Position: Head Start Manager/Component Area Specialist


Location: Head Start Building

Salary: Negotiable 

Reports to: Director of Education 

Posting Date: 7-5-19

Closing Date: 7-12-19

Pay Grade: 6

Department: Education

Every employee of Stockbridge Munsee Community is expected to present themselves in a professional manner to customers as well as other departments. Stockbridge Munsee Community strives to provide a positive team environment where everyone contributes.


All employees of Stockbridge Munsee Community must meet the following qualification:

  1. Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug and health screening.
  2. Must be at least 18 years of age, unless otherwise stated on job description
  3. Must maintain an acceptable departmental attendance record
  4. Must be able to work weekends, nights and holidays
  5. Must obtain and maintain Elder/Youth License as stated on job description


This position is responsible for the management of all Head Start functions to include development and implementation of the department budget and supervision of staff in addition to Component Area Specialist responsibilities as outlined in the Federal Head Start Performance Standards. This position will collaborate with Head Start Staff, the Director of Education, Education Board, Parent Committee, Policy Council and Tribal Council to provide leadership in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of all program systems for continuous quality improvement. This position will coordinate the development of additional funding from Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-Profit grant sources to meet the needs of the community and includes program advocacy and outreach from local to national levels. Continuation of position is contingent upon funding allocations.  


  1. Manage the Stockbridge-Munsee Head Start program and staff ensuring compliance with all Federal, State, Tribal, and Local policies, performance standards, regulations, and procedures to provide quality programs and services for all Head Start children and families. 
  2. Ensure the staffing structure supports the program’s mission and goals by maintaining an adequate number of qualified personnel.
  3. Facilitates and/or provides ongoing continuing professional development, training and technical assistance for all Head Start team members.
  4. Maintains current program and leadership knowledge by examining program-related materials and current research related to developments in early childhood programs.
  5. Development and oversight of coursework in curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation.  Assists in the development of daily detailed classroom lesson plans.
  6. Identifies programmatic long and short-term goals and outcomes for continuous quality improvement to meet the continuing growth of the Stockbridge-Munsee Head Start Program.
  7. Develops, implements, and regulates the Stockbridge-Munsee Head Start Program with current Federal, State, Tribal, and Local policies, program standards and regulations.   This includes the application of the current Office of Head Start Performance Standards.
  8. Develops, implements, and interprets Stockbridge-Munsee Head Start Department policies and procedures to meet the needs of the service population.  Works cooperatively with Head Start Parent Committee and Policy Council on to Head Start Department Policies/Procedures.
  9. Develops, maintains and updates monthly departmental action plans.
  10. Maintains effective, appropriate communication to the Head Start Policy Council, Federal Office of Head Start and WI Department of Health Services personnel
  11. Develop and maintain a comprehensive recordkeeping system for staff, PIR (Program Information Report), Program volunteers and type/quantity of support services provided.
  12. Maintains site licensing and other state licensing requirements for compliance for the Head Start Center.   
  13. Completes and submits, and/or oversees the submission of regular monthly professional reports including Program Self-Assessment, PIR, Community Assessment:  Conducts, gathers data and provides a comprehensive report which details the local Head Start service area, Tribal population and early childhood network every three years.  Completes annual updates on alternating years.
  14. Assures remediation of any non-compliances identified during delegate or grantee assessment, and incorporates recommendations into planning for program improvement and provides timely, accurate response/evidence of correction to the Federal Office of Head Start.
  15. Networks and coordinates services with other Tribal programs, County, State, Private, and Federal agencies.  Collaborates with community partners to foster comprehensive community services for children and families as defined by Federal Head Start.
  16. Develops, implements, and monitors the Head Start budget exercising prudent stewardship of program resources based on program financial reports and applicable Federal, State and program financial requirements.  Seek additional funding through Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-Profit grant sources.
  17. Reviews and analyzes monthly financial and statistical reports to assess the budget status and to initiate preventative measures to avoid problems.  Monitors agreements for the purchase of goods and services and monitors administrative costs, assuring budgetary compliance
  18. Responsible for Component Area Specialist responsibilities as identified in the Head Start Performance Standards; Head Start Child Development Outcomes Framework; demonstrates thorough knowledge and application of developmentally appropriate practices to assure adherence to program policies
  19. Assists teaching staff in conducting home visits and Parent/Teacher Conferences.
  20. Assists in the identification of children who may require referral for special services.
  21. Facilitates transition to/from Head Start, home, and or other early childhood education and care settings as necessary.
  22. Fills in as a Teacher, Teacher Assistant when the program staff are unavailable.
  23. Advances program practice by promoting a positive working environment and working collaboratively with other staff to understand and support the adoption of best practices for children, families, and staff.


