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Manager of Center Operations 

Category Education  


Administers the policies and programs for Head Start and Early Head Start. This person is responsible for the planning, daily operations, and evaluation of the programs.


  1. Select, recruit, supervise and train assigned Center Managers.
  2. Coordinate with the Center Managers for the recruitment and selection of center based staff.
  3. Develop individual professional development plans for Center Managers.
  4. Work with Center Managers, Education Manager and management team to coordinate training for new center staff.
  5. Monitor and adhere to the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten contracts.
  6. Ensure that regular performance review and goal development for all center staff is conducted in a timely and meaningful manner.
  7. Work with Director of Center Operations, management team and Policy Council to develop program plans and goals for Head Start and Early Head Start that meet the needs of the community.
  8. Monitor program quality and adherence to governmental and educational standards by use of the Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC Criteria, APPLE and Florida Department of Children and Families Regulations, and other program assessment tools used by the agency.
  9. Monitor the approved program budget for Head Start/Early Head Start and take appropriate action to correct variances.
  10. Collaborate with management team to arrange, plan, and conduct program-wide staff trainings and staff meetings.
  11. Prepare and submit accurate and timely reports required by funding sources.
  12. Work with Center Manager, HR and/or Director of Center Operations as needed to follow up on parent and community complaints.
  13. Assist HR as needed to investigate staff disciplinary issues.
  14. Support and encourage a working atmosphere that allows for creative thinking, positive attitudes, dedication of the mission of ECS, and teamwork.
  15. Assist staff in cultivating key relations with community agencies to enhance future program development.

(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)


  • This position reports to the Director of Center Operations
Position Requirements


  • Bachelors in Management, Education or related field
  • 3-5 years related Head Start experience
  • Management of child care program highly preferred
  • Complete 15 hours of in-service/professional development training hours each fiscal year (July-June)


  • Knowledge of and commitment to governmental, educational and religious standards set forth by: Head Start/ Early Head Start, DCF, NAEYC, CDA, VPK, State Partnership of School Readiness, and any other standards to which the agency commits.
  • Ability to work with other employees and the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity in crisis and in normal situation
  • Knowledge and ability to articulate and demonstrate current best practices in early childhood education.
  • Ability to track, monitor, synthesize and analyze data.
  • Skill in developing employees and holding them accountable.
  • Ability to perform with little direct supervision
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in fast-paced environment


  • Valid driver’s license
  • Director’s Credential


  • Works inside in an office environment
  • Travel to various sites required


  • Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)
  • Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Salary Range $58,000-60,000  
Travel Requirements travel required, some nights or weekends may be required  
Position Manager of Center Operations  
Close Date  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Raelyn Durham  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 0  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number EDU-21-00094  
Open Date 7/1/2021  
Location Alachua County  
About the Organization Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. In addition, ECS recently became the new Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, and Citrus counties and the Early Head Start grantee in Gainesville. As a result, we now serve another 1,500 children and their families in these areas.

ECS uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff work proactively with children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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