The Program Enhancement Aid performs and implements the function of this position with a strong understanding of the program curriculum and Head Start Performance Standards for classrooms while following basic principles of early childhood development.
All employees and volunteers are expected to be sensitive to our clients' cultural and socio-economic characteristics, reflect Sunbeam Family Services core values and to perform at Sunbeam's standards of excellence at all times.
Our core values are:
Champion Spirit We work like a champion every day: paying attention to details and performing with excellence
Servant Heart We exhibit humility in serving everyone; no job is below anyone and we all pull together to get the work done.
Sunny Attitude We bring a smile and a positive attitude. We treat each other with respect, ensuring an energized work environment.
Support classroom staff in providing care and education to children in a Head Start classroom by:
Promoting, encouraging and displaying examples of leadership for the agency in accordance with the agency mission driven, employee first culture.
Demonstrating capacity for providing developmentally appropriate and evidence-based practice, for exemplifying the values expected within the program, and for promoting the mission of the organization.
Assisting classroom staff in maintaining a safe, clean, and healthy work environment.
Assisting in the compliance of Head Start Performance Standards, federal and state regulations, and Community Care Licensing requirements.
Supporting classroom staff in the implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment process.
Modeling appropriate behavior and interact in a positive, friendly and courteous manner with children, staff, families and community volunteers in order to build and foster responsive relationships.
Assisting in the supervision and management of children in the classroom.
Maintaining a cooperative attitude of working together with Teacher, Program Aides, Family Advocates, Health staff, Mental Health/Disabilities staff, Consultants, Supervisors, volunteers and parents in planning and implementing classroom activities.
Following up with Family Advocate on children who are absent, contacting the parent to determine the reason for the absence.
Some prerequisite related work experience
Experience in child care setting, preferred
Skills and Knowledge:
Understanding of Head Start/Early Head Start performance standards and state and local child care license requirements
Excellent written and verbal communication to include intermediate knowledge of computer operations and applications and the ability to master other computer technology/software programs, as needed
Good organizational and time management skills
Previous knowledge and understanding of Child Plus, Preferred
Advanced computer database and Microsoft Office software skills, Preferred
Previous knowledge and understanding of NAEYC, Preferred
Must work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
Exercise independent judgment
Communicate in a professional manner, demonstrating dignity and respect for our internal, external and community members
Process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials
Sustained concentration to detail and accuracy, along with the ability to prioritize workload
Willingness to work with high-risk, low-income communities
Must be able to travel and work some evenings and weekends as required by the job
Bilingual Spanish/English speaking
Additional Job Requirements:
Clear background and drug screen
TB screen required
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to physically interact with children, including talk, hear, sit, stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and lift and or move children and items of up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Frequent sitting, working at computer keyboard and desk, regular standing to file, train and perform other office functions. Must be able to clearly hear and understand telephone conversations.
The employee will work in an office environment, may work in close quarters with other staff and small children. The noise level in the work environment varies from moderate to loud; frequent chaotic situations will occur, characteristic to working with children ages 0 5 years. Employee must expect exposure to strong odors such as soiled diapers and clothes, and poor hygiene. May come into contact with childhood diseases and blood on occasion.
The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel or candidate and may be subject to change at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Sunbeam Family Services Inc