Head Start Mentor/Coach

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


Head Start Mentor/Coach 


Job Class: Specialist

Department: Head Start

Type of Position: Non-Exempt

Location of Work: Juneau, AK

Covered Position: Yes

Salary Grade(s): 8-9

Prepared by: A. Frommherz/ J. Wise

Hours of Work: M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Employment Category: Regular - FT,  48 weeks

Effective Date: 8/1/2019


The Incumbent is responsible for observing and assessing the classroom staff and activities in the Head Start (HS) program. The Mentor-Coach will provide on-the-job guidance and training to Head Start teaching staff and volunteers, in order to improve the qualifications and training of classroom staff, to maintain high-quality education services, and to promote professional development in the Head Start program.


Reports To: HS Child Development Coordinator 

Supervises: N/A  

Liaison To: N/A


• Assist with developing and implementing a formalized approach to staff training and development by offering teacher training in the classroom and emphasizing excellence in daily practice

• Develop and maintain schedule for classroom observations

• Build trust and develop non-judgmental relationships with HS teachers and volunteers

• Assess education staff to identify strengths and areas of needed support

• Provide  opportunities for intensive coaching, including opportunities to observe, provided feedback and model effective practices related to program performance goals

• Individualize support to teaching staff and volunteers to best meet the needs of children and their families

• Support teacher and school readiness goals, objectives and learning styles; analyze the nature, extent and duration of identified training needs

• Coordinate scheduling of and may conduct training activities

• Provide leadership and stability to teaching staff 

• Provide constructive feedback and support, to include modeling, co-teaching, observing, provide reading materials or other resources as needed

• Assist in the development and implementation of program policies and procedures 

• Meet with teachers using contemplative methods of support and feedback

• Provide written and verbal feedback to staff following coaching or training sessions

• Collect and analyze data, prepare and maintain reports

• Document all services provided and reports submitted

• Monitor and evaluate system reports for trends, including CACFP site review, monthly reporting requirements and/or training needs for teachers 

• Monitor child outcomes in relation to school readiness goals

• Attend and/or conduct required meetings, pre-service and other training as directed

• Provide formal and/or informal learning opportunities to staff or parents

• Collaborate with HS administrative team to ensure the completion of annual program projects 

• Assist in identifying and maintaining professional development goals

• Apply developmentally appropriate practices for young children in classroom, playground and bus settings

• Perform other duties as assigned


Spending Authority: N/A

Other Authority: N/A


• Knowledge of, and ability to stay current with, Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, and Classroom Assessment Scoring System 

• Knowledge and familiarity with Southeast Alaska communities and cultures

• Understand and interpret early childhood assessment tools for young children

• Problem-solve and exercise sound judgment and initiative

• Able to accommodate individuality and exhibit a flexible approach based on goals and available resources 

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Ability to work independently and work a flexible schedule 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

• Associate’s Degree in Child Development, Early Education or closely related

• Two years related experience 

• Driver’s license 

         •Must be able to gain Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification and food Handler’s Card within 30 days of hire

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education 

• Three years’ experience as a preschool teacher with an early childhood program that also offered parent/adult training opportunities


• The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 40 pounds

• Frequent classroom setting visits that require kneeling, bending at waist and neck, and sitting on floor also frequent getting up and down from seat to assist children on bus in classroom

• Assist children into seats on the bus and ability to carry or drag a child weighing up to 50 pounds in an emergency situation 

• Must provide TB screening and basic physical exam within (30) days of hire with follow-up every two years at employee’s expense


• 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
    $23.79 - $30.34