Head Start Teacher




POSITION TITLE:                                                                               Head Start Teacher


RESPONSIBLE TO:                                                                             Head Start Team Coordinator


SUPERVISES:                                                                                      Teacher Associate, Cook, Center Aide,

Transportation Aide, Volunteers and Subs


CLASSIFICATION:                                                                             C3-C5 – Professional – Non-Exempt/Regular

Full-time/35-40 Hours Per Week




The Teacher is charged with the day-to-day operations of carrying out the Head Start mission and goals at the center.  The Teacher will monitor and evaluate each staff person at the center to assure compliance with Head Start performance standards, all state childcare licensing, and agency policies and procedures.  The quality of preparation, program organization, and supervision must contribute to an atmosphere of growth for all participants.  The Teacher will work closely with all center and management staff, as well as with community/school representatives.  The Teacher will direct daily educational activities in the classroom and will assure the overall safety of the children involved.




– Become knowledgeable of and adhere to Head Start goals and performance standards, OSHA regulations, Universal Precautions; state child care licensing requirements and Personnel Policies and Procedures to ensure that the classroom environment is healthy and free of all hazards;


–  Assist in interviewing, and hiring center staff;


– Supervise and evaluate center staff;


– Guide and assist Teacher Associate, Cook, Center Aide/Transportation aide where appropriate, in all program operations;


– Plan and allow for center staff meetings;


– Prepare, execute, supervise, and evaluate daily lesson plans;


– Establish professional home-center relations, by making home visits and other parent contacts that will assure the maximum carryover benefits of the Head Start experience to the child’s family environment;


– Refer the needs of families to the center coordinator;


– Coordinate and assist with transition activities within the Head Start program and community/school program;


– Attend parent meetings upon request;


– Responsible for the continued evaluation of children’s growth and achievement on assessment guide;


– Organize classroom equipment to create a safe and happy learning environment conducive to the maximum social and cognitive development of each child;


– Assist children and adults with breakfast and lunch program.  Sit and eat with the children while assisting them in socializing independent mealtime skills;


– Be sensitive to the special needs of children and incorporate responsive techniques into the daily activities;


– Help provide a variety of group and individual opportunities to interact with parents on a regular basis;


– Help enlist volunteers and substitutes for the center;


– Supervise and direct volunteers in the center in all levels of their program participation in such a way that they feel needed and accepted;


– Advise center coordinator of the need for classroom equipment and supplies; ensure that indoor and outdoor equipment is safe and functional each day and that adequate supplies are on hand;


– Complete and sign all necessary paperwork and turn it in to the appropriate supervisor by the designated time;


– Help clean and maintain order in all center areas, and perform other job related duties as necessary and required;


– Handle confidential information with discretion;


– Maintain the professional competence, knowledge and skills necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities;


– Participate in meetings, conferences and seminars as necessary and required;


– Develop and maintain a yearly Professional Growth Record; Record and maintain an up-to-date record of training;


– Abide by the Head Start Standard of Conduct



Change to minimum of Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or similar field with ___credits in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or similar field preferred.

– Possess or successfully complete certification in young child adult First Aid/CPR, Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting training and DHS Criminal background check and finger printing approval as required by the Iowa Department of Human Services;


– Obtain training in the topical areas of child development, guidance and discipline, developmentally appropriate practices, nutrition, health and safety, communications skills, professionalism, business practices, and cross-cultural competence.  Fifteen (15) hours every year of DHS approved training;


– Well-developed oral and written communication skills;


– Responsible for pre-employment physical, including TB Screen within last six months and renewed every three years thereafter;


– Adequate liability insurance, valid driver’s license and dependable transportation;


– The absence of a conviction record of felonious acts with children;


– Hiring subject to Policy Council approval;


– Length of position contingent upon availability of grant funds.




Stationary Position Occasionally (up to 1/3)  
Move/traverse Constantly (2/3 or more)  
Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse Occasionally (up to 1/3) As needed when using ladders and stairs.
Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect Constantly (2/3 or more) Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer and/ or  kitchen equipment/appliances
Position self (to) move Constantly (2/3 or more) Constantly positions oneself for comfort and necessity
Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange Information Constantly (2/3 or more) This position constantly communicates with coworker and clients both orally and in writing
Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess Constantly (2/3 or more)  
Move, Transport, Position, Put, Install, Remove Constantly (2/3 or more) May move up to 70 lbs. independently
Driving or Exposure to Work Occasionally (up to 1/3) Will travel occasionally for training and other business functions.  This position primarily works in a classroom setting, but will spend time outside when weather permits.


OVERVIEW – This position description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills or efforts associated with the position.  It is intended to be an accurate reflection of principal job elements.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.



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Operation: New View Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity provider, lender and employer.