Child Health & Safety Coordinator

Head Start · Juneau, Alaska
Department Head Start
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $56,129 - $71,584

Child Health & Safety Coordinator

Job Class: Coordinator 
Department: Head Start

Type of Position: Exempt
Location of Work: Juneau, AK

Covered Position: Yes
Salary Grade(s): 10/11

Prepared by: A. Frommherz/J. Wise
Hours of Work: M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Employment Category: Regular, Full-Time

Effective Date: 10/1/2020

The Child Health & Safety Coordinator is responsible for ensuring Tlingit & Haida Head Start adheres to the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards, Federal and State regulations regarding health, dental, and safety, and maintenance of a safe early childhood educational environment. The incumbent will manage, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate health services and methods for both staff and families to maintain an overall health and wellness approach throughout the program. This position works within an interdisciplinary team using case-management protocols that integrate service areas to ensure the program addresses identified concerns to immediate mitigate or correct conditions.

Reports To: Head Start Director
Supervises: Up to 4 FTE
Liaison To: Federal, state, regional, and local agencies

• Coordinate and monitor procedures to ensure health services are accessible to children and their families; promote the benefits of preventative health care
• Acts as the primary contact for health, safety, and/or dental services throughout a child’s enrollment
• Assist families identify and establish access to an ongoing source of accessible health care
• Review, evaluate, and interpret health/dental records
• Identify and track referrals made for health, food allergies, pending immunizations, and/or other concerns identified on the medical/dental records
• Ensure that 45-day and 90-day health timelines have been met
• Follow up with staff, families and/or health care practitioners to ensure all services have been provided in accordance to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)
• Develop, train, implement and evaluate child health tracking system that records referrals and follow-ups for child health and nutrition services
• Complete and submit immunizations report to the state in a timely manner
• Participate in local/regional health fairs/conferences throughout the year
• Regularly monitor and review the electronic data systems reports for trends, program compliance, and/or training needs for families or staff
• Coordinate with Management Team to ensure health & safety checklists are completed during onsite visits to centers and determine plan of action to remedy situation
• Manage, monitor, evaluate, and record monthly center-initiated Health & Safety Checklists and SEARHC-conducted environmental health inspections, identify areas of concern and respond immediately with a corrective action
• Schedule and complete timely onsite or virtual Health & Safety inspections to ensure compliance with State Health and Safety Regulations and Fire Codes, and coordinate with Management Team to identify immediate corrective actions
• Manage and monitor program-wide incidents/accidents reports, aggregate data to determine trends/patterns and identify corrective action plan in adherence of HSPPS and state regulations
• In collaboration with Head Start director develop, implement and evaluate written policies and procedures for the area of health services and program wide safety procedures to include disaster preparedness and health risk mitigation planning
• In collaboration with CACFP Coordinator, registered-dietitian, and health-services consultants, ensure nutrition, health/safety policies and procedures are aligned with best practices
• Develop a tracking system to maintain vital statistics and other data affecting health services and safety procedures
• Create monthly reports on the status of health services provided and quarterly reports on the status of program safety conditions
• Participate in agency's annual Program Information Report (PIR) process
• Conduct annual Health and Safety inspection using Health and Safety Monitoring Tool and determine trends, patterns, training needs and corrective action
• Manage the Health Services Advisory Committee recruitment, communication and engagement, schedule and facilitate quarterly meetings
• Participate in leadership meetings with Head Start director
• Participate in Policy Council meetings and submit reports as requested
• Develop scope of work for relevant standard service Health & Safety contracts and monitor the provisions of such services
• Initiate and cultivate professional working relationships with local health care practitioners and safety field experts
• Coordinate timely program-wide inspections and certifications of premises, life/health and safety equipment inspections and certification adhering to Federal and State Department of Public Safety Regulations
• Establish/renew and maintain MOA/MOUs grounded in child health, oral health, and nutritional services
• Develop a broad community-based network of child development and health partnerships that foster applications to the program
• Coordinate and assist teaching staff with health and safety supply orders
• Develop/update list of local health related resources and define effective use of these resources
• Develop, organize, and schedule cross-training sessions for Head Start staff on health, safety and nutrition topics determined by HSPPS, community assessment, self-assessment, and trends
• Assist Head Start director in identifying and applying grants to expand and/or improve program health and safety services
• Other duties as assigned

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

• Knowledge of, and ability to stay current with, Head Start Performance Standards, State regulations/compliance requirements related early childhood health, safety and environments with ability to provide timely updates on program procedures
• Familiar with Southeast Alaska communities and cultures
• Knowledge and familiarity with culturally responsive and trauma informed practices
• Working knowledge of recent research and developments in health, nutrition, and safety pertaining to early childhood development and educational settings
• Knowledge of public health programs and other resources in the community
• Knowledge of supervisory practices, administrative basics, and risk management
• Ability to work independently and within a team environment
• Ability to exercise professional and prudent judgment in decision making
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Able to speak publicly
• Ability to anticipate and recognize problems in health, nutrition and/or child/environmental safety

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Bachelor’s degree in related health field or a health services credential with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience providing basic health-related services to children and families
• Valid Alaska Driver’s License with good driving record and reliable personal transportation

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
• RN/BSN with community or pediatric experience; or,
• Master’s in early childhood education, or Child Development, Social Work, Public Health, or Public Administration with experience in Early Childhood Settings

• 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 lbs
• Occasional in classroom setting requiring kneeling, bending at waist and neck, and sitting on floor also frequent getting up and down from seat to assist children on bus and in classroom
• Must be able to assist children into seats on the bus and the ability to carry or drag a child weighing up to 50 lbs. in an emergency situation
• Travel on small aircraft or ferry may be required
• Must provide a TB screening and basic physical exam within thirty (30) days of hire with follow-up every two (2) years at employee’s expense
• Must apply developmentally appropriate practices for young children in a classroom, playground and bus settings

• 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
    $56,129 - $71,584