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Area Manager
Job Code:2018-SM-CD-CD-AD-002
Department:Child Development Program
Location:Administration - San Marcos, CA
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary RangeDOE-
Under general direction, is responsible for the direct supervision of Center Directors in assigned areas. Manages, oversees, organizes, supervises and monitors Head Start and Early Head Start (EHS) and State Blended program options, monitors and ensures center compliance with Title 22 state licensing requirements, Quality Preschool Initiative (QPI) requirements, state and federal performance standards, Head Start/EHS service area plans and policies and procedures. The incumbent will also ensure compliance with human resources policies and procedures and labor contract provisions, and performs related duties as assigned

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Provides technical support and assistance through monitoring and ensuring compliance with state licensing requirements, State regulations, federal performance standards and Head Start/EHS service area plans
  • Conduct individual conferences quarterly, and evaluates designated staff on performance annually or as needed per agency policies and procedures
  • Conducts site and quality assurance visits and regularly consults with and provides direction to Center Directors on quality assurance, planning, safety, employee relations and parent involvement issues
  • Regularly inspects centers for proper safety, health, fire and occupancy violations and takes action to ensure clearances, permits and licenses remain in force
  • Communicates and assists with liaison activities with partners
  • Works with center directors, teachers and other managers to develop plans for children with behavioral concerns; provides guidance to staff on identifying behavioral or learning problems per written policy; supports methods of modifying inappropriate behavior and encouraging positive learning; meets with parents to discuss child behavioral issues and concerns.
  • Collaborates with Service Area Managers and Specialists in providing training and technical assistance to center staff
  • Assist management team in the development of the agency’s master calendar, strategic plans, training plans for staff and parents and participates in committee work as assigned
  • Interview and recommend hiring of center staff, in accordance with MAAC agency policies and procedures
  • Coach, counsel, and mentor subordinate staff to improve performance and participates in and assists center directors in progressive discipline process per agency policy up to and including recommendation of suspension and termination
  • Recommend purchases of instructional materials and teaching aids, such as books, toys, and games designed to stimulate learning as authorized by the education manager in the program approved budget
  • Assist in obtaining substitute teachers as necessary
  • Other related duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year accredited college or university in Child Development, Human Resources Management, or a closely related field
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of successful experience in a comparable position
  • A combination of training and experience that will likely result in the successful performance of the core duties of the position may be considered
  • A Child Development Permit at the Program Director level
  • Experience with State and Head Start programs management/development preferred
  • Bilingual abilities (English/Spanish) desirable


  • Valid CPR, First Aid and Food Handlers Cards must be obtained within first two months (2) of employment and maintained throughout employment (paid, designated training available through MAAC CDP). In the event employees do not attend the scheduled training, they must obtain the cards through outside resources and costs will not be reimbursed.The cards must obtain the cards through outside resources and costs will not be reimbursed.The cards must be obtained and maintained within prescribed timelines.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and Practices of Management and Supervision
  • Intermediate understanding of principles and concepts in Human Resources
  • Standard American English, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and word usage.
  • Modern office procedures and practices.
  • Read, understand and explain policy and procedures.
  • Record-keeping practices, legal requirements and electronic records storage system

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, estimate, coordinate, assign, review and evaluate the work of others.
  • Coordinate work assignments with center managers and outside agencies.
  • Operate a computer terminal and computer using word processing, spreadsheet and other business software.
  • Organize, set priorities and exercise sound, expert independent judgment within area of responsibility.
  • Interpret, apply, explain and reach sound decisions in accordance with MAAC and division policies and procedures and labor contract provisions.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues and situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, center directors, teachers, staff, parents, consultants, representatives of other agencies and others encountered in the course of work.


Union Membership ( if applicable):
Management position