Post Date: 01/14/2020
Close Date: 01/28/2020
POSITION TITLE: ASSISTANT TEACHER DEPARTMENT: HEAD START
OPEN DATE: JANUARY 14, 2020 REPORTS TO: PROGRAM AREA SUPERVISOR
CLOSE DATE: JANUARY 28, 2020 WORK LOCATION: FIR GROVE ELEMENTARY
HIRING RANGE:* $14.36 - $15.80 HOURLY FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT
POSITION STATUS: REGULAR FULL TIME (RFT) FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT: .68
WORK HOURS PER WEEK: 36 NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
MONTHS ACTIVE: AUGUST – MAY POSITIONS SUPERVISED: 0
Under Oregon statute, after July 1, 1996, an offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the results of criminal offender information record check, and possibly fingerprinting, conducted on applicants for employment in early childhood services agencies. Applicants who have been convicted of certain offenses or who refuse to consent to such background checks will not be hired for this position. The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. Continuation of all positions is contingent upon future funding.
Special Note on Central Background Registry Requirement:
In order to be offered any position within our Head Start program, you must be currently enrolled in Oregon’s Central Background Registry. If you are not currently enrolled, you may still be considered for this position, but no offer of employment may be extended to you until this requirement has been completed. For information on how to enroll in Oregon’s Central Background Registry, please visit www.childcareinoregon.org or call the Office of Child Care at 1.800.556.6616.
*Note on Hiring Range:
For applicants with extensive qualifications and/or years of experience, the new hire maximum rate may be exceeded with the approval of the Director of Human Resources and the Executive Director. If approval is granted, it will be based upon careful review of the applicant’s qualifications, experience, internal equity and budgetary considerations. The final rate approved will typically never be at a rate equal to or above the established market rate for the position.
In support of the Agency’s mission, the Assistant Teacher is responsible for building strong nurturing relationships with young children aged 3 to 5 years old. The Assistant Teacher will assist the Teacher in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate learning environment that includes meaningful experiences that prepares children for success in school environments. In partnership with the Teacher, the Assistant Teacher also helps promote family engagement in their child’s learning. Additionally, the Assistant Teacher aids the Teacher in encouraging a high level of parent involvement and the delivery of family support services to advocate for greater self-sufficiency of Head Start families. Responsibilities include compliance with federal and state Head Start Performance Standards, Agency/Head Start Policies and Procedures, Oregon Childcare Division regulations, and Spark/QRIS standards.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Responsible for understanding and implementing the appropriate policies and procedures and performance standards as prescribed by the Office of Head Start and the Community Action Head Start Program.
• Assist in maintaining a safe, healthy, orderly and nurturing classroom environment.
• Follow and support the class room schedule and routines as developed by the Teacher.
• Facilitate safe and effective transitions between activities.
• Assist the Teacher in the preparation and implementation of lesson plans and classroom materials to support a developmentally appropriate education program.
• Encourage exploration, problem-solving, cooperation, and socialization as developmentally appropriate.
• Use the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to recognize and promote quality classroom teaching.
• Work in partnership with classroom staff to encourage collaborative team interaction that facilitates respectful relationships and embraces diversity and constructive problem-solving. Actively participate in team meetings.
• Develop and maintain consistent, positive relationships with children, treating them with dignity and respect.
• Ensure that no child will be left alone or unsupervised.
• Apply a developmentally appropriate and positive approach to guiding children’s behavior, according to program policy.
• Collect, analyze and record objective and complete observations on children using My Teaching Strategies as required.
• Assist the Teacher in adapting curriculum to meet individual goals for children as identified in the My Teaching Strategies Family Conference form.
• Support the successful inclusion of children with special needs.
• Assist the Teacher with initial screenings, medical protocol, mental health referrals, and daily health checks.
• Serve and track meals and snacks to classes according to program Food Service procedures.
• Maintain confidentiality when working with children and families in all written and verbal communications and documentation.
• Develop and maintain respectful relationships with families; documenting regular contact. Set and maintain professional boundaries with families.
• Conduct home visits as needed.
• Assist families in developing their individual goals including regular follow-up on to identify progress, barriers to progress, and/or services received.
• Assist the Teacher in providing families with timely information and referrals appropriate to their needs.
• Provide a welcoming atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
• Welcome and engage parent volunteers.
• Assist with planning and facilitating families’ orientation to the program, families’ engagement in Parent Site/Center meetings, parent’s participation in Policy Council, and weekly family update meetings.
• In partnership with the Teacher, assist with determination of child’s initial health status and developmental needs, and assist families in completing follow-up on dental, medical, physical, and mental health needs.
• Utilize ChildPlus to enter education, health, and family services data as required.
