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Teacher, Head Start

at Upbring

Posted: 10/12/2019
Job Reference #: 3726
Keywords: children, child

Job Description

  • Job ID
    2019-3726
    Location
    US-TX-Freeport
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Shift/Hours
    1st Shift
    # of Openings Remaining
    3
  • Overview

    The Head Start Teacher is responsible for the planning implementation, and administration of curriculum for 3 to 5-year-old children for the purpose of advancing their physical and cognitive growth and development in accordance with the state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, the Head Start performance standards, Upbring’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.

    Responsibilities

    Essential Duties

    • Assess, plan and implement daily developmental learning models for pre-school aged children that meet individual physical disabilities, learning styles, and pace of learning
    • Create, foster, and maintain a physical environment that is conducive for learning and optimal growth and development; promote social interaction with all children
    • Develop, implement, and assess an individualized learning plan for all children, including those with diagnosed disabilities
    • Demonstrate cultural awareness in sensitivity in both interactions with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), other staff and community members and in the selection of materials and delivery of instruction
    • Observe and address challenging behaviors to determine possible cause and implement preventive measures, teach a new behavior, and/or communication or social skill to minimize or eliminate the behavior
    • Complete and prepare teaching materials and related reports, such as, but not limited to classroom activities, individual child observations, and program records for the purpose of documenting child and family activities as prescribed in the work plan
    • Maintain classroom discipline using developmentally appropriate techniques
    • Provide supervision of children at all times; provide and fosters a safe and secure environment for children
    • Provide daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities and daily activity including parent/teacher conferences and home visits
    • Respond appropriately to emergency situations for immediate resolution
    • Complete and maintain accurate documentation, files, and records as required by the Agency, the Head Start Performance Standards, and any other federal, state, or local regulatory requirements
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned

    Working Relationships

    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with other classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience
    • Work closely with other classroom teachers and the administrative staff to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes
    • Work as part of the team and show professionalism at all times by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Child Development, or another field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study
    • 1 year of experience as a teacher, teacher assistant, or student teacher
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work and interact with diverse groups of people
    • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
    • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
    • Strong stress management, time management, and organizational skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and projects and meet deadlines
    • Strong written and verbal communication, including preparation of quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence
    • Ability to work independently and within a team; ability to take initiative with limited supervision

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education, or a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study
    • 3 or more years’ experience in early childhood education
    • Experience with inclusion of children with disabilities
    • Knowledge of infant/toddler health and safety licensing requirements
    • Bilingual (English and Spanish) with the ability to fluently converse and write in Spanish (based on student population and service area), highly preferred
    • CPR/First Aid Certification

    Physical Demands & Work Conditions

    • This position requires frequent standing, walking, and speaking for long periods of time
    • Position works in a facility with and around children on a regular basis
    • Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.

    The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.

    Agreement

    The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.

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