Responsible for the total classroom operation, under the supervision of the Center Operations Specialist or Site Supervisor, as per Federal Performance Standards, State Licensing guidelines, Cherokee Nation Policies and Procedures and the Early Childhood Unit Amended Policies and Procedures, and all other applicable standards and Education Resource Guides. Responsible for assuring that all center staff adheres to standards and policies.
Works as a team member with other Faculty and Volunteers. Works closely with the other Faculty in all aspects of the program such as lesson plans, Individual Education Plans for Disabilities (IEP), Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP), Individual Learning Plans (ILP), home visits, parent meetings, classroom maintenance, and enrolling students, etc. Manages each child's individualized assessments, weekly lesson plans, and weekly objectives in order to meet the child's developmental needs. Supervises and conducts activities for children according to the daily schedule and lesson plans ensuring the children are productively occupied at all times. Interacts with the children based upon knowledge of the appropriate behavior for the specific age of the children in care and sees that they are productively occupied. Facilitates appropriate interaction among children by utilizing positive discipline techniques making sure program guidelines and licensing standards are met. Works with children without recourse to physical punishment, mistreatment or child abuse. Must report all suspected child abuse/neglect. Maintains confidentiality concerning Center staff, families and children. Obtains and maintains licensing standards and star status as prescribed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and must continue to meet performance standards and all other standards related to program operations. Conducts a minimum of two home visits for each child during the program year. Conducts a minimum of two parent/teacher conferences in the Center and shares the child's progress with respective parents. Strives to maintain 85% Center attendance for students and reports reasons for non-compliance, absences, or tardiness according to procedure. Maintains 100% Center enrollment by replacing children who drop with another enrollee immediately. Schedules, conducts and documents staff planning meetings each week, maintains Center responsibilities, reviews and discusses all in-coming correspondence as applicable. Supervises, evaluates and approves/disapproves all leave for center staff assigned. Responsible for on-site training, education and/or mentoring of classroom staff assigned in order to keep staff tracking. Assures that child/staff ratios are maintained at all times as prescribed by Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) licensing and performance standards. Assures the completion of all documentation required of each classroom/center and that Center records and forms are completed and updated within specified time frames. Maintains confidentiality in all program matters. Assures that all non-compliance issues, as noted on site visits and inspections, are corrected within specified time frames. Provides a safe and healthy environment for the children. Prepares the classroom, bus and Center environment by making sure the room is safe, sanitized thoroughly, daily and orderly and making sure the environment meets licensing standards. Maintains an accurate inventory record of classroom equipment and supplies. Responsible for maintenance, upkeep and minor repairs of all equipment. Arranges, in cooperation with other Center staff, all monthly parent training and contacting qualified presenters in the areas of interest expressed by the parent. Encourages parent involvement and achieves and maintains good parent and teacher relationships. Maintains communications with parents and staff in both written and verbal manner according to Center and licensing guidelines. Oversees food service operations for Centers assigned by ensuring menu is followed, preparation and service is on time and at correct temperature, and monitors food purchasing (items and amounts purchased). Serves snacks and meals to children according to guidelines, assisting children in developing good eating habits. Provides instruction on health and hygiene to the children and ensures needs are met. Attends all pre-service, in-service, and other workshops including overnight and out-of-town stays as assigned. Adheres to the Cherokee Nation Early Childhood Unit and Cherokee Nation Policies and Procedures; including the Early Childhood Unit Attendance Policy, and the Cherokee Nation smoke Free Policy at all locations and in program vehicles. Other duties may be assigned.
Directly supervises 2 to 10 employees in the Head Start Classroom. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. responsibilities include interviewing and make recommendations, and training employees; planning assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
Associate's degree from 2-year college or technical school in Child Development or Early Childhood or a related field with 18 hours of Early Childhood or Child Development classes.
An additional (1) one year related experience working with in preschool program or Infant Toddler program
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Must have a valid driver's license with a driving history verified through a motor vehicle report that meets requirements for Cherokee Nation underwriting rating for those centers providing a bus route. Must obtain within first month of employment a physical and TB test and maintain annually thereafter. Must obtain with a Commercial Chauffeur's license along with taking the course and obtaining the bus driver certification for those centers that require driving a bus. Must possess or obtain within one year a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) for Infants and Toddler Care givers or Pre-school (CDA) if in Head Start, Food Handlers' Card, CPR and First Aid Certification, Medication Administration Training (MAT), Blood Borne Pathogens, Fire Extinguisher Safety and Child Protection training.
Must meet and maintain pre-employment and periodic background investigation and adjudication for child care.
Performance Standard 1304.52 (B) (3) current & former Early Head Start and Head Start parents must receive preference for which they are qualified.
This position is grant funded and employment is contingent upon funding availability.
Work Location: Chldren's Village
BACHELORS DEGREE PREFERRED BY DEPARTMENT