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Head Start Teacher

  2022-09-21     Northern Arizona Council of Governments     Chino Valley     16.40-22.64 hour  

$16.40-22.64/hr, 40 hrs/wk, 41 wks/yr

NACOG is an Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) participating employer. The ASRS is a trusted, sustainable, and well-managed retirement system that provides long term disability, retiree health insurance, and lifetime pension benefits to educators, municipal, and state government employees who have dedicated their career to serving the citizens of Arizona.


In compliance with Federal Law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

The Teacher works with all children in the classroom and assists the Center Director in developing appropriate Early Childhood Education programs that meet the developmental needs of all children and their families.  Works under the supervision of the Center Director and performs his/her duties in the absence of the Director, as assigned.  Assists with record-keeping responsibilities and in facilitating parent participation.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directly supervise and assist children in performing activities
  • Responsible for classroom operations, including developing developmentally appropriate lessons plans including language development, pre-math skills, Individual Education Plan (IEP) and developmental assessment goals. Demonstrate appropriate staff and child interactions. Implement appropriate room arrangement and classroom environment, set goals, implement and monitor improvement plans and objectives, implement child assessment system including on-going observation, and collection of work samples, plan classroom activities and behavior management.
  • Supervise assigned Teacher Aide, parent and community volunteers, interns, Special Needs Teacher Aides, in all activities. Role model appropriate teaching techniques.  Encourage positive staff/child interactions.  Develop, implement and monitor staff improvement plans, evaluate progress, provide training and mentoring. Assist Center Director in securing substitute staff for vacancies/absences.
  • Coordinate and/or administer screenings of children, but not limited to: audio, vision, height, weight anemia, Individual Education Plan (IEP), mental health, developmental as needed: complete proper documentation and conduct follow-up to social services and other referrals.
  • Communicate daily with families. Assist with parent meetings and assist other staff in working with parents.
  • Conduct parent/teacher conferences a minimum of two (2) times per year per child. Coordinate and carry out a minimum of two (2) home visits per year per child.
  • Disseminate all Head Start operational directives and other information as directed by Supervisor, to center staff and parents.
  • Help to identify family needs and develop family action plans.
  • Responsible for the ongoing recruitment and enrollment of eligible children for the program.
  • Serve as a liaison to parents, local community leaders, organizations, and intuitions.
  • Participates and follow through with successful public school transition planning.
  • Implement family style meal services and nutritional activities for children and their families using CACFP guidelines.
  • Complete reports as assigned by supervisor, with accuracy and timeliness.
  • High tolerance for paperwork, documentation and meeting program and federal deadlines
  • Maintain strict child confidentiality.
  • Assists with supervision of children on bus as a bus monitor applicable
  • Participate in family staffing and conduct associated follow up activities as required.
  • Conduct health and safety checks in classroom and in the playground. Report needed repairs timely.
  • Oversees inventory and control of classroom supplies and materials
  • Works with center staff, when applicable, to ensure that the center is kept sanitary and within the local, state, and national health and safety regulations
  • Travel within the NACOG region using own vehicle, including occasional overnight stays.
  • Performs related duties, as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises other assigned Teacher Aides and Special Needs Teacher Aides.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities can include interviewing and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; mentoring and counseling; rewarding and disciplining employees; address complaints and resolving problems.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.


Education and/or Experience

Must have experience and training equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or a related field with 18 hours of ECE and student teaching.  Must have experience in a preschool program.  Must meet all health and licensing regulations as prescribed by the Arizona Health Services Department. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must be self-motivated.  Preschool classroom experience or related experience necessary.  Must be able to communicate effectively in English in both verbal and written format.  Knowledge of Early Childhood Education.  Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of varied social, cultural, and educational backgrounds.  Must be bondable.  Bilingual proficiency and/or experience working with multicultural setting preferred.

Other Skills and abilities

Must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos demonstrating the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Must be able to demonstrate the ability to write simple correspondence.  Must be effective presenting information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.  Must possess the ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s.  Must have the ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Must be able to apply common sense understanding.  Must have the ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Certificates and Licenses

Current, valid Arizona Driver’s License

Obtain Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card

Obtain Food Handlers Certification if required by the County Health Department

Obtain CPR and First Aide Certification

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met, or are encountered, by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


Benefits include: Agency Paid Health, Dental, Vision, Arizona State Retirement (ASRS); Sick & Holiday Pay

NACOG follows all CDC Guidelines for COVID-19

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