Current Openings

  • Executive Director

  • Head Start Director

  • Rural Outreach Specialist

  • Head Start Family Advocate

  • Marketing & Communications Intern (Project Discovery)

  • Head Start Teacher/Assistant Teacher

  • Head Start Substitute Teacher

  • MACAA Board of Directors Member


The MACAA Executive Director provides effective leadership and management of MACAA (Monticello Area Community Action Agency), while promoting and supporting its mission, vision, and values and overseeing and directing major strategic initiatives of the Agency.

MACAA’s mission is “to improve the lives of people with low income by helping them become self-reliant, thereby enhancing the economic vitality and well-being of our community,” and MACAA is known as the agency that helps people move from poverty to self-reliance through education.

The theme of the importance of education is echoed throughout MACAA’s four programs: Head Start, Project Discovery, Hope House, and Rural Outreach. Head Start provides a comprehensive early childhood development program for at risk three- and four-year-old children; Project Discovery promotes academic achievement as a means of propelling high school students from low-income families out of poverty; Hope House is a family stabilization program that provides housing and intensive case management for families facing homelessness; and, Rural Outreach helps families living in poverty avoid evictions and utilities disconnections while educating them about effectively accessing the services offered to them within their community.

The Executive Director understands how to positively address the causes and conditions of poverty and to effectively communicate the needs of low-income persons in the Agency’s service area to grantors, the public, other stakeholders, and staff. Also, the Executive Director studies legislation and regulations, social policies, economic trends, and other influences on the welfare of low-income individuals.

The Executive Director is the face of the Agency in the community. In that regard, the Executive Director educates and earns for the Agency the confidence and respect of the public, clients, and staff and builds partnerships and collaborations with other public and private community organizations and individuals to focus and leverage resources and to avoid duplication of anti-poverty efforts.

The Executive Director reports to and is supervised by MACAA’s Board of Directors. Reporting to the Executive Director are the Finance Director, the Human Resources Director, the Senior Program Director, and the Head Start Director.  

 In support of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for development efforts on behalf of the Agency. This is a new aspect of the position, and the Executive Director will have significant input into how that responsibility is executed. In addition, the Executive Director works with the Real Estate Panel to drive the process for the construction of a new building and/or a change in location for the Agency (including the three Head Start centers currently located at Park Street). 

The Executive Director works with the Finance Director to manage the budget to achieve strategic objectives by overseeing and assuring the financial soundness of the Agency; by assessing and guiding major budget variations; and, by administering the budget in consultation with the Finance Director and the department/program directors to allocate funds, control costs, and maintain operations in compliance with funding requirements.

 The Executive Director works with the Senior Program Director and the Head Start Director to evaluate and develop evidence-based programs that achieve the programmatic and strategic goals of the Agency. The Executive Director reviews community needs assessments to ensure programs are aligned with local priorities; participates in structured program evaluations; and promotes evidence-based and best practices throughout the Agency.

 The Executive Director manages Agency staff by hiring, allocating, directing, and improving the Agency’s human resources through effective staffing, collaboration, and training. Additionally, the Executive Director ensures that staff productivity and morale are maintained at high levels by including staff in planning, decision-making, process improvement, and overseeing the design and implementation of staff development and training where appropriate.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in public administration, business administration, or a related field, or work experiences that would serve in place of an advanced degree specifically in these areas;

  • At least five years’ experience in a managerial capacity;

  • At least five years’ experience with fiscal and program management;

  • An interest in--and proven successful experience with--development;

  • Knowledge of the vision and mission of the Agency;

  • Strong leadership skills, with experience leading professional staff;

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

  • Advanced proficiency in oral and written communications;

  • Ability to analyze issues and to use sound judgment;

  • Ability to synthesize complex or diverse information and develop alternative solutions to problems;

  • Ability to deal with emotional topics in a sensitive and rational manner;

  • Skill in exercising initiative, judgment, discretion, and decision-making;

  • Respect for and sensitivity to cultural differences and recognition of the value of diversity;

  • Ability to work independently without supervision; and,

  • Ability to enlist the willing cooperation of others.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Jo Nell Chance, at no later than May 31, 2019.


