Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:
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:
• Responsible for the overall planning, administration, and implementation of the medical
and dental components.
• As requested by the grantee; serves as health planner; prepares written health plan,
health budget and written reports that are to be submitted to the grantee, regional office,
• Facilitates the organization of the Health Service Advisory Committee and utilizes the
committee in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the health component.
• Identifies and utilizes state and local resources for the health program.
• Develops the staff team approach to the delivery of health services to Head Start children.
• Ensures mechanisms are in place that supports communication among staff, parents, and community providers to assure follow-up services are received.
• Support the establishment of effective health emergency procedures, including methods
for handling suspected or known child abuse; conditions for short-term exclusion and
admittance; medication administration procedures; injury prevention measures; and
ONGOING MONITORING AND RECORD-KEEPING
• Provides updates on health data to Deputy Director and/or Director of Head Start as
• Participates in the program’s self-assessment, community assessment, and prepare input
• Compiles and analyzes data on the effectiveness of the health service component.
• Tracks the provision of all child health and developmental services and ensure that follow-up services are received in a timely manner.
• Implements a comprehensive system of services for preventing health problems, and
intervening promptly when they do exist.
• Work with Family Advocates to ensure timely entrance of children to the Head Start
program, ensures all 45/90 day (EPSDT) screenings are completed on time.
• Ensures all confidentiality requirements are met and those who need information can
• Responds to requests (phone, e-mail and written) from staff related to child health
• Ensures that developmental screening plays a role in child development and health services planning for children.
• Promotes, in conjunction with other Head Start staff, active parent involvement in the total
Head Start Health Program; for example, parent as members of the Health Advisory
• Assists the family in assuming the primary responsibility for their own health care.
• Assist Family Advocates in linking the child/ family into an ongoing health system. Ensures that parents are involved as full partners in prevention and early intervention.
• Ensures that children and families are linked to an ongoing source of continuous,
accessible health care;
• Support families to ensure that children are kept up to date on a schedule of well-child
care that includes immunizations, and all time frames are met.
• Works with families, family advocates, and health care professionals to ensure all known
issues are in treatment and, once treatment has begun, that it is completed.
• Interprets the handicap functional diagnosis to the teachers and parents; assures that the education program meets the child's needs.
• Integrates health education into the total Head Start program and helps to provide health
education for parent staff and children.
• Participates in in-service and pre-service.
• Promotes environmental health and safety practices as requested by Grantee.
• Designs and delivers health-related training to parents and staff.
• Ensures that the health and safety of children is assured through teaching children and
parents preventive health practices.
• Assist in training/certification of Pediatric CPR and First Aid for staff.
• Assist in the development and distribution of written and web based materials for children, adults and employees within the areas of: personal health, fitness, safety, nutrition and preventive health education.
• Coordinates Health Advisory Committee meetings to ensure the health program is
responsive to community needs.
• Serves as a liaison to the health community, for example, groups serving handicapped
• Serves as an advocate for child health.
• Assist in contracting for consultants.
• Develops partnerships with outside agencies to better meets health needs of children and families in Head Start.
• Participate actively in regular leadership team meetings and case conferences, as
necessary, to ensure service coordination across Head Start program.
• Works cooperatively with Family Services to ensure the provision of health services to
Head Start children and families.
• Work to ensure annual approval of Health Service Area plan by policy council, ensuring
appropriate policy council involvement in curriculum and assessment decisions.
• Lead for the good of the entire organization, understand the big picture and use it as
framework to make decisions.
• Make decisions in an ethical, timely and efficient manner in consideration of the center’s
mission, understand what information is needed to make high quality decisions, engage
stakeholders, and ensure decisions are made that support program quality and maintain
• Manage change effectively by demonstrating support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve quality and effectiveness, by initiating, sponsoring and implementing organizational change and by helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
• Attend local, state and regional initiatives to represent the center and to develop
• Promote consistent exchange of information and a cooperative environment within the
leadership of the center.
• Attend parent committees, policy council and board of director meetings as requested.
GENERAL STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES
• Participate in staff meetings, conferences, training sessions and workshops as assigned.
• 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
• Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.
• Supervises 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.
• Educates direct reports on all department and agency policies and procedures.
• Meets with assigned staff at least monthly to identify and resolve problems, manage
projects, track goals, and review work processes and procedures.
• Represents the team and/or department at meetings, events, and training as required.
• Performs any and all other duties as assigned.
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. .
• BA degree required. Degree with training and/or experience in public health, nursing,
health education, maternal and child health, or health administration.
• Maintain certification in CPR and First Aid.
• 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
• Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
• RN or MPH preferred.
• Experience working with families of children 0-5 in low-income communities supporting
their health and wellness preferred.
• Bilingual Spanish-English preferred
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.
• Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
• Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
• Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching.
• Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically.
• Ability to engage in 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 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
• 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:
• Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
• Printer/Photocopy Machine
• Fax Machine
• May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu 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.
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.