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Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
JOB #R2000580

Head Start Early Childhood Specialist Manager – Region IV

Head Start Early Childhood Specialist Manager – Region IV

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 VI 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 Atlanta and will involve at least 50% travel within Region IV.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Implement a comprehensive system of quality assurance for TTA to grantees and contract deliverables related to the work of Early Childhood (EC) Specialists.
  • Provide effective and timely ongoing oversight and coaching to EC Specialists.
  • Develop and implement professional development for EC Specialists to increase their capability to support grantees in key performance areas including coaching, curriculum implementation and fidelity, teacher-child interactions, family engagement, child and family outcomes, assessment, and data aggregation and analysis.
  • Implement TTA data aggregation, analysis, and reporting processes that inform and improve the quality and responsiveness of EC Specialist services and improves coordination with state, regional, and national priorities and other early childhood TTA systems, as directed by the region.
  • Conduct at least two field observations of the Early Childhood Specialists in each performance period to assess quality of TTA provided and determine professional development needs.
  • Communicate with Regional Office staff to ensure coordinated support, messaging, and prioritization of technical assistance to grantees.
  • Participate in national and regional work groups and meetings as directed by the Office of Head Start.
  • Provide direct TTA to grantees, as requested by the Regional Office.
  • Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a BA or BS Degree in early childhood education/development, education leadership, or related field from an accredited university or college.
  • If the highest degree was awarded more than ten years ago, the resume should be specific regarding such events as courses, conferences, seminars attended or relevant work experience.
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience that includes at least 3 years with the provision of technical assistance to Head Start or other early childhood programs related to school readiness.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of progressive supervision/management and staff development with experience managing remote-located staff preferred.
  • Experience coaching staff.
  • Experience developing, implementing and managing/improving projects, including implementing quality assurance systems.
  • Experience analyzing, aggregating, and presenting data.
  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences. 

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 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.

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