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Head Start State Collaboration Director (PSA, Opt. 6)

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

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

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 CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov 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:  Jun 10, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62762

Job Requisition ID:  3484

Agency:  Department of Human Services 

Posting ID: 10-90-3484- 29330

Opening Date: 06/11/2021
Closing Date/Time:  06/24/2021 
Salary:  Anticipated Salary: $6,400 - $6,900 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) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. 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 Family & Community Services is seeking to hire a dynamic, organized, detail-oriented director to oversee the State’s Head Start State Collaboration Unit. The director organizes, plans, executes, controls, and evaluates the operations of the unit. The Unit director directs the dissemination of Head Start informational materials throughout the State and performs liaison and public relations assignments dealing with the Head Start community, state agencies, legislators and the general public. Represents the Bureau Chief and/or Associate Director on issues pertaining to the State’s Head Start Program. The Division’s mission is to assist Illinois residents by connecting them with public assistance programs and services. Through our programs, services and prevention efforts, the Division improves the health and well-being of individuals and promotes self- sufficiency and integrity of families of Illinois.

Job Responsibilities

1. Serves as the State’s Head Start State Collaboration Director.


2. Performs complex administrative functions for the statewide Early Childhood Collaboration Unit.


3. Serves as full-line supervisor.


4. Travels to verify coordination of Head Start goals with entities within and outside the Department.


5. Establishes an inter-Departmental contract to initiate, implement, change, or plan for collaborative efforts.


6. Presents progress reports on project activities to the Bureau Chief and recommends options for action.


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.

Preferred Qualifications (in priority order)

  1. Two (2) years of professional experience in Head Start programs, regulations, and funding sources for a public or private organization.
  2. Two (2) years of professional experience developing and administering annual grants and budget for a public or private organization’s program.
  3. Two (2) years of professional experience in establishing school and community networks or social service delivery linkages.
  4. Two (2) years of professional supervisory experience.
  5. One (1) year of professional experience communicating with both internal and external stakeholders ensuring detailed and critical analysis of work performed.
  6. Two (2) years of professional experience in educational and teaching methods for pre-school and elementary school children.
  7. One (1) year of professional experience in representing a public or private organization in speaking engagements.
  8. One (1) year of professional experience effectively communicating, orally and in writing with a variety of individuals.
  9. One (1) year of professional experience meeting deadlines with strong attention to detail and the ability to utilize critical thinking skills while multi-tasking multiple projects.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to travel statewide including occasional overnight stays.
  2. Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel.

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

Division of Family and Community Services

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Collaboration Unit
Agency Contact: Laci.Indermark@illinois.gov
Job Function: Administration/Management; Social Services 


About the Agency:

IDHS 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.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield