Program Manager

Community Action Partnership of Kern - Bakersfield, CA3.9

30+ days agoFull-time


Provide general program management and leadership to center staff. Implement short-term and long-range planning for service delivery and training. Manage and ensure curriculum and day-to-day operation of centers. Ensure all program policies and procedures are implemented and in compliance. Ensure the health and safety of staff and children at all times. Ensure full compliance of all Federal and State regulations and Community Care Licensing. Ensure education division compliance with all aspects of School Readiness and curriculum per Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards and State regulations. Administer effective communication among administration leadership, staff, families and community partnerships.


Receives guidance and direct supervision from the Assistant Director of Program


Direct supervision of Site Supervisor I and II and indirect supervision of all center staff.

  • Essential Job Specific Duties:
  • Responsible for the ongoing oversight and on-going monitoring of child development centers for full compliance and implementation of all regulations and day-to-day operations.
  • Conduct site visits as needed and on-going to support staff and ensure facilities are well maintained and environments are conducive to the development and learning of all children both indoors and outdoors.
  • Assist in the overall directing and monitoring of all areas for compliance that is consistent with Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, general child care funding terms and conditions and other pertinent federal and state guidelines.
  • Responsible for responding to non-compliance reports and the completion of all center-based corrective action plans and ensuring compliance.
  • Support for developing and updating all agency policies and procedures as needed and ongoing.
  • Ensure full compliance of Community Care licensing and health and safety of all children.
  • Responsible for full implementation of all education assessments and ensure screenings are completed within the required mandated timeline.
  • Work with Site Supervisors to develop and implement leadership and communication skills with center staff.
  • Responsible for ensuring performance evaluations are completed in a timely manner.
  • Work with Human Resources in reviewing applications, interviewing, hiring, and recruitment of center staff as needed as well as obtain guidance for staff performance concerns as needed.
  • Work with Professional Development Coordinator for review and implementation of professional development plans for all center staff and participate in the overall planning of pre-service and ongoing training.
  • Work with Governance Coordinator and Family Engagement Specialists to ensure successful parent meetings are held monthly; parent boards are kept up to date, ongoing communication and information are posted and kept up to date for parents.
  • In collaboration with Education Coordinators work together to identify staff for the mentor support process, assist and support with observation reports and data such as a variety of educational assessments and CLASS results, and identify training needed.
  • Attends team meetings as needed and work collaboratively with the support service team for on-going compliance, monitoring, identification of program trends and updates and the development of plans of action as required.
  • Attends and supports a variety of community and agency meetings, including, but not limited to, management meetings and School Readiness.
  • Support and builds rapport with community partners and provides information on program(s) services provided.
  • Support and ensure implementation of analysis of data for School Readiness and CLASS goals for classroom improvement.
  • Works closely with the all-division staff to ensure program goals and objectives and overall improvement and licensing compliance.
  • Other Job Specific Duties:
  • Attends all meetings, training, and conferences as assigned.
  • Maintains a safe and functional work environment.
  • Work alternative hours as required, including nights and weekends.
  • Is proactive in the program effort to recruit and enroll families that qualify for Head Start/State Child Development programs.
  • Performs any other like duties as assigned.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Knowledge of:

  • Correspondence and report writing practices and procedures.
  • Current problems of socially and economically challenged families.
  • The contributions of parents and volunteers who may be non-professional.
  • Modern office practices, methods, procedures, and equipment including computers.
  • Word processing, spreadsheet, database, and other related software applications.

Ability to:

  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • To work as a positive team member.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work with conceptual matters.
  • Ability to plan, organize, allocate, and control substantial resources.
  • Ability to write and communicate effectively.
  • Effectively present Head Start program services to the general public.
  • Establish professional working relationships with staff, agencies, and parents.
  • Exhibit an understanding and design of a curriculum which fosters an appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity, integrates health and nutrition education, promotes language development, art, music, and dramatic play, and develops mathematical and science concepts.
  • Reasonably obtain knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations and agency and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Bilingual language fluency (Spanish/English) fluency is highly desirable.


The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position.

  • Bachelor’s degree from any accredited college or university with a major in one of the following disciplines: Early Childhood Development, Education, Human Development or related field.
  • Program Director’s permit preferred. At minimum must posses a valid Site Supervisor permit issued by the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing.
  • Minimum four (4) years of progressive management experience in Early Childhood Education, Human Development or related field; two (2) years of which must be in a supervisory capacity.
  • One-year direct experience in government-funded programs or similar programs required. Familiarity with the problems of socially and economically challenged families. Have an awareness of the contributions of parents and volunteers who may be non-professional.


  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and State automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record substantiated by a DMV printout.
  • Must have reliable transportation during working hours.
  • Must be fingerprinted if required by funding source or state licensing and have such records filed with the State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing.
  • Completion of a physical and substance abuse screening upon offer of employment.
  • Must be immunized against influenza, pertussis (T-Dap) and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
  • Successful completion of TB screening upon employment and tri-annually thereafter.
  • Must have completed a First Aid/CPR Certificate or will obtain the certification within 90 days of employment.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $30.27 to $36.33 /hour


  • working in government funded program: 1 year (Required)
  • Supervisory: 2 years (Required)
  • Progressive management: 4 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • valid California Drivers License (Required)
  • valid SIte Supervisor Permit (Required)