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Head Start Lead Teacher

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization established in 1965 under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964. We work with community, state and federal partners to assist children, families, low-income and elderly residents with their efforts to become or remain financially and socially independent through a variety of coordinated programs. Without the services provided by our agency, many local residents would be without a means to provide for their basic needs, including food, education, child care, utilities assistance, transportation, shelter and access to other services.

CAPSC offers a number of benefits including:
•Medical coverage
•Dental coverage
•Earned time-off
•Flexible spending accounts
•Vision care coverage
•Work/Life resources
•Employee and Dependent life insurance
•Disability insurance
•11 Paid Holidays a year

The Head Start Lead Teacher will implement the Creative Curriculum, the Project Approach, and other appropriate content with emphasis on development of the whole child, to include partnership with parents and working with the entire family. Provide and maintain a safe environment. Use on-line curriculum and child assessment system. Keep complete and accurate records on the children. Plan and implement individual programming for all children.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field, with 30 credits in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with preschool age children. Previous Head Start experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to utilize online data systems.
  • Participate in pre-service training and ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Plan and provide a comprehensive program including implementation of Creative Curriculum, Project Approach and other appropriate content in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards. Utilize Teaching Strategies Gold for collection and reporting of child assessment data.
  • Guide and facilitate activities of the children including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging of equipment in the classroom, creating an exciting learning environment for children.
  • Work in a team setting to determine individual needs of children. Design and implement plans that will expose children to meaningful experiences.
  • Manage classroom operations; provide supervision, guidance and coaching to Teacher Assistants and classroom volunteers.
  • Greet parents and children pleasantly and appropriately, ensuring a smooth transition into the classroom, a positive home-classroom connection and family partnership. Maintain ongoing professional and appropriate communication with parents and guardians. Provide activities parents can do at home with their children to support the curriculum and the child’s learning. Encourage parents to become involved in the classroom and other Head Start activities.
  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices.
  • Arrange meaningful field trips for the children, with approval of the Education Supervisor.
  • Maintain and monitor accurate child attendance records, USDA meal counts, in-kind reports and other record keeping and reports as required. Submit documentation in a timely manner. Assure that files are complete, accurate and confidentially maintained.
  • Conduct home visits and parent/teacher conferences according to program schedule and policies and procedures.
  • Help organize and encourage parent involvement to include: planning and participating in monthly classroom Parent Meetings; orienting and training of parent volunteers, and attendance at Policy Council meetings.
  • Continue professional growth by participating in ongoing; ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining to ECE and Head Start.
  • Participate fully in program staffing's, staff meetings, and collaborative meetings with other agencies, as assigned. Attend case conferencing when applicable.
  • Report any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Education Supervisor and/or Education Manager.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

Other Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
  • Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.
  • Physical strength/endurance/mobility to perform in a standard daily required work routine (i.e. walking, sitting, lifting, and driving to various sites as required).
  • Maintain and model good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean and modest), and professional behavior to parents, staff and the community.
  • Maintain a positive and productive attitude regarding the Head Start Program and the CAP Agency when interacting both within Head Start and with the greater community.
  • Demonstrate, through positive words and actions, respect for and acceptance of income eligible families.

Communication Skills:

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis
  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate instructions

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Assistant Teacher, Teacher Aide, and Classroom Volunteers

General Expectations:

  • Participates in the annual program self-assessment.
  • Models direct, positive, honest, and respectful behavior in every aspect of work with children, families, staff and community members.
  • Energetically engages people, issues and work.
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others on a daily basis.
  • Supports other in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members.
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skills that are appropriate for individual styles, personalities, cultures, the nature of the work, and the environment in which the work is being done.
  • Practices honest, respectful and direct communication as well as active listening.
  • Respects confidentiality of information about agency staff, personnel issues, and other program operations.

Employment Screening:

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume to or apply through Indeed at the link below.

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Date Added: August 13, 2019

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