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The Health Manager is responsible for management of the Child Health, Dental, Health and Safety and Nutrition service areas for Head Start and Early Head Start. The Health Manager is responsible for ensuring that Grantee Head Start Programs develop and implement systems and procedures for the delivery of quality Mental Health and Special Needs services. The Health Manager provides the Grantee Head Start/Early Head Start Programs with support through the creation of systems and protocols, training, monitoring and technical assistance. The position also ensures compliance with Head Start performance standards as well as local, state and federal regulations.
The Health Manager works under the supervision of the Grantee Support Services Director to understand the needs of children and coordinate comprehensive quality services.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKS:
- Assists with planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the health and nutrition service plans, systems and procedures
- Develops written health, environmental safety, sanitation, food service and emergency policies and procedures ensuring compliance with local and state regulations, with appropriate director, consultants, staff, Policy Council, board, HSAC and grantee participation and approval. Ensures these policies and procedures are carried out including scheduling required drills, conducting required safety checks and monitoring all other provisions.
- Participates in the annual self-evaluation process for the grantee
- Ensures compliance with Head Start performance standards as well as other local, state and federal regulations, to ensure health, health and safety and nutrition standards are met.
- Contributes to the development of the Delegate and Partner Agencies Annual Plan, program proposals and Community Assessment, as requested.
- Monitors and follows up on health and nutrition status of children in the grantee, service systems and outcomes to ensure high quality and individualized services are delivered for children and families.
- Build alliances with community health and nutrition stakeholders to in order to create interagency linkages across the Chicago land area.
- Provides ongoing support and resources to grantee staff by answering questions, conducting research, and creating systems to support the work.
- Provides training and technical assistance to staff based on assessment of health, health and safety and nutrition service area needs
- Has primary responsibility for supervising the grantee Health Coordinator
- Oversees the work of the Health and Safety- related staff, grantee health coordinator and partner health consultant and Nutrition Consultant and ensures there is follows-up on service area-related recommendations.
- Works with Grantee Support Services staff to assure create inter-connected systems and protocols to support the work of grantee staff.
- Disseminates information to agencies related to changes in health regulations and current health-related best practices.
- Monitors health, nutrition, health and safety and dental services and records, including COPA data, at Delegate Partners programs and documents all findings.
- Disseminates and interprets information to agencies related to changes in nutrition regulations for infants through young children, and pregnancy, CCFP and current sanitation regulations, maybe even basic information regarding supplemental food programs (WIC).
- Organizes and facilitates the activities of the agency's Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC); ensures that the Committee membership is composed of all required professions and parent representation and that it meets at least twice a year.
- Conducts regular health coordinator/consultant/designee meetings and trainings with delegate and partner health staff.
- Perform other duties as assigned and reasonably within scope of duties listed above.
EDUCATIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRMENTS:
- Masters in Public Health Administration, Health Administration, Public Health or related field with 5 years of experience or more in health/nutrition administration.
- Knowledge of young children's food requirements according to Head Start Performance Standards, Health Department, sanitation and, Child Care Food Program regulations.
- Clearance of background check by Department of Children and Family Services.
- A biannual physical examination and TB test are required as condition of initial employment and continued employment.
- Current driver's license, car, and required liability insurance.
- Knowledge of health and nutrition related services to the community
- Knowledge of and ability to implement Head Start Performance Standards and state and local licensing requirements
- Knowledge of Department of Health and Nutrition regulations
- Ability to adapt professional expertise to the needs of Head Start and Early Head Start staff
- Ability to communicate and work with diverse families and professionals
- Ability to guide staff in obtaining positive nutrition, health and safety, medical and dental results
- Ability and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low-income community.
- Proven ability to function as a leader, as well as a team member.
- Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
- Ability to communicate and respond in a manner that consistently demonstrates respect and concern.
- Must have excellent organizational skills and proven ability to work within prescribed timelines.
- Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Must be able to travel to Grantees Delegate and Partners sites.
- Intermediate knowledge of computer applications, word-processing software in a Windows environment and ability to learn and master other computer technology /software as needed.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
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- Must be able to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and lift and or move items of up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Must have excellent command of the English language and grammar, both verbal and written.
- Must be able to manually operate and use a computer and other office equipment.
- Ability to clearly hear and understand telephone conversations