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Head Start Special Services Manager
Friends Of Children and Families in Ada County, Idaho
Date Posted 09/26/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Full Job Description

Special Services Manager :

Friends of Children and Families is a non-profit organization serving Ada and Elmore Counties specializing in services to pre-school children and their families. As a mission-based organization our employees positively impact children and families in our community by empowering them through early childhood education and family engagement. Benefits provided –

    • Low cost medical and vision insurance
    • Free dental, short term disability, employee assistant program, and life insurance
    • Matching 3% for a 401K after one year of employment
    • Paid sick, personal, and bereavement leave
    • Generous paid time off
    • As a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Friends of Children and Families is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PLSF) program.


Manages the delivery of special education, social/emotional, and trauma informed services for Friends of Children and Families (FOCAF).

    • Oversees the hiring and placement of special services staff.
    • Directly supervises the Social-Emotional Coordinator, Special Education Coordinator, and Trauma Informed Coordinator.
    • Develops an effective program for training and supporting policies and procedures; provides or arranges for regular training and technical assistance to staff, ensuring special services mandatory trainings are completed.
    • Develops policies, reports, and procedures that are necessary to implement the Head Start Performance Standards. Assures that policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and needed revisions are made.
    • Evaluates special services data and prepares reports for FOCAF Executive Director, leadership team, Board of Directors, Policy Council, and community partners.
    • Ensures and monitors the completion of the developmental screenings of children in the FOCAF program and ensures appropriate follow up is completed.
    • Ensures high quality and responsive special education, social emotional, and trauma informed services are provided to children and families.
    • Reviews all contracts and MOUs from FOCAF community partners that pertain to Mental Health, Trauma, and Disability services
    • Participates in MDT Meetings and serves as a representative at the assigned center.
    • Works with Special Services team to recruit new community partnerships.
    • Oversees the Special Services Budget to ensure program objectives are met and ensures Head Start and Early Head Start needs are prioritized and promotes effective use of budget.
    • Observes the Special Services team in implementation of staff support to ensure meeting of program standards and needs of children and families
    • Collaborates effectively with the other managers to ensure integrated program operations; implement program goals and works with the team to jointly address and resolve problems.
    • Participates in Leadership team meetings.
    • Represents the organization on one community group related to their program area with monthly or quarterly attendance based on community group need.
    • Keeps immediate supervisor, and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress.
    • Prioritizes and adjusts to the changing demands of the position.
    • Handles and adapts to stressful situations.
    • Demonstrates commitment for professional development and continuous growth by actively seeking out and participating in training opportunities.
    • Engages with supervisor and co-workers on constructive and timely feedback, accepting feedback as a growth opportunity, and is open to continuous improvement for oneself and the organizatio


    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Mental Health, Social Services, or related field.
    • Two years’ experience in a supervisory/management position required.
    • Must pass a physical screening and TB test.
    • Must pass a criminal background check that meets required state, federal, and FOCAF Head Start standards
    • Must pass a drug test and submit to random drug and/or alcohol testing.
    • Ability to complete training and maintain Boise City Child Care Worker License; and certification in First Aid and CPR.
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