Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) is a diverse, community-focused nonprofit dedicated to empowering and improving the lives of families living with the everyday barriers of poverty.


What we are proud to offer you:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Savings (IPERS and/or 403b) with generous company match
  • Paid time off and 10 company paid holidays
  • Short Term Disability
  • Basic Life and AD&D coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional benefits: Flexible Spending, Long Term Disability, Voluntary Life, Voluntary Accident



The HS/EHS Nurse will provide on-going monitoring and assistance for Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) staff on health and safety related topics including: provide guidance on health issues and medical care plans, review child health information and provide information and guidance to HS/EHS Families.  Complete child screenings and assessments.   



Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm; $29.79 hourly

*This position is eligible for a $1200 retention incentive after successfully completing 180 days of employment.



  1. Ensure compliance, program records, and documentation required for HACAP programs, child-care licensing regulations, CACFP, Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Act, and funding requirements. 
  2. Train Head Start staff on health-related topics, per Head Start Performance Standards, EPSDT, child care licensing regulations, and federal/state funding guidelines.
  3. Track required outcomes measurements for health and safety components.
  4. Provide assistance to Head Start staff on health and safety issues according to the Head Start Performance Standards.
  5. Support Head Start staff, parents, and medical providers to develop and implement medical care plans for use in the child care setting.
  6. Ensure child files are up-to-date and meet health and safety Head Start Performance Standards.
  7. Conduct hearing and vision screenings as needed according to the Head Start Performance Standards.
  8. Conduct on-site assessments of the Head Start settings relating to health and safety.
  9. Provide health information and education to families and children.
  10. Facilitate and recruit representatives for the Health Services Advisory Committee.
  11. Attend meetings and training to keep current on Head Start Performance Standards, child care licensing standards and health practices.
  12. Assist with planning and participate in the annual center review process to ensure quality services to children and families.
  13. Function as a member of the Head Start management team in activities assuring that federally mandated child outcomes are completed and reviewed for areas of strength and growth.
  14. Provides child ratio coverage in the classroom on an emergency basis to meet state licensing and/or federal compliance regulations.
  15. Perform other duties as directed by the Head Start/Early Head Start Director.



  1. Support the organization's mission, vision, values, policy, and procedure by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect personalization, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
  2. Demonstrates personal commitment to HACAP through quality job performance, a sense of responsibility for high achievement, professional appearance, awareness of current events throughout HACAP, and positive promotion of HACAP.
  3. Consistently work positively and cooperatively with fellow Team Members.
  4. Consistently demonstrate the ability to respond to flexibly changing situations to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary.
  5. Consistently come to work on time, working as scheduled, and leaving at the scheduled time.
  6. Maintain appropriate attire and good grooming habits to support HACAP’s desire for safe and efficient operations, providing greater service and better customer relations. 
  7. Must possess high integrity and ensure confidentiality of any information concerning an employee, client, family, financial condition, or personal peculiarities is strictly maintained.
  8. Ensure that personal health information is protected during its collection, use, disclosure, storage, and destruction within HACAP as required by HIPAA.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

  1. Registered Nurse – licensed in the state of Iowa, BSN preferred
  2. Expertise in community health, maternal and child health



  1. Ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of medical professionals.
  2. Ability to read, comprehend, and implement procedures.
  3. Ability to use good judgment.
  4. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  5. Ability to work with a diverse population.
  6. Ability to relate to low-income people.
  7. Strong organizational skills.
  8. Ability to work effectively with age-appropriate activities in the classroom and relate with children in a positive way.
  9. Detail orientated.



    1. Receive clearance by the Iowa Department of Human Services on child abuse and criminal checks prior to hire and resubmit every two (2) years.
    2. Pass a pre-employment health examination and subsequent health examinations every three (3) years thereafter.
    3. Maintain nursing licensure.

    ***Attach training/transcripts/diploma***



Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.