Are you passionate about early childhood, like to work as a team and can take on challenges to produce powerful results? Consider joining our team at CDI.

CDI is seeking highly qualified, experienced individuals with a thorough knowledge of Head Start and/or Early Head Start in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Parent, Family and Community Engagement, Health, CACFP & Nutrition, Facilities and Transportation to provide periodic consulting services to Head Start/Early Head Start programs that are under interim management.

These consultant assignments are generally 1-3 weeks in length; and, require on-site, time intensive services to meet Head Start Programs immediate needs and produce results. The work is not a one-shot workshop or training session. Multiple assignments occur throughout the year.

Extensive travel is required. Payment is on a reimbursement basis, with the exception of airfare.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to

  • Human Resources Recruiting and Retention Coordinator

  • Posting Date: February 11, 2019

    Closing Date: February 18, 2019 close of business

    General Summary of the Position:

    The Human Resources Recruiting and Retention Coordinator (herein “Coordinator”) serves as a member of a team that provides high level, Human Resources support to all CDI HS staff.  The HR team functions as a cross-trained, customer-friendly unit that is accountable to each other and CDI for producing the highest quality work and results. The Coordinator builds strong relationships with community, business partners and staff to strengthen and continue to expand CDI HS’ workforce. The Coordinator collaborates with others in developing and implementing a pipeline of employee talent from generating interest for working in education to supporting employee development and resiliency. The Coordinator helps design and implement strategic initiatives and processes for recruiting and retaining diverse talent that reflects the students CDI HS serves.

    CDI HS Staff Recruitment

    • Works collaboratively with the NIM Site Manager, NIM Lead Site Manager, Program Director, local HR staff person, HR Field Coordinator and NIM HR Coordinator to assess program staffing needs.
    • Creates and implements a recruiting plan for all CDI HS programs, with individualization for unique local program needs included.
    • Utilizes digital and other media resources, attends or facilitates job fairs and other recruitment events, reaches out to community and staff for referrals, and develops other recruitment partners and outlets.
    • Develops and maintains strong relationships with regional higher education partners including all regional educator preparation programs.
    • Completes in-depth salary assessment and wage comparability studies to ensure pay rates are optimized based on locality and competing factors.
    • Creates a marketing/advertising strategy for CDI HS positions.
    • Identifies efficiencies for posting, advertising, interviewing, and overall recruitment strategies.
    • Initiates and manages various strategies to recruit different pools of staff, including educational incentives.
    • Manages volunteer programs designed to recruit volunteers to employment.
    • Identifies solutions for short term staffing needs, including identifying substitute pools or partnerships with other child care service providers to identify.
    • Responsible for managing staffing data across all CDI HS programs to analyze and assess needs, as well as making recommendations related to staffing for the NIM overall. Duties include working with local counterparts to ensure up to date and accurate information and data is maintained and available.

      CDI HS Hiring Process Management

    • In collaboration with the NIM HR Coordinator and the NIM HR/Legal Director, identifies efficiencies in hiring process (application/job jacket/interviewing process – interview questions).
    • Creates a consistent onboarding to CDI HS, customized for local programs and by position.
    • Assists in developing and coordinate a supportive and accessible hiring experience for candidates.
    • Works in developing and maintaining a hiring process that is culturally sustainable and that identifies and minimizes implicit bias.
    • Follow up with hiring managers and candidates for feedback throughout interview process.

      CDI HS Staff Retention

    • Works with local HR staff person and HRFS to complete regular wage equity reviews and salary analysis.
    • Works with the NIM Benefits Coordinator and HR/Legal Director to analyze employer sponsored benefits and their effects on staff retention. Makes recommendations as appropriate.
    • Explores unique and new retention strategies to reduce turnover.
    • Develops and maintains strong relationships with regional higher education partners including all regional educator preparation programs.
    • Implements strategies for retention, including educational incentives and professional development opportunities.
    • Obtains and Analyzes employee engagement and satisfaction; performs regular surveys/info gathering and present with recommendations
    • Supports needs of new teachers and other staff by analyzing cohort retention data and aggregate evaluation data to better inform strategic professional development efforts.


    • Provides training to CDI and CDI HS local staff, program directors and consultants on recruiting and retention strategies and updates.
    • Create and deliver training on various onboarding topics via different modalities.

      Education & Experience Requirements

    • This individual must have at least a bacehlor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business, human resources management, education, or a related field. 
    • The individual must have at least two years of experience working in human resources which directly involved recruiting and retention or related work.
    • Two years of experience as a Recruiter, Talent Acquisition Coordinator or similar job duties preferred

    Send cover letter and resume to prior to the closing date.      

    Community Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity AA, M/F, Vet/Disability Employer.


  • Site Manager

  • Post Date: February 13, 2019

    Closing Date: Open until filled

    The Site Manager is assigned NIM (National Interim Management) Contract Head Start and/or Early Head Start program(s) to ensure smooth transition from the previous grantee; oversee operation of the program in all areas to provide safe, quality services to children and families; supporting the goals of the program during the time period the federal Office of Head Start is conducting the replacement grantee process; transition to the replacement grantee; and, conducting close-out activities.   This position requires extensive Head Start management experience. Extensive travel is required. This is an employment position with excellent benefits. 

    Education and Experience Requirements:

    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in a related field such as Education (Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Elementary Education), Human Services, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Family Services or Business Administration.
    • A minimum of eight years of management experience required (ten years preferred), including experience in project management, staff supervision, fiscal/budget oversight, and implementation of comprehensive management systems in early childhood programs.
    • A minimum of three years of experience required (five years preferred) as a Head Start/Early Head Start program director/associate/assistant director.
    • Preferred: Bilingual (English/Spanish)

    Send cover letter and resume to     

    Community Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity AA, M/F, Vet/Disability Employer

  • Federal Interest Program Specialist

  • Work Location:  Office of Head Start, Washington, DC

    Posting Dates: February 13, 2019
    Closing Date: February 17, 2019

    The primary focus of this full-time position will be responsibility for supporting the Office of Head Start with the management real property with federal interest, for projects supported by CDI:

    • National Interim Management Program Contract (NIM)
    • Real Property Facilities Initiative (RPFI); and,
    • Designation Renewal System Transition Works.

    This position will work as part of the Office of Head Start (OHS) Replacement Team, and will provide support to OHS in the oversight of caseloads of Head Start real properties with federal interest.  Work will include researching property ownership, liens and encumbrances and analyzing real estate documents.  Primary responsibilities will also include working with Regional Offices and Office of Grants Management staff in researching funding awards and in calculating the federal share in real property.  In certain circumstances, work will involve work with the Office of General Council in reviewing complex cases.  The outcome of the position is to support the OHS Replacement Team in areas related to real property transfers, management of federal interest property, and resolution of complex property ownership issues.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Graduated from an accredited college or university in a related field
    • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law college/school preferred
    • Experience in managing complex property transfers
    • Experience with federal property preferred

    Send cover letter and resume to prior to the closing date.     

    Community Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity AA, M/F, Vet/Disability Employer.