Under direction, plan, coordinate, train, implement, monitor, evaluate and support the Head Start education services for Children in Yuma, La Paz and Mohave Counties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
Facilitate Center Managers and all teach staff to ensure that child development and early education services are appropriate, effective and in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards
Conduct classroom and outdoor observations throughout the tri-county service area to ensure teaching staff are consistently providing children with developmentally and age-appropriate classroom and outdoor learning environment activities
Provide teaching staff with training and technical assistance opportunities that address areas of needed improvement identified through Self Assessment survey, coaching goals, and documented classroom observations and needs. Must be able to provide teaching techniques when requested or when monitoring findings, document the need for implementing these techniques. Such T/TA can be conducted through either individual or small group activities
Experience in Infant/Toddler, Pre-School Creative Curriculum and other research-based early education curricula and materials that will ensure the program’s early education teaching activities are effective, developmentally appropriate, and are integrated with the program’s school readiness goals.
Provide quarterly program-wide progress reports, identifying children’s progress and growth improvement in cognition, early literacy, math, social-emotional and fine/gross motor skills development
Review and critiques classroom lesson plans to ensure activities are integrated with stated teaching goals and objectives that address children’s cognitive, language, social, motor and self-help skills development. Reviews findings with Center Managers and conducts scheduled follow-up on-site visits to ensure appropriate lesson plan changes have been implemented
Document, and review Child Development Plan (CDP) to ensure children’s progress is measurable and consistent with ongoing assessment results. Works with Disabilities and Mental Health Specialist to ensure the specific goals, objectives and activities of children with special education IEPs are implemented, that children’s progress is documented on a daily basis and a complimentary relationship exists between CEPs and special education IEPs
Expedite Area Managers and Center Managers to ensure a functional transition process is in place for children entering and leaving the Head Start program and the process is implemented and documented
Maintain the confidentiality of Head Start children, Staff and parents in according with Head Start Policy on Confidentiality
Collaborate with administrative staff to plan and coordinate annual staff pre-servicing training activities
Reinforce appropriate administrative staff to plan and coordinate parent training activities throughout the school year with the goal of enhancing parent knowledge relevant to child development and providing opportunities for parents to further develop parenting skills
Prepares and submits monthly reports specific to the Child Development Services content area concerning activities, accomplishments and upcoming events to the Head Start Director and Policy Council
Provides supervision to the ECE Coaches
Travel within WACOG service area, including overnight stays as needed; additional travel maybe required.
Maintain regular and punctual attendance; work outside of standard business hours as needed.
Utilize tact and discretion to maintain confidentiality; project a positive and professional image of WACOG at all times.
Other duties as assigned or required of the position.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES (KSAs) The individual who holds this position must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities satisfactorily. The KSAs listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities needed for satisfactory performance.
-This position requires utilizing a high degree of independence, and regularly requires discretion and independent judgment in determining approaches to be used for most areas of responsibilities and evaluating results.
-Knowledge and understanding of the Head Start Program performance standards and other applicable regulations
-Knowledge and understanding of the child Development Associate (CDA) competency standards
-Knowledge and experience in the theories and principles of child growth and development, early childhood education (birth to age five) and family support
-Ability to be a proactive problem-solver, blending analytical reasoning ability with business savvy
-Ability to interpret a wide variety of technical instructions
-Ability to make reasonable decisions based on complex and/or abstract details and to research solutions and take action when information is not readily available
-Ability to handle all situations with tact and remain impartial
- Ability to define problems, collects data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Head Start staff, Head Start parents and community members who reflect various lifestyles, culture/ethnic differences, socio-economic backgrounds and a variety of educational levels
-Ability to collect and compile data relevant to all aspects of Child Development Services for a variety of Head
-Start purposes, such as grant applications, community assessments, quarterly program-wide reporting of children’s learning progress and other data as required by WACOG Head Start
- Ability to provide effective presentations regarding Head Start early childhood education services to parents, Grantee staff, community agencies/organizations and the general public as necessary
- Ability to read, interpret a wide variety of technical instructions
-Skill in communicating with tact; ability to present in front of groups, with or without aids, and with clarity and professionalism
-Knowledge of program funding to effectively manage budgets
-Develop project plans, coordinate projects, communicate changes and progress, and complete projects on time and within budget
-Ability to research solutions and take action when information is not readily available
-Skill in achieving practical solutions using creative thinking and innovative approaches
About Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG)
THE WACOG DIFFERENCE
Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) recognizes and appreciates the strengths of our workforce. We strive to provide a professional and supportive environment where employees can achieve their career goals. The WACOG workforce is encouraged to focus on their strengths and abilities to reach their full potential.
WACOG is the Head Start Grantee for Mohave, La Paz and Yuma Counties. Our programs focus on school readiness for all children and families. As a leader in quality early childhood programs in the area, WACOG is a champion of developmentally appropriate practices.