POSITION TITLE:         Health and Nutrition Manager
DEPARTMENT:           Head Start – Birth to 5 Program, Health and Nutrition Department
REPORTS TO:              Assistant Director, Birth to 5 Program
SUPERVISES:               Health and Nutrition Staff, Contractors, and Volunteers
FLSA:                           Exempt


The Health and Nutrition Manager ensures high-quality health, oral health, and nutrition services that support each child’s growth and school readiness, and sustains safe and nurturing learning environments.  The incumbent promotes service delivery that is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate.  This manager ensures an integrated approach with other service areas and collaboration with parents.  The role supervises Health and Nutrition staff members, consultants, and volunteers, including the School Nurse and Registered Dietitian.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public health, nursing, health education, or related field
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Two years’ experience providing direct services to children and families in a health setting, and one-year experience supervising others
  • Knowledgeable of local community, government, and educational health agencies to establish partnerships
  • Ability to pass a health examination, annual TB test, and criminal background check
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal daily supervision and guidance
  • Strong working knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards and Michigan Childcare Licensing Regulations
  • Effective in an environment of cultural diversity; comfortable in a collaborative, team-based work setting
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Reliable transportation is required
  • Able to compile and analyze data to make effective recommendations and decisions
  • Effective at problem-solving, attentive to detail, organized, able to prioritize between multiple tasks, flexible with changing priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Establish and maintain a Health Services Advisory Committee that includes parents, professionals, and community resources that meet at least twice a year.
  • Ensure the health and nutrition mandates of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Michigan Child Care Licensing regulations are met.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of nutrition services that meet the nutritional needs and requirements of children in the program, including children with special dietary needs and disabilities.
  • Ensure the proper management of the USDA Child and Adult Care and Feeding Program (CACFP) program, including monitoring and recordkeeping.
  • Create and maintain procedures that develop partnerships with parents to include permissions for screening and treatment of their child; education and training on health and nutrition topics; discussions with staff about healthy practices to use at home; guidance on prenatal and postpartum care; and support for navigating health systems.
  • Identify health, dental, emergency and nutrition service resources within the community; develop partnerships with providers or ensure resources are available by referral; help parents, as needed, in securing a source of accessible health care for their families.
  • In consultation with partners, consultants, other experts, and staff, plan and deliver group and individualized training for staff and parents on health, dental, nutrition and environmental safety topics. Provide staff with technical assistance in these areas.
  • Establish, implement, and enforce a system of health and safety practices that ensure children are kept safe at all times; collaborate with Facilities department on implementation of safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintain adequate safeguards for the privacy and confidentiality of information.
  • Complete required documentation of relevant activities and submit records and reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Stay abreast of current issues and trends by participation in grantee-sponsored training, center pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities; read and review regulations and other resources.
  • Participate in and contribute to all case management, parent education planning, supervisory, management team, and staff meetings. Also, attend interagency meetings, the agency’s board meetings, Parent Committee and Policy Committee meetings and other meetings, as appropriate.
  • Regularly review policies and procedures; revise and/or create policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Gather data through ongoing monitoring, analyze for corrective and preventive actions, write and present reports, participate in annual Self-Assessment, and use outputs to inform planning and decisions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Works in a normal office environment with usual pressures of managing personnel and dealing with time constraints.  Because of multiple sites within the department and the need to meet with others within the community, it is common to drive to several locations, sometimes in inclement weather.



  • All staff will use data to help achieve program goals; apply techniques and strategies that promote a culture of learning; identify and address gaps that continuously improve our programs.
  • All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance.
  • All Head Start employees must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements for Head Start operations including the Program Performance Standards, licensing regulations, and the NAEYC Code of Conduct
  • Demonstrate and actively promote an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of Matrix Human Services.

To apply for this job please visit matrixhumanservices.org.