compensation: $34.50-$37.50/hour DOE employment type: full-time non-profit organization
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IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION AN EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED. Please go to our website: www.cookinletnativeheadstart.net and fill out an application or pick one up in person.
JOB SUMMARY: Under the direct supervision of the Education Manager, assists in administration and coordinates the planning, organizing, and implementation of education services for children. In addition, position will be responsible for the oversight of program curriculum, implementation and adherence of Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) Performance Standards and the development & supervision of all teaching staff. Improving the quality of teaching for Early Head Start and Head Start teachers, assistants, and on-call aides and providing quality education curriculum for infant/toddlers and preschool aged children, with the goal of increasing the social competence and school readiness of children and to develop knowledge and pride in traditional Native culture and heritage. Responsible for demonstrating best practices in the field, completing on-going observations of the teacher’s performance and providing feedback for teaching staff and Education Manager.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Develops and implements plans to enhance the education, health, social, and emotional growth of children and families served.
• Design pre and post measures of learning readiness within the EHS and HS framework.
• Assist in providing the education team with effective teaching strategies, and organized learning environments that promote healthy development and children’s skill growth with guidance from the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
• Ensures compliance with Federal Performance Standards related to the Education and Disabilities Services component; complete or coordinate classroom observations utilizing specified tools, monitor quality and timelines of all required assessments; and assist staff in assessing children to identify special needs.
• Reviews educational implications of assessment results and suggested areas of focus with CINHS staff.
• Coordinates with the Special Needs Manager, Community Partners and classroom staff to ensure comprehensive Individual Education Plans and Individualized Family Services Plans (IEP’s/IFSP’s) are developed and supported as needed.
• Ensures teachers implement individualized child development plans based on assessment and observation results.
• Conducts systematic child file and electronic data base spot checks to assure HS/EHS and program compliance.
• Encourages parental involvement.
• Provides an atmosphere that develops positive self-esteem and pride by incorporating Native Culture and Heritage into daily activities.
2. Consults with classroom staff to develop enriched environments that stimulate learning and assists in setting up systems for individual classroom organization and management.
• Assists teachers in developing and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure learning environment through the use of appropriate guidance techniques, such as redirection, acknowledgement of appropriate behavior and setting acceptable limits.
• Provide helpful, behaviorally specific feedback to staff; share information, and suggestions to facilitate success; delegate assignments with will help develop abilities of assigned staff; recognize and reinforce developmental efforts and improvements of staff; facilitate positive solution-based problem solving with staff.
• Assists and mentors teachers demonstrating best practices according to Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and other assessment tools.
3. Assists in managing curriculum development that spans the entire Early Head Start and Head Start Program.
• Maintains curriculum that challenges, strengthens, and meets the individual learning goals and developmental needs of enrolled children and is in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, licensing requirements and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.
• Ensures all program curriculum, observations, screenings, and assessments, individual child plans and parent input are being used to provide children with appropriate individualized services. Ensure that classroom lesson plans reflect children’s developmental levels, culture and uniqueness.
4. Promotes a seamless child transition process.
• Assists in establishing a process to ensure a seamless transition from Early Head Start to Head Start.
• Assists in establishing a process to ensure a smooth transition from Head Start to kindergarten and/or another early learning center.
• Acts as a liaison to the Anchorage School District to facilitate a smooth transition for children entering the school district.
5. Supervises all teaching staff of the assigned component program.
• Develop and maintain positive, supportive relationships with education staff, supporting staff growth through the coaching/mentoring process.
• Coordinates and supervise staffing activities and staffing patterns to include staff work schedules (ensuring appropriate staff/child ratio, teacher support, breaks) with the assistance of the Education Manager.
• Assists in providing on-going feedback to employees concerning performance and conduct performance reviews.
• Addresses staff performance concerns in an appropriate and timely manner in collaboration with the Education Manager and Human Resources.
• Assists in developing training and professional development plans for each staff member and volunteers in collaboration with CINHS Human Resource department and Education Manager.
• Assist in training new teaching staff and maintain support as needed while they gain knowledge of their role and the responsibilities of their position.
• Serves as a coach and mentor to education staff in providing individualized mentor coaching plans, completing monthly classroom observations of assigned teaching staff and provide quality, specific feedback designed to increase the quality of teaching and learning utilizing Practice Based Coaching.
