Position Openings: Multiple

Locations: Itasca County

Job Summary

Work as part of a collaborative team to establish and maintain an age and developmentally appropriate Head Start / Early childhood classroom. Ensure that Head Start Performance Standards and MN Rule #3 licensing guidelines are followed in the classroom. Complete ongoing assessment and tracking of children’s outcomes.

Application for Employment

Job Posting Information


  • Starting Wage of $18.70 or $21.74/hour based on Education qualifications
  • Wage Scale of $18.70to $31.66/hour
  • Scheduled Raises & Cost of Living Allowances


  • 40 Hours per Week following school calendar; 20 Hours per Week during summer months.
  • Daytime weekday shift- no nights, weekends, or holiday shifts.


  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO) Package + 13 Paid Holidays/year
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Insurances,
  • Health Savings Account & Flexible Spending Account options.
  • Retirement Plan with option for employer contribution
  • Tuition Assistance opportunities & Loan Forgiveness qualifying credit
  • Many Training and Professional Development opportunities.

LOCATIONS: Itasca County, MN

APPLYING: Applicants must submit a KOOTASCA application to be considered.

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.

Job Description


  • Education
    • Minimum:
      • AA Degree with Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, or
      • AS Degree in Early Childhood Education, or related field with equivalent coursework.
    • Preferred:
      • Bachelor’s Degree with course work equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education.
      • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
    • Certification in First Aid, CPR, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death, and Preventing Abusive Head Trauma, or willingness to obtain through agency.
  • Experience
    • Minimum: More than 1 year working in childcare setting.
  • Authorizations
    • DHS Background Study Clearance
    • Employee Physical/TB Risk Assessment
    • COVID Vaccination
    • Valid Driver’s License
  • Skills
    • Ability to proficiently operate copy/fax machines, telephone, and computers and software, including email, spreadsheets and word processing.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to manage time that results in both a satisfactory quantity and quality of work.
  • Abilities
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Must be able to handle diverse work problems on a daily basis.
    • Must be able to organize a work schedule, set priorities and work effectively to meet deadlines without supervision.
    • Must be able to adjust to changes necessitated by last minute assignments and deadline requests that may prove stressful.
    • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed in order to meet the needs of the clients.
    • Attend trainings, classes, and meetings as necessary to improve job skills and maintain an acceptable level of job performance.
  • Other Knowledge
    • Working knowledge of MN child abuse laws and community resources.
    • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to NAEYC Code of Ethics.
    • Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and MN Childcare Licensing and Rule #3, and best practices for preschoolers preferred.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned.

Area 1: Classroom Operations

  • As part of a teaching team, provide age appropriate environment, schedule, and lesson plans for the classroom consistent with the Creative Curriculum and TS Gold.
  • Develop routines and transitions so that they occur in a timely and predictable manner according to each child’s needs.
  • Train and mentor classroom staff and volunteers to ensure a smooth running classroom environment.
  • As a member of a collaborative team, work in cooperation with other staff and volunteers, to present a united effort for providing services as necessary, including but not limited to: preparing meals and snacks, cleaning the room, preparing materials for classroom, referrals to Family Support Staff, paperwork, etc.
  • Supervise and schedule classroom staff and volunteers. Complete a 6 month evaluation of new staff members and yearly on-going evaluations with staff. Work with HR to follow disciplinary procedures if necessary, per KOOTASCA policies.

Area 2: Learning Environment

  • Provide a learning environment that is both developmentally and linguistically appropriate.
  • Provide a safe learning environment that is inclusive of children with disabilities and will allow for balances of child initiated and adult-directed activities including time for both small and large group activities
  • Implement Incredible Years curriculum into weekly lessons and groups.
  • Write individual lesson plans based on gathered information and update regularly with parent/guardian input.
  • Ensure that a variety of strategies to promote and support children’s learning and developmental progress are based on observations and ongoing assessments.
  • Support and promote the new initiatives: Childhood Obesity, Fatherhood, and Early Literacy in alignment with trainings.

Area 3: Support of Families

  • Invite parents to become integrally involved in the development of the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education.
  • Work with parents to strengthen the family’s knowledge of child development. Include how children grow and learn; plan and conduct child educational activities with the parents, which will meet the child’s intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs.
  • Assist parents/guardians in strengthening the family’s knowledge of health and nutrition.
  • Recruit parent and community volunteers to assist in the classroom.
  • Assist with the recruitment and support of parents for Policy Council and the recruitment and enrollment process of Head Start.
  • As a member of a site team, work in conjunction with Family Support staff in the planning and implementation of Family First Events.

Area 4: Program Compliance

  • Complete required number of Home Visits per family in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Work to maintain a minimum of 85% classroom attendance with students enrolled and provide follow-up and documentation of students not attending classroom.
  • Maintain required in-kind levels within classroom and turn in documentation monthly.
  • Complete all assessments (IGDI’s, PNI, CSP, and TS GOLD) three times a year, plan for children with this information, and conduct ongoing monitoring of children based on assessment results.
  • Enter TS Gold observations of individual children on-line three times yearly as directed. Use reports generated to share with parents and determine individual children’s needs within the classroom.
  • Submit paperwork on a regular basis as advised by supervisor, but without supervisory reminders.
  • Attend and participate in all meetings and/or training sessions assigned by supervisor or agency.

Area 5: Health & Safety

  • Ensure that all health and safety procedures are followed including methods for handling cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers can demonstrate safe and appropriate practices.
  • Complete daily health checks and CACFP meal counts as directed by the Health, Safety & Nutrition Coordinator.
  • Ensure that all mandated safety drills are performed and documented as required and that policies are followed as outlined in red 3-ring binder.
  • Observe and view all areas of the classroom and react appropriately and immediately in the event of an emergency, including by evacuating children from the room if necessary.
  • Use independent judgment in making appropriate referrals. Consult with program staff on clarification or interpretation of program policies that are involved.

Job Factors

Supervision of Others: 

  • Responsible for assigning, instructing, and checking the work of 1 to 3 other employees in 1 geographic location.

Safety of Others

  • Responsible for the safety of others on the job. Provides oversight of work groups and/or public served. Implements and enforces safety standards for self and others.


  • Contact is with other employees, departments, customers, public, and others.

Physical Demand

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Requires sitting, standing, bending, stooping and reaching.


  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and current auto insurance coverage in compliance with Minnesota State guidelines on the vehicle used for work related travel.
  • Travel for completion of job duties, trainings and meetings as required.

General Agency Requirements


  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with clients, customers, co-workers, providers, volunteers, and supervisors.
  • Treat clients, co-workers, and the public in a respectful and courteous manner at all times.
  • Continue to develop skills and abilities.

Community Representation:

  • Represent KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. in a positive manner.
  • Adhere to the Community Action Code of Ethics.
  • Seek to understand poverty and the barriers faced by community members.


  • Maintain confidentiality of agency, program, and client information.

KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) Employer. We recruit, hire, place, promote, terminate, layoff, recall, transfer, compensate, and train without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. This information will be made available in alternative formats upon request.