The Education Assistant is responsible for assisting the Education/Transition Manager and/or Education Coordinator in the planning, implementing, and administering the Education content area of the Head Start program in such a way as to ensure quality as defined by the Head Start Performance Standards. He/she will receive instruction, training, supervision, and evaluations from the Education Coordinator and/or Education/Transition Manager.
Minimum Education and Experience Qualifications:
- Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development or related field (Social Services, Human Relations, Social Science, Psychology) with a minimum of (6) Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development courses AND one (1) year work experience in an early childhood environment
~ OR ~
- Current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential/state awarded certificate and (1) year work experience in an early childhood environment.
- Must be proficient in computer skills including knowledge of a word processing program.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Characteristics:
- Clerical skills, including, but not limited to: filing; proper telephone etiquette; operating a personal computer, fax, copier, 10-key, etc.
- Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Warm and friendly personality. Compassionate in accomplishing the objectives and goals of the Head Start Program.
- Ability to express self in a clear, concise, understandable manner, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to express self, in English, in a clear, concise, understandable manner, both orally and in writing.
- Reflect a pleasant attitude that represents SNMCAC in a positive manner within the community at large, and maintain a professional attitude to the employees, clients and public at all times. Project the same positive manner while attending community activities, training functions, seminars and conferences. Compassionate in accomplishing the objectives and goals of the Head Start Program.
- Ability to gain and uphold the confidence and trust of Head Start families.
- Ability to interact with children and adults in a positive, courteous and professional manner.
- Certification in First Aid and CPR within the first two (2) months of beginning employment and updated as required.
- As a condition of employment, must meet SNMCAC’s vehicle liability insurance standards.
Requirements that must be satisfied prior to attaining regular employment status:
- Three Professional References
- Proof of High School Diploma/GED
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended – Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application
- Copy of CDA, Degree, etc.
- Drug and Alcohol Pre-screen Test (Per Job Requirement)
- TB Test Results
- Local Police Report
- Child Abuse and Criminal Background Checks (Finger Prints will be taken and Processed)
- Valid Driver’s License
- Clear Driving Record
- Proof of Current Vehicle Liability Insurance
- Proof of US Citizenship, or eligibility to work in the US.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Consistently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 66% – 100% of the time
- Assists with supervising, instructing, mentoring, and training the Teachers.
- Reviews lesson plans.
- Provides assistance with special events such as field trips, projects, programs, etc.
- Provides program resources for the teaching staff as needed.
- Acts as liaison/public relations person to promote community awareness of Head Start.
- Greets the parent on a daily basis as the parent is bringing in and/or picking up their child.
- Serves as a role model for employees, children, parents, clients and community partners.
- Maintains good work habits through timeliness and low absenteeism.
- Punctual at all times.
- Develops and maintains a positive, professional working relationship with the staff, clients and community.
- Develops and maintains positive communications with parents, staff members, and visitors.
- Facilitates open communication with employees, parents, clients and community partners.
- Participates in a minimum of 24 annual hours of training during one program year as per the NM State Licensing regulations.
- Become knowledgeable of SNMCAC and Head Start policies, procedures, performance standards and NM state licensing regulations.
- Complies with SNMCAC’s Confidentiality Policy assuring that the program, children, family and employee records and information are protected at all times.
- Understands, accepts, implements and promotes SNMCAC’s Mission Statement, program goals, philosophy and objectives.
Frequently ~ Occupation requires this approximately 33% – 66% of the time:
- Substitute in the classroom whenever needed.
- Distributes memorandums and directives.
- Creates or revises forms as needed.
- Gathers information from the teaching staff for the monthly newsletter.
- Provides written reports as needed.
- Carries out any and all other assignments to meet the goals and objectives of the Southeast NM Community Action Corporation and the Head Start program.
Occasionally ~ Occupation requires this up to 33% of the time:
- Supervises /monitors the developmental screening process and provides referrals as needed.
- Monitors supplies and assists with the ordering and stocking process.
- Assists with recording the equipment into inventory ledger and maintaining a current classroom inventory list.
- Assists with the scheduling and coordinating of training, workshops, and other meetings.
- Responsible for assisting the teachers in obtaining and documenting required monthly volunteer hours.
- Participates in on-going self and program assessment in order to enhance personal skill and program development/improvement.
- Participates in workshops, in-service training, as well as, other personal and professional growth opportunities.
- Attends all required/assigned local and out-of-town Head Start functions, training and staff meetings. Some out-of-town travel is overnight.
- Documents and reports any signs of the following: child abuse and neglect, illness or accidents and reports families who appear to have special needs in accordance with agency policies and procedures.