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Head Start Coordinator

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Kenai, AK

  • Expired: March 10, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.

Job Title: Head Start Coordinator Revision Date: 8/13/2018

Dept./Program: Early Childhood CenterEmployment Status: Full Time

Division: Education and Training FLSA Status: Exempt - Administrative

Reports to: Early Learning Administrator Schedule: Exempt

Supervises: Teachers, Teacher Aides, Classroom AidesPreference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638

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Job Summary:

This Position is the Education and Special Services (Disability/Mental Health) content area coordinator, responsible for over-seeing the day-to-day operation of the preschool and after school education services. The Head Start Coordinator ensures that the Federal, State, and Tribal grant regulations and policies are being adhered to. This individual is responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive child development program, preschool through third grade, that is established on researched based principles and theories and meets the Head Start Performance Standards and Alaska Native Education requirements, while fostering and embracing the role of the parent as the primary and first educator of the child. He/she coordinates the special service component, which includes disability and mental health services provided to the students. The coordination of these components include tracking, monthly reporting, completion of required screenings, assessments, and interpretation of data collected. This person fosters teamwork through effective communication and is organized and demonstrates excellent time management skills. The Head Start Coordinator ensures that training and development of the staff is ongoing, individualized and meets all regulations and licensing requirements.

Essential Functions:

  • Track all teaching staff's progress on child individualization, completion of child portfolios, transition planning and completion of daily observation notes within Teaching Strategies GOLD.
  • Create a positive atmosphere for children; assist with effective transitions between activities, modeling for parents through the implementation of Creative Curriculum, Kenaitze Culture and Language and consistent use of appropriate discipline and problem solving skills (Project Achieve-Stop & Think).
  • Become a CLASS certified observer to ensure implementation of tools and skills that produce effective teacher/child interactions and guide professional development planning.
  • On an annual basis, develop and/or revise policy and procedures that guide best practices for the Education, Disability and Mental Health Content areas.
  • On a weekly basis, enter all required data and information for Education, Disability and Mental Health content areas into our internal server/Child Plus database tracking system.
    Ensure regular communication between staff and parents through newsletters, memos, information brochures, flyers, handbooks, and forms.
  • Generate Teaching Strategies GOLD child outcomes reports, analyze results, and prepare a report describing the progression in meeting School Readiness Goals. Annually and in partnership with parents, staff, and community partners review the program's School Readiness Goals. Collaborate with other Coordinators in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of Early Childhood Development, all enrolled children and families.

Disability Content Area

  • Provide oversight of the administration of all DIAL 4 screenings and DECA assessments, score completed screenings, and use end results to identify children with potential developmental delays; follow up with referrals as necessary.
  • Collaborate with Special Service team members for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to plan, implement, and evaluate Disability Services for children with special needs.
  • Ensure teaching teams follow Individual Education Plan and Individual Family Service Plan (IEP/IFSP) in the classrooms; will assure compliance with USDA 7 CFR 15b.6. as designated Section 504 Coordinator.
  • In partnership with the teaching team, participate in all IEP/IFSP meetings and ensure parents are knowledgeable of their parental rights as outlined in the laws of IDEA.

Mental Health Content Area

  • Provide oversight of the administration of Social/Emotional screenings for all enrolled children, score and use the results to determine if further evaluation by the Mental Health consultant, or outside referral, is required.
  • Track and coordinate the services of the Mental Health Consultant.
  • Coordinate trainings for families in the Mental Health area, such as, balancing work/life and positive parenting.

It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions:

Lifting Requirements

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Sedentary work Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work.

X Medium work Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Heavy work Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and /or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Very heavy work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical Requirements

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X Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

X Walk (Move, Traverse)

X Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

X Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)

X Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

X Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

X See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

X Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)

X Pushing or Pulling

X Repetitive Motion

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

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X Exposure to Dust
X Chemical Hazards
Exposure Extreme Temperatures
Electrical Hazards
X Wet
Radiant Energy Hazards
X Noise
Explosives Hazards
Burn Hazards

Mists or gases

OSHA Categories

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Category I Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue

X Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur

Category III Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid

Equipment and Tools

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List Equipment used for job: Computer and other office equipment

List Tools:

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle: Personal for regular use, KIT on occasion



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In-State- Anchorage for training





  • Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education or related field.


  • Five years' experience of classroom management or education administration.
  • Two years experience of office and supervisory tasks.
  • Experience in timely reporting, and handling large volumes of data and paperwork.


  • Current CPR/First Aid Certification (or obtain within 90 days).
  • CLASS Certified (or obtain within 90 days).
  • Must have a valid Alaska driver's license and must remain insurable under the Tribe's insurance policy.

Special Skills

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills and strong organizational, planning and reporting skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Understanding and ability to work with the family c...

    Kenaitze Indian Tribe


    Kenai, AK
    99611 USA
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