AZHSA - The Arizona Head Start Association
AZHSA - The Arizona Head Start Association

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AZHSA President

Full Time, 52 weeks, 40 hours

$55,000 – $65,000


Since 1995, the Arizona Head Start Association (AZHSA) has provided a forum of empowerment and unification for the coalition of public and private organizations that administer Head Start programs and work to improve the lives of Arizona's children. The influence of AZHSA reaches far beyond its membership, creating and contributing to collaborative partnerships across the Early Childhood community and on every level of government. Led by an Executive Director and a volunteer Board of Directors, AZHSA integrates service delivery through five standing committees: Disabilities & Mental Health; Early Childhood Development; Integrated Health & Safety; Parent, Family & Community Engagement and the Head Start Director's Committee. Along with membership dues, funding for AZHSA studies, projects and meetings is provided by the Arizona Head Start State Collaboration Office through a grant from the Administration for Children and Families.

This is a leadership and managerial position. This position includes implementation of administrative responsibilities related to the operations of the Arizona Head Start Association. The Director will represent AZHSA in Arizona, Regional, and National Committees/meetings, other elected leadership and advocacy groups. This position is responsible for program planning, program development, program management, and on-going community relations.


  • Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development, Family Development, Human Development, Social Work or a Related Field required
  • Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development, Family Development, Human Development, Social Work or a Related Field preferred


  • Two years of Early Head Start/ Head Start experience/ management required
  • Two years grant proposal/ report writing preferred
  • Two years of public relations/ communications preferred


  • A solid foundation in systems building-at the local, state and national level
  • Awareness of early care and education issues, especially knowledge of the critical links and potential for partnerships between Early Head Start and Head Start Programs and other early care and education programs
  • Policies, procedures, methods and techniques associated with conducting research and processing and disseminating information
  • Head Start Performance Standards
  • Program, financial, and human resources management in a non-profit or human services organization
  • Working knowledge of Arizona's community needs and resources


  • Advance computer skills, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Access, internet and email
  • Exceptional oral and written communications. Strong public speaking ability
  • Able to apply current research literature, relevant laws, regulations and policies
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Function as an effective team member to build productive, collaborative relationships and to achieve program goals and objectives
  • Able to promote AZHSA and Head Start State Collaboration Office Strategic Plan


  • Obtain State of Arizona, Department of Public Safety, Class One Fingerprint Card
  • Ability to establish a home office
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for statewide travel
  • Possess a valid Arizona's Drivers License and proof of vehicle insurance
  • Provide U.S. Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) and federal verification via the Department of Homeland Security Basic Pilot Program
  • Currently possess or able to obtain U.S. Issued Social Security Card


  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; however, it is a safety requirement for this position
  • Regular travel throughout Arizona and occasional travel out of state


  • Works in collaboration with committees, boards, and work groups
  • Represent AZHSA in the private-public partnerships. Examples: AZ Early Childhood Alliance (AZECA), Children's Action Alliance, First Things First, Department of Public Safety, AZ Childcare Administration, etc
  • Represent Head Start in state, regional, and national communities
  • Act as a conduit for input and information/ education
  • Be an effective advocate for Early Head Start and Head Start children, families and staff
  • Advocate for enhance statewide comprehensive quality early care and education that incorporates research-based practices for the state's children and their families
  • Performs the administrative duties of AZHSA
  • Prepares and disseminates the AZHSA Annual Report and Fact Sheet
  • Proactively seeks out new events at which the AZHSA can gain publicity
  • Serves as initial liaison between AZHSA and event organizers
  • Ensures that AZHSA events are adequately supplied with merchandise and supplies, such as banners and brochures
  • Issues AZHSA press releases
  • Coordinates advocacy events
  • Maintains list of and interfaces with media contacts
  • Maintains relationships with statewide resources and organizations
  • Manages all AZHSA member-related activities
  • Answers general inquiries from the membership
  • Coordinates membership mailings
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the members of the Board of Directors, Early Head Start/ Head Start staff
  • Manages all technology-related communication, including website, e-mail lists, and databases
  • Assists the AZHSA Officers with general administrative activities