Employment

Alta Head Start is currently seeking resumes for a Family Advocate, Lead Teacher and Teacher Assistant positions.  We will accept applicants through June 30, 2017.  Please send or email your resume and cover letter to the following addresses.  Details of these positions are listed below.

Attn: Human Resources
142 Javit Court
Austintown, OH 44515

or

employment@altaheadstart.org

 

Family Advocate

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for making home visits and assisting children and families by providing resources and making referrals.  Assists or locates assistance in crisis; keeps and maintains confidentiality of records on individual cases; serves as a liaison between family/client and community services; helps implements eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance.  Responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of child files, enrollment applications, etc.  This position also assists with the completion of the child health requirements and other required screenings and assessments.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Coordinates with center staff to integrate family partnership goals with classroom efforts and to ensure integrated child and family curriculum.
  2. Participates in team functions of planning, implementing and evaluating Family and Community Partnership goals and objectives.
  3. Participates in in-service, workshops, conferences as needed or assigned.
  4. Recruit, enroll, and obtain appropriate records of children and families to ensure full enrollment and a full wait list for HS and EHS programs. Inputs enrolment data and other required information into Child Plus software accurately and in a timely manner.
  5. Maintains accurate and substantial case notes for each family on caseload and inputs them into the Child Plus software in a timely manner.
  6. Conducts home visits to facilitate family plans, assists families in achieving identified goals and follow-up on referrals.
  7. Acts as a case manager and works cooperatively with local agencies to assist families to linkup with services in the local community.
  8. Assists with the completion of the child health screening, other required screenings and assessments and is familiar with referral requirements.
  9. Conducts and documents follow-up on all referrals.
  10. While respecting family confidentiality, regularly shares information with teachers to ensure coordinated services that meet the needs of individual children and families.
  11. Coordinates with center staff to promote parent involvement in the program as a classroom visitor, volunteer, employee, and/or participant in family events.
  12. Develops a working knowledge of community resources. At least annually, visits with major agencies for service delivery updates and Community Resource Guide updates.  Promotes effective community support for families by coordination and advocacy for services with community agencies.
  13. Refers families for emergency or crisis assistance.
  14. Coordinates or refers families to opportunities for continuing education, employment training and other employment services through formal or informal networking in the community.
  15. Provides with respect to each participating family, a family needs assessment that includes consultation with such parents about the benefits of parent involvement and about the activities in which parents may choose to participate.
  16. Arranges for education and other appropriate intervention including opportunities for families to participate in counseling or to receive information on mental health, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.
  17. Attends parent/teacher conferences, as requested and assists teaching staff with Parent Committee meetings, Family Nights, socializations and other parent activities in order to advocate for HS/EHS children and families.
  18. Assists families in making the transition into and out of the Early Head Start/Head Start Program.
  19. All other duties as assigned.

RESPONSIBILITIES/EXPECTATIONS:

  • Support Alta principles and adhere to Mission Statement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must maintain a neat and professional appearance at all times.
  • Must maintain confidentiality and discretion.
  • Must be able to relate to individuals of all ethnic social-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently in and within a group when necessary.
  • Must maintain professional interaction with customers, vendors and all levels of the organization.
  • Continuously seeking methods of improvement for efficient operations.

PROFESSIONALISM/ATTITUDE

  • Maintain professionalism at all times through actions and behaviors.
  • Display a friendly and positive attitude towards job duties, parents, children, staff members, and others (i.e. visitors, volunteers, community partners) and willingly perform job duties.
  • Must display a positive mood and reflect enjoyment in the performance of job responsibilities and interactions with children, families, staff, volunteers, et al.
  • Understand and appropriately respond to the needs of other staff, parents, children, visitors.
  • Communicate effectively by using productive comments, pleasant expressions, and welcoming gestures.
  • Must be a team player.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be able to lift fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be able to pass BCI/FBI background check in accordance with ODJFS Licensing regulations.
  • Must be able to pass a medical exam in accordance with ODJFS licensing Regulations.
  • Must be able to provide documentation of being free from communicable tuberculosis in accordance with Head Start Standards.

 EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Social Work, Human Services or related field required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.  Relevant on the job experience may be taken into consideration in the absence of formal education.

Lead Teacher

JOB SUMMARY:

This position serves as the lead educator in a classroom of Head Start children by planning, implementing, and overseeing all classroom activities.  This position works with typically developing children as well as children with disabilities, serves as a social service referral person and also shares in the responsibility of parent involvement in the program.  This position may be reassigned to various classroom/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Attends a minimum of 20 hours of required trainings and/or workshops for Step up to Quality.
  2. Remains up to date on Head Start performance standards and child care licensing regulations.
  3. Responsible for the weekly preparation of daily lesson plans, which includes objectives to be posted for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom.
  4. Develops an individual plan for each child to include goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established goals and outcomes.
  5. Schedules and attends home visits and parent-teacher conferences with families as required and on an as-needed basis and documents these events.
  6. Prepares and maintains a safe, healthy learning environment for children that is positive, developmentally appropriate and experientially based.
  7. Provides sufficient and appropriate outdoor learning experiences for children.
  8. Supervises all classroom activities, field trips, and outdoor activities.
  9. Makes necessary referrals for any special needs problems or issues to appropriate staff.
  10. Ensures lesson plans cover all Head Start Standard domains and are individualized.
  11. Implements education lesson plans and daily programs for children in accordance with each child’s needs based on classroom observation and recording children’s interests and levels of functioning.
  12. Supports children’s social and emotional development and provides positive guidance and discipline.
  13. Shares pertinent information with family advocates ensuring coordinated services.
  14. Supervises meal time and eats nutritionally prepared meals with the children as a curriculum based activity to model good nutrition and proper social skills.
  15. Provides a stable classroom routine and environment ensuring a well-run purposeful program responsive to children’s needs.
  16. Screens, observes, and documents children as required.
  17. Submits monthly progress reports to supervisor.
  18. Assists with collection and edit process of correct Child and Adult Care Food program (CACFP).
  19. Generates and tracks in-kind and other allowable costs applied to the non-federal share requirement and submits to appropriate staff in a timely manner.
  20. Must maintain accurate meal counts and attendance and submit in a timely manner.
  21. Utilizes and demonstrates a working knowledge of best practice approaches in Early Childhood Education and Social and Emotional behavioral development.
  22. Uses appropriate interventions such as puppetry, social stories, and other tools to encourage social and emotional development.
  23. Preforms all other duties as assigned.

