Site Leader

The Order of the Fishermen Ministry Head Start (TOFMHS) - Detroit, MI (30+ days ago)

The position of Site Leader is with our Thrive By Five Program. The Site Leader will be responsible for a site that contains Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms. Thus, the candidate should be versed in Early Head Start and Head Start programming and environments. This position is for the current program year.



The Site Leader is responsible for the general and day-to-day operations of a Head Start site assuring regulatory and legal compliance with federal, state and local regulations, communicating with parents and the community and mentoring and coaching of the staff to ensure that on-going contact with families is maintained and that work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health services, disability services, parent engagement) is completed to integrate services into the family setting. Ensures that the classroom will exemplify the Head Start goals for providing children with classroom experiences that will help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.


  • Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of Federal Head Start Performance Standards, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical , State of Michigan licensing requirements, Grantee EHS-CCP Contract and policies and procedures, and the Partner’s policies and procedures.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that all teaching staff maintains the required educational requirements according to the Thrive By Five program.
  • Maintains all certifications and credentials including, but not limited to Infant/Toddler First Aid, Infant/Toddler CPR, Mandated Reporter and Medication Dispensing
  • Creates an atmosphere that is welcoming to parents and families by greeting them daily, inviting them to participate in activities and providing information on how they can be involved with their child’s growth process.
  • Ability to communicate in writing and verbally an appropriate and professional manner with staff, parents and children.
  • Actively participates in the development and implementation of Professional Development Goals with Education Manager and Human Resources Specialist.
  • Provide and maintain a safe and healthy developmentally appropriate environment.
  • Ensures that the daily health and environment checklist is completed.
  • Responsible for monthly safety checks, fire drills and safety meetings, as well as update related logs.
  • Responsible for monitoring and compliance with applicable local, state and federal rules, regulations and standards, as well as health, safety and licensing regulations.
  • Investigates any child or staff incidents, assuring all forms are completed and notifying TOFMHS administration.
  • Ensures that classroom staff/child ratios are met according to Head Start Performance Standards and State licensing requirements.
  • Implements and supports use of curricula (e.g., High Scope) selected by TOFMHS and Starfish to set the educational foundation for the children being served.
  • Maintains filing, tracking and documentation systems.
  • Monitors staff attendance, collects and approves work time submitted and leave requests, verifying accuracy.
  • Maintain employee on-site file requirements and keeps them secure in locked files.
  • Assists in the monitoring of all children’s files for content, organization and security.
  • With assistance from TOFMHS Specialists, the Site Leader plans and implements on-going in-service training for classroom staff.
  • Develops and supports the professional development plans for the staff.
  • Manages the staff through coaching.
  • Ensures staff compliance with TOFMHS Specialists work plans.
  • Responsible for participating in training opportunities.
  • Conducts staff meetings and arranges for parent training opportunities. Maintains the minutes, sign in sheets, in-kind forms, training logs, etc.
  • Obtains and maintains knowledge regarding in-kind and other allowable costs applied toward the non-federal share requirement. Completes the required documents related to in-kind and allowable costs.
  • Responsible for assuring compliance with Quality Assurance and program evaluation requirements.
  • Develops and facilitates a positive community presence, focusing on networking opportunities, enhancement of volunteer participation and educational awareness efforts in regard to program needs.
  • Ensures sufficient and appropriate outdoor time daily for children.


Minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development or Child Development. Previous management experience is preferred. The ability to speak and read Spanish is desired.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $24.00 /hour


  • Head Start Managerial: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Early Head Start teaching or Site Leader: 1 year (Required)
  • Head Start teaching or Site Leader: 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Valid Vehicle Registration (Required)
  • Current Vehicle Insurance (Required)
  • Valid Driver's License (Required)


  • Spanish (Preferred)