• Utilize ChildPlus to produce monitoring reports as required.
• Coordinate and confer with Family Services Assistants and/or Family Services Supervisor as needed.
• Assist Teacher or enrollment staff with late season enrollments as needed.
• Strictly adhere to all safety policies and procedures at all times and respond/correct any at-risk safety issues immediately.
• Strictly adhere to agency code of ethics and standards of workplace behavior.
• Perform other duties as assigned to meet business needs including regular and reliable attendance and adherence to all company workplace behavior standards.
Marginal Functions and Responsibilities:
• Other marginal functions and responsibilities as assigned.
• Education: Minimum of a Child Development Associate Credential (Preschool); sufficient to be placed at Step 7 or higher on the Oregon Registry. Transcripts, diplomas and/or Oregon Registry Step Certificates are required to validate educational requirements. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
• Experience: Minimum of one year experience teaching in a Certified Child Care Center or comparable group care program in the care of children ages 3-5.
• Access to reliable transportation for home visits, valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families.
• Intermediate computer literacy and familiarity with applications such as databases and spreadsheets, word processing, e-mail and internet.
• Must be able to successfully pass applicable background and Oregon Central Background Registry checks prior to new hire processing and beginning actual employment.
• Completion of appropriate Fit for Duty and TB Testing according to Head Start regulations prior to date of hire.
• Associate’s Degree or higher in the field of Early Childhood Education OR an Associate's Degree out of the field that includes coursework sufficient to be placed at Step 7 or higher on the Oregon Registry. Acceptable coursework would be a minimum of 12 quarter college credits or 8 semester college credits in at least 2 Core Knowledge Categories (as defined by Oregon Registry). Transcripts, diplomas and/or Oregon Registry Step Certificates are required to validate educational requirements.
• Bilingual in English/Spanish, written and verbal.
• Two or more years of experience teaching children ages 3-5.
• Prior Head Start program experience.
• Training and/or education in working with children with special needs.
Required Licensing or Other Special Certifications:
• Current Oregon Registry Step Certificate (or acquired within 90 days from date of hire).
• Current First Aid/CPR certification (or acquired within 30 days from date of hire).
• Current Oregon Food Handler Card (or acquired within 30 days from date of hire).
Required Physical Demands of Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Work is conducted mostly in a classroom environment.
• Occasional phone use.
• Occasional use of video terminal and keyboarding.
• Ability to monitor and respond to events going on at all times in the classroom and outdoor play areas.
• Physical ability to move quickly in order to redirect children for the purpose of insuring a child’s safety or the safety of others in the environment.
• Ability to respond appropriately both physically and mentally to an emergency or crisis situation, such as to provide CPR and/or First Aid to a child, to evacuate a building, etc.
• In normal work day, may stand/walk __4__ hrs/day; may sit _4_ hrs/day; may drive __1 hrs/week; may use hands for repetitive grasping, pushing and pulling, typing and fine manipulation _2_ hrs/day; may use hands at or above shoulder level for _1_ hrs/day.
• In normal work day, may bend, squat, and/or climb frequently. Frequent kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor or in small chairs.
• Work is light in nature, occasional lifting up to 20 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 lbs. Occasional lifting of a child weighing up to 60 lbs.
• May require walking or standing to a significant degree, or sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.
How to Apply for this Position:
To be considered we must receive a completed Community Action Employment Application form. You are welcome to also include a cover letter and resume at your option. Transcripts may be required for certain positions. Applications can be completed on our website: www.caowash.org or you can print off the application to complete or pick up the application form at either of our following locations:
Hillsboro – 1001 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro OR 97123
Beaverton – 5050 SW Griffith Dr, Suite 101, Beaverton OR 97005
Be sure to submit your application in a timely manner. If you choose not to complete an online application, you can send your completed application form, optional resume and cover letter and any other required documents via fax at 503.357.6057. If you prefer to mail your application be sure to mail attention Human Resources at the Hillsboro office address above.
All application submissions will be acknowledged with a receipt notification. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you.
All current Community Action employees are encouraged to apply for openings at Community Action which they are interested in. For current employees, some qualifications may be met by an equivalent combination or education and experience at the discretion of the employer.
Benefits: All regular full-time (RFT) status positions of 0.50 full-time equivalent or higher are eligible for our outstanding benefits package including:
• Generous paid sick and vacation time
• 12 0bserved holidays
• Medical, vision and dental insurance
• Free life and long term disability insurance
• Medex travel assistance
• Employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan
• Employee Assistance Program
• Rich and diverse mission-based working environment
COMMUNITY ACTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Community Action is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state equal employment opportunity laws. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.
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