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Program Specialist - Head Start Collaboration

At the Department of Health and Welfare, our employees make a difference in the lives of Idahoans. The Division of Family and Community Services is recruiting for a Head Start Collaboration Program Specialist in the Infant Toddler Program. This position will lead the Head Start Collaboration Office and specialize in early childhood development. It will also serve as a liaison between the Office of Head Start, Regional Head Start Office, and local Head Start programs.
The incumbent will need good critical thinking, interpersonal, mediation and conflict resolution, technical writing, policy research and analysis, group facilitation, and problem-solving skills.
This position will be located at the department's administrative office in downtown Boise and will have the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule.
We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 
  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance- (full-time) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.00/month for dental 
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family 
  • employee covered at one times annual salary
  • spouse covered at $10,000
  • child covered at $5,000
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness  
  • and more!

Our generous benefits package increases the total compensation of a full-time (benefits eligible) Human Services Program Specialist making $29.75/hour to an estimated $42.16/hour.
If you have previously applied for Human Services Program Specialist and wish to be considered for the current vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.

Example of Duties
  • Develops and submits grant applications for Head Start Collaboration funding.
  • Develops required grant reporting, needs assessment, and other related documents and reporting.
  • Manages grant funds and resources.
  • Recruits, hires, supervises, and trains staff, including performance reviews and corrective/disciplinary actions.
  • Oversees and ensures implementation of all activities included in the Head Start Collaboration grant, Head Start Act (2007), and those required by the Family and Community Services.
  • Encourages/facilitates widespread collaboration between Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Seasonal Head Start and other appropriate programs, services and initiatives and augments Head Start’s capacity to be partner in State initiatives on behalf of children and their families.
  • Convenes and facilitates state level collaboration work on priority topics including conference planning, early childhood mental health concerns, Head Start interagency affairs, and public awareness of early childhood health, care, and education issues.
  • Participates in organizational state and local level groups assembled around improving the status of early care and learning for young children.
  • Develops and disseminates information on early childhood best practices, service delivery models, and research findings.
  • Facilitates and collaborates between Head Start Programs and school districts for the implementation of Inter-agency agreements.
  • Convenes, organizes, and implements conferences and/or training events.
  • Consults on state and local level early childhood issues and develops resolutions.
  • Incorporates the principles of a learning organization and the principles of collaboration and partnership into daily practices.
  • Travels, as required for implementation of the Head Start Collaboration grant.
  • Assists in other projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to pass the exam for this position. Click on the Questions tab associated with this announcement for the details regarding minimum qualification requirements. The Supplemental Questions on the application are the exam questions. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your answers. Failure to do this may result in not passing the exam and disqualify you from being considered for this position.

  • Considerable knowledge of social, psychological, or rehabilitative services, principles, and methods. Requires a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a behavioral/social science, social work, psychology, psychosocial rehabilitation, or closely related field.
  • Experience working with social/rehabilitative service delivery systems.
  • Experience planning, implementing, and overseeing a community-based social/rehabilitative service program to include community organization.
  • Experience working with early childhood and early intervention services for young children with disabilities.

Supplemental Information

Below are additional qualifications. They are not required, however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score. 
  1. Good knowledge of Head Start, Head Start Programs, and the priorities of the Office of Head Start. Gained by at least one year of professional experience working in Head Start agency or working in a role wherein working closely with Head Start Program were part of the essential duties.
  2. Good knowledge of grant applications. Gained by at least one year of professional experience writing and managing grant applications for foundations and/or state or federal agencies.
  3. Good knowledge of interagency agreements. Gained by at least one year of professional experience collaborating with other agencies to develop and implement such agreements. 
  4. Experience writing management reports based on the evaluation/monitoring of grant requirements. Gained by at least one year of related professional experience. 
  5. Experience planning and organizing large conferences and/or training events. Gained by at least one year of professional experience successfully planning, organizing, and implementing large conferences and/or trainings.