The Head Start Director is responsible for the planning, management, and evaluation of the MACAA Head Start program, which offers comprehensive services for low-income preschool children and their families. The Head Start Director provides both leadership within the program and is the face of MACAA’s Head Start program in the community. The Head Start Director supports all aspects of that program and is responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant federal, state, and local regulations, including the Head Start Performance Standards and state childcare licensing standards.

 The Head Start Director reports to MACAA’s Executive Director and is a member of MACAA’s Senior Management Team as well as the leader of the Head Start Management Team. Reporting to the Head Start Director are the Assistant Director; the Family Engagement, Health & Mental Health Manager; and, the Education & Disabilities Manager. In addition, the Head Start Director serves as the primary staff liaison to the Head Start Policy Council, which is the parent governing body for Head Start, and implements the vision and initiatives of the national Head Start Program at the local grantee level.

 The Head Start Director is responsible for fiscal oversight of MACAA’s Head Start program and works with the Finance Director in preparing annual Head Start program budget and completing the annual Head Start grant application. In support of the program, the Head Start Director monitors data tracking and the preparation of reports such as the Program Information Report (PIR), the annual program Self-Assessment, and the program Annual Report. The Head Start Director is also responsible for negotiating and updating contracts, leases, and in-kind agreements relating to the Head Start program.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, although a master’s degree is preferred.

  • Experience in a managerial capacity;

  • Experience with fiscal and program management;

  • Knowledge of the vision and mission of the Agency;

  • 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.

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


The Rural Outreach Specialist administers the programs in the Louisa 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 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 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 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


The Head Start Family Advocate plays a crucial role in the Head Start program. The Family Advocate provides the link between a child’s home and school by working closely with the family, children and teachers to foster a collaborative relationship as well as to encourage and support the family engagement model. This, in turn, provides the best outcomes for the children and families we serve and fosters an environment for Kindergarten readiness.

 Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Enrolling and re-enrolling new families

  • Supported families in creating and reaching their personal goals

  • Forming positive, trusting, and empathic relationships with families and their children

  • Support classroom teachers by working in classrooms at a minimum of four (4) hours per week to interact and observe the children.

  • Participating in monthly teacher team meetings to discuss and strategize about children

  • Facilitate and organize monthly parent meetings

  • Maintain monthly contact with families or more if necessary

  • Complete two (2) home visits per year with families

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Maintain accurate records on electronic data base and in filing system

  • Have or learn expertise in community resources

  • Other duties as required/requested

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a CDA and/or an associate’s degree in child development, human services, or a related field

  • Bi-lingual Spanish and English preferred

  • Experience working with families and children

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Skills in the use of computer technology

  • Proficiency in oral and written communications

  • Ability to organize time and maintain accurate records

  • Sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations and the ability to empathize and relate positively to 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

Marketing & Communications Intern

Description: Project Discovery seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist in marketing and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working for a community based nonprofit organization.

Project Discovery is a college access program for low-income and first-generation students, grades 9-12, at Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson County high schools. Project Discovery promotes academic achievement as a means of propelling families out of poverty by helping students prepare for and pursue a college education.


  • Update and maintain Project Discovery’s social media presence, including scheduling Facebook updates

  • Assist in planning, writing, and managing monthly communications

  • Update and maintain Project Discovery Alumni database

  • Draft news releases, media alerts, and other stories

  • Designing flyers, graphics, e-vites, and other marketing material for events hosted by Project Discovery  

  • Organize and attend Project Discovery Advisory Board meetings; including preparing agendas and taking minutes


  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space

  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., English, Marketing/Communications, or Public Relations)

  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus

  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel).

  • An effective communicator, both written and oral

  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with Project Discovery participants, Alumni and current, and community contacts

  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, and multi-task

  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Project Discovery and the families we serve


  • 8 – 12 hours/week, preferably twice a week in the office.

Start Date:

  • Position open until filled, requires 3 – 6 month commitment.


  • This is an Unpaid/Volunteer internship

To Apply:


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.