Head Start, Program Support Specialist (Region X)



Head Start, Program Support Specialist (Region X)

Employment Type:

Full time


, WA

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Job Description:

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 seeks an experienced Program Support Specialist to provide ongoing, prompt and accurate programmatic assistance to Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) grantees and will support Federal staff with high quality grants management services. This position is based at the Region X Federal Office in Seattle, WA.

Key Responsibilities:
•Initiate frequent and ongoing communication with assigned grantees regarding grant applications, program status and activities, and overall HS grant-funded operations.
•Ensure grantees receive pertinent information from Office of Head Start (OHS), including Information Memorandums, Program Instructions, and OHS announcements regarding initiatives, priorities, and quality expectations.
•Provide ongoing assistance to grantees by facilitating the interpretation and understanding of Federal HS Program Performance Standards.
•Provide consistent oversight and support to grantees to ensure full compliance with all Federal regulations.
•Maintain detailed and complete official electronic grant files, records pertaining to the receipt and tracking of grant applications and the grant review process, including negotiations and any post-award change requests.
•Participate in onsite monitoring visits, including follow ups and desk reviews as part of the monitoring review process.
•Participate in onsite yearly grantee visits as scheduled by the Regional Office.
•Review programmatic status reports, Program Information Report (PIR) data, monitoring data, monitor review findings, and work with programs to resolve any issues, noncompliance’s or deficiencies.
•Utilize the Grant Solutions and Head Start Enterprise (HSES) as needed.
•Provide ongoing support to grantees, including working in partnership with the Region X TA System to ensure grantees receive the necessary support.
•Participate in seminars and special training events or other activities as requested by OHS.

 Basic Qualifications:
•A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Program Design and Management or related field.
•5+ years of experience providing program support or management.
•Experience with program and data analysis.
•Strong knowledge and experience with Head Start Performance Standards, all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, child development, and program operations.
•Ability to provide ongoing monitoring support to grant-funded programs.
•Proficient computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Experience/Skills:
•Experience working within a Head Start Program.

Professional Skills:
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
•Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.
•Strong team player, with the ability to collaborate and work closely with Regional Office staff and other partners.
•Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

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