Current Openings

  • Head Start Education & Disability Manager

  • Nutrition Assistant for Head Start

  • Rural Outreach Specialist Assistant

  • Head Start Teacher/Assistant Teacher

  • Head Start Substitute Teacher

  • MACAA Board of Directors Member


MACAA Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that uses a collaborative approach to address school readiness for children and their families.  Our program serves 213 children in the City of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Fluvanna and Nelson. 

 We are seeking an Education & Disability Manager that has experience in early childhood education, along with special education or early intervention.  This position requires a deep understanding of best practices in early childhood education, behavior management, the special education process and play-based learning. 

 In addition, the candidate will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The Creative Curriculum;

  • Virginia Department of Social Services Child Care Licensing Standards;

  • The Pyramid Model;

  • CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System);

  • ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale);

  • Trauma-Informed Care practices (mindfulness, sensory, etc..)

 This position requires a growth mindset with the ability to work well as a team.  The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of how to use data to inform decisions for continuous improvement.  Data that is collected, analyzed, and reported quarterly.   This candidate will also be responsible for planning and presenting professional development for staff, both as a whole group and individualized throughout the school year. 

 Candidates must have the ability to identify areas for improvement and the initiative to find solutions.  Strong leadership skills (management experience), problem-solving skills, and organizational skills are necessary.

 This position is located in Charlottesville, with travel to all sites required.  This candidate will directly supervise teaching staff (leads and assistants), and work closely with the Assistant Education Manager.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education or special education;

  • Experience in a managerial capacity;

  • Strong leadership skills;

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

  • Skill in the use of computer technology including (but not limited to) Microsoft Office;

  • Proficiency in oral and written communications;

  • Ability to analyze issues and to use sound judgement;

  • Ability to work independently without close supervision;

  • Ability to enlist the willing cooperation of others; and,

  • Sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to understand and address positively the conditions of poverty.

Candidates with previous Head Start experience and/or bilingual staff are highly recommended to apply. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Jo Nell Chance, at

Nutrition Assistant for Head Start

(Part-time (35 hours per week), 46 weeks per year)

The Nutrition Assistant is responsible for serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks for children and staff in the Head Start program in the three Park Street Head Start Centers. Must maintain a clean and safe kitchen, serving area, and general food-service facility. The Nutrition Assistant is committed to food safety and follows ServSafe practices and complies with USDA regulations. The Nutrition Assistant attends all required training and follows all standards relating to food service.


  • A high school diploma or GED;

  • ServSafe certification or requirement to obtain certification.

  • Must be able to lift 10-20 pounds.

If interested send letter and resume’ to MACAA, Attn:  Jo Nell Chance, Human Resources Director, 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22901 no later than July 1, 2019.


The Rural Outreach Specialist Assistant helps administer the programs in the Nelson County that assist low-income persons with emergency needs such as food, clothing, housing, and/or utility payments. In addition, he/she also supports and promotes the mission, vision, and values of the Agency. 


The Rural Outreach Specialist Assistant reports to and is supervised by the Rural Outreach Director. The Rural Outreach Specialist supervises Rural Outreach staff and volunteers at their site (if any). 


The Rural Outreach Specialist Assistant interacts with the following:

1.       Community leaders to support funding applications; to raise awareness of services; and, to raise funds to support the program; 

2.       Community organizations and volunteers that support the various services offered to clients; 

3.       Low-income individuals and family units; and,

4.    All Agency managers and employees.


The descriptive material that follows reflects typical responsibilities, but it should not be considered all-encompassing. Other duties considered appropriate for this job may be added by the Senior Program Director as needed. 

 1.       Provides high quality client services through the use of effective case management techniques including intake, comprehensive assessment of individual and family needs, direct services and referrals, follow-up, and record-keeping;

2.       Empowers individuals and families, through connecting them to coordinated and comprehensive services

3.       Assures that program goals and objectives in the annual work plan are met in all designated areas by:

a.       Holding regular staff meetings (if supervising employees) to maintain open lines of communication with staff and to delegate appropriate authority and responsibility; and,

b.       Overseeing all program activities to ensure that they operate smoothly on a day-to-day basis.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


·         Minimum of a high school diploma (or the equivalent), an associate’s degree in a human services related field or equivalent experience preferred


•       At least two years’ experience in human services; and,

•       At least one year of experience in a supervisory and/or management capacity (if supervising employees); and,

•       Housing counseling experience and HUD Housing Counseling Certification preferred


•       Knowledge of the vision and mission of the Agency;

•       Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

•       Skill in the use of computer technology including Microsoft Office and database software;

•       Skill in supervision and management (if supervising employees);

•       Skill in training techniques appropriate for adult learners;

•       Strong case management and/or human development skills with the ability to discern the full range of client needs and motivations;

•       Sufficient skill in oral and written communications;

•       Ability to work independently without close supervision;

•       Ability to relate to and communicate with persons of low income and from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds;

•       Ability to enlist the willing cooperation of others;

•       Ability to analyze issues and to use sound judgement; and,

•       Sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to understand and address positively the causes and conditions of poverty.

