Lead Teacher

Head Start · Southeast, Alaska
Department Head Start
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $23.79 - $30.34

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: L.Pennoyer/J.Wise
Hours of Work: M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 
Employment Category: Regular, Full-Time

Effective Date: 7/1/2020

The Lead Teacher is responsible for the overall operation of the Head Start Center involving and ensuring that the Center operates in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards.

Reports To: Site Supervisor
Supervises: Two – four staff, volunteers, and parents in classroom
Liaison To: N/A

• Responsible for maintaining working knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Policy and Procedures Manual, and applicable State of Alaska statutes
• 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
• Collaborate with teaching team to determine needs of individual children and guide behavior of children in positive, effective ways
• Meet regularly with team to prepare lesson plans
• Follow safety measures for release of children
• Ensure all required assessment documentation is complete, accurate, and updated as needed using Child Plus
• Document all family contacts, family visits, and parent/teacher conferences
• Support team to identify substitutes as needed
• Ensure team participates in monthly “All staff trainings/meetings”
• Monitor and report child abuse concerns to appropriate authority
• Maintain confidentially of families and program
• Work with Mentor Coach throughout the school year
• Work with school district, public health, and other community agencies to improve services for families and children
• Provide an environment that promotes and reinforces family and volunteer engagement
• Support family’s goals toward health, safety, financial stability and aspirations
• Conduct parent/teacher conferences and family visits
• Help plan and participate in family activity events
• Support families to complete follow-up (i.e. dental, medical, physical and mental health)
• Ensure sanitary food preparation, food storage and clean up following CACFP guidelines
• Provide family style meals and snacks (as appropriate)
• Attend and participate in annual trainings
• Support staff development, monitor, and encourage positive work environment
• Work with team to ensure general maintenance and janitorial duties are shared and complete
• Purchase supplies as needed and ensure inventory of equipment and supplies is accurate
• Other duties as required

Spending Authority: N/A
Other Authority: N/A

• Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws and requirements
• Knowledge of Head Start performance standards
• Ability to work effectively with teachers, supervisors, management and local organizations
• Ability to apply Early Childhood Development theory into daily activities
• Significant decision and problem-solving abilities
• Ability to supervise preschool children and ensure a safe learning environment
• Ability to maintain accurate, complete and confidential records
• Familiar with computer
• Intermediate to advanced computer skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
• AA in Early Childhood Education or a related bachelor’s degree or higher in related fields
• Two (2) years’ experience working directly with young children in a classroom setting
• One (1) year of supervisory experience of one or more staff members
• Intermediate to advanced computer skills
• Within 30 days of employment must be Pediatric CPR & First Aide certified and have a food handlers’ card
• 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
    Southeast, Alaska
  • Department
    Head Start
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $23.79 - $30.34