Job Openings

Note: Candidates will be selected for program options and pay scale based on credentials, experience, and availability of position.

All positions requires Act 34 and Act 151 Child Abuse and FBI Clearances, valid Pa drivers License as well as proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Interested applicants can complete the Employment Application and submit to Linda Butts Director, Shippensburg Head Start Program, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. The Shippensburg Head Start Program is committed to equal employment opportunity. Women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements for all positions

  • Physically able to move quickly and/or position body appropriately in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to ensure their safety or the safety of others in the environment.
  • Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • Daily kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor to attend to children’s needs.

September 26, 2017

Home Base Assistant

General Position Description

To provide assistance to the Home Visitors in implementing all aspects of home-based services, including assistance during socializations and home visits when necessary, transportation of clients to services and trainings, riding the bus/van, purchase food resources and assist with recordkeeping. The Home Base Assistant supports the Home Visitors to create a caring and safe environment for the children and assists in activities to improve the overall care and quality of education.The Home Base Assistant supports the Assistant Director by assisting with record keeping and data input. The Home Base Assistant must be able to communicate, listen and work well with others in a team environment. The H.B. Assistant also provides assistance to the staff in implementing a quality educational program and in developing positive relationships with the children and their parents.

This Position Reports to Assistant Director

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Educational requirements: High School Diploma; Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) preferred.
  • Prefer minimum of two years experience in family social service settings that includes experience and knowledge of prenatal care and working with infants/toddlers and their families.
  • A basic understanding of child development.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
  • Must have flexible schedule to accommodate needs, may include some evening or weekend hours.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer, internet and e-mail skills.
  • Within 30 days of employment must obtain Child Abuse and FBI clearances and clear.
  • Must pass a State Police check prior to first day of employment.
  • Willing to obtain infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Must pass health screening. Immediately upon hire, a TB test must be completed. Within 90 days of employment a Staff Health Assessment must be submitted and updated every three years
  • Must have a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.

Educational Requirements

  • Head Start: High School Diploma or GED; Must be willing to be Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) within first year of hire (with program support).
  • Pre-K Counts: Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Associates Degree, or two full-time years towards a bachelor’s degree.

Physical Requirements

Ability to supervise and monitor children at all times to ensure a safe environment. This includes the physical ability to monitor and move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to ensure their safety or the safety of others.

  • Ability to respond appropriately to an emergency or a crisis situation.
  • Frequent driving for home visits sometimes in outlying areas.
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 40 lbs.
  • Position requires daily kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor to attend to children’s needs.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the implementation of curricula activities and encourage parent and child participation.
  • Actively engage in activities; manage cleanliness, order, and availability of classroom materials.
  • Maintain frequent communications with Home Visitor through informal discussions and progress reports.
  • Encourage self-help and good hygiene through behavior modeling.
  • Help ensure smooth, daily transition from home to classroom.
  • Follow all Program policies and state/federal regulations.
  • Attend regular professional development events as assigned.
  • Provide data entry/record keeping support to Assistant Director and Home Visitors
  • Maintain an attitude of learning and constant professional growth.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
  • Provide transportation to clients to and from services and trainings using Program van.
  • Other duties as requested.