  1. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Services or related field from an accredited College or University is required (MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF DEGREE TO COMPLETE APPLICATION), and a minimum of three years professional leadership/management and supervisory experience is required, preferably in an educational non-profit setting.
  2. Significant experience in administration, including knowledge of State licensing requirements and Head Start Performance Standards. Strong knowledge of best practices and systems in early childhood.
  3. Experience in design and delivery of training.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Federal Head Start Regulations, the current Performance Standards and Regulations, and State of Wisconsin HFS 46.
  5. One (1) year of demonstrated experience in grant writing and/or fund raising is preferred.
  6. Must obtain and sustain enrollment in the WI Department of Health Services Child Care Registry System, requiring a minimum of 25 hours of documented Continuing Education per year.
  7. Head Start experience preferred.
  8. Must adhere to strict confidentiality in all matters.  (Must sign a confidentiality statement prior to start of employment.)
  9. Must complete certification on Mandated Reporting, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Shaken Baby Syndrome is required within (90) days of employment.
  10. Current Fist Aid and CPR certifications or willingness to obtain these certifications within (30) days of date of employment is required.  Must maintain CPR and Red Cross First Aide Certification during employment.
  11. Adhere to the Tribe’s Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy during the course of employment.  A Tuberculosis (TB) screening and/or TB Skin Test is required prior to employment and annually thereafter.
  12. May be required to satisfactorily complete an exam or other testing requirement(s) to determine proficiency.
  13. Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and insurance are required.  Must obtain a Wisconsin driver’s license within 30 days of employment if applicant has an out-of-state driver’s license.  Must meet and maintain the eligibility to operate a personal or tribal vehicle under the driver acceptability guidelines as established by Mohican Nation Insurance.
  14. Must abide by departmental and organizational safety, testing, and uniform guidelines.
  15. Stockbridge-Munsee Community Food Safety Certification is required with in three (3) months of employment.  Must maintain Food Safety Certification during employment.
  16. Work as a responsive team member maintaining effective working relationships with staff, families and supervisors in a complex, multi-cultural environment via a participatory style of management.
  17. Process information effectively to learn new material, identify and define problems, make timely, objective decisions and communicate needed changes to the team.
  18. Strong analytical and decision-making skills are required.  Must be able to plan, organize and prioritize program objectives and responsibilities implementing a system of shared authority and decision-making.
  19. Read and understand financial statements, develop, implement and monitor department budgets.
  20. Previous personal computer experience is required including knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  21. Excellent communication skills are required.  Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in diverse and challenging situations.
  22. Strong customer service background and communication skills are required.
  23. Must be willing and able to develop an understanding of the concept of tribal sovereignty as it relates to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
  24. Knowledge with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, its history, culture, and language is preferred.
  25. Must be willing and able to obtain additional education and training.


  1. Frequently sit, bend/stoop, squat, carry and lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds; occasionally stand, walk, crouch, kneel, balance, and push and pull.
  2. Must be able to use both hands for repetitive movements, simple and firm grasping.
  3. Must provide written documentation from a doctor that a physical examination was performed within (30) days of employment and annually thereafter.

How To Apply

Download and Fill Out Application 

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Mail or Fax Application to:

Stockbridge-Munsee Human Resources
P.O. Box 70 Bowler, WI 54416 or (715) 793-4380



The Stockbridge Munsee Community operates as an equal opportunity employer. Except Indian Preference is given in accordance with the Tribal Employment Preference Ordinance.


Although an interview may be granted, this does not determine that the candidate fully meets the qualifications until it is determined by the interview team.