The Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Head Start program currently serves over 200 children, ages 3-5, and their families in two centers – one located at 25 Cole Avenue, Southbridge; the other site located at 116 School Street, Webster.
The center-based programs provide developmentally appropriate curricula, health and nutrition services, breakfast, lunch and snack, special education opportunities, and family services.
Our Head Start program is seeking a Lead Teacher responsible for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program that contributes to children’s overall growth, self- esteem, social competence, development and safety of all children. Supervise, train, mentor and evaluate classroom staff. We are hiring both part time (30 hours) and full time (37.5 hours) qualified Lead Teachers for the remainder of the school year.
Lead Teachers meeting the qualifications will be eligible for a sign-on bonus!
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Complete weekly lesson plans, child observations, outcomes, assessments, individualization forms, logging parent and child contacts in data bases as well as other forms of paperwork.
- Use space, material, and routine as resources for constructing an interesting and safe environment that encourages exploration and learning indoors and outdoors.
- Design and implement daily programs/activities
- Provide technical support to teachers in planning, organizing, and implementing the daily program, serving as a role model for behavior, speech and sensitivity to children and family issues and give appropriate feedback on a daily basis.
- Maintain an open, friendly and informative relationship with each child’s family, encouraging their involvement.
- Participate in two home visits a year, two parent/teacher conference and other parents meeting/activities as needed.
- Supervise, train, mentor and evaluate classroom staff providing monthly observations and feedback. Complete formal performance evaluation on classroom staff annually.
- Participate in training events and staff meetings (day & evening), taking advantage of opportunities for professional and personal development.
- Treat children for minor first aid and illness, which includes checking children’s heads on a weekly basis for head lice. Provides any continued health care procedures for children with ongoing medical issues.
- Collaborate and meet with the Family Case Manager on a weekly basis and as needed.
- Practices Head Start standards of family style meals including eating with children.
- Maintain cleanliness of classroom to include organization throughout the program year as well as at the year-end closing.
- Department of Early Education and Care License, Lead Teacher.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required.
- Supervisory experience preferred.
- Teacher’s educational philosophy should be compatible with that of Head Start.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Outlook. Ability to learn agency databases.
- Ability to speak Spanish as a second language, preferred, other languages a plus.
- Must work cooperatively and effectively with a diverse population.
- Current physical within one year prior to hire and Mantoux test required per DEEC. MMR vaccinations up to date or positive titers. Then mandatory physical every two years after. Hepatitis B (optional).
- Ability to successfully complete a CORI/SORI/DCF review annually.
- First Aid and CPR certificates for infants and children.
- Evening hours may be required to meet the needs of families and programs.
- Job site assignment may change based upon program needs.
- Physical ability to perform the job with reasonable accommodation including; ability to lift a child up to 50 pounds and bend to speak with child at the child’s level, ability to physically set up and break down classrooms, including moving furniture and light housekeeping, and the ability to see and hear with reasonable accommodation.