Vacancy Ann. # STOI-20-006
Rate of Pay $25.00 - $27.00/PER HOUR
Opening Date MARCH 13, 2020
Closing Date MARCH 31, 2020


The Head Start Director is responsible for assuring all the Head Start Director mandates and standards for excellence are met on a daily basis. This position develops the structure, systems and procedures to facilitate this. In addition to operating responsibly for fiscal and programmatic aspects of the program, the Head Start Director bears the responsibility of assuring that the program is strategically positioned for the future. At the discretion of the Head Start Director, some responsibilities may be delegated to other staff.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians Head Start Program is designed to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. 

Children of the Sun Head Starts Program provides a learning environment that supports children's growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts and physical skills.

The Head Start Director will be expected to obtain Class C Licensure in order to assist with daily transportation of children who attend Children of the Sun Head Start.


  • Know the specific education requirements for staff roles detailed in 45 CFR §1302.91.
  • Requirement for Head Start Director to ensure all staff, consultants, and contractors have sufficient knowledge, training and experience, and competencies to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of their positions.
  • Clear program goals including school readiness goals.
  • Maintain an overview of the Spokane Tribe of Indians' Head Start organization and ensure that all programs, services and systems are developed in accordance with Head Start and Child Nutrition performance standards.  This includes assurance that all Federal and Tribal regulations and policies with regards to the Head Start program are fully implemented.
  • Ensures the program is compliant with Head Start Performance Standards, such as medical and dental, nutrition and food, education and child development, social services, mental health, special education, parent involvement, disabilities and other services that support the wellbeing of the children and families enrolled with the Head Start program.
  • Works with other organizations in the community to foster collaboration and resources for the children and families served in the catch area of Children of the Sun Head Start.   Such resources are but not limited to:  Wellpinit School District, Spokane Tribal Language Program, Health and Human Services, Pauline Stearns Early Learning Center and other related entities.
  • Oversees and monitors assigned budgets and expenditure reports on a regular basis.  Must have ability to revise budgets as needed.  Seeks additional outside funding for the program.
  • Oversees and monitors attendance numbers for purpose of program serving the number of eligible children for which it is funded. 
  • Reviews and tracks in-kind:  parent and volunteer support for purpose of Federal Grant requirement.
  • Facilitates the continued professional development of all staff as part of the commitment to Head Starts Performance Standards. 
  • Assess program on an ongoing basis:  this includes yearly self-assessment of program strengths and weaknesses.  Conduct and coordinate the annual self-assessment for the site to be used in the Head Start's mandated self-assessment.
  • Supervises Head Start employees which may include permanent, non-permanent staff, work-study, work experience, and on-the-job training staff and youth staff. 
  • Supervision includes, but not limited to: Setting schedules, mentoring coaching, facilitating staff meetings, conflict resolution, perform annual employee evaluation, disciplinary actions, training and orienting new Head Start Staff, and other related duties.
  • The competencies to work collaboratively with the Policy Council and the designated boards, councils and authorities.
  • Recruit, mentor and support parent participation in site and program advocacy and governance; ensure the flow of information from and to the Head Start Policy Council.
  • Have the ability to utilize current technology to also include computer, Microsoft Software, fax machines, scanners, in order to write letters, memos, inter-departmental staffing reports, etc.
  • Maintain strict codes of confidentiality.
  • Perform duties in ethical and professional manner.
  • Attend relevant and ongoing training.
  • Ability to effectively manage conflict, complaints and disputes.


  • Knowledge of Head start performance standards policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of early childhood education and family services available in the                community.
  • Knowledge of American Indian culture traditions and language.
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing services to children and families.
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interest, learning and motivation.
  • Knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage budgets, contracts and grants.
  • Demonstrate ability to professionally supervise employees, including the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate ability to collect, interpret data for reports and to project trends.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, receive and provide feedback, and manage dynamic interchanges in meetings.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow policies and procedures.
  • Experience in human services, program management, including program planning, operations, and evaluation, and the use of management information systems and an understanding of the Head Start philosophy and the ability to implement its principles of shared authority and decision-making. Head Start and Early childhood education experience preferred.


  • A Bachelor's Degree required.
    • Public Administration, Human Services
    • Or Early Childhood Education or Child Development preferred.
  • Three (3) years applied experience in Program Management, Fiscal Management, and Employee Supervision.  Head Start related preferred.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License and good driving record.
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry.
  • Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame: Commercial Driver's License with school bus and passenger endorsements (1 year) Food Handlers Certification (3 months), First Aid and CPR Certification (3 months)


Applications are available at the Tribal Human Resources Department

Contact Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Ph.: (509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527, Fax: (509) 458-6556


Applications must be received in the Human Resource Department

No later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its  Indian Preference Policy.

All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

All applicants are subject to a pre-employment drug test.

All positions with the tribe are subject to a 90-day orientation period.