Bauer Family Resources
  • ECE
  • Lafayette, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Position Summary:

The Head Start Director provides administrative and programmatic leadership of the Head Start program in accordance with the agency's mission, policies and procedures, Head Start Performance Standards, Indiana state licensing and all other relevant regulatory bodies. The Director represents the agency in local, regional, state, and national communities. The Head Start Director is a member of Bauer Family Resources Leadership Team and participates in agency-wide planning.

Essential Functions:

The duties identified below are the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Actively and publicly connect the agency's mission to the daily work of program staff, developing pride in the work of the agency.
  • Develop and intentionally execute progress steps moving the vision of the program and agency forward. 
  • Communicate passion and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the agency.
  • Establish a positive, responsive culture for staff so that Agency services are of the highest quality.
  • Hire and manage program administrative team. 
  • Conduct regular administrative team meetings and individual supervision meetings. 
  • Understand and adhere to Head Start Performance Standards. 
  • Ensure staff receive regular, high quality, professional development that enhance the quality of services to enrolled children and families. 
  • Advance the quality and positioning of the program by maintaining a current knowledge of related research, trends, and public policy. 


  • Complete annual Head Start grant applications and grant applications for additional program funding. 
  • Ensure regular review and updates to program policies and procedures to ensure highest quality services. 
  • Emphasize diversity in all aspects of the program. 
  • Work with the Regional Office and the Training and Technical Assistance network to ensure high quality services. 
  • Integrate the Office of Head Start's program priorities into the agency's Head Start program. 


  • In collaboration with Bauer's Leadership Team and Board of Directors, develop the agency's strategic plan including Head Start's program goals and objectives. 
  • Ensure completion of the Head Start Annual Planning Cycle that includes the development of a recruitment plan, eligibility criteria, annual ongoing monitoring plan, program improvement plan, program goals, annual program budget and training plan. 


  • Provide leadership in the preparation of and participation in Office of Head Start Federal Reviews. 
  • Collaborate with the Early Head Start Director to ensure execution of the comprehensive annual Monitoring Plan to ensure compliance with Head Start Regulations, the state of Indiana Licensing Standards and other regulatory bodies. 
  • Lead the program in the collection and analysis of ongoing monitoring data and its integration in strategic program decisions.
  • Ensure continuous program improvement through regular analysis of monitoring data and collaborate with the Early Head Start Director to lead the division in the annual self-assessment process. 
  • Prepare and submit accurate and timely reports to the Policy Council and Board of Directors. 
  • Ensure completion and submission of the annual Program Information Report (PIR) to the Office of Head Start


  • Review monthly financial and statistical reports to assess budget. 
  • Ensure alignment of the annual budget with the program's 5-year goals and objectives. 
  • Pursue additional funding to enhance program services. 
  • Communicate budget information to staff and engage them in containing costs and eliminating waste. 
  • Maintain an inventory of all program equipment.
  • Ensure program compliance with the program's annual obligation of Federal Share. 



  • Facilitate intra-agency and inter-agency collaborations that support the Agency mission. 
  • Ensure development of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU's) with community partners that enhance program services. 
  • Ensure authentic engagement of the Head Start Policy Council and the Board of Directors in program services. Intentionally seek opportunities to represent the agency in the community and beyond. 


To perform this position successfully, an individual must demonstrate regular, predictable attendance and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge and skill required. The individual must be able to successfully pass background checks.



  • Bachelor's degree in social work, human services, education or other related field 
  • Master's degree preferred 

Experience Required:

  • 7-5 years previous related experience
  • 3-5 years previous supervisory experience

Working Conditions:

  • Work is considered sedentary and performed mainly in a pleasant office environment with rare exposure to environmental factors 
  • Minimal safety hazards with general office working conditions
  • Travel up to 5-10%


Bauer Family Resources, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Bauer Family Resources has been delivering community based services to at-risk children and their families since 1929. The organization was formed as the result of one woman's desire to keep children from becoming involved in the court system. This vision evolved over time to working with the families of at-risk children and the community.

Competitive pay, benefits, leave time, mileage allowance and cell phone reimbursement are provided.

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