IHSA Job Posting – Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director

Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA)
Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director


Full-Time Employee. Salaried, with salaries and benefits commensurate with the IHSA Personnel Policies, as approved by the IHSA Board of Directors.

Reporting Relationship:

This position is an employee of the IHSA, supervised by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Head Start State Collaboration Director. The incumbent will report monthly to the IHSA Executive Director and the DHS Collaboration Director.

Job Summary:

The Associate Collaboration Director assists in the planning, development, and implementation of the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) activities. All tasks will be performed in conjunction with specific planning with the DHS Collaboration Director and the IHSA Executive Director.


Required: Bachelor’s degree with major course work in early childhood administration, political/social science, and/or education; at least two years progressively responsible administrative experience in private or public social services/child care agency establishing education and community networks and social service delivery linkages; and, a minimum of three years administrative experience in a Head Start/Early Head Start program with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Head Start philosophy, programs, regulations and funding. Requires the ability to travel statewide.

Preferred: demonstrated knowledge of early childhood administration and education; knowledge and understanding of Illinois State Board of Education Early Childhood Block Grant programs and the DHS Child Care Assistance Program; collaboration experience; ability to effectively communicate, manage large and multiple projects, manage groups and group meetings, and negotiate and resolve conflicts.

Essential Duties/Functions/Responsibilities.

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Contact Information:

The IL Head Start Association and the Illinois Department of Human Services/Head Start State Collaboration Office are seeking to fill an Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director position. Interested individuals may submit a resume to:

IL Head Start Association
3435 Liberty Drive
Springfield, IL 62704


All applications must be received by close of business on May 23rd, 2014.