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Career Planning Specialist

Full Time - Jackson $16.23-$20.29 – w/ Bachelor’s Degree $14.76-$18.38 – non degreed

The Career Planning Specialist provides ongoing career planning support, advocacy, and guidance to youth between the ages of 16 and 24. Assist youth with current needs as well as those that interfere with their ability to meet the program requirements and their personal goals. This encompasses job placement, secondary education placement, and any other post program planning. The Career Planning Specialist will work closely with all staff to assist in the coordination and the delivery of the YouthBuild program requirements while ensuring compliance with all state and federal regulations of the Department of Labor.

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or a related field. Two years of experience in counseling, job development, conflict resolution or crisis intervention with young adults. Advocate with human services, health, court, and the criminal justice systems to resolve issues facing young people. Excellent public speaking, strong commitment to helping young adults succeed in the training program and make a difference in their communities.

Children’s Program Director

Full Time – Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale County $28.78-$39.35

The Children’s Program Director is responsible for assuring all Head Start, Early Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Women Infant and Children (WIC), and other applicable birth to age five program mandates and standards for excellence are met on a daily basis. 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 in conjunction with Agency management.

Bachelor’s degree, preferably Master’s degree with a minimum of eight years of experience in Early Childhood, Child Development, Public Administration, or Non-profit Management or a combination of education and experience that is similarly equivalent. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple roles and projects while exhibiting independent judgement, flexibility and the ability to integrate information from multiple sources.

Early Head Start Manager

Full Time - Jackson and Hillsdale County $23.79-$31.41

To coordinate and direct an interdisciplinary, multi-county team providing Early Head Start services. Responsible for hiring, orienting, and providing administrative supervision to all EHS staff. Provide Individual and/or group reflective supervision to staff. Work with other children’s program and agency managers to ensure effective services and transition of children from Early Head Start into Head Start. Responsible for recruitment of Early Head Start enrollees within the community through attendance and promotion at various community meetings. Responsible for implementation of Federal regulations for Early Head Start.

Master’s Degree in social work and three years progressive work experience including program management, supervision of staff, families in welfare services and court proceedings. Requires a variety of office work, attending community meetings, conflict resolution, and interacting with families.

Education Manager

Full Time – Jackson and Hillsdale County $23.79-$31.41

Responsible for education in the Head Start, Great Start School Readiness Program and Disability services in Jackson and Hillsdale. Responsible for curriculum development and implementation as well as tracking educational outcomes for all preschool children. Develop professional development for educating staff according to best practice, Head Start program performance standards as well as additional federal, state and local regulations. Manage staff and all other related program activities while ensuring that all program standards and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) licensing standards are in compliance. Data-driven decision making to inform program development and continuous quality improvement aligning with the Agency’s commitment to equity and becoming a Trauma Informed Agency.

Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, Master’s Degree preferred. Five (5) years progressive work experience in related field including program management and Early Childhood Education; or any equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered. Work cooperatively with other community organizations and community schools to better integrate CAA services with other outside agencies to benefit our families. Represent the Agency as necessary in meetings or to community organizations wishing to know more about our programs. Oversee the integration of education and ensuring all performance standards are met.

Housing Advocate

Full Time - Jackson and Hillsdale County $16.23-$20.29 - w/Bachelor’s Degree $14.76-$18-38 - non degreed

Plan and implement a home-based housing assistance program in compliance with the goals and outcomes of the Agency’s Supportive Housing Programs. Perform outreach activities to target populations and enroll participants in the program. Make visits to program families, with the purpose of working intensely one on one with families stabilizing housing, improving life skills and improving families housing on a long-term basis. Provide group training in financial management, life skills and credit counseling. Provide information/referrals to human service agencies to assist families with identified needs. Coordinate team meetings with appropriate human service staff to fulfill program objectives.

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, one year related experience, and comfortable visiting clients in their homes with frequent exposure to environmental hazards. Familiar with all aspects of the Agency’s Supportive Housing Programs, including performance standards, program procedures and outcomes.

Housing Specialist

Full Time – Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale County $16.23-$20.29 w/Bachelor’s Degree $14.76-$18.38 – non degreed

Work with people of all economic levels; determine eligibility for MSHDA and other related programs. Make referrals to other outside human service agencies. Responsible for recruitment and maintenance of full enrollment for a variety of housing and self-sufficiency programs ensuring full compliance with State and Federal regulations and meeting program goals.

Bachelor’s Degree in human services or related field preferred. One to two years’ experience in administration of housing programs and working with multi-problem families.

Lead Abatement Worker

Full Time – Lenawee County $16.23-$20.29

Under the guidance of the Lead Construction Manager, perform housing rehabilitation activities in order to remediate lead hazards in housing units in Lenawee County.

