Race and Equity Fellow - Head Start

City of Oakland Head Start | Oakland, CA

Posted Date 11/18/2022

The City of Oakland, Human Services Department, Head Start Division is recruiting a part time Race and Equity Fellow. Under direction in the Human Services Department and with support from the Data Management team within the Head Start Division, the Race and Equity Fellow will update the diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion (DEIB) goals for the Head Start Division through an inclusive and collaborative process.

The Race and Equity Fellow will also be responsible for establishing policies and procedures to implement DEIB practices throughout the program to meet these goals. To do this, the Race and Equity Fellow will complete a landscape analysis of ways other Head Start programs measure and evaluate Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB); conduct a DEIB assessment of the Head Start Program’s strategies for DEIB in all educational settings; and lead the development of a (DEIB) strategic plan and guiding document for the Program for a five-year period.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Ensure that the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) goals and objectives of the program are established for the Head Start Program.
• Identify DEIB training opportunities for staff, parents, partners, the Parent Policy Council and Advisory Board.
• Use information from ongoing monitoring data on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, community need, child-level assessments, family needs assessments, and comprehensive services, to develop DEIB goals and strategic plan.
• Identify metrics within each Head Start Program content area so Head Start Division leadership can evaluate how well the Program has advanced equitable outcomes for children, families, and staff.
• Assist Head Start Division leadership with designing, implementing, and monitoring a system of documenting, collecting, and utilizing data from each content area to measure and meet progress towards DEIB goals.
• Develop, train on, implement and monitor policies and related to DEIB; update policies as needed to align with DEIB goals and framework.
• Oversee the collection, organization, and clear presentation of accurate program data related to DEIB.
• Develop plans and assignments that ensure the cohesion of staff working to develop DEIB goals and strategic plan.
• Recruit staff, parents and community members to participate in the development of the goals and strategic plan.
• Review all local, state, and federal information and share pertinent information with directsupervisor and Head Start management.
• Work closely with Head Start program area managers and staff, prepare for and lead parent meetings, attend meetings as needed, plan department events in collaboration with staff.
• Ensure that written reports and plans, as required, are adequate, clear, and timely.
• Provide leadership and modeling; establish and maintain quality work standards; provide training and technical assistance to Head Start 0-5 staff, parents and community partners.


Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.

A Bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, sociology, political science, statistics and/or coursework in early childhood education or a related field from an accredited college or university.

One year of experience in a relevant field. Highly Desirable Candidates with an understanding of the intersectional policy framework in which early childcare and education operates and experience working with large bureaucratic systems. Participation as a child, family member, or staff member in a Head Start program.

Candidates who receive offers of employment will be required to submit fingerprints, undergo a
criminal record clearance as required by Child Care Licensing.

Knowledge of:
• Systemic and historic barriers related to race, ethnicity, income, home language, gender and/or ability that hinder the school readiness, health, and development of children in the Head Start program.
• Issues of equity, racialized bias, and disparities within early childhood settings.
• Federal, state, and local regulations on services to children and social service programs, particularly services and regulations related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
• Principles of program planning and implementation.
• Data and ongoing monitoring including collecting, entry, analyzing and organizing data.
• Writing and presenting data findings.
• Computer systems and software applications including automated database management system.

Ability to:
• Multi-task and work at a fast pace; be flexible and adapt to a rapidly changing work environment.
• Work with diverse populations including families with special and/or exceptional needs.

  • Proactively observe, assess, problem solve, and act to develop and implement solutions responding to the needs of children, families, and staff.

• Demonstrate a supportive and respectful attitude to families, community members, staff and others with diverse viewpoints.
• Solve problems, utilize effective critical thinking and judgment, and make independent decisions.
• Write reports of a technical or evaluative nature; prepare spreadsheets, data tables, graphs, and flyers to present information.
• Use program data to inform DEIB program goals
• Use different data management and communication software, including familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite.


Send resume and cover letter to Robyn Levinson at rlevinson@oaklandca.gov by December 23, 2022. Please put “Race and Equity Fellow” in subject line.

Salary37.17 - 45.64 Hour
Job Category
Management | Program Administration | Program Support
Part time | Temporary

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