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ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Head Start Grantee Specialist - Region X in Des Moines, Iowa

ICF seeks a Grantee Specialist with expertise in Head Start operations, and a strong working knowledge of administration, planning and management systems to provide high quality training and technical assistance (TTA) that improves the capacity of Head Start and Early Head Start programs to meet or exceed the Head Start Performance Standards and applicable Federal regulations. The Grantee Specialist will provide onsite and virtual consultation to grantees, governing bodies, directors and program managers to correct deficiencies and non-compliances identified through the national monitoring system and provide planning and management technical assistance to support continuous quality improvement.

This position is home-based in one of the Region X states and will involve extensive travel to programs within the 4 states identified as the Federal Region X (OR WA ID AK)).

Basic Qualifications

The Grantee Specialist shall have:

  • A minimum of a BA or BS Degree from an accredited university or college.

  • If the highest degree was awarded more than ten years ago, the resume should be specific regarding such events as courses, conferences, seminars attended or relevant work experience.

  • A minimum of five years’ experience related to program and/or organizational management and/or fiscal operations with Head Start/Early Head Start programs and the development and implementation of comprehensive management systems.

  • Experience supporting grantees to improve the effectiveness and quality of program operations and management systems.

  • Experience providing technical assistance that includes working with governing bodies, management teams and program staff.

  • Experience assisting organizations to address compliance issues.

  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences.

  • Experience facilitating group discussions and presenting to a range of audiences.

  • Experience analyzing data and assisting programs to make data driven decisions

  • Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide on-site, group, and virtual T/TA to grantees related to governance, program management, and fiscal operations, including supporting grantees in the following areas:

  • Correction of areas of noncompliance and deficiencies identified through the federal monitoring process. This may require on-site work for periods of time ranging from one day to several weeks.

  • Development and implementation of a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) that addresses root causes of the areas of noncompliance and deficiencies for grantees, as directed by the regional office.

  • Improvement of program oversight and management in areas of concern identified through the Regional Office oversight processes.

  • Maintain regular and timely communication with the appropriate Regional Office staff on delivery of TTA and progress toward corrective actions or quality improvement.

  • Coordinate TTA with Early Childhood, Family Engagement, Health, and System Specialists to ensure effective integration of management systems TTA that supports improvements to education, family services, and health services, as directed by the Regional Office.

  • Develop and provide effective presentations and training in areas related to program management and fiscal operations. Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities.

  • Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities.

Preferred Experience/Skills:

  • Fiscal expertise in areas such as budgeting, multiple funding sources, applicable uniform guidance regulations, Head Start specific audits, Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards and the fiscal role of the governing body.

  • Experience in and knowledge of facilities, transportation, program planning and governance.

  • Experience in and knowledge of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.

  • Knowledge of all Head Start management systems.

Professional Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required.

  • Experience using virtual platforms and technologies, i.e. Skype, Zoom, Adobe, Teams, etc.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.

  • Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

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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 to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

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