Position Openings: 1

Position Location: Grand Rapids, MN

Job Summary

Responsible for establishing and maintaining an age and developmentally appropriate Infant/Toddler Early Head Start classroom.  Ensure that Head Start Performance Standards and MN Rule #3 licensing guidelines and creative curriculum are followed in the classroom. Responsible for the ongoing assessment and tracking of children’s outcomes using Teaching Strategies Gold and ASQ.

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Job Posting Information

Qualifications

  • Minimum: AA/AS degree in ECE (or a related field that includes 6+ courses in ECE) and a valid Infant & Toddler Child Development Associate Credential or a willingness to complete within one (1) year.
  • Preferred: BA/BS degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on birth through age three.
  • DHS Background Study Clearance
  • Employee Physical, TB Risk Assessment, & COVID-19 Vaccination

Schedule/Location

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

Compensation

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

Benefits

  • 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.

Job Description

Qualifications

  • Education
    • Minimum: AA/AS degree in Early Childhood Education (or a related field that includes 6 or more courses in Early Childhood Education) and a valid Infant & Toddler Child Development Associate Credential or a willingness to complete within one (1) year.
    • Preferred: BA/BS degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on birth through age three.
  • Experience
    • Minimum; more than 1 year
    • Certification in First Aid, CPR, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death, and Preventing Abusive Head Trauma, or willingness to obtain through agency.
  • Authorizations
    • DHS Background Study
    • Employee Physical/TB Risk Assessment
    • COVID-19 Vaccination
  • 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 infants and toddlers 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
  • Provide age appropriate opportunities for each child to explore a variety of sensory and motor experiences with support and stimulation from teachers and family members.
  • Support the emerging communication skills of infants by providing daily opportunities for each child to interact with others and express himself/herself freely.
  • Provide experiences that promote the physical development of infants and toddlers including gross motor skills such as grasping, pulling, pushing, crawling, walking and climbing.
  • Create opportunities for fine motor development that encourage the control and coordination of small-specialized motions, using the eyes, mouth, hands, and feet.
  • Conduct on-going developmental assessments of infants’ and toddlers’ motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual, and emotional skills.  Conduct developmental screenings as needed.
  • Write individual plans for each child based on information gathered and update regularly with guardian input.
  • As a member of a team site, work in cooperation with other staff, volunteers, and outside agencies to present a united effort for providing supportive services as necessary.

Area 2: Learning Environment

  • Promote feelings of security and trust in infants and toddlers by being warm, supportive, and comforting, and by establishing strong caring relationships with them.
  • Provide a learning environment that is both developmentally and linguistically appropriate.
  • Provide a learning environment that is inclusive for children with disabilities.
  • Support the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers by promoting an environment that encourages the development of self-awareness, autonomy, and self-expression.

Area 3: Support of Families

  • Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child’s family, encourage their involvement in the program, and promote parent-child bonding and nurturing parent-child relationships.
  • Mentor High Risk Teens and volunteers working in the classroom.
  • Work as a resource with other site team members and parents in maintaining and supporting the local Family First Events and involving the community for planning training sessions.
  • Work as a community resource specialist for families and children.

Area 4: Program Compliance

  • Submit paperwork on a regular basis as advised by supervisor, but without supervisory reminders.
  • Conduct 2 Home Visits per month with families.
  • Write family partnership agreements and goals with families.
  • Incorporate general knowledge of Early Head Start/ KOOTASCA Community Action agency policies, Head Start Performance Standards, DPW Rule #3 and plans into daily job assignment.
  • Attend and participate in all meetings and/or training sessions assigned by your supervisor or scheduled by the program.

Area 5: Health & Safety

  • Meet all deadlines and requirements set by Health & Safety regulations and requirements.
  • Ensure that all mandated safety drills are performed and documented as required and that policies are followed.
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers can demonstrate safe and appropriate practices.
  • Ensure that all health and safety procedures are followed including methods for handling cases of suspected abuse or negligence.
  • Use independent judgment in making appropriate referrals, consult with program staff on clarification or interpretation of program policies involved, and develop appropriate curriculum to meet the specific needs of the children and families.

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.

 Contacts:

  • 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.

Travel:

  • 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

Professionalism:

  • 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.

Confidentiality:

  • 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.