We are a non-profit that serves low income families in two separate programs (Early Head Start - home based - pregnant women, children birth to 3 years old and Head Start - center based - children ages 3 to 5 years old). We have a total of 5 locations all within Ocean County that serve up to 600 children. This is an opportunity to work with our program.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Work within the philosophy and framework of the Head Start Standards and the regulations of New Jersey Department of Licensing.
· Ensure goals and activities of the OCEAN Inc Head Start Program Education Service Plan are implemented in their center; i.e. monthly, weekly, individualized lesson plans/anecdotal records/establish a daily schedule, etc.
· Document that all teachers at their center are implementing the STEP Literacy Program and Second Step Mental Health curriculum.
· Supervise education personnel in the center according to the procedures in the Head Start Personnel Policies and Procedures and exercise good judgment and responsibility in managing the education staff.
· Responsible for directing center staff for classroom coverage needed to maintain proper adult/child ratios.
· Act as a mentor to new teachers at the center. Provide on-going support and guidance throughout the year for teachers, CDA candidates, and other staff who are pursuing early childhood credentials. Observe them in their classrooms when staffing permits.
· Monitor the lesson plans of all teachers at the center every Monday, and maintain a written report on site for monthly review by the Education Coordinator.
· Responsible for maintaining the special needs and teacher resource libraries at their center.
· Assist with home visits if necessary.
· Assist with parent/teacher conferences if necessary.
· Monitor the status of home visits and conferences of the Group and Lead Teachers at the center.
· Periodically review the case management forms.
· Monitor and document that all teachers at the Center have entered required child data into the ChildPlus.net system.
· Create activities that contain an educational component which formally or informally affects the child’s literacy or development on a center level.
· Work closely with the education staff in planning and implementing the center program.
· Conduct monthly center staff meetings.
· Conduct one monthly planning meeting for education staff at their center and submit meeting minutes to the Education Coordinator and VP of Child Care.
· Take responsibility for center operations in the absence of the Site Supervisor, including but not limited to children not picked up at the day’s end, telephone coverage, and walk-in inquiries. Responsible for resolving center issues regarding education staff, curriculum, children and classrooms.
· Use space, materials and routine as resources for constructing an interesting and enjoyable environment, which includes activities and experiences appropriate to developmental levels and learning styles of the children, and ensure that all teachers are implementing developmentally appropriate practices in their respective classrooms.
· Assist in the supervision and evaluation of the education staff using the Employee Appraisal Program, as directed by the Education Coordinator.
· Use all available resources to ensure an effective operation; establish competence as organizer, planner and record-keeper, and meet paperwork deadlines.
· To oversee the center’s operations ensuring that all health and safety needs are being met.
· To be responsible for all correspondence to and from the center, and the procurement of supplies, equipment and services for the center as needed.
· To ensure that all site licenses are maintained and updated.
· To act as liaison between the outside licensures and communicate any issues to the administrative office.
· To ensure that completion of all center level paperwork is meeting established deadlines.
· To review, understand and follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Other Regulations that pertain to Program Governance/Parent Committee.
· To work with and assist Parent Leaders in coordination all parent group activities ensuring that the protocol for parent meetings, fundraisings etc. are followed. Also to ensure all paperwork (minutes, treasurer’s report etc.) is completed.
· To coordinate parent education classes/workshops at the center with approval from the Family Services Coordinator.
· To attend monthly parent meetings and other center activities that may occur after program hours.
· To develop and coordinate Family Literacy and Fatherhood Initiative activities at the center (at least twice during the program year).
· Supervise center maintenance staff or agency maintenance staff while they are at the center to ensure that the center meets safety and health guidelines.
· To work within the framework of the O.C.E.A.N. Inc. Head Start Program ensuring that the goals and objectives of the agency are implemented.
· Share appropriate information with center staff members.
· Work cohesively with all coordinators, supervisors and center staff.
· To become CPR certified and First Aid trained.
· Assist the Site Supervisor with center inspections and other licensing issues.
· Establish guidelines for volunteers, assist in classroom training, and offer classroom assignments.
· Responsible for inventory, equipment control, and submitting center purchase orders for education supplies.
· Coordinate efforts with center staff to assure active parent involvement at center level.
· Attend pre-service, special events, in-service, staff meetings, trainings and workshops as directed by the Education Coordinator and Head Start/Child Care Director.
· Responsible for completion of all incident/accident reports/symptoms of illness documentation and dispensing of medicine documentation and appropriate distribution including Health Service Manager.
· Responsible for daily accurate attendance, CACFP and any other mandatory documentation for the center.
· Implement the Head Start transition project, attend all related transition meetings, and submit their center’s transition reports to the Education Coordinator.
· Travel to any of the agency locations on a day-to-day basis as needed.
· Management reserves the right to relocate staff, to any center, at any time to meet the needs of the agency.
· Monitor Creative Curriculum Learning game plans.
· Maintains a professional attitude, working cooperatively with HS/EHS staff and parents; and treats all children and their families with dignity and respect.
· Schedule may be modified to meet the needs of the agency.
· Follow protocol and agency Policies and Procedures guidelines.
· Ensures completeness and accuracy of information.
- Responds appropriately when discrepancies are noted.
- Maintain regular departmental filing and records.
- Attends staff / department meetings, trainings and workshops as assigned.
· Possess knowledge of and performs in accordance with all aspects of the program including grant guidelines with audit ready documentation.
· Other duties as assigned that are deemed necessary for program operations.
· BA or BS in Early Childhood Education or related field with required 6 Early Childhood courses. NJ Teaching Certification in Nursery or Pre-School to Third Grade. Minimum two (2) years experience in Early Childhood Education in a group setting. Experience in supervising education staff preferred. Valid New Jersey Driver's License and transportation. Must be able to lift at least 45 lbs.
· Required to speak, read, and write English and Spanish (Preferred).
· Required to deal effectively with public, vendors and staff.
· Required to communicate and work with adults from diverse backgrounds.
· In accordance with State law (P.L. 2000, c.77) and Head Start regulation ACF-PI-HS-09-05, all staff are required to secure a Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) fingerprint background check prior to hire.
· Each employee shall submit an annual physical verifying that he/she is physically capable of performing the essential functions of the job and Mantoux clearance.
· Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and/or weekends. Physically fit with an annual health examination and criminal background check per Head Start and Office of Licensing guidelines. Ability to work effectively with minimal daily guidance. Knowledge of community resources. Successful experience working in a team setting. Ability to present positive image of the organization to members of the community.