Head Start Teacher
Matrix Human Services
1400 Woodbridge St.
Job Description/ Duties:
The Teacher is responsible for providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for children and their parents. They are required to plan, assess, and meet the general and individual needs of the children. The Teacher is required to plan specific activities that reinforce the program philosophy, promote developmentally appropriate activities, and insure that the classroom meets all licensing and Head Start requirements. The Teacher also works with an assistant and volunteers in the classroom to build a team approach to educating children. The teacher is required to keep required documentation and data. At all times the teacher must provide supervision for all children.
Current minimum qualification is one of the following:
- An associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education;
- An associate degree in a field related to Early Childhood Education and coursework* equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching preschool-age children;
- A baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff.
- Bilingual is a PLUS!
NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience that could provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities, will be evaluated on an individual basis.
CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND ETHICAL CONDUCT:
All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance. All employees of Head Start must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements for Head Start operations including the Performance Standards, Licensing rules, and be of Good Moral Character as stated in the Code of Ethics.
RELATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Good professional work habits and attitude.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Able to lift up to 45 pounds
- Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
- Job may require lifting, sitting, standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, climbing, and bending for periods of time.
- Able to work independently and provide guidance and direction to team members.
- Documented experience working with low-income families.
- Must be culturally sensitive able to work in a diverse community.
- Able to read, write and communicate in standard English.
- Must be resourceful, patient, and sensitive to the needs of staff, children and families.
- Documented experience working with persons of various racial, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to write clear and accurate reports.
- Good organizational and time management skills.
- Able to maintain confidentiality of all discussions and records.
- Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the classification.
- Must take leadership role in the classroom.
- Must promote team work and be willing to problem solve with co-teacher.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Participate in self assessment process.
- Work to recruit children for the program and assist to maintain enrollment.
- Provide training for other teaching staff, as needed on site.
- Ability to work with parents and children in the classroom setting and during home visits to insure parental input in daily program planning.
- Plan, write, and implement individual and group lesson plans.
- Create and maintain a safe, healthy, and developmentally focused learning environment
- Administer a developmental screening device, observe and assess the development of each child, write and implement the Individual Education Plan (IEP), COR and any other tool to insure we meet the needs of the individual child
- Maintain ongoing anecdotal notes to monitor children’s individual development.
- Input COR notes in the timeline set by the program.
- Submit required reports to Center Manager/Content Area Manager.
- Attend staff and parent meetings.
- Participate in all program sponsored activities, including community events.
- Complete two (2) home visits and two (2) parent teacher conferences for each child each year.
- Overall management and maintenance of classroom.
- Plan specific activities that reinforce the program philosophy.
- Attend on-going program training activities.
- Maintain a positive attitude toward assigned work, clients, and staff.
- To provide bilingual, multi-cultural activities.
- Lead small and large groups of children in a variety of activities planned in conjunction with the assistant teachers and volunteers.
- Greet parents and children everyday and develop a good rapport with parents and inform them about center activities, field trips, and child’s progress.
- Communicate positively to parents about concerns about their children.
- Assist in all aspects of services to children and including helping with food preparation, cleanup, and other activities.
- Complete all paper work as assigned.
- Assist with potty training and changing diapers as needed.
- Direct team members and provide for their training.
- Perform other related tasks as required by the program.
- Commit to ongoing professional development.
- Obtain required Food Handler’s Training.
- Participate in the licensing process to insure compliance.
- Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Must be willing to “fill in” where needed.
Working with children with special needs, you are expected to:
- Begin referral process for children who exhibit adverse behaviors
- Assist in implementing the Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed for children with disabilities and their families.
- Write progress notes of special needs children and include in child’s file.
- Care for the special needs of children.
- Encourage independent participation of Special Need children in all aspects of the program.
- Be able to “include” Special Need children into the classroom.
Full Benefits including medical, dental vision
12 paid holidays per year
Generous vacation/personal and sick time
How to Apply:
http://www.matrixhumanservices.org then click on our Career Page.