RESPONSIBILITIES/EXPECTATIONS:

  • Support Alta principles and adhere to Mission Statement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must maintain a neat and professional appearance at all times.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality and discretion.
  • Must be able to relate to individuals of all ethnic social-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently in and within a group when necessary.
  • Must maintain professional interaction with customers, vendors and all levels of the organization.
  • Continuously seeking methods of improvement for efficient operations.
  • Must participate in training opportunities as necessary or assigned.
  • Attends all workshops and meetings (i.e. staff, parent) as assigned.
  • Responsible for personally maintaining current certifications and/or licensures.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be able to lift fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be able to pass BCI/FBI background check in accordance with ODJFS Licensing regulations.
  • Must be able to pass a medical exam in accordance with ODJFS licensing Regulations.
  • Must be able to provide documentation of being free from communicable tuberculosis in accordance with Head Start Standards.
  • Must be able to meet qualifications as required for Step Up To Quality (SUTQ).

PROFESSIONALISM/ATTITUDE

  • Maintain professionalism at all times through actions and behaviors.
  • Display a friendly and positive attitude towards job duties, parents, children, staff members, and others (i.e. visitors, volunteers, community partners) and willingly perform job duties.
  • Must display a positive mood and reflect enjoyment in the performance of job responsibilities and interactions with children, families, staff, volunteers, et al.
  • Understand and appropriately respond to the needs of other staff, parents, children, visitors.
  • Communicate effectively by using productive comments, pleasant expressions, and welcoming gestures.
  • Must be a team player.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education OR a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with coursework equivalent to an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education required. A minimum of two years’ experience in a classroom setting required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

NONE

WORK CONDITIONS:

Variable hours of work which may include overtime and weekends and occasional travel.

Teacher Assistant

JOB SUMMARY:

This position assists Lead Teachers in planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of children within a safe, healthy learning environment. They encourage the involvement of the families of the children of the program and support the development of relationships between children and their families.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Assists the teacher in all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities including lesson planning.
  2. Assist in instructing and supervising children in classroom activities.
  3. Participates in the screening, observation, and documentation of children.
  4. Helps supervise at meal time, eating with the children to encourage good nutrition and proper social skills.
  5. Assist in keeping the classroom clean and orderly.
  6. Uses initiative and imagination to assist the child and be perceptive and knowledgeable about the needs of each child.
  7. Assist the teacher in any aspect of the Head Start program as needs arise.
  8. May be required to take charge of the classroom in the Lead Teacher’s absence.
  9. Makes home visits with the teacher as required or requested and assists with documentation.
  10. Assists the teacher in meeting the programs needs for parent and family involvement.
  11. Attends all workshops and meetings as requested.
  12. Has a complete understanding of Head Start Performance Standards and ODJFS Licensing requirements.
  13. Continuously monitor children to ensure safety at all times, and report child abuse and neglect when necessary.
  14. Complete all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including screenings, parent/teacher conferences, and home visits, etc., in a timely manner.
  15. Must maintain accurate meal counts and attendance and submit in a timely manner.
  16. All other duties as assigned.

RESPONSIBILITIES/EXPECTATIONS:

  • Support ALTA principles and adhere to Mission Statement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must maintain a neat and professional appearance at all times.
  • Must maintain confidentiality and discretion.
  • Must be able to relate to individuals of all ethnic social-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently in and within a group when necessary.
  • Must maintain professional interaction with customers, vendors and all levels of the organization.
  • Continuously seeking methods of improvement for efficient operations.
  • Responsible for personally maintaining current certifications and/or licensures

PROFESSIONALISM/ATTITUDE

  • Maintain professionalism at all times through actions and behaviors.
  • Display a friendly and positive attitude towards job duties, parents, children, staff members, and others (i.e. visitors, volunteers, community partners) and willingly perform job duties.
  • Must display a positive mood and reflect enjoyment in the performance of job responsibilities and interactions with children, families, staff, volunteers, et al.
  • Understand and appropriately respond to the needs of other staff, parents, children, visitors.
  • Communicate effectively by using productive comments, pleasant expressions, and welcoming gestures.
  • Must be a team player.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be able to lift fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be able to pass BCI/FBI background check in accordance with ODJFS Licensing regulations.
  • Must be able to pass a medical exam in accordance with ODJFS licensing Regulations.
  • Must be able to provide documentation of being free from communicable tuberculosis in accordance with Head Start Standards.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

Minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential required, Associates in Early Childhood Education preferred.  Two or more years of classroom experience required.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

NONE

WORK CONDITIONS:

Variable hours of work which may include overtime and weekends and occasional travel.

Equal Opportunity Employer