projects and programs remain within approved budget at all times.
5. Ensure collaboration with the Program Advisory team, Accounting Specialist, and Deputy Director is occurring to ensure program goals, budgeting, financial management, and center operations are kept in compliance.
6. Interprets the Agency and program purpose to the community. Establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations in the community toward meeting community needs and services.
7. Steadily endeavors to expand Head Start services into all ten counties and increase the number of children and families served.
8. Maintains good relationships with all funding sources and meets their requirements in a timely manner.
9. As an employee of EICAP you will assume the responsibility of understanding your role in accomplishing the strategic goals and performance measures of the Agency.
10. Perform other related duties as may be assigned from time to time.


1. Manages subordinate supervisors who in turn supervise employees in the Head Start Centers.
2. Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of all program units.
3. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Agency’s policies and applicable laws.
4. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
5. As a supervisor you will assume the responsibility of assuring that all employees working under your direct supervision understand their role in accomplishing the strategic goals and performance measures of the Agency


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


• Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.)
• Five years’ related experience in Head Start or similar programs.
• Experience in the supervision of staff
• Experience in fiscal management
• Experience in administration
• Experience in Grant Funded Programs preferred

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret governmental regulations, technical and general business procedures, and professional papers. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written form; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from diverse groups.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply basic mathematics in order to accurately create complex budgets, compare fiscal reports to budgets, analyze results, and alter program spending accordingly.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret and apply commonsense understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Proficiency in working with specific computer software such as accounting, spreadsheet, word processing, and database management is required. Knowledge of human resource systems and the Internet are also required in order to perform this job successfully. Proficiency in the use of computer and all common office machines required. Adequate typing skills are necessary for this position.


Must have a valid Idaho driver’s license, a good driving record, and proof of current automobile insurance.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.
• The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle objects, tools, or controls.
• The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms; and to stoop, kneel, or climb.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• The employee may occasionally be exposed to biohazards and appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn.
• The physical environment may include fluorescent lighting and air conditioning.
• The employee is regularly required to travel during winter driving conditions.

Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership is and EEO Employer