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Northwest Montana Head Start Teacher Assistant in Kalispell, Montana

Supervisor Teacher Advocate, Education Manager Supervision None Wage
Classification Hourly (non-exempt) Probationary Period 12 months
Required Qualifications 1. High school diploma or GED. Must be willing
to obtain CDA or AA degree within 18 months of hire. 2. Experience with
young children ages 3 to 5 years old. 3. Must be able to perform the
physical expectations of working with 3 to 5 year olds. 4. Must be able
to lift 50 pounds. Preferred Qualifications 1. Pre-school CDA. 2.
Experience working in a team teaching approach. 3. Experience with young
children in Head Start, pre-school, or day care settings. 4. Experience
working with low-income populations. 5. Experience working one-on-one
with a child with disabilities or challenging behavior. Duties and
Responsibilities 1. Work with morning and afternoon teacher advocates to
utilize all program-selected curricula. 2. Adhere to agency policy on
positive discipline as stated in the Personnel Policies. 3. Use
positive, developmentally appropriate teacher-child interaction
strategies. 4. Provide an environment of acceptance. 5. Assist morning
and afternoon teacher advocates in maintaining all classroom areas. 6.
Maintain a healthy and clean environment indoors and outdoors. 7. Work
with morning and afternoon teacher advocates to formulate goals, prepare
lesson plans, and maintain classroom records. 8. Assist morning and
afternoon teacher advocates in implementation of program to meet child
and class goals. 9. Assist morning and afternoon teacher advocates in
maintaining on-going assessments of each child. 10. Attend Parent Center
Committee meetings, workshops, trainings, or socializations at the
center as needed. 11. Assist in maintaining accurate and timely written
records including ongoing assessments, disability documentation,
anecdotal observations, child goals, and other required forms. 12.
Prepare a monthly classroom newsletter and calendar, and contribute to
the agency newsletters as requested. 13. Discuss any child’s special
needs and concerns with a supervisor using the referral process as
needed. Facilitate parent-generated referrals. 14. Assist teacher in
implementation of program to meet the child’s IEP and or Behavior Plan
goals. 15. Assist teacher in maintaining on-going assessments of child
to become familiar with child’s IEP and behavior plan. 16. Assist in
recruitment 17. Complete weekly cleaning checklists. 18. Assist Teacher
Advocate in lesson planning and lesson preparation. 19. Assist Teacher
Advocate in distributing weekly folders to students and families. 20.
Create and decorate classroom bulletin boards. 21. Ensure that no child
is ever left unattended and that two adults are in the vicinity of the
children whenever possible, inside and outside. One adult must be a
paid, qualified staff member. 22. Follow USDA and Head Start guidelines
during meals and cooking projects and all group activities. 23. Report
any special needs of children to the teacher in a timely manner. 24.
Assist morning and afternoon teacher advocates in yearly checklist and
inventory. 25. Work together with parents, staff, and administration to
ensure active and appropriate parent involvement in all aspects of the
program. 26. Stay abreast of current advances in child development
theories and educational techniques. Take direction as presented by
supervising teacher. 27. Implement daily health checks and weekly lice
checks, unless more are necessary. 28. Coordinate substitute teacher to
fill your position for personal days or illness. 29. Perform other
duties as assigned. Required of all Head Start staff 1. Within 30 days
of employment: • Initial health exam (re-exams are required at least
every 10 years) • MMR immunization or proof of immunization if born
after 1956 • Tdap immunization or proof of immunization with the last 10
years • TB skin test if determined at risk for TB (risk assessment
conducted upon hire) 2. Within 90 days of employment: • Have or obtain
CPR certification (infant, child and adult) and keep card current • Have
or obtain First Aid certification and keep card current 3. Have reliable
transportation and a current Montana driver’s license and liability
insurance. 4. Sign a release authorizing a criminal background check
with an appropriate agency. 5. Have no prior convictions of physical or
sexual abuse of children. 6. Report all suspected child abuse as
required by Montana state law and according to Northwest Montana Head
Start policy and procedure. 7. Be flexible in working hours. 8. Attend
and actively participate in all required meetings and trainings to
ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, State of
Montana QRIS requirements, and programmatic requirements. 9. Actively
support the goals, objectives, mission, and vision of Northwest Montana
Head Start. 10. Sign a confidentiality agreement and adhere to the
agency’s confidentiality policy. 11. By signing below, I acknowledge
that I understand where to access program policies and procedures and I
am responsible for adhering to them. 12. Establish and maintain
professional boundaries with parents when handling program and personal
issues. 13. Be sensitive to the needs of children and families,
especially as related to economic, racial, ethnic, and disability
issues. 14. Promote and facilitate the parent’s role as primary educator
of their children in collaboration with all other Northwest Montana Head
Start staff. 15. Use a professional attitude and approach to working
with parents, co-workers, and community volunteers to establish a
positive and productive environment. 16. Participate and promote a
positive working relationship with all staff and Head Start families.
17. Basic computer literacy skills. 18. Other duties as assigned.