Lead Teacher / Head Start - Angoon & Juneau

Head Start · Southeast, Alaska
Department Head Start
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $25.63 - $36.78 DOE


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

Hours of Work: 37.5 hrs/wk, 36-42 wks/yr

Employment Category: Regular, Full-Time


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 Aide 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


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.  Travel on small aircraft or ferry may be required.



• 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
    $25.63 - $36.78 DOE