Head Start Center Supervisor

JOB CODE: 2284


SALARY RANGE: $33,825 - $57,585

Department of Human Development and Services

Under the administrative direction of the Assistant Program Administrator - Head Start performs highly responsible professional administrative and supervisory work directing the activities of a Head Start center. Work involves responsibility for the planning, development, and operation of a Head Start Center which includes the daily operation and maintenance of a Head Start Center building. Work includes ensuring requirements of federal, state, and local government regulatory agencies are met. Responsible for planning, organizing, and supervising staff engaged in the social, emotional, intellectual, and psychological growth of preschool-aged children that align with Head Start Performance Standards. Supervision is exercised over professional and sub-professional employees assigned to the center. Performs other work as requested.

Maintains the daily operation of both indoor and outdoor facilities; ensures a safe, clean, and functional work environment. Ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, federal and state regulations, and the State of Louisiana Licensing requirements. Supervises center staff and ensures the completion of performance evaluations, goals, and professional development. Maintains record keeping and reporting systems to ensure accurate information with timely completion and follow-up. Participates in parent/group meetings, community collaborations, and affiliations in order to advocate for Head Start children and families. Oversees planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment for the classroom. Oversees supervision and management of children in the classroom in order to ensure a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment. Provides ongoing professional development through education, role modeling, mentoring, training, and resources. Monitors performance indicators and ensures accurate and timely entry into the designated data system. Conducts various meetings in the center, including weekly staff conferences and guidance meetings with staff members. Inspects equipment and facilities to ensure proper cleanliness and orderliness; reports repair requirements. Requests and checks receipt of supplies and equipment, ensuring that proper administrative requirements are met. Receives enrollment applications from parents, and based on established guidelines and personal judgment, recommends which children should be accepted. Oversees staff that instructs and supervises children in all activities including proper use of restroom, personal hygiene, mealtimes, and nap periods. Assists parents/volunteers in planning advisory meetings and activities. Schedules home visits as required for the child's total development. Arranges food service as specified by nutrition consultant. Plans field trips and submits requests to the Assistant Program Administrator Head Start. Ensures that visitors to the center are properly received and assisted, including giving information and making referrals when warranted. Coordinates with other agency and non-agency personnel when necessary to obtain assistance to achieve center goals and objectives.

Knowledge of childcare center administrative policies and procedures. Knowledge and understanding of the developmental levels of preschool-aged children. Knowledge of Microsoft software programs such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Knowledge in the motivational techniques used in total child development. Ability to teach, supervise, and relate to preschool-aged children both individually and in groups. Ability to establish control and provide proper discipline when necessary. Ability to write reports and correspondence. Ability to read and interpret documents and data. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally. Ability to instruct and teach others the skills and practices of childhood learning. Ability to carry out supplementary responsibilities related to the children's programs. Ability to supervise and manage staff efficiently and effectively within the guidelines of the Head Start Program policies and mandates while meeting and maintaining annual requirements. Ability to direct the activities of professional and sub-professional employees engaged in instructing preschool-aged children. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Bachelor's degree or higher in child development, early childhood education, elementary education, or a related field and one year of experience in an early learning center or comparable setting.

Any bachelor's degree or higher with at least 12 semester (18 quarter) hours in child development, early childhood education, elementary education, or a related field and two years of experience in an early learning center or comparable setting.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Employee(s) of this class are required to possess within one year of employment, CPR-First Aid Certification, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Observer Reliability Certification, Teaching Strategies GOLD Reliability Certificate, and the online Childcare Education Institute (CCEI) Director's Certificate. Employees of this class are also required to successfully complete fifteen hours of mandatory Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) Childcare training.

Must be able to bend, stoop, and lift 50 pounds. Position(s) in this classification require data entry and proficiency in other computer software programs.

The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.