Experience in the area of new home construction, rehabilitation and/or energy efficiency techniques required. Acquire and maintain knowledge of, and comply with, required standards, guidelines, federal/state regulations and objectives of all programs within area of responsibility. Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain positive conduct during working hours and excellent public relations with customers and the community-at-large.

Teacher Assistant

Full Time – Jackson and Hillsdale County $13.43-$16.88 – w/Associates $12.20-$15.37 – w/CDA $11.11-$14.90

Assist the teacher in implementing a preschool classroom in compliance with Head Start, GSRP and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) licensing requirements, Agency Policies and Procedures with minimal direction from supervisor. Work closely with program staff and community partners to fulfill the objectives of the Program and Agency.

Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and or age appropriate CDA preferred. One (1) year experience working with children in a preschool classroom setting. Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with people of all economic levels, cultures and capabilities in addition to the ability to mediate and diffuse difficult situations.


Full Time - Jackson and Hillsdale County $16.23-$20.29

Plan and implement a preschool classroom in compliance with Head Start, GSRP and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) licensing requirements, Agency Policies and Procedures with minimal direct supervision. Work closely with program staff and community partners to fulfill the objectives of the Program and Agency. Direct classroom staff and facilitate daily classroom activities.

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or valid Michigan teaching certificate; age appropriate CDA credential, ZA or ZS endorsement. Two (2) years’ experience working with children in a preschool classroom setting. Knowledge of community resources, organizational and time management skills; ability to work cooperatively in a team approach. Work as a team developing a lesson plan that individualizes for children while maintaining a balance of child-initiated and adult-initiated activities, understanding the lead teacher is responsible for accurate implementation.

Family Advocate

Full Time – Jackson $14.76-$20.29

In accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and Great Start Readiness Implementation manual promotes family engagement to support the implementation of the family partnership process, including referral to CAA programs and other community programs to help them obtain needed services and meet established goals. Advocates operate as liaisons between the school day classrooms and home settings to ensure families and children are actively involved in the program and have positive outcomes.

Bachelor’s degree in human services area. Completion of Family Service Credential, after completion of probation, pending training being offered and within training budget. Two (2) years’ experience in a related field. Experience equivalences may be considered at the discretion of the CEO. Independent judgment needed to complete routine tasks. Establish and maintain positive relationships with people of all economic levels, cultures and capabilities. Able to prioritize and make quick decisions in a rapid paced environment. Ability to mediate and diffuse potential conflicts, including assisting families in crisis. Able to work on multiple short and long term projects. Must be conscientious and alert in a busy and often hectic atmosphere with the ability to handle numerous tasks at once. Schedule monthly team meeting with teaching staff in your assigned classrooms. Discussion should include review of attendance concerns, family goal progress and needs identified, behavior concerns and any other issues as determined by the team. Completion of monthly reports and planning for and minutes for Family Focus should be completed as a team. Help organize, plan, carry out parent training activities and support groups as determined, and support Family Focus. Ensure attendance of parents at meetings and training and serve as a mentor for parent representatives on Policy Council.

Tri-County Manager and Community Development

Full Time – Full time $49,483.00 -$65,332.00 Salary/year

Oversight of Community and Housing Development Programs in Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties including services for lead abatement, YouthBuild and Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects. Bachelor’s degree, grant writing experience and three (3) years’ experience in nonprofit housing development and community development programs with related administrative and supervisory experience required. Experience with Low Income Housing Tax credit development, housing rehabilitation programs, and community organizing a plus. Any equivalent combination of education and work experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for the position may be considered at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer. Must have excellent communicative skills in writing, reading comprehension and public speaking. Must have strong organizational and leadership skills in the supervision of others. To assist in the grant preparation and budget development process as requested. Hold primary responsibility for programmatic reporting and other documents of programmatic importance. Understand the functions of all community services components; primarily hold a working knowledge of eligibility requirements and agency program codes. Disseminate information to agency program staff. Represent the Agency at various meetings of local organizations in three counties including functioning as the Agency contact for the Jackson Continuum of Care. Participate as part of the Administrative Team in order to provide input into the direction of the Agency as it relates to the needs of the tri-county area.

All full-time positions have the following benefits package: Blue Cross Insurance with a Health Savings Account, Dental, VSP, Life Insurance, retirement, education reimbursement, paid holidays, paid vacation, personal and sick time.

Part-time position benefits include: paid holidays, sick, vacation and personal time. A complete job posting for all available positions are available at www.caajlh.org under the “Careers” tab.

A Community Action Agency application must be filled out and may be obtained at any of our office locations listed above or on the web at www.caajlh.org or email lhiggins@caajlh.org . Please see our website for complete job postings and job descriptions.

CAA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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