Under the direction of the Director of Head Start/Early Head Start Services, the HR and Professional Development Manager facilitates the recruitment, interviewing, onboarding, ongoing professional development, appraisal, and retention of Head Start/Early Head Start employees, interns, volunteers, and consultants. The HR and Professional Development Manager is a liaison for communication with the agency human resources department and works collaboratively to ensure that all personnel files for Head Start/Early Head Start employees are complete and that all human resources requirements are met.
Coordinate with human resources personnel at the Administrative Services Office to form agreements with local universities and colleges to recruit potential early childhood employees and interns and to arrange cohorts or discounts for team members or site personnel needing additional education.
Attend job fairs and community events to recruit potential employees and interns.
Coordinate with human resources personnel at the Administrative Services Office to post advertisements for open positions and to review, screen, and conduct interviews as needed.
Coordinate pre/post-hire personnel procedures for new HS/EHS employees, volunteers, interns, and consultants.
Coordinate the development and provision of trainings needed for orientation and ongoing professional development for HS/EHS Team employees, supervisors, interns, consultants, and volunteers.
Provide training to supervisors on individualized professional development plans, goal setting, and reflective supervision.
Provide training to employees on strength-based and relationship-based practices.
Provide training to employees, policy groups, and families on interviewing and selecting candidates.
Analyze information from employee satisfaction surveys, exit interviews, and other sources of data and facilitate action steps to improve staff morale and retention.
Work with all supervisors and review transcripts as needed to ensure that staff members meet Head Start and, as applicable, DFSS requirements for their position, have annually updated individualized professional development plans, have performance appraisals according to the required Easter Seals timelines, and have 15 hours of continuing education per year.
Work with consultants, interns, volunteers, and administrative services office staff involved in the Head Start/Early Head Start program to have complete HR files as required by the Head Start Performance Standards and Head Start Act, DCFS, Easterseals, and, as applicable, DFSS.
Provide monthly communication to each assistant director and director about the status of personnel information for their teams.
In collaboration with the Data Management specialist create, maintain and track historical personnel related data, reports etc., for use in data cafés/program planning as well as informing leadership team, governing board, and policy groups.
Ensure and monitor that all recruitment, selection and hiring processes follow Easterseals policies, performance standard requirements and local, state, and federal laws.
Create and maintain employee personnel files.
Serve as a liaison with human resources personnel at the Administrative Services office regarding any human resources questions or procedures.
Implement a system to ensure that all required HR information for Easterseals employees is entered into COPA in a timely manner.
Implement a system to ensure that all Easterseals employee personnel actions are sent to the PDM Manager for presentation to the Parent Policy Committee and/or Parent Policy Council.
Participate in the development of human resources policies and procedures and implement systems to ensure consistent adherence to Easterseals and Head Start human resources standards at all Easterseals Head Start/Early Head Start locations.
Participate in program planning and implementation of all service areas as part of an integrated leadership team.
Facilitate and/or participate in regularly scheduled meetings.
Participate in the Head Start Self-Assessment to assess progress meeting program goals and objectives, evaluate program compliance and develop any improvement plans.
Assist the Head Start Leadership team in establishing program and school readiness goals as they apply to Head Start 0-5.
Implement reflective and relationship based practices.
Provide ongoing technical support to the Continuous Quality Improvement Specialists on human resources as needed.
Travel to Easterseals locations as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social services, or related field.
Minimum 3 years of Head Start experience.
Minimum 5 years of experience in a supervisory or consulting role in early childhood.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Head Start Performance Standards
DCFS Licensing Standards
Valid driver’s license.
Auto insurance, safe vehicle.
Ability to have difficult conversations that are reflective and positive.
Ability to utilize direct conflict resolution strategies and to guide and support the same approach in others.
Ability to work well under pressure with diverse personalities at all levels of the organization, community agencies and funding source personnel.
Ability to utilize a strengths-based approach to achieve a high standard of excellence with work processes and outcomes
Ability to balance supporting staff with ensuring accountability.
Ability to create a positive culture and climate and engage in effective group processes and dynamics when faced with negativity and gossip.
Ability to support staff that are struggling with the impact of change.
Ability to safeguard practices that protect the privacy and confidentiality of staff, enabling colleagues to share only pertinent information.
Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, to groups and to individuals
Ability to facilitate discussions with groups that encourage reflection and solutions oriented thinking.
Ability to listen and to model a respectful and humble approach to leadership.
Receptivity to feedback, flexibility, willingness to learn, and willingness to embrace change and continuous growth.
Ability to support and model ethical practices and professional boundaries when interacting with others.
Ability to show initiative in problem solving and implementing solutions.
Ability to take ownership of actively seeking opportunities for continuous professional development, including the training required for this position.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to perform all job functions, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
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