Current Openings

  • Head Start Teacher/Assistant Teacher
  • Head Start Substitute Teacher
  • Head Start Family Engagement & Health Manager
  • Head Start Health & Nutrition Coordinator
  • Head Start Family Advocate
  • MACAA Board of Directors Member


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 by August 31. 

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

Head Start Family Engagement & Health Manager

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) is currently accepting resumes for the position of Family Engagement & Health Manager for the Head Start Program.  This is a full time position.

The Head Start Family Engagement & Health (FE&H) Manager is responsible for managing the Head Start Family and Community Engagement service area as well as the Health service area and is responsible for integrating parent and family engagement strategies into all systems and program services to support family well-being and promote children’s learning and development. 

The FE&H Manager will develop, implement, and monitor, through accurate recordkeeping, strategies to engage parents in their child’s learning and development; strategies to support the parent-child relationship; and strategies for father engagement.  He/she will collaborate with parents to promote children’s health and well-being by providing medical, dental, and nutrition education support services that are understandable to parents and will provide ongoing support to assist parents’ navigation through health systems to meet the general health and specifically-identified health needs of their children.

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in education, human services, or a related field and at least three years’ experience in a managerial capacity are required.  Bilingual preferred.

Please submit cover letter and resume’ to MACAA, attn. Jo Nell Chance, Human Resources Director, 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA  22901 or by July 28, 2018.

Head Start Health & Nutrition Coordinator

The Head Start Health and Nutrition Coordinator has the overall  responsibility for the planning, administration, and implementation of the health, dental, and nutrition components of the Head Start program including managing the medical and dental needs of the children in the program and administering all USDA services and related funds. The Health and Nutrition Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Head Start Performance Standards and program-specific policies and procedures within the health and nutrition components are accomplished. In addition, the Health and Nutrition Coordinator must develop relationships with other community agencies, health, and dental providers to support the healthy development of Head Start children.

Job-specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Linking children and families to a “medical home” and a “dental  home;” ensuring that children have up-to-date immunizations or documents supporting reasons for a failure to be fully immunized; ensuring that children have up-to-date physicals and dental screenings; using and maintaining a data-tracking system for health, dental, and nutritional care information for enrolled children; working with the Family Advocates to refer families for WIC services for enrolled children; managing all USDA services and related funds; planning menus and conducting meal monitoring in coordination with the local school food service authorities and a registered dietitian; ensuring that food service contracts are renewed annually; managing, in coordination with the Education Manger and classroom staff, monthly classroom nutrition projects; conducting or arranging health and nutrition education training for both Head Start staff and families; maintaining well-stocked first aid kits in all centers; ensuring that all staff comply with environmental health and safety practices; participating in the Health Advisory Committee and using this committee in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health-related and nutrition-related services in the Head Start program; and, performing other job-related tasks as requested by the Family Services and Health Manager, Head Start Assistant Director, and/or Head Start Director.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent (at least an Associate’s degree in a nutrition-related field preferred);
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Skill in training techniques;
  • Intermediate skill in the use of computer technology such as Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision;
  • Sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to understand and address positively the conditions of poverty.
  • Bilingual preferred

Please submit cover letter and resume to MACAA Attn: Jo Nell Chance, Human Resources Director, 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA  22901 or

Head Start Family Advocate

The Head Start Family Advocate plays a crucial role in the Head Start program. The Family Advocate links a child’s home life to school life by working with the child in the classroom and with his or her family. The Family Advocate works in collaboration with each center’s Teacher and Assistant Teacher. The Family Advocate functions as an active member of center teams by working in the classroom on a regular schedule and by maintaining close working relationships with both the Teacher and the Assistant Teacher.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: working in the classroom as a teaching assistant for two ½ days per center; in conjunction with the Teacher and the Assistant Teacher, providing an annual orientation to parents, which includes an overview of policies and procedures; attending bi-weekly meetings at each center, taking the lead on those issues primarily involving the family; following through on the progress of families toward their goals as spelled out in their Family Partnership Agreement; facilitating family development by fostering trusting relationships with parents and caregivers and by adopting the Strengths-Based Family Worker approach to addressing family needs;  contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of services for families, including maintaining accurate records and data collection; using a tracking and reporting system (such as Child Plus) for family partnership agreements, family contacts, and follow-up services; making scheduled home visits to all assigned families; performing all other job-related tasks as requested by supervisors.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications: minimum of a CDA and/or an associate’s degree (in a child development, human-services, or a related field);  fluency in Spanish;  experience working with parents and caregivers in parenting programs; strong interpersonal and organizational skills; skill in the use of computer technology including Microsoft Office; proficiency in oral and written communications; ability to organize time and to maintain accurate records; and, sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to understand and address positively the conditions of poverty.

Please submit cover letter and resume to MACAA Attn: Jo Nell Chance, Human Resources Director, 1025 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA  22901 or

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.