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Federal Migrant Head Start Program Manager (PSA, option SS6)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  Aug 2, 2022

Springfield, IL, US, 62762

Job Requisition ID:  16244

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-33-16244

Opening Date: 08/03/2022

Closing Date/Time:  08/16/2022 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $6,584 - $10,417 per month 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Gubernatorial Exclusion 063 



Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. Please note that the Department of Human Services must verify proof of higher education for any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended.  You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Division of Early Childhood is seeking to hire an energetic and detail-oriented manager to oversee the operations of the Department of Human Services Federal Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program.  The manager directs the operation of the Federal Migrant Head Start Program by developing and executing policies that support federal statutes and ensure adherence to performance standards for statewide implementation of the migrant and seasonal head start program that serves young children and their families.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as Federal Migrant Head Start Program Manager for the Division of Early Childhood.

  2. Serves as a full line supervisor.

  3. Maintains and controls budget by developing program guidelines for contracting with service providers.

  4. Develops and implements training programs, materials, workshops and seminars in Spanish and English for service providers and recipients, to improve resource knowledge, availability and service performance levels.

  5. Translates functions/procedures into Spanish for individuals who cannot speak or read English, in contacts with the general public, advocacy groups, customers and community organizations.

  6. Reviews and/or conducts community needs assessments to determine resource needs statewide, coordinates data collection and distribution of report to other agencies serving migrants.

  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years college with course work in a social or human services field. 
  2. Requires three (3) years progressively responsible administrative experience in a health or human services organization. 
  3. Requires ability to speak, read and write Spanish at a colloquial skill level. 

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Four (4) years of professional experience in program administration, technical assistance, and/or monitoring of Head Start or Early Childhood services.
  2. Four (4) years of professional experience in project management, including budgeting, planning, execution, delivery, quality assurance, monitoring, continuous quality improvement, and routine and ad hoc mandated reporting.
  3. Three (3) years of professional experience with federal grant planning, writing, submitting, and reporting.
  4. Three (3) years of professional experience communicating, verbally and in writing, across various forms of media and with small and large stakeholder audiences to ensure detailed and critical analysis of work performed and adherence to program standards.
  5. Three (3) years of professional experience developing processes, procedures, and guidelines for implementing programs for a public or private business organization.
  6. Three (3) years of professional experience meeting deadlines with strong attention to detail and the ability to use critical thinking skills while managing multiple projects.
  7. Two (2) years of professional experience managing personnel, assigning work, providing guidance to subordinates, recommending and/or implementing counseling and/or discipline activities, and training staff.
  8. Two (2) years of professional experience working independently and collaboratively to promote the values and mission statements (e.g. equity, social and racial justice, inclusion, and diversity) of a public or private organization.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires the ability to travel, including overnight stays and weekends.

Work Hours:  Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Work Location: 100 South Grand Ave E Springfield, IL 62762 

Division of Early Childhood

Associate Director of Programs

Bureau of Quality Inititives/Migrant Head Start
Agency Contact: 
Job Family: Administration/Management 



About the Agency

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.


As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

  • A Pension Program
  • Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually
  • 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)
  • 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years
  • Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)
  • 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)
  • 10 Weeks Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan
  • Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program and Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program eligibility
  • 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions
  • Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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Nearest Major Market: Springfield