State and Federal Requirements

·         A physical examination, TB test, and criminal record checks must be completed prior to the commencement of employment. TB test and physical examination must be updated every two years according to state and local licensing requirements.



•      Office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (6 hours each day)

•      Office setting with constant interruptions; and,

•      Occasional visits to Park Street facility for meetings.

Physical/Mental Demands

•      Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard;

•      Sitting for extended periods of time;

•      Bending at the waist, kneeling, or reaching to retrieve and file records; and,

•      Ability to lift a maximum of 30 pounds.


•      Position requires occasional night and weekend work. 

•      Position requires a valid Virginia driver’s license, automobile insurance coverage, and access to reliable transportation.

•      Mandated reporting laws require that professionals who deal with children report suspected child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services. Within his/her professional or official capacity, if the Rural Outreach Specialist Assistant has reason to suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, he/she shall report the matter immediately to the local Department of Social Services.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Jo Nell Chance, at


MACAA Head Start is currently accepting applicants for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are seeking qualified Teachers and Assistant Teachers.

We have classrooms in Nelson, Louisa, Fluvanna and Albemarle counties, and follow the school calendar.  All of our classrooms have a teacher and an assistant teacher that work together as a collaborative team to provide a high quality educational experience for all children. 

Education Qualifications:

Teachers:  Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Psychology, Social Work, or similar (transcripts and/or copy of diploma are required)

Assistant Teachers:  CDA, Certificate in Child Development or AA in Education preferred.  Candidates with experience in child care will be considered.  CDA will be required within 2 years of hire (FREE).

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching children in a group setting (school, child care, camp)

  • Strong classroom management skills

  • Strong communication skills- both written and verbal

  • Ability to work well as part of a team

  • Commitment to learning and using best practices

  • Ability to adhere to Head Start Program Performance Standards and VA DSS Licensing Standards

  • Experience with dual language learners, special education, or at risk populations is a PLUS

  • Strong preference for bilingual candidates

  • Ability to pass background checks and fingerprinting

  • Strong attendance record

  • First Aid/ CPR and MAT certifications is a PLUS

Complete job descriptions are available here for Teacher and Assistant Teacher positions.


We offer ongoing professional development training.   Health, dental and vision insurance are available to all employees.  All employees receive paid personal and sick days, paid holidays (includes two weeks for winter holidays and a week of spring break) and paid inclement weather days.  Competitive pay based on experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter and references to

Head STart Substitute Teacher

Part-time, no benefits, $10.67/hr

Application deadline: Ongoing

Do you love working with children?  Want to make a difference in the lives of children in our local community?

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool and pre-kindergarten program created in 1965.  It is geared toward children and families that will benefit from  a “head start,” and it prepares them for school.  MACAA Head Start houses programs in Nelson, Louisa, Fluvanna, Albemarle, and Charlottesville. 

We are currently accepting applications for substitute teachers in all of our classrooms.  Interviews are held all year long.  

All of our classrooms have 2 teaching staff and up to 20 children.

All candidates must have the following

Reliable transportation

Good attendance

Love for children

Understanding of best practices in early childhood education or a strong willingness to learn


Ability to work well in a team-teaching environment

Ability to pass criminal background checks, TB test, and physical

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Jo Nell Chance, at

MAcaa board of directors member

As our region's Community Action Agency, MACAA uses a 15-member, tripartite board to promote the participation of the entire community in the reduction or elimination of poverty in the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, and Louisa. MACAA's board includes citizens designated by local governments, private-sector representatives, and low-income residents to assess local needs and address the causes and conditions of poverty.

MACAA assists low-income individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge to achieve economic self-sufficiency. MACAA currently operates Head Start, Hope House, Project Discovery, and Rural Outreach programs. Monies to support the programs are received from federal, local, foundation, and private donations.

The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at MACAA's central office in Charlottesville. Board members are expected to attend both the monthly board meetings plus at least one committee meeting  per month, which, in addition to the monthly board meeting, requires the contribution of several hours of volunteer time per month.

If you are interested in applying for a position on our board, please download the application here and return the completed form to our office at 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901.


MACAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.