Deadline to Apply: Open Until Filled
Location: St. Croix Tribal Head Start
Status: Full time
Start Date: ASAP
Wage Rate: Depends on Qualifications

Must have a minimum of BA and/or five year experience in the Early Childhood field.  Must be willing to obtain the education requirements.  Must have demonstrated leadership skills.  Must have knowledge of organizational theory, child development, and management systems.  Must have expertise in fiscal and program management capacity relevant to human services programs, with direct experience in working in Early Childhood.  Must have knowledge and experience in working effectively with Native American families, with awareness and understanding of the uniqueness of the St. Croix community.  Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as a part of a team.


Responsible for overall administration of the Head Start program.  Will strive for continuous quality improvement throughout all components to meet/exceed Head Start Program Performance Standards, State of Wisconsin Group Child Care Center licensing requirements, and other appropriate performance indicators. Will work with staff to develop and maintain Professional Development Plans and will schedule any necessary trainings.

  • Responsible for overall center operation.  Work with management staff to develop, implement, and monitor key management systems, to ensure delivery of quality comprehensive child development services for children and families.  Provide direction and leadership for the center.
  • Program Governance.  Encourage and facilitate ongoing involvement in the planning and design of the Head Start program to meet the unique needs of the St. Croix community, with input from staff, parents, Policy Council, and Tribal Council (shared governance).
  • Planning. Establish a Community Assessment Team to conduct a Comprehensive Community Assessment every 5 years, updated annually.  Develop program mission, strategic goals and program options based on resulting information.  Written plans, policies, and procedures must be reviewed at least annually.
  • Communication.  Develop and maintain effective communication system with parents, Policy council, Tribal council, and among staff.  Conduct monthly staff meetings and coordinators meetings.  Monitor pertinent state and federal statues, regulations, transmittal notices and information memorandums and disseminate as appropriate.  Must have interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Record keeping and recording.  In partnership with coordinators, develop and maintain effective recordkeeping and reporting systems required for all component areas.  Disseminate to coordinator’s quarterly reports to Policy Council, Tribal Council, coordinators and AI/ANPB.  Ensure PIR (Program Information Report) is completed annually.  Ensure that other program reports are completed and submitted as required.
  • Ongoing Monitoring.  Establish ongoing monitoring system to ensure programs and services are meeting the needs of the children and families of the program.
  • Self-Assessment.  Establish effective system of program self-assessment. Develop summary report identifying program strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  • Human Resources.  Develop and maintain an effective system of human resources management, including Personnel Policies and Procedures in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and State of Wisconsin Group Child Care licensing requirements.  Facilitate a team effort to include all staff at the Head Start.
  • Fiscal Management.  Develop budgets and prepare grant application using shared decision-making approach.  Work to monitor budget expenditures throughout the program fiscal year, in consultation with accounting staff.  Work closely with office coordinator to monitor non-federal share expenditures for reports.  The tribe is responsible for generating accurate monthly financial reports to programs, submission of SF429 reports, audit reports, property and procurement and overall fiscal management of all tribal programs.
  • Must have knowledge of USDA program.
  • Oversee Early Childhood Development and Health Services, Family and Community Partnerships, and Program Design and Management components.  Responsible for development and annual review of the Program Design and Management Plan.
  • Responsible for all the supervision of Head Start staff.
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of children and families served.
  • Facilitate parent and community involvement in curriculum development and curriculum activities.
  • Work collaboratively with families, community partners and program staff to offer trainings on child development, parenting, and nutrition, health and disabilities services.
  • Meet with teachers monthly for reflective dialogue sessions.
  • Design and revise Implementation Plan for Head Start.
  • Monitor the Teaching Strategies GOLD implementation and utilization process to enhance program quality and individualized assistance to teachers.
  • Work collaboratively with teaching staff to maintain on-going contact/communication; especially pertaining to staff trainings, resource needs, and classroom supply needs.
  • Responsible for developing and facilitating curriculum-planning committee who will work collaboratively toward the implementation and revision of a culturally based curriculum.
  • Review lesson plans, daily schedule, cultural, and transition activities to determine implementation of developmentally appropriate practices and cultural appropriateness.
  • Work collaboratively with teaching staff to ensure curriculum implementation in the classroom, occurrence of regularly scheduled home visits, family nights, best practices of child growth and development principles, monitoring of child assessment and child outcomes.
  • The above identified responsibilities are not intended to reflect all tasks required.

Additional Info:


Primary work environment is Head Start.


Must be physically able to work with young children, annual health exam, TB test, immunization including Hepatitis B (or sign waiver), and required trainings such as confidentiality, CPR, etc.  Must attend appropriate staff meetings, Policy Council and Parent meetings as required.


Must be able to attend local, regional, and national trainings as required.

Application Instructions:

St. Croix Human Services Department
Shelly Emery
24663 Angeline Ave.
Webster, WI 54893
715-349-2195 ext. 5182

All Head Start employees must submit mandatory criminal background check information to the Human Resources with application, and every three years thereafter, or following any conviction occurring after commencement of employment.

The St. Croix Tribe has a Drug-Free Work Place Policy and follows the intent of the Drug-Free Work Place Act.  All new employees will be tested prior to starting of employment.

Native American preference will be applied on the case of equally qualified applicants.  45CFR 1301.31 requires preferences be given to qualified current or former parents of Head Start/Early Head Start children as position vacancies occur.