Assistant Director of Family Services, Health, and Nutrition

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 012102 - Human Sciences-Early Years Network
Location: Harrison County
Categories: Professional, Head Start Positions
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:

16/Minimum:  $59,400

Department Profile:

Throughout its history, Mississippi State University-Extension (MSU-ES) has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to programs that directly impact young children and their families. In the past decade, MSU-ES has distinguished itself as Mississippi’s premier infrastructural support of high-quality early childhood education.

Area of Specialization:

MSU - Extension Head Start Programs, Harrison County

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director will work in collaboration with others to fulfill the following activities:

• In collaboration with Human Resources and the Shine Deputy Director, plan and oversee
the interviewing, hiring, and onboarding process of all family service and health staffing
positions as identified in the organizational structure, including but not limited to Family
and Health Coordinators, Family Engagement Advocates, Health and Disabilities
Advocates, Family Support Advocates, ERSEA Specialists, etc.
• With support/guidance from Shine Family Services/Engagement Lead, develop systems
for eligibility, recruitment, selection, and enrollment/intake process for returning and new
families, including the development of a comprehensive recruitment plan that will lead to
the program becoming fully enrolled.
• With the support of the Shine Deputy Director, develops internal systems and external
partnerships to assure that all children participating in the program are up-to-date on
EPSDT preventive care and follow-up evaluation and treatment and have access to high
quality medical and dental homes and health insurance.
• Support the training and partnership development required to conduct on-site health
screenings and exams within required HSPS timelines for children lacking community
access to these services.
• Ensure all child files are built in accordance with the Head Start program’s table of
contents and meet local licensing requirements.
• With the support from the Shine Deputy Director, plan and implement initial, differentiated, and sequential professional development for family service and health staff that will lead to the successful implementation of the Mississippi State University – Extension Head Start Family Services and Health approach, supporting program leadership to utilize the Head Start program’s Success Rubrics and reflective coaching and supervision models.
• Implement tools, policies, and procedures to support program implementation utilizing a
stepwise approach during the transitional phases of the program start-up and building
upon that to ensure high-quality service delivery.
• Develop Memorandums of Understanding with key community-based organizations that
will allow referrals to the HS program, outline available services that will be provided as
well as the delineate roles and responsibilities of both organizations.
• Establish Center Parent Committees as well as assist the Head Start Director to form an
active Policy Council at the grantee level.
• Support team in the development of a Health Services Advisory Committee.
• Support the quality of family engagement efforts through professional development,
supervision, and coaching to fully implement the Family Services & Health approach.
• Implement a research based Family Curriculum, Shine On, Families, with a focus on
coordination and collaboration with the Early Learning team, that extends the classroom
curriculum into the family's home, modeling high quality the adult-child interactions
teachers use in their classrooms for families around four Family Life Practices.
• Identify promising strategies to strengthen work and engage in continuous quality
improvement processes to strengthen strategy execution and staff capacity to achieve
child and family outcomes within vendor programs.
• Monitor the quality and reliability of data at the family, coach, center and program levels.
Conduct formal and informal qualitative audits, as well as review data trends to assess the execution of program strategies and assure that program in full compliance with Head
Start Performance Standards (HSPS) and The Head Start program’s Integrated Service
Plan and Policies and Procedures.
• Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.

General Staff Responsibilities:
• Maintain confidentiality in regards to staff and family information.
• Fulfill role as a mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Policy.
• Perform any other work-related duties as requested by your supervisor.
• Be present at work in order to provide consistency of services.
• Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner.
• Demonstrate commitment to mission, values, and policies in the performance of daily

• Supervise assigned department personnel. Includes the following responsibilities, but are
not limited to: hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating, and ensuring accuracy, timeliness,
and the completion of all work performed by direct reports.
• Educate direct reports on all department and agency policies and procedures.
• Meet with assigned staff at least monthly to identify and resolve problems, manage
projects, track goals, and review work processes and procedures.
• Represent team and/or department at meetings, events, and training as required.

Non-Essential Duties:
• Perform any and all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. The job specifications listed below are representative of the education and experience as well as the knowledge, skill and/or ability (KSAs) required.
• Bachelor in Family and Child Development, Social Work, Public Health or relevant field
• Expertise in interventions to improve outcomes for low-income families and communities,
with direct experience developing and implementing program strategies
• Training and experience in public health, nursing, health education, maternal and child
health, or health administration.
• Expertise assisting families of young children act as full partners to promote their
children's school readiness and overall healthy development. • Have or will obtain certification in CPR and First Aid within the first 6 months of
• Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.
• Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings
and functions.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree preferred in related field
• 3+ years’ experience in the family and community engagement field, including experience
in coaching, supervision, program management and providing technical assistance

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data
systems including internet navigation.
• Ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to successfully implement program plans
• Strong analytical skills in order to quickly assess situations, identify trends, develop
solutions and apply critical assessments to the larger context
• Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
• Self-motivated and able to work independently.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.
• Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically.
• Ability to engage in the repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers – typing and/or
• Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and
figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading).
• Ability to receive and respond to oral communication.
• Ability to exert up to 40 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

Work Environment:
• Work is generally performed in an office environment.
• Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: business
office with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, human voices).
• Standard office equipment generally used includes:
• Telephone
• Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
• Printer/Photocopy Machine
• Calculator
• Fax Machine
• May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at by submitting: the completed online application, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a current unofficial transcript (with social security numbers removed prior to submission).
An official transcript will be required if selected for employment.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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