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Head Start Educational Lead

Company: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start -currently serves 724 children/families at 9 sites throughout Pulaski County. - The program's overall goal is to increase the social competence of children in low income families and children with disabilities, while improving the chances of success in school. Head Start/Early Head Start addresses the needs of the whole child including the educational, vocational and material needs of the entire family. - The program strives to enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while enabling parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children. Head Start/Early Head Start helps parents meet their own goals while giving children a head start in life.

The -Educational Leader -serves as the -educational lead for one or more centers in the UAMS Head Start program while -working with the Head Start Deputy Director to ensure full -implementation of all aspects of UAMS Head Start early learning system, -policies/procedures and tools, with the goal of supporting all children to achieve School Readiness Goals.

UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:
Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
Career Training and Educational Opportunities
Merchant Discounts
Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy
Salary: - Commensurate with experience

Education :
Provides ongoing coaching to teaching staff to support them in successfully fulfilling all aspects of -their role, including but not limited to effective practices in the following:
o CLASSTM Teacher-Child Interactions
o Learning Environments
o Curriculum
o Child Assessment
o Meeting All Children's Needs
o Working with Families
o Professional Growth and Collaboration
o Work with teachers to implement program curriculum with fidelity.
o Work with teachers to implement child assessment system reliably, including -understanding child outcomes data and using them to plan and individualize.

Serves as education lead for the center, overseeing implementation of all aspects of -education services and providing teachers with supervision, training, coaching and monitoring.
Supports the effective implementation of the education content area, implementing all -relevant policies and procedures.
Oversees training of new hires (in conjunction with HR leads); develop, conduct or -arrange other training as needed for staff, parents or volunteers.
Collabrates with teachers to implement program curriculum that incorporates all elements and -meets all standards established by UAMS Head Start (in compliance with Head Start -standards and best practices).
Oversee and approve the preparation of weekly lesson plans, including individualization -and all other required elements.
Ensure that teachers integrate goals from Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children -with disabilities (in consultation with Early Learning Inclusion Specialists).
Ensure the completion of all required child screenings and assessments, including 45 and -90-day requirements for new children and quarterly progress assessments for all children.
Ensure that classrooms, gym and outdoor areas are supplied with developmentally -appropriate materials.
Participate in team meetings, home visits, and community events as needed.
Support teachers in understanding child outcomes data and using it to improve practice.
Provide teachers with coaching and support for quality improvement and professional -growth through regular observation and formal and informal feedback.

Family Partnerships:
Coordinates with Family Services team to ensure full
implementation of family services and parent involvement (in consultation with Manager of -Family Service/Family Services Coordinator).
Supports Family Engangment Specialist to implement all aspects of family services program, including -support and monitoring of UAMS Head Start Shine On, Families initiative.Ensure parents are integrally involved in developing the program's curriculum and -approach to child development and education through regular meeting with Policy Council members and others.
Assists teaching staff in developing a system offering parents opportunities for enhancing -and increasing their child observation skills.
Coordinates training for parents and community members wanting to volunteer in the -classroom.
Ongoing Monitoring & Self-Assessment:
Reviews weekly MBI (managing by information) and monthly MBI + reports and ensure -all concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.

Reviews quarterly MBO (managing by outcomes) report and ensure all concerns are -addressed in a timely fashion.

Reviews quarterly and annual child outcomes data and oversee teacher planning to help all -children make developmental gains.

Participates in annual program self-assessment

Implements all monitoring systems required by UAMS, Head Start, childcare
licensing CACFP or other agencies, including:
Daily visual check of indoor & outdoor safety.
Monthly or quarterly completion of health & safety monitoring tool

Human Resources & Supervision:
Directly supervises center staff, ensure completion of all -human resources activities, and ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures.
Meets at least once per month with the people you supervise to monitor, provide ongoing -verbal and written feedback consistent with their individual development plans for -performance improvement, ensure adherence to Head Start performance standards, and to -plan and direct work.
Plans and adjust work operations to meet changing or emergent program requirements -within available resources.
Submits annual performance evaluations in a timely manner.
Works with teachers to develop and support their individual development plan, including -training plans for each teacher to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher in Early Childhood -Education or a related field. Individual development plans filed in personnel folder and a -training log.
Understands the personnel policies and procedures, and ensure that the people you -supervise are aware of these and any changes to them that occur.
Assigns and review work of the people you supervise. Instruct, train and work effectively -with the people you supervise from a variety of backgrounds and with differing -levels/areas of training. Model best practices within the service area.
Devises work methods and procedures that support improvements in existing work -practices; supporting the people you supervise in developing and setting goals, priorities -and timelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education OR Bachelor's degree in related field with at least (6) six courses in early childhood education and experience teaching infant/toddler AND/OR preschool aged children OR state awarded preschool teaching certification with experience teaching preschool aged children PLUS one (1)year of experience with supervision, management or coaching of teachers.
Must be computer literate.

Must have current health and initial health examination within three months prior to employment

Must have a valid driver's license, access to a vehicle with liability insurance, and be willing to use vehicle for agency related travel.
Must be willing to participate in training to further education as required by Head Start to maintain the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
Experience managing an infant/toddler or preschool program.
CLASS and ITERS/ECERS experience.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. - The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UAMS is an - Affirmative Action -and - Equal Opportunity Employer -of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. -If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Physical Requirements
Stand: Frequently
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Continuously
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Loud
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None

Keywords: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock , Head Start Educational Lead, Other , Little Rock, Arkansas

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