- 24-Jan-2017 to 12-May-2017 (MST)
- Early Head Start
- Albuquerque, NM, USA
- Full Time
DEPT/PROGRAM: Early Head Start
REPORTS TO: EHS Center Manager
FLSA STATUS: Non Exempt, Full-Time
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides culturally-sensitive and culturally relevant center-based services to children/families enrolled in the NAPPR Early Head Start program following EHS performance standards. Provides positive parent-child interaction support and guidance, links families to available community resources, conducts caregiver and child wellness screenings, provides child development information on health, nutrition, social-emotional wellbeing of the child and family.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Implements required curriculum, screening, assessment and tracking to support attainment of school readiness goals for children providing individual and group activities that are developmentally appropriate
- Maintain relationships with parents by maintaining frequent appropriate communication with families served in person, via phone, email, text and other written correspondence.
- Completes required documentation and data entry of service into program database and adheres to all standards including required formats and time frames.
- Participates in general program activities such as the community assessment, self-evaluation, recruitment and outreach, promotion of non-federal share opportunities, and other events, initiatives and activities as assigned
- Assist EHS Director in recruiting, and maintaining active membership in the Parent Committee and Policy Council, attending and participating in Parent Committee and Policy Council meetings as appropriate
- Conducts required screening for child development and family well being according to program standards, completes documentation of screenings and links families to community resource needs identified through screening process
- Assures a healthy, clean and safe environment for children through appropriate handwashing, cleaning, sanitizing, assisting in the daily maintenance of the center, reporting and resolving health/safety hazards as they occur
- Actively participate in on-going group and individual Reflective Supervision and Administrative Supervision.
- Actively participate in program trainings, staff meetings, agency meetings, family service coordination meetings
OTHER JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborate with team to perform outreach and recruitment activities as assigned including but not limited to staffing outreach tables, visiting community service providers and serving as an ambassador for the program and agency at a variety of public events.
- Perform all other duties as assigned by the Center Manager and Program Director
- An Associates of Art (AA) degree in Early Childhood Education, Education or related field
- Minimum 2 years experience working with infants, toddlers and their parents in a center-based environment
- Experience with providing culturally appropriate services
- Experience and/or knowledge of Reflective Practices, best practices, parenting education, parenting curriculums and community resources for family supports is highly desirable.
- Current and former Early Head Start and Head Start parents must receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified
- Effective Communication – clear and concise verbal and written communication to convey substance/intent
- Customer Orientation – Close to customers, anticipate and meet needs
- Relationship Building – initiate contact readily and devote time to maintain
- Drive/Energy – high level of energy and motivation to sustain over time
- Team Player – Team-oriented, share resources, assist other areas
- Functional/Technical Expertise – knowledge, remain current, serve as resource
- Sensitivity – Communicate empathy, respect and appreciation
- Organizing and Planning – manage time, maximize productivity, and prioritize
- Problem solving and decision making – balance between studying and solving problems, commit to action and use sound judgment
- Results Orientation – motivated by achievement and maintain appropriate focus on outcomes and accomplishments
Specialized or unique knowledge, skills or abilities
- Ability to self-direct
- Computer experience, knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn database software, Word, Excel, Outlook and web applications
- Attention to detail with ability to accurately handle large volume of administrative work
- Ability to take appropriate action in an emergency or other atypical situation considering child/family/personal safety, documentation requirements, involving authorities and reporting the incident to supervisor
- Ability to cope with stress and manage multiple priorities
- Patient; able to resolve conflicts, gentle, loving, kind, creative and resourceful. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with people. Must be able to cope well with stress and manage multiple competing priorities.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
- Typical work environment situations include frequent sitting, standing, bending walking, talking, hearing, using hands to grip, type; reaching with hands and arms, occasionally required to stand or walk on uneven surfaces; climb stairs, run. 2-4 hours per day spent in strenuous physical activity, lifting up to 50 lbs. (children) 6-8 times in an 8 hour day.
- The physical environment requires the employee to work primarily inside, in temperature controlled conditions. Some noise and interruptions are present. Additional physical environments include vehicle, private homes and occasionally outside.
Special Working Requirements:
- A functional automobile at his/her disposal; a valid, non-suspended NM driver's license and a current automobile liability policy with continuous coverage
- Must pass a pre-employment background check
- No substantiation or criminal conviction of child abuse or neglect
- No conviction of DUI or other moving violations in the past 3 years which will prevent insurability under NAPPR's liability coverage
- May require need for flexible schedules, including occasional evening and weekend work
- Travel within the state and out-of-state may be required
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