Director of Early Head Start

Los Angeles Universal Preschool | Los Angeles, California


About LAUP

LAUP brings a rich history of over 12 years of impact, having helped over 700 early learning providers elevate their program quality and prepare over 130,000 young children for kindergarten and beyond. LAUP takes a diverse approach to develop the “whole child” by supporting parents; growing a qualified workforce; improving quality by providing quality supports in the classroom; and pursuing advocacy and policy for increased early learning investments at the local, state and national levels.

Our Vision

Educational Justice: Every child will succeed in school and life.

Our Mission

Guided by research, LAUP works to improve the quality of early learning programs; to strengthen the engagement between the parents of young children and their teachers and caregivers; and to advance public policies that invest in the future of America by putting children first.

Our Story

In 1998, California voters approved Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax on every pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products to fund programs for children. LAUP was a part of this movement, and was established as the early education non-profit in Los Angeles County to support the care and development of the county’s youngest learners.

Over the years, LAUP has supported the operation and development of more than 700 early learning providers in Los Angeles County, touching the lives of over 130,000 children through enriching curricula and nurturing environments aimed to best prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Today, we are building on our achievements while strengthening our innovative and strategic work to advance early education program quality and capacity, preparing birth to 5-year-olds for their best start in life.

Job Summary

The EHS-CCP Director is responsible for assuring all the EHS program mandates and standards for excellence are met on a daily basis. In addition to operating responsibility for programmatic aspects, the position is responsible for assuring that the program is strategically positioned for the future. This position is responsible for the overall structure, systems and procedures to facilitate program excellence in addition to operating responsibility for fiscal, legal, and programmatic aspects of the program. The EHS-CCP Director will provide the program with leadership and ensure management functions are properly implemented and may delegate responsibilities to other staff.

Reports To

Chief Program Officer


Knowledge and Skills Requirements: 

  • Comprehensive understanding of Early Head Start/Head Start programs, philosophy and performance standards
  • Strong foundation and knowledge of early childhood education, family engagement and best practices in the field of early education
  • Experience in program management and planning, operations, evaluation and the use of management information systems.
  • Ability to learn and apply routine office policies and procedures
  • Expertise in adult learning techniques
  • Strong practices in using data to plan
  • Knowledge of business vocabulary and composition of business documents
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
  • Knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to learn moderately complex computer systems and adapt to changes in such systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills for interfacing with staff, providers and stake holders
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented, flexible, and decisive with excellent customer service skills
  • Strong computer skills for budgeting and development of quantifiable models for measuring outcomes
  • Excellent problem analysis/solution development skills
  • Planning skills to attain goals and objectives and attention to details
  • Project and time management skills to meet deadlines and project outcomes
  • Human resources skills and ability to identify strengths and needs for improvement
  • Ability to think strategically to make informed decisions that may have broad policy consequences
  • Ability to develop multiple options or solutions to reach goals


Preferred Experience :  6-8 years

Formal Education :  M inimum BA/S degree in early childhood education, child development or related field.  At least 5 years of experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration with some related experience working with families in a community-based, family support, or resource & referral programs (with ECE focus)

Language proficiency required/preferred: English/Spanish required

How to Apply

Los Angeles Universal Preschool