Pre-School Teacher

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Kenai , AK 99611

Posted 2 months ago

Preschool Teacher

Dept./Program: Early Childhood Center

Division: Education and Training

Reports To: Head Start Coordinator

Supervises: N/A

Revision Date: 06/14/2018

Employment Status: Full Time

FLSA Status: Exempt Professional

Schedule: Exempt - 52 weeks

Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638

Job Summary

To create a successful environment that will promote the growth and development of up to 20 children and families. Teachers will maintain on-going contact with families, and work with all other program components (health, nutrition, family services, and mental health) to integrate educational goals and developmentally appropriate practices into the family setting and encourage health and wellbeing of the child by following the guidance of the performance standards. In addition to social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, teachers also prepare children for a successful transition into the public school system.

Essential Functions

  • Collaboratively develop and utilize developmentally appropriate lesson plans, which reflect mandated elements, component work plans, parental and cultural influences, promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of program children, and identify how it reflects/relates to the eight domains, and outcomes.

  • Maintain accurate written records and data entry on database system.

  • Follow a consistent schedule which includes small and large group experiences, Dena'ina language, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, eat snack with children in family style, effective activity transitions, social skills curriculum (Project Achieve-Stop & Think).

  • Responsible for classroom management, guiding and mentoring Teacher's Aide, ISP's, and volunteers during class and on field trips and delegation of responsibilities to team members according to their abilities, development, and skills to ensure that all classroom activities are carried out.

  • Assure child/staff ratio is maintained at all times.

  • Plan field trips within the community, and various cultural trips as appropriate.

  • Responsible for encouraging and scheduling regular parent volunteers in classroom and regular Parent Committee activities/meetings and planned family events. This may require adjusting workday to work occasional evenings.

  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all components as well as trainings, and appropriate professional development activities (may include evenings and weekends).

  • Conduct regular checks of safety and cleanliness of indoor and outdoor play areas and complete checklist daily. Report any problems on the maintenance form and/or to supervisor. Assists with laundry, cleaning and sanitizing toys and classroom area.

  • Plans and facilitates the development of family partnerships agreements (FPA) with parents of students through establishment of mutual trust relationships and the identification of family strengths, goals, needed services, and support.

  • Assists families in achieving goals by coordinating support services, making contacts with agencies, providing transportation resources, and scheduling appointments.

  • Conduct a minimum of two home visit per school year with each family. May conduct other home visits for purposes of assessment and support, and to share information on parenting, educational strategies, and classroom progress.

It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions

Medium work Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)

Pushing or Pulling

Repetitive Motion

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

Exposure to Fumes

Exposure to Dust

Wet

Noise

Chemical Hazards

OSHA Categories

Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur

Equipment and Tools

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle:- Personal Vehicle

Travel

Local

In-State- Trainings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau

Qualifications

Education

  • BS/BA in Early Childhood Education or related field, plus two years' experience in early childhood program; or an AA in Early Childhood Education with Five (5) years' experience in Early Childhood.

Experience

  • Consideration may be given for equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, abilities, education and experience.

License/Certification

  • CPR and First Aid Certification

  • State of Alaska Food Worker Card

  • Valid Alaska Driver License and must remain insurable under the Tribe's policy

Special Skills

  • Knowledge of and ability to develop developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum and material.

  • Ability to collect data and implement and maintain tracking for outcome based curriculum and goals.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communications skills including strong expertise in cross-cultural communication.

  • Communicate effectively with others, including giving and receiving feedback on the quality of services.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications; and computerized data management systems.

  • Ability to guide and mentor Teacher's Aide, Individual Skills Providers and volunteers within the classroom.

Preferred

  • Knowledge and experience with Head Start child development program and performance standards.

  • Knowledge and experience with the Creative Curriculum, DIBBLES, DECA, Teaching Strategies GOLD, DIAL 3, USDA- Child and Adult Care Food Program, and DESSA.

  • Knowledge and familiarity with rural Alaskan lifestyles.

  • Previous experience working with Alaska Native/American Indian populations.

REFERENCE SOURCE

Head Start Act, 2007

ACF-IM-HS-08-12 Classroom Staff Qualifications

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