For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measureable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs
Christopher House is looking for an Associate Director of Health & Compliance who is passionate about the health, safety and advocacy of children and has a positive and enthusiastic approach to collaborating with others.
Position Objective: Manage the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of the agency’s Health and plans in accordance with Head Start, Child Care, Federal Requirements, State Licensing, City Requirements and NAEYC performance standards in health, nutrition, mental health, and infection control at all three schools.
Supervise: School Nurses and Nutrition Staff (including Food Aides and Nutrition Consultant) at all schools.
Responsibilities: Provide support to site staff regarding health and environmental safety. Train and advise school staff members on Health issues that are related to component policies and procedures. With site directors, plan and implement workshops for staff and parents on health, nutrition, preventive health measures, and safety, including first aid and CPR. Support accreditation and ongoing alignment.
Develop and monitor health agreements for services required by Head Start and Early Head Start performance standards. Compile and submit accurate and timely reports, including but not limited to quarterly reports and agency PIR. Conduct health and safety checklist reviews quarterly and monitor compliance and completion of safety checks and other safety related policies. Develop and maintain health referrals, serve as a source for assisting families with referrals to outside agencies. Review child health records quarterly for accuracy, completion and current status. Update the Christopher House Risk Management Manual annually as required in Head Start Performance Standards.
Ensure daily meal service to children across all schools. Monitor kitchens and food service to ensure Federal, City and State nutrition, health, and safety requirements are consistently met. Monitor compliance with CACFP and NSLP contract and funding requirements, including annual trainings and monitoring.
Facilitate Policy & Procedure/Risk Management training bi-monthly as part of New Employee Orientation. Provide monthly trainings related to special health needs of children or relevant health related topics.
Monitor and assist the Site Directors on completing the NAEYC components on Health and Physical Environment. Ensure that all findings in these component areas are addressed and resolved in a timely manner.
Qualifications: Three years of direct experience in Head Start and/or QRS accredited program preferred. Extremely well organized/disciplined; accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to create order in the work environment. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to adhere to timelines and hold others to deadlines. Quality improvement experience and/or working knowledge of accreditation processes desired. Computer literate and knowledge of database programs. Ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse socio and educational backgrounds. Bilingual, in English and Spanish is desirable.
Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in social work, education, public health or a related field is required. Master’s Degree preferred.
Submit resume and cover letter to attention of Julie Dakers, Director of Operations.
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.