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Internal/External Posting: CACFP Field Specialist
Position:           CACFP Field Specialist
Post date:         June 10, 2024
Closing Date:   June 14, 2024

Community Development Institute (CDI) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Denver, CO, whose mission is to inspire people and communities to generate their own transformation. We work as a team with a shared vision in a community-centered environment where leadership exists at all levels. At CDI, we are committed to a culture where all staff can thrive. We believe in open, honest communication, seeing the strengths in people, and nurturing their potential. We encourage creativity, risk-taking, and thinking outside the box.


General Summary of the Position:
The CACFP Field Specialist is responsible for ensuring CDI Head Start (CDI HS) compliance in the implementation of CACFP operations as part of the National Interim Management (NIM) Contract.  This position requires CACFP knowledge and experience. The CACFP Field Specialist's primary focus is working directly with CDI HS local program staff training, mentoring, and coaching to ensure CACFP and licensing requirements are fully met and consistently maintained.

The NIM Contract assumes responsibility for local Head Start and/or Early Head Start program(s) when the grantee can no longer operate the program (e.g. relinquishment, termination). CDI Head Start serves in the role of the interim contractor to stabilize the program to ensure services to children and families, rebuild relationships in the community, and ensure health and safety standards are met for all facilities and equipment and focus on staff development and training. In general, the CACFP Field Specialist is responsible for making on site visits to local programs, developing and using checklists and tools for compliance, building the capacity of local program CACFP staff by providing training and technical assistance and assisting with CACFP reviews and audits. This position requires extensive travel.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • An associate degree in nutrition, food services, school food services, accounting, finance, business or other related degree.
  • Three years of experience preferred in the oversight, management or operations of CACFP.
  • Strong fiscal background preferred.

Benefits: CDI offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, paid time off, volunteer time off, parental leave, professional development, tuition reimbursement, and a robust organizational culture that supports innovation, creativity, and open communication.

Compensation: The annual salary for this position is $65,000.00

To apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]create new email by the closing date.

CDI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/M/F/Veteran/Disability Employer committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment where employees feel a sense of belonging, respect, and value. We will ensure individuals with differing abilities are provided reasonable accommodations to fully participate in our hiring and employment opportunities. Join us at CDI, and together, let's achieve extraordinary things!


Internal/External Job Posting: Site Manager
Position: Site Manager
Closing Date: Open until filled

Community Development Institute (CDI), a private, nonprofit corporation with headquarters in Denver, Colorado, is engaged in organizational development, leadership development, and training/technical assistance. CDI is the Head Start National Interim Management Contractor (NIM) for the Federal Office of Head Start.
The Site Manager is assigned NIM (National Interim Management) Contract Head Start and/or Early Head Start program(s) to ensure a 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. Considerable travel is necessary, although this position will work from a home office during periods when they are not traveling to a Head Start program.

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 is 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)

Benefits: CDI offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, paid time off, volunteer time off, parental leave, professional development, tuition reimbursement, and a robust organizational culture that supports innovation, creativity, and open communication.

Compensation: The annual salary for this position is $90,000.00

To be considered for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]create new email by the closing date. Community Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity AA, M/F, Vet/Disability Employer and is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for staff.


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 and 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 one to three 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. Travel expenses are on a reimbursement basis, with the exception of airfare.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]create new email.

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