Lead Teacher

Head Start · Juneau, Alaska
Department Head Start
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $23.55 - $30.03

Lead Teacher

Job Class: Lead Teacher 
Department: Head Start

Type of Position: Non-Exempt
Location of Work: Varies

Covered Position: Yes
Salary Grade(s): 8/9

Prepared by: A.Frommhertz/J.Wise
Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs/wk, 36-42 wks/yr 
Employment Category: Regular, Full-Time

Effective Date: 10.1.2020


The incumbent is the primary teaching team member in the classroom, and oversees, delegates, and monitors classroom operations and family/community outreach on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Lead Teacher works with the support of and in collaboration with the Head Start management team.


Reports To: Site Supervisor
Supervises: Two – four staff, volunteers, and parents in classroom
Liaison To: Head Start Management Team and parents


• Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and applicable State of Alaska regulations specific to early childhood programming
• Supervise and monitor children; respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situations that may occur
• Develop and maintain positive classroom environment for children, families, and staff
• With Child Development Coordinator guidance, ensure the following are developed and implemented: on-going child assessments, individualized learning plans, and, if needed, positive behavior plans
• Work with school district, public health, and/or community service agencies to ensure child services meet HSPPS compliance
• Develop, submit, and lead weekly lesson plans that incorporate the Early Learning Outcomes Framework and designated curriculum
• Maintain confidentiality of families and program
• Utilize Child Plus and Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) to ensure all required assessments and documentation are accurate, complete, and routinely updated
• Delegate the recruitment of parent committee members, policy council members, and substitutes to teaching team member
• Monitor and report child abuse concerns to appropriate authority
• Work with Mentor Coach throughout school year
• Document all family contacts, family visits, and parent/teacher conferences
• Provide an environment that promotes and reinforces family/community engagement
• Support the families’ goals toward health, safety, financial stability and aspirations
• Work with Food Service Coordinator to ensure sanitary food preparation, food storage, and clean-up in accordance with Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines
• Provide family style meals and snacks (as appropriate)
• Conduct CACFP monitoring in collaboration with Food Service Coordinator
• Attend and participate in annual trainings
• Complete 15-hours of ECE professional development per school year
• Encourage and co-create a positive work environment
• Work with team to ensure general maintenance and janitorial duties are shared and complete
• Purchase supplies as needed and ensure accurate inventory of equipment and supplies
• Other duties as required


Spending Authority: As assigned by Site Supervisor
Other Authority: N/A

• Ability to delegate tasks and monitor assignments
• Ability to collaborate with fellow teachers, management team, and community agencies/organizations
• Willingness to learn and implement early childhood best practices into daily activities
• Ability to problem-solve and make timely decisions
• Ability to maintain accurate, complete and confidential records
• Effective communication skills, verbal and written
• Proficient Computer skills


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
• AA in Early Childhood Education
• Child Development Credential (CDA)
• 2 years’ experience working directly with young children in a classroom setting
• Willing to earn Pediatric CPR & First Aid certified and gain food handlers’ card within 30 days of hire
• Valid Alaska Driver’s License


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field


• Ability to interact with children at their eye level, by kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting
• Ability to walk, run, climb stairs, and stand occasional for extended periods of time
• Able to lift 50 lbs
• Other: Travel on small aircraft or ferry to attend training or support other classes


• All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”. This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason. Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position.
• Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace. All regular employees may be required to pass a pre-employment and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.
• Tlingit & Haida requires a criminal background check be conducted on all employees. All employment offers are conditional until federal criminal background check results verify your eligibility to work for Tlingit & Haida.

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  • Location
    Juneau, Alaska
  • Department
    Head Start
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $23.55 - $30.03