Head Start Supervisor

Job Closing: Aug 10, 2022

Job Code: 25-9031 Reports To: ELC Program Manager

Status: Full-time, Permanent Exempt: No

Location: Early Learning Center Department: Education

SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the ELC Program Manager, the Head Start Supervisor will have the responsibility for the daily oversight of the Head Start staff, assurance of compliance to maintain a high-quality program, evaluating the classroom environment and staff through observations, assist the Program Manager with reporting for Head Start and actively work alongside the Education Coordinator.


Adhere to all policies, standards, and procedures as dictated by Tribal Personnel Policies, NYS OCFS Child Care Licensing Regulations, the ELC Behavior Management Plan, the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, PL102-477 regulations and all other applicable regulations pertaining to health, safety and sanitation.

· Screening potential teaching applicants, interviewing, hiring, training, and orientation. Maintain personnel folders on all Head Start staff.

· Monitor and communicate with staff to support performance, work plans, attendance/schedules, certifications, required documents and timecards.

· Provides skill development and mentoring to staff progressing in their position by performing on-the- job technical assistance and mentoring of specific skills.

· Develop and disseminate resources and best practices for the process of implementing quality improvement efforts.

· Assists in the implementation of seamless, integrated services for children and families by adhering to program specific work plans, policies and procedures.

· Ensure program compliance with regulations of all state and local licensing agencies and grant requirements.

· Attend administrative meetings, arrange and facilitate regular meetings with Head Start staff.

· Work with the Education Coordinator in the development, implementation, and coordination of internal support plans (action plans, behavior plans) with parents, teachers, and administration.

· Ensures that monthly reports are completed in a timely manner. Regular communication through verbal and/or written reports to other administrative staff and Program Manager on the activities and status of the Head Start program on a regular basis.

· Completes staff evaluations and observations with input from the Education Coordinator.

· Handles staff disciplinary actions professionally.

· Participate in required trainings and in-service training sessions. Plan, implement, and

evaluate with the Education Coordinator an ongoing professional development program for Head Start staff.

· Assists in the identification, purchase, and annual inventory of the center supplies and equipment according to applicable policies and procedures.

· Perform other duties as required by job or requested by supervisor.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable Tribal rules. Responsibilities also include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining the Head Start Teachers, Teacher Assistant/Aides, and Substitutes.


A minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood or related field with a plan of study leading to a Bachelors’ degree or a New York State Program Administration credential and full-time teaching experience in a child day care center, family or group family day care home or other early childhood program and experience supervising staff in a child care program or related field of work.

Knowledge of Head Start and Child Care program is preferred.

Knowledge of Mohawk language and traditions is preferred.


Exhibit a friendly and courteous manner while maintaining a high level of professionalism in relationships with children, families, visitors, colleagues, other staff members, management, and community members.

Positively deal with crisis situations. Deal with hostile, aggressive persons or situations.

Be aware and sensitive to the needs that may arise when handling stressful and demanding circumstances. Immediate debriefing will be made available.

Assist in maintaining a safe working environment in the ELC.

Promote a positive image of the ELC and foster a climate of respect and integrity.


Ability to implement regulations that govern programs for young children; acknowledging that all staff will cooperate to implement a program that far exceeds minimum regulations.

Ability to ensure that the rights and needs of children are the highest priority, while also recognizing the needs of other family members.

To contribute to the ongoing review, evaluation, and modification of services as needed by the community, families, and children.

To provide information about the services of the program to the community and to engage staff in cooperative problem solving, planning, and continuing evaluation of themselves and the program.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status, or any other non-job-related factor. The SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant. The SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.

The successful candidate must pass a test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed. The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.


The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.


A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.


Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has adopted a “Tribal Employee Vaccination Policy” that requires all employees to be “Fully Vaccinated” against the Coronavirus. Applicants are not required to disclose their vaccination status at the time of application; however, they must do so upon becoming the successful candidate. The successful applicant must submit their proof of vaccination status or they may submit a Medical Exemption form upon being notified that they are the successful candidate. At that point, the policy will apply to them as though they were already employed.