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ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Head Start AI/AN Grantee Specialist – Region XI in Jefferson City, Missouri

Home Based - anywhere in the USTravel: 50% After COVID restrictions are lifted

ICF seeks a Head Start National American Indian and Alaska Native Region (AIAN) Grantee Specialist to provide high quality training and technical assistance that improves the capacity of AIAN and Early Head Start programs to meet or exceed the national Head Start Performance Standards. The Grantee Specialist will work with programs to build capacity in regards to the Head Start systems including fiscal, health, facilities/transportation, and planning as well as to provide technical assistance in meeting and maintaining compliance of federal regulations.

The AIAN Grantee Specialist will work with grantees in understanding all Head Start Regulations. A thorough knowledge of the Head Start Performance Standards and experience with AIAN culture is required. The Grantee Specialist will deliver training and technical assistance and consultation with directors, staff and parents and will use reliable data collection systems to track measurable outcomes for children and programs.

This position is home-based in the U.S. and will involve extensive travel up to 50% of the time to programs across the United States where the candidate is assigned once COVID restrictions are lifted.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide on-site, group, and virtual T/TA to grantees related to governance, program management, and fiscal operations, including supporting grantees in the following areas:

  • Correction of areas of noncompliance and deficiencies identified through the federal monitoring process. This may require on-site work for periods of time ranging from one day to several weeks.

  • Development and implementation of a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that addresses root causes of the areas of noncompliance and deficiencies for grantees, as directed by the regional office.

  • Improvement of program oversight and management in areas of concern identified through the Regional Office oversight processes.

  • Maintain regular and timely communication with the appropriate Regional Office staff on delivery of TTA and progress toward corrective actions or quality improvement.

  • Coordinate TTA with Early Childhood, Family Engagement, Health, and System Specialists to ensure effective integration of management systems TTA that supports improvements to education, family services, and health services, as directed by the Regional Office.

  • Develop and provide effective presentations and training in areas related to program management and fiscal operations.

  • Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • A minimum of five years’ experience related to program and/or organizational management and/or fiscal operations with HS/EHS programs and the development and implementation of comprehensive management systems.

  • Experience supporting grantees to improve the effectiveness and quality of program operations and management systems.

  • Experience providing technical assistance that includes working with governing bodies, management teams and program staff.

  • Experience assisting organizations to address compliance issues.

  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences.

  • Experience facilitating group discussions and presenting to a range of audiences.

  • Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.

    Preferred Skills/Experience:
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Experience in a leadership position within a Head Start program or other early learning program (Executive Director, Assistant Director, Program Director, Chief Finance Officer).

  • Knowledge and experience performing fiscal management preferred.

  • Working knowledge of and experience with web-based instructional applications.

  • Data analysis.

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal experience.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

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About ICF

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting services company with over 7,000 full and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at icf.com.

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