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Head Start Teacher

at Maricopa County

Pay: $15.30 to $23.70/hour
$15.3 - $23.7
Posted: 3/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Contract/Temporary
Job Reference #: 2138587

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Overview

The Head Start Teacher is a collaborative member of the Maricopa County Early Education Division (EED). The Head Start Teacher promotes active learning in the preschool classroom by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate, individualized experiences and by creating a safe and nurturing environment in which three (3) through five (5) year old children can enhance their skills in: language and literacy, cognitive developmental, approaches to learning, perceptual, motor, and physical development, social-emotional development, and develop of age-appropriate social and self helps skills. This includes planning and participating in parent education, parent engagement and family support activities.

Position Qualifications

Minimum education and/or experience:
Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or equivalent college degree which includes 18 credits in early childhood education and/or child development and one (1) year of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or pre-k setting.  Completion of supervised student teaching in an early childhood setting may substitute for the teaching experience requirement.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver license at time of hire. Must complete background check and fingerprint identification upon hire to successfully secure and maintain DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Successful candidates must also complete a medical exam that includes screening for TB, as required by Federal and State regulations, to be free of communicable disease, and must have received the following vaccinations: (MMR) Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus if not current, to assure no significant risk exists to the health or safety of others. Certification in CPR, First Aid, and Food Handler's must be obtained within six (6) weeks of hire.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Current educational techniques, early child development, developmentally appropriate practices with children ages 3 to 5.
  • Current research and responsive practices related to early childhood development.
  • Computer usage, Microsoft Office and related software.
 Skill in:
  • Collecting, organizing and evaluating data and developing logical conclusions.
  • Verbal communication with and resolving conflicts between pre-school age children.
  • Communicates effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Developing, planning, organizing and implementing age appropriate child education curriculum.
  • Effectively delivering child education programs and services, as demonstrated by children's developmental progress.
  • Maintaining appropriate classroom protocol by assuring an appropriate classroom learning environment.
Ability to:
  • Foster children's social/emotional development.
  • Plan classroom experiences that meet the different developmental stages, interests, temperaments, learning styles, languages, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Integrate children with disabilities to the classroom experiences
  • Plan a balanced daily program of child initiated and adult directed activities for individual, small and large group activities.
  • Learn and apply Head Start Performance Standards and other program requirements.
  • Administer CPR and First Aid.
  • Follow established program policies and procedures.
  • Works effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, including those with disabilities and special needs.
  • Supports parents as their child's primary nurturer and educator.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or equivalent college degree which includes 18 credits in early childhood education and/or child development and one (1) year of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or pre-k setting or completion of supervised student teaching in an early childhood setting.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Bilingual in English/Spanish. Preference is given to current or former Early Head Start and Head Start parents.
Working conditions:
Work is performed in classroom, playground and office environments. Requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business. Requires use of personal vehicle to travel to and from children's homes, classrooms and other job related locations. May be required to fill in as a substitute staff member at another program site.  Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.  Must be able to stand, sit on floor, and be indoors or outdoors for extended periods of time.  Possible exposure to bodily fluids and infectious disease.
Head Start Teacher positions follow either a full or partial year schedule. Positions that follow a full year schedule are typically comprised of 2088 hours annually. Partial year schedule positions are typically comprised of 1,608 hours annually. Birth to Five site classrooms operate Monday through Friday.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Develops and implements a multicultural curriculum, classroom environment, and utilizes developmentally appropriate practices which meet the needs and interests of students and Federal and The office of Head Start performance standards.
  • Ensures compliance with all Federal, State, and Head Start regulations and licensing requirements and program policies and procedures.
  • Respects and supports the diverse cultural and family backgrounds and treats each child and parent as an individual. Respects, values and facilitates parent participation as equal partners in all aspects of Educational Plans.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with each family, site team members, community agencies, community partners, and grantee staff members.
  • Assists with recruitment and enrollment of children and families into the Maricopa County Head Start Zero - Five Program.
  • Assumes responsibility for the care and welfare of the classroom children and is responsible for supervising all children at all times to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
  • Ensures the classroom environment is safe, clean, orderly, and facilitates growth, development, and learning.
  • Participates in regular team planning of curriculum with program staff.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate records that evaluate on-going observations of each child's growth and development while maintaining the confidentiality of child, family and program information.
  • Supports and promotes each child's physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development.
  • Completes weekly observations on children to monitor and document children's developmental progress.
  • Completes formal developmental assessments on children three (3) times per year and works with parents to develop an individualized education plan based on these assessment results.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP's) for children with disabilities & plans classroom experiences to support the IEP plan.
  • Maintains daily communication with parents and conducts a minimum of two (2) educational home visits and two (2) parent/teacher conferences per family each program year.
  • Understands Early Education Division and Maricopa County policies and supports the philosophy of Maricopa County Human Services Department and Early Education Division in the implementation of performance standards, as identified in division goals, program policies and procedures.
  • Assists with and/or completes family service follow-up, documentation, reports and evaluations as required by State or Federal regulations, State child care licensing requirements and supervisors.
  • Assists in the planning of and participates in monthly parent committee meetings and promotes parent volunteer experiences in classroom.
  • Plans and assists child transition into Head Start and out of Head Start to kindergarten.
  • Complies with all Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines and CACFP record-keeping.
  • Administers First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as required.
  • May provide oversight and direction to Teachers, Teacher Assistants and classroom volunteers upon absence of the Site Director.
  • Assumes new and changing duties and responsibilities on an ongoing basis

Selection Procedure

The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation.  A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County.  These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

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