Denver, Colorado, United States of America
JOB #R1904901

Head Start Early Childhood Specialist Manager – Region VIII

Head Start Early Childhood Specialist Manager – Region VIII

ICF seeks an experienced Early Childhood Specialist Manager to manage a team of Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialists to establish and implement a quality control system. As part of this system the ECE Manager will provide ongoing mentoring and coaching to the ECE specialists. Mentor/coaching will be provided through reflective supervision and feedback, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and engaging in role modeling.  The ECE Manager will collaborate with the Region VIII Office, TTA Coordinator; about TTA to be delivered to local programs. In addition, the ECE Manager will provide one-on-one management and supervision to ECE Specialists employed by ICF.  The ECE Manager will provide support and guidance on priorities established by OHS Central Office and the Region VIII Office. 

Based at the Regional Office located in Denver and will involve at least 50% travel to the 6 states within Region VIII.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Professional Development of ECE Specialists by providing ongoing mentor/coaching.
  • Establish and implement a quality control system for the TTA provided by ECE Specialists.
  • Ensure that work plans, Monthly Travel Plans and other deliverables are met in a timely manner.
  • Maintain ongoing and effective communication with the OHS Central Office, Regional Office Technical Liaison and T/TA Coordinator as appropriate.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (18 ECE credits are required, transcripts will be requested).
  • Demonstrated client management and relationship building experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years working in a program serving young children, i.e. infants/toddlers and/or preschool age children.
  • Minimum of 3 years project management experience, specifically in supervising staff and managing complex projects at the state and/or Federal level a plus.
  • Minimum of 7 years training and technical assistance experience; this experience should include the provision of training and technical assistance and consultation with directors, board of directors, staff and parents; and experience analyzing and redesigning systems for Head Start programs in order to improve the effectiveness and quality of program operations.
  • Demonstrated experience coaching or mentoring others in order to improve/enhance performance.
  • Must be CLASS certified
  • Significant background in use of data collection systems that track measurable outcomes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Head Start and Early Head Start performance standards and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
  • Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.

Preferred Experience/Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (18 ECE credits are required, transcripts will be requested).
  • Working knowledge of OHS priorities and regulations.
  • Familiarity with the Improving School Readiness for Head Start Act of 2007.

Professional Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients.
  • Ability to mentor/coach TTA specialists.
  • Ability to provide presentations to individuals, small and large groups.
  • Ability to review, aggregate, and present data gathered from multiple sources.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload and deadlines.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Colorado Client Office (CO88)

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