Current Openings

  • Head Start Education & Disability Manager

  • Nutrition Assistant for Head Start

  • 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.


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.