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Head Start Assistant 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:

  • 403(b)
  • 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

General Description

Under the direction of the Head Start Lead Teacher, the Assistant Teacher will implement the Creative Curriculum, the Project Approach, and other appropriate content with emphasis on development of the whole child, in preparation for school readiness. This includes establishing a partnership with parents and working with the entire family. The Assistant Teacher will also help provide and maintain a safe and interesting environment for children, using active supervision practice. The Assistant Teacher will assume responsibility for continuing planned classroom activities in the absence of the Lead Teacher.

Education and/or Experience

  • Must have either a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA); OR be enrolled in a program leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood.
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) highly preferred.
  • Experience working with preschool age children. Previous Head Start experience preferred.
  • Computer Literate.
  • Current or ability to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Able to lift 25-40 lbs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists the Lead Teacher in carrying out and planning curriculum as well as daily routines.
  • Become familiar with and work with the Lead Teacher in providing a comprehensive program including implementation of Creative Curriculum, Project Approach and other appropriate content in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Assist with the planning of daily and weekly lesson plans.
  • Participate in the daily activities planned for the children.
  • Create a positive climate in the classroom, establishing a caring community of learners.
  • Assist in individual planning for each child, as well as the class as a whole.
  • Actively assist in managing classroom operations, including providing active supervision of children at all times, and using positive reinforcement in the classroom.
  • Utilize Pyramid Model strategies to help the children develop self-regulation and good social skills.
  • Assist children in their use of materials in a variety of ways.
  • Participate in the daily review of classroom activities and children’s behavior.
  • Discuss and become familiar with your center’s policies and Head Start policies.
  • Work to understand and ensure all NH Child Care Licensing Rules are being followed.
  • Consult with the Lead Teacher or Site Coordinator when a problem arises.
  • Actively work and communicate with the Family Advocate assigned to the classroom to ensure the support of the whole family approach.
  • 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.
  • Help to 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, language acquisition through conversations, and sound nutritional practices.
  • 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.
  • Participate in various meetings to include weekly center staffing, program meetings and collaborative meetings with other agencies as assigned.
  • Assume the Teacher’s responsibilities when the Teacher is absent, if accreditation allows.
  • Report any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Lead Teacher, Site Coordinator, and/or Education Manager.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above or based upon the individual professional development plan.

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.
  • 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

  • N/A

General Expectations

  • Participates in the annual program self-assessment.
  • Obtain continuing education through workshops, trainings, or courses related to early childhood education.
  • Create and maintain a Professional Development Plan in collaboration with Lead Teacher and Education Manager.
  • 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.
  • Maintains a positive and productive attitude regarding the Center and the CAPSC Agency when interacting both within the program and with the greater community.

COVID Protocol

  • All staff are required to wear masks in the classroom environment and common spaces.
  • All staff will be required to answer daily screening questions and certify their responses with a signature.
  • All staff will work to disinfect and sanitize surfaces and materials frequently and thoroughly.

Must read and accept the protocols and procedures as defined by agency memos.

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.

Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following:

Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment. An initial physical examination record must be obtained upon hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources. An initial driving record check will be conducted. License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume to capjobs@straffordcap.org

Job Location:

Rochester

Date Added: October 13, 2020

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