DEPARTMENT: Macomb Community Action
HIRING AUTHORITY: Director
FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt - overtime paid pursuant to Collective Bargaining Agreement or Human Resources policy
EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: Just cause subject to probationary period
CURRENT HOURS AND STARTING TIME: Full-time position (40 hours per week.) The hours for this position are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Under direction, implements all aspects of the Head Start Program in the classroom setting; prepares children by meeting Program goals, objectives and outcomes to ensure the development of readiness skills and meets individual needs as determined through assessment, observation and parent input while reinforcing the role of parent as primary educator; performs related duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conducts an initial home visit with each family with a child assigned to his/her classroom prior to the start of classes and throughout the program year.
Conducts standardized screening and assessment for every child to ensure child's individual needs are met while integrating program goals, objectives and outcomes.
Plans daily and weekly curricular activities through online TS GOLD lesson planning.
Fully implements Independent Education Plan (IEP) for children with disabilities in cooperation with the Disability Coordinator.
Maintains a clean, safe and healthy classroom environment.
Ensures the desired mental health atmosphere reflecte through Positive Behavior Management (PBS) techniques, positive reinforcement and well-integrated daily schedule.
Plans and purchases food for daily nutritional snacks following a planned menu within the Licensing/USDA regulations.
Provides opportunities for parents or guardians to observe and participate in classroom activities; transitions into and out of Head Start, conducts conferences and home visits as established by Program guidelines.
Participates in training programs, region meetings and in-services.
Arranges classrooom furniture and materials to facilitate learning.
Compiles annual classroom inventory of furniture and materials.
Maintains current documentation using appropriate forms of Program activities and services provided, including CACAF food program and attendance forms.
Compiles, prepares and submits information in a timely and accurate manner through manual or internet data entry.
Maintains a positive two-way communication syustem between parents and the Program.
Participates in Parent/Teacher Conferences and home visits for each child twice a year.
Cooperatively works with staff to implement monthly parent/child/family activities including Literacy Days and Evening Parent Events.
Maintains current information regarding Head Start, local, State and Federal regulations for early childhood programing.
Maintains certification, licensure, First Aidd, and CPR and continuing educcation requirements of the program to meet federal and state Child Day Care Licensing Regulations.
Operates an automobile while performing assigned job duties.
Required Education and Experience
- An Associate Degree (Teacher I), Bachelor's Degree (Teacher II) or Master's Degree (Teacher III) in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education teaching degree with a ZA/ZS endorsement or related field
Preferred Education and Experience
- Previous teaching experience in a classroom setting
Required Licenses and Certifications
- A valid Michigan Driver's license and an operable automobile for authorized travel
COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES
- Early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practices
- Community resources and networks
- Head Start Performance Standards regardiing child health and developmental services, child health and safety, program governance and family partnerships
- Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with staff, clients, families, outside professionals, agencies and the public
- Assigning, prioritizing, monitoring and reviewing work assignments
- Working with diverse cultures and populations
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Effective time management and organizational skills
- Provide direction to children and adults in a positive manner
- Maintain an effective system of documentation
- Supervise daily classroom operations and assigned teacher aides
- Maintain confidentiallity and professional boundaries
- Work in an environment which embraces the county’s Dignity Campaign
- Effectively speak, write and understand the English language
- Speak and understand a language other than English is preferred
- Conduct oneself with tact and courtesy