Founded in 1965 as part of the
War on Poverty, Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) is one
of 1,000 community action agencies across the U.S. and 23 in
Massachusetts created to address disparities throughout the
Our values of advancing equitable access, elevating all voices,
and partnering with people are embedded in the role we play as the federally
designated anti-poverty agency for Central and South-Central Massachusetts.
WCAC embodies service to the community through our Mission: Helping
people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and
Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty one neighbor at
a time. Through safety-net services and asset
building solutions, WCAC creates economic mobility opportunities for
tens of thousands of people annually through programs such as energy
assistance, early education and care, financial empowerment, positive
youth development, and career pathways.
WCAC is committed to being a responsible and inclusive
partner through strong collaboration and a shared client perspective. We are
committed to advocating for policies that create equitable access to education,
health, social, and economic systems. We are committed to a workplace
culture with a shared passion for our mission that promotes
teamwork, respect, and the opportunity to make a difference.
About WCAC Early
Education and Care Programs
Through our Healthy Families,
Early Head Start and Head Start Programs, WCAC provides a continuum of early
education and care programming for families throughout Southern
Worcester County prenatally through Kindergarten enrollment. We strive to
support positive parent/child interactions through developmentally appropriate
curriculum and activities for the whole family to participate in. Healthy
Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports
young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments
for their children. Early Head Start provides intensive
comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income
infants and toddlers through age three and pregnant women
and their families. We currently operate two Head Start Centers, one in Southbridge
operating 8 classrooms and the other in Webster with 4 classrooms. Both
centers are licensed through EEC, accredited through NAEYC, and QRIS rated
level 3. Head Start prepares pre-school aged children for school by
offering center-based safe and fun education programs which
incorporates learning and social/emotional skill development. Children learn
the “Kindergarten readiness” skills they need to do well in school. Families
receive the support they need to meet and advocate for the needs of their children.
WCAC’s Ideal Candidate
WCAC is seeking a highly
committed and experienced individual to provide leadership and oversight
of our Early Education and Care programs located throughout Southern
Worcester County. The Early Childhood Program Director
will focus on strengthening existing programming by sustaining and
creating strong partnerships, overseeing, and strengthening the continuum
of early education and programs, while expanding services designed to maximize
access and meet people where they are for economic mobility and
independence. Multi-cultural, multi-lingual candidates are strongly
encouraged to apply.
The Director is a
full-time, year-round, exempt level position and is a key member of the WCAC senior
management team. WCAC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit
package including health, dental, vision, life, 403(b) retirement plan with
Agency contribution, flexible spending account, paid holidays, vacation,
personal and sick time.
The ideal candidate
will have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related
field, and a minimum of five years’ experience and proven success overseeing early childhood
education programs. Knowledge in Head Start and EEC voucher
systems is strongly desired. A focus on working to strengthen
the field of early education and care through professional development of
staff and advocating for policies and funding to support the demand
for quality programs will also be critical to the success and growth
of the program. A competitive candidate will have strong
collaboration skills and desire to work as part of a team to
meet the needs of families. In addition, the ideal candidate for
this position will possess the following knowledge and skills:
- Passionate about the field of early education and care
and its role in supporting children and families.
- Skillful at influencing people
with diverse perspectives towards common goals.
- Able to analyze performance,
program climate and culture and use data to create insights that drive better
outcomes for children and families.
- Ability to develop, lead and
implement change management strategies, initiatives and processes for greater
effectiveness and efficiency.
- Experience effectively developing
and managing a budget, understanding key business drivers.
- Strong organization planning,
critical thinking, and prioritization skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft office
and the ability to become proficient in Child Plus and other data
bases used by the agency to include utilizing technology to work remotely
effectively as needed.
- Knowledge of Head Start
Performance Standards and the ability to create policies and procedures for
implementing the standards.
- Knowledge of EEC and licensing
- Experience with childcare subsidies is
- Values employees at all levels,
treating all with dignity and respect. An individual who relates easily to
people from all walks of life; empathetic and compassionate.
a philosophy of advancing race, gender, and income equity to support equitable access
to programs and services that help achieve economic self-sufficiency for
- Direct the planning, supervision, and implementation of
the Head Start, Early Head Start, and Healthy Families programs,
activities, staffing, development, services, and community relations.
- Foster shared decision making among stakeholders
including program parents and staff.
- Provide direct supervision to the Head Start component
directors and the Healthy Families Director.
- Prepare budget for the Head Start and Early Head
Start programs in coordination with Finance, and Policy Council. Monitor
financial reports monthly with key agency management and Policy Council.
- Ensure the implementation of ACF, WCAC, DEEC, Policy
Council, and other agency procedures, directives, contractual agreements, laws,
regulations, and policies.
- Write program proposals, including the Head Start annual grant
in consultation with WCAC’s Development team, CFO, management
team, and Policy Council.
- Provide strategic planning for the Head Start and Healthy
Family programs with assistance from the HS Policy Council, HF
Advisory Committee, and the management team.
- Oversee program governance and assist in the
development of the Policy Council. Provide training, guidance and support to
the members and attend Policy Council meetings monthly. Ensure information
that requires Board and policy council approval is presented and voted by
both governing bodies at the appropriate times.
Interested Candidates may submit their cover
letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Human Resource Department,
Worcester Community Action Council, 484 Main St, #200, Worcester, MA 01608. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.
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