Catholic Charities Community Services- Westside Head StartGlendale, AZ
Posted: over a month ago
Catholic Charities Community Services is currently seeking a professional, passionate individual who has an engaging classroom presence to work in our Head Start program providing support to our staff and children. SUMMARY: Under the guidance and supervision of a Teacher Licensing Supervisor or designee, the Head Start Teacher is responsible for ensuring student progress as described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The Head Start Teacher is required to demonstrate competencies needed to effectively implement curriculum, plan and facilitate high-quality learning activities, and provide an engaging and secure learning environment in which children can form a strong foundation for school readiness and later school success. The assignment is for the school year (10 months) with scheduled breaks identified at the beginning of each program year as dictated by program requirements and site calendar. DUTIES: Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Child Development, Health, and Safety 1. Plans and implements a designed bilingual, multicultural curriculum for children assigned to the classroom that advances the intellectual and physical development of the children and improves their readiness for school 2. Develops children assigned to the classroom in their: literacy, phonemic and print awareness; understanding and use of their primary language, including increasingly complex and varied vocabulary; appreciation of books; understanding of early math and science; problem-solving abilities; and approaches to learning 3. Creates and maintains a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and developmentally supportive environment to encourage the cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development of children and families 4. Meets the individual needs of each child by providing an environment that allows for the inclusion of children with special needs and children who speak a home language other than English 5. Effectively serves children with disabilities and their families; making appropriate adaptations for any disabilities and achieving goals and objectives set forth in the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 6. Models use of proper English grammar for all children, particularly children acquiring English as a second language, to support proper language development 7. Translates and interprets daily activities and events to the child’s home language and/or uses additional strategies when lacking proficiency in the child’s home language to ensure conceptual understanding and support dual language learning 8. Completes developmental and social/emotional screenings within 45 days of enrollment and accurately documents required health information 9. Completes regular and ongoing assessments according to program guidelines to identify proficiencies, strengths, possible concerns, and/or delays by monitoring children’s progress and performing all necessary observations 10. Utilizes information from child screenings, assessments, observations, and parent input to establish individualized child goals and plan learning activities for children 11. Develops lesson plans that include at least one (1) home task and one (1) food experience per month 12. Follows specialized physical health care procedures and, as needs of students dictate, provides first aid and performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) 13. Implements approved emergency plan and conducts/documents monthly fire drills 14. Complies with all Child/Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines and completes daily, weekly and end-of-the-month food services documentation and reporting Family Engagement 1. Builds positive relationships with parents/guardians and encourages family involvement in center activities 2. Implements the Strong Fathers Strong Families (SFSF) curriculum and engages fathers and other male guardians to contribute to the education of their children through their participation in center activities 3. Conducts two (2) parent conferences and two (2) educational home visits for each child assigned to the classroom each academic year to build a strong home to school connection and support child/family growth and development 4. Maintains awareness of and contact with community-based organizations and service agencies to utilize when coordinating parent conferences and meetings 5. Provides advocacy for participant families and links them to needed community services and resources 6. Provides families with information about community organizations and events and encourages their participation and further involvement in community groups and activities to promote building parents as advocates and leaders 7. Includes and involves parents in planning Parent Center Committee meetings and facilitates committee meetings with the Family Support Specialist (FSS) 8. Evaluates the needs and identifies the interests of participant families and coordinates parent education activities in support of these needs and interests Teamwork, Communication, and Professional Standards 1. Maintains appropriate communication with and seeks out information and assistance from supervisors, managers, other Head Start staff, and parents as needed to provide services and fulfill job responsibilities 2. Works closely with other Head Start staff to promote and maintain a high level of parent participation in program activities and ensures that parents are aware of and understand the full range of options available to them in becoming actively involved in Head Start 3. Understands the requirements of Mandated Reporter Laws and demonstrates the importance of informing their supervisor/manager of any concerns about children and suspicions of child abuse and/or neglect 4. Demonstrates dependability by arriving to work on time, maintaining regular work attendance, and following program procedures when needing to be absent from work 5. Accepts responsibility for participating in the planning and achievement of team goals and objectives 6. Promotes ongoing commitment to excellence and continuous quality improvement to ensure the highest quality of services to children, families, and staff 7. Plays an active role in continuous self-assessment and evaluation of program services 8. Demonstrates an ability to adapt to changing needs, problem solve and incorporate innovations to fulfill program requirements and improve program services 9. Accurately completes detailed paperwork and submits all required documentation and periodic reports within provided timelines 10. Maintains confidentiality of personal information and the integrity of the record-keeping process 11. Participates in staff development activities including in-service, training sessions, and meetings as required 12. Identifies own training needs for the purpose of fulfilling professional development requirements and individual growth 13. Supports and assists other personnel in the completion of their work activities as may be required 14. As program needs dictate, may be called upon to fill in as a substitute in another classroom or at another site to ensure uninterrupted service delivery to children and families 15. Inventories and orders needed supplies monthly QUALIFICATIONS: Education/Background 1. Must meet one of the following educational requirements: Associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or other directly related disciplines Associate degree with 18 credit hours of approved ECE coursework Associate degree and a current Arizona Department of Education Teaching Certificate that includes qualification to teach preschool-age children Bachelor or higher degree in ECE or other directly related disciplines Bachelor or higher degree with 18 credits of approved ECE coursework Bachelor or higher degree and a current Arizona Department of Education Teaching Certificate that includes qualification to teach preschool-age children 2. Demonstrated competency in the following areas: Providing effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions Planning, facilitating and evaluating learning experiences that ensure effective curriculum implementation Promoting children’s progress as described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and applicable State early learning and development standards, including children eligible for services under the Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA) 3. Teacher experience in an early education or preschool environment preferred Credentials, Licenses, and Certifications 1. Meets Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) requirements for licensure 2. Possesses or acquires, and maintains, Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance 3. Approved documentation of a negative result for a tuberculin (TB) skin test or chest x-ray 4. Meets federal Head Start employment requirements including physical examination at hire (and every three years thereafter) 5. Possesses or completes verified training in First Aid and CPR (within ninety (90) days of hire) and remains current in the certification 6. Possesses or acquires, and maintains a valid Maricopa County Environmental Services Food Service Worker Certificate 7. Possesses and maintains a valid Arizona driver license (An individual must be 21 years of age or older to drive on behalf of Catholic Charities Community Services Westside Head Start) 8. Reliable personal transportation and ability to show proof of current/valid vehicle registration and insurance Great Benefits: Medical, Vision, Dental, Basic Life, Short-Term Disability, Vacation, Sick Time, 12 Paid Holidays, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 403(b) with a match, EAP and a Pension Plan! OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES RESPECT INTEGRITY ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITMENT QUALITY We Value Diversity! EEO
Catholic Charities Westside Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive, early, continuous, year-round, childhood education through a holistic approach b
Catholic Charities Community Services- Westside Head Start
Why Work Here?
“Helping our community’s most vulnerable with solutions that permanently improve lives”
Catholic Charities Westside Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive, early, continuous, year-round, childhood education through a holistic approach by working with the whole family. We also offer in-home services for pregnant expectant mothers. Our programs emphasize pre-reading, language, math, cognitive skills, health, and social and emotional competence to prepare disadvantaged children for school and to maximize their potential for a bright future.
We also offer home based services for expectant mothers and children 0-3 through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family. WSHS provides child-focused visits that promote the parents’ ability to support their child’s development. The visits last 90 minutes. Twice a month, the program offers opportunities for parents and children to come together as a group for learning, discussion and social activity.