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Head Start Teacher/PT Head Start Teacher

at City of Lakewood

Pay: $16.47 to $23.06/hour
$16.47 - $23.06
Posted: 4/25/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2426338
Keywords: teaching, preschool

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Summary

Actual Hiring Range: $16.47 - $19.50 Hourly
Desired start date is 07/22/2019.

The screening and hiring process will be going on while this job is posted.  You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


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.
 
About Community Resources
Community Resources is committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural services and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.  We value leadership, integrity, communication and connection, diversity and adaptability.
 
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, parent/teacher conferences and implementation of individual education plans.

This position works full time, 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week during the regular school year (August through May) with a mandatory stretch time off of 8 weeks over the summer.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities

MAJOR TASKS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (This job description does not intend to list every function of the position.)
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Supervises and evaluates education staff working in the classrooms, including coordination of staff/volunteer schedules. 
Collaborates with program interdisciplinary team (mental health, family support, health and nutrition) to ensure quality services are being provided.
Models positive and effective communication and fosters collaborative teamwork with coworkers.
Maintains program records and documents needed for licensing and Head Start program compliance.
Coordinates the site-specific training of all staff, parents and volunteers.
Informs Classroom Coordinator of center issues, which may affect program or agency compliance or image.
Plans and implements 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.
Carries out a daily routine appropriate for the preschool children to insure compliance with all performance standards and licensing standards.
Maintains a positive and nurturing physical and emotional environment in the classroom.
Conducts observations, recording and evaluation of individual children for the purpose of planning activities.
Develops and implements an individualized plan that identifies strengths, needs, and goals for each child based on data from My Teaching Strategies and informal classroom observations.
Conducts parent/teacher conferences at least twice each school year. 
Establishes clear classroom rules and limits for behavior and apply them consistently and calmly.
Follows health component procedures for health and safety and provide health education experiences.
Follows site procedures for maintenance and security at the opening and closing of each day.
Conducts home visits.  Evening/weekend visits may be required.
Maintains ongoing communication both formal and informal with parents.
Full time position is responsible for implementing summer programming.
Must be able to interact with others in a positive manner.
Requires regular and prompt attendance.
 
IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS
Assists in program assessment.
Follows procedure for reporting suspected child abuse.
Attends required trainings, in-service and meetings.
Promotes and reinforces children's communication skills. 
Communicates with children at their physical level.
Implements nutrition goals during eating times and in nutrition education experiences.
Assists in the coordination of family support/parent involvement services in the classroom.
Attends parent group meetings if requested.
Advocates for families in the program and encourages their participation.
Develops an effective partnership with parents based on mutual trust and respect.
Maintains sanitation of food service areas in keeping with food program guidelines.
Performs other duties as assigned.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Supervision Received
Receives general supervision from the Classroom Coordinator.
 
Supervision Given
Gives direct supervision to Co-teachers, Bilingual/Preschool Assistants and regular classroom volunteers.

Essential Qualifications

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
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 a baccalaureate or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education (42 credits), with experience teaching preschool-age children.
 
Experience
Two years experience in a licensed childcare/preschool.
 
Licensure/Certification/Registration
Valid driver's license and good driving record.
CPR/First Aid certificate.
Director qualified per State of Colorado childcare licensing requirements, or ability to obtain Director Qualification within 6 months.

KSA's and Physical/Mental Reqs

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of Department of Human Services Rules Regulating Child Care Centers.
Bilingual 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.
Current physical exam and tuberculosis test results required, per Department of Human Services Rules Regulating Child Care Centers and Head Start Program Performance Standards.
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.
Ability to demonstrate kindness, patience, understanding, tolerance, alertness, reasoning and problem solving.
Multiple background checks required. 

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. Must be able to lift coolers and carriers delivered with food service items weighing up to 40 pounds on a daily basis.
 
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 weekly.  Must be able to move tables and chairs when serving meals and cleaning.
 
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..  Must have good mobility in case of emergency evacuation of the facility.

Hearing
Must be able to hear children in the classroom and on the playground and be able to communicate effectively with all children and families in the program.
Must be able to respond to the telephone and other equipment.
 
Vision
Must be able to use vision to read hand writing and other written communication including classroom lesson plans, children's individual plans, policies and procedures.  Must be able to monitor children's activity effectively.
 
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.
Must remember policies and procedures and apply them in daily work.
 
Language Ability
Must be able to read and comprehend curriculum, Head Start Program Performance Standards and implementation strategies. 
Must be an effective oral and written communicator with both children and adults.
 
Reasoning
Must make decisions on a day-to-day basis regarding classroom management, supervision of staff, interactions with parents and other professionals.
Must be able to handle crisis situations appropriately.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Majority of work is performed in a childcare classroom environment.
Home visits are required.
Travel may be required locally to attend meetings or training events.
Work includes frequent interruptions.
Hours are usually weekday, daytime hours; some evenings or weekends may be required for training, parent meetings, home visits or special events. 
Must be able to manage all Head Start standards.
 
EQUIPMENT USED
Telephone/cell phone
Photocopying equipment/ Printer
Personal computer/tablet
Fax machine
Sports equipment
Arts and Crafts supplies
Food Warmer/Microwave/Stove
Dishwasher
Washer/dryer