Part Time Head Start Teacher
CITY OF LAKEWOOD (CO) invites applications for the position of: Part Time Head Start Teacher
Must apply online at www.lakewood.org/jobs
SALARY: $16.04 - $19.18 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 09/28/17
CLOSING DATE: 10/19/17 12:00 PM
City of Lakewood's Statement of Excellence The City of Lakewood is dedicated to upholding City values to include: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration. Best fit candidates will demonstrate innovation, customer service, dedication, passion and engagement. All people, citizens and employees, will be treated with respect, relevance, and importance.
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JOB SUMMARY Responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining a nurturing and supportive education program for Head Start children and families. This position directly supervises other classroom staff and volunteers assigned to the classroom. Teachers are responsible for daily compliance with Head Start standards within their classroom including education, parent involvement, nutrition, health, etc. Also responsible for home visits and implementation of individual education plans.
BENEFITS The City of Lakewood has an extensive benefit package including but not limited to:-Medical, Dental, and Vision with very competitive rates -Employer paid Life & Disability insurance -A minimum of 11 paid holidays -8 hrs of sick time accrual per month -8 hours of vacation accrual per month -Tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 -Employer matched pension -A robust wellness program -Free access into all of Lakewood's recreation centers
MAJOR TASKS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Supervise, hire, and evaluate program staff working in the classrooms, including coordination of staff/volunteer schedules. Assist in the coordination of center services with the interdisciplinary team and other human service professionals toward service coordination. Maintain program records and documents needed for licensing and Head Start program compliance. Coordinate the training of all staff, parents and volunteers.
Inform center supervisor or support staff of center issues, which may affect program or agency compliance or image. Plan and implement lesson plans in keeping with program performance standards, developmentally appropriate practices, content area standards, and children's interests and skill levels that are conducive to learning. Carry out a daily routine appropriate for the preschool children to insure compliance with all performance standards, licensing standards. Maintain a positive and nurturing physical and emotional environment in the center. Conduct observations, recording, and evaluation of individual children for the purpose of planning activities. Develop and implement an individualized plan that identifies strengths, needs, and goals for each child. Establish clear classroom rules and limits for behavior and apply them consistently and calmly. Follow health component procedures for health and safety and provide health education experiences. Conduct home visits. Evening/weekend visits may be required. Maintain ongoing communication both formal and informal with parents. Full time position is responsible for assisting school-age and preschool staff in implementing summer programs. Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner. Requires regular and prompt attendance.
IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS Assist in program assessment. Follow procedure for reporting suspected child abuse. Attend required trainings, in-service and meetings. Promote and reinforce children's communication skills. Communicate with children at their physical level. Implement nutrition goals during eating times and in nutrition education experiences.
Assist in the coordination of family support/parent involvement services in the classroom. Attend parent group meetings if requested. Encourage family participation in the program. Develop an effective partnership with parents based on mutual trust and respect.
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS Supervision Received Receives general supervision from the Classroom Coordinator.
Supervision Given Gives direct supervision to Co-teachers, Bilingual Assistants, Preschool Assistants and classroom volunteers.
Education Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education OR Bachelors Degree in related field with current CDA credential OR Bachelors Degree with endorsement to teach at the early childhood level OR Bachelor's Degree with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education OR a baccalaureate or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education (42 course credits), with experience teaching preschool-age children.
Experience Two years experience in a licensed day care/preschool.
Licensure/Certification/Registration Valid driver's license and good driving record CPR/First Aid certificate Director qualified per State of Colorado licensing requirements, or ability to obtain Director Qualification within 6 months.
KSA'S AND PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQS:
Knowledge of Colorado Department of Human Services rules and regulations for preschool programs. Bi-lingual language skills in English and Spanish is a preferred qualification. Organizational and time management skills to handle the workload and frequent interruptions. Must be able to work independently and as a team member. Must be 21 years of age and be director qualified (as defined by Minimum Rules and Regulations for preschool aged child care center.) Current physical exam and tuberculosis test results required, per Colorado Licensing Rules and Regulations and Head Start Program Performance Standards. Organizational and time management skills to handle the workload and frequent interruptions. Acceptance of diversity and ability to work comfortably with the public. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Good judgment and decision-making abilities. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills. Must demonstrate enthusiasm and flexibility. Criminal background check required.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Lifting and Carrying Must be able to lift equipment used in child care facility and small children aged 3 - 5 years of age up to 40 pounds.
Pushing and Pulling Must be able to push or pull playground equipment, i.e., tricycles, wagons, swings, etc. each day. Must push or pull boxes weighing up to 40 pounds into and out of storage once a week.
Body Positions Walks, bends, sits on floor, stands in activities with young children a minimum of 4 hours per day. Transports self to participant's homes for required home visits..
Hearing Employee must hear children in the classroom and on the playground or be able to communicate effectively with all children and families in the program.
Vision Employee uses vision to read hand writing and other written communication including classroom lesson plans and children's individual plans.
MENTAL REQUIREMENTS Mathematics Must have basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills for calculating data and teaching young children appropriate skills. Remembering Must be able to remember children's names and abilities, classroom schedules and details of classroom management.
Language Ability Must be able to read and comprehend curriculum, Head Start guidelines and implementation strategies.
Reasoning Must make decisions on a day-to-day basis regarding classroom management, supervision of staff, interactions with parents and other professionals.
WORK ENVIRONMENT 80% of work is performed in a classroom environment. Home visits are required. Work includes frequent interruptions. Must be able to manage all Head Start standards.
EQUIPMENT USED Telephone Photocopying equipment Personal computer Printer Fax machine Sports equipment Arts and Crafts supplies Food Warmer/Microwave/Stove Dishwasher Washer/dryer Wagon Stroller TV/VCR