VACANCY ANN#: STOI-20-052
POSITION: HEAD START TEACHER ASSISTANTS
DEPARTMENT: HEAD START
LOCATION: WELLPINIT, WA
SUPERVISOR: HEAD START DIRECTOR
STATUS: FULL-TIME DURING SCHOOL YEAR
SALARY LEVEL: $13.50 – $14.50/PER HOUR (DOQ/DOE)
OPENING DATE: AUGUST 4, 2020
CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
INTRODUCTION: The Spokane Tribe of Indians Head Start Program is designed to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development—
- in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and
- through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.
The Head Start Teacher Assistant reports to and receives direction from the Education Manager and the Lead Classroom Teacher. The Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting the Head Start Lead Teacher in the daily operation of the classroom and program.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Work cooperatively as part of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive and professional services in the best interest of children and families and the Head Start community.
- Document, report and record daily observations as required by the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Head Start Performance Standards.
- Contribute to the Head Start Classroom team by maintaining a positive attitude, being patient and friendly with the children, and by being professional in appearance and actions.
- Actively contribute to the classroom with resourcefulness, organization, effective time management and cooperation.
- Model appropriate behaviors and responses to challenging situations.
- Assist in planning, coordinating and implementing the Education Plan.
- Work with the Lead Teacher in helping families in the home to facilitate growth in their knowledge of child development, parenting techniques, and meeting family needs.
- Provide effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions
- Perform job duties with the highest level of confidentiality, ensuring safety of all children, family and staff records and information in accordance with Tribal Policy.
- Assist the Lead Teacher in implementing a curriculum that promotes children’s cognitive development and language skills, social and emotional development and physical development.
- Help children learn to get along with others and encourage feelings of empathy and mutual respect among children and adults.
- Attend to the basic needs of the children—to include hygiene, diapering, and feeding
- Assist in encouraging parental involvement in the education program in the classroom and at home.
- Maintain sanitation and safety practices throughout the program that ensure a safe environment.
- Assist other staff in the coordination of transition services and other activities.
- Demonstrate ability to relate well to and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
- Assist in supporting Head Start Teaching staff concerning issues of classroom environments, behavior management and inclusion of children with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to providing one on one attention, written reports, record keeping and tracking of data.
- Adhere to established performance standards.
- Comply with applicable laws, policies and procedures (State, Federal and Tribal).
- Report cases of child abuse and neglect by serving as a mandated reporter.
- Be willing to fill in as needed as cook, bus driver and other duties as assigned.
- Take pride in the appearance of the Head Start facility and help to maintain the necessary daily upkeep—to include, assisting with the daily sanitizing/cleaning of the Head Start building as required during this Pandemic.
- The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Possess a basic understanding of the scope of the Head Start effort—to include familiarity with Head Start Performance Standards.
- Must maintain strict confidentiality.
- Attention to detail and follow through on assigned tasks.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Understanding of Early childhood Developmental Stages and appropriate preschool practices
- Demonstrated ability to relate well to, and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
- Possess skills adequate to serve children with disabilities
- Must contribute to the Head Start team in a positive and productive manner with reliability, patience and consistency.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Valid Washington State Drivers License, and a good driving record.
- Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry with no allegations and or findings of child abuse and neglect.
- Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, or enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree, or enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.
- First Aid and CPR certification, Food Handlers Permit, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with school bus and passenger endorsements is to be obtained during probation period.
- Current and former Head Start parents preferred.
Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department
Or, can be downloaded online at:
P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett
Ph# (509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527, FAX (509) 458-6556
Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department
No Later 4:30 p.m. on the Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its
Indian Preference Policy
Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period