• Coordinates with CINHS Human Resource to assure all relevant documentation is received for each employee and is maintained in the appropriate personnel or confidential employee file to meet licensing, compliance and funding requirements.
• Coordinates with CINHS Human Resource department to administer human resources policies and procedures including recruitment and selection, compensation, and performance management.
• Participates in developing program goals and objectives in alignment with corporate goals and objectives.
6. Prepares, presents, and distributes periodic written reports in narrative and statistical formats as appropriate.
7. Assists with the development and implementation of educational work plans.
• Coordinates and monitors the work plans to ensure compliance with Early Head Start and Head Start performance standards and accomplishment of program objectives.
• Completes all assigned paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
• Assists in preparation of budget and recommends allocation of funds for supplies, equipment, training, and other necessary expenses within assigned component.
• Implement support for staff development, monitor progress toward program and staff goals.
• Assist staff in obtaining their Child Development Associate Credential.
• Use program vision, mission, and philosophy as foundation for planning and implementing services.
• Ensure that documentation requirements related to education are well documented.
8. Functions as a member of the CINHS team by attending staff meetings, attending training sessions, participating in planning and problem solving sessions, and being flexible to fill in other areas to best serve the programs.
• Coordinates educational activities with other key management staff in order to provide comprehensive services to clients.
• Works with Policy Council as appropriate to fulfill obligations of assigned component.
• Administers all CINHS policies and procedures in a fair, equitable, and timely manner. This would include policies and procedures related to finance, human resources, risk management/safety, and all other relevant policies and procedures established by CINHS.
• Provides coverage for those supervised during periods of short staffing.
NECESSARY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
• Must be familiar with Alaska Native/American Indian heritage and culture and must be able to serve and effectively communicate with the children and families enrolled in the CINHS program.
• Proficiency in the use of appropriate computer based software.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
• Knowledge and skill in staff education and implementing exceptional customer service practices.
• Knowledge of Practice Based Coaching.
• Knowledge of CLASS
• Ability to maintain confidentiality of staff as well as enrolled families.
• Ability to perform job with minimum supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to supervise employees.
• Knowledge and skill of teaching and implementing exceptional customer services standards.
• Must demonstrate above average skills in personnel and program management.
• Ability to develop and implement new programs and measure success.
• Knowledge and ability to facilitate large scale projects.
• Ability to maintain quality safety and infection control standards.
• Flexibility with respect to time and days able to work, as well as work tasks.
• Other duties as assigned.
(The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position).
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
• Baccalaureate or advance degree in Early Childhood Education.
• At least two (2) years’ experience working with children ages birth-5 and/or in a classroom environment preferred.
• One (1) year of supervisory or work coordination experience in a related field preferred.
• Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practice of Early Head Start/Head Start, Early Childhood Education, and developmentally appropriate practice.
• Have education or experience in collaborating with families in the development and education of their children.
• Organizational skills to maintain daily work flow and meet project deadlines.
• Knowledge of Teaching Strategies Gold, CLASS, and other assessment tools a plus.
• First Aid/CPR certification, or must acquire within six (6) months of date of hire.
• Must successfully complete TB and hepatitis screening exams and any required vaccinations.
• Must be able to pass a criminal background check as required by state and federal law.
The work involves considerable sitting, standing, walking, bending, and lifting on a daily basis. Must be able to respond when needed by prompt appearance at a required location. Must be able to work under physically and emotionally stressed conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to communicable childhood diseases. Safety precautions for employees such as blood drawing for screening of various diseases such as hepatitis, required immunizations, etc. are necessary. The employee is occasionally subject to verbal abuse, threats, and physical violence from angry, hostile, or disgruntled customers and/or family members. Travel may be required. May be required to work holidays, evenings, weekends and nights.
Would you like to work with children? Are you a current or former Head Start parent? We encourage you to apply! Cook Inlet Native Head Start is a non-profit corporation established solely to operate the Tribal Head Start program, providing early childhood education services as well as quality family related services for the Native population in Anchorage, AK. All position descriptions can be located on our website at www.cookinletnativeheadstart.net or stop by to pick up an application. You can apply electronically at our website or turn in your application to the front desk (6901 E. Tudor Rd).
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