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, a valid Pa Driver's 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.

 

 February 23rd, 2018      

Paraeducator

General Position Description

The Paraeducator supports the Teacher and the Education Coordinator by helping to create a caring and safe environment for the children and assisting in activities to improve the overall care and quality of education.  S/he must be able to communicate, listen and work well with others in a team environment. Assisting the staff in implementing a quality educational program and in developing positive relationships with the children and their parents, the Paraeducator observes and documents children’s interest and progress (as assigned), and relays that information back to the Teacher. Paraeducators are responsible for implementing developmentally appropriate activities based on children’s interests and needs under the direction of the Teacher and the Child Development Manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Minimum of 1 year of professional preschool (ages 3-5) experience preferred.
  • High energy.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer skills.
  • A basic understanding of child development.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Willing to obtain infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Must clear full background check.
  • Must pass health screening.
  • Must have a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.
  • High School Diploma or GED; Must be willing to be Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) eighteen months of hire (with program support).

Educational Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED; Must be willing to be Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) eighteen months of hire (with program support).

Physical Requirements

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.

Employment Type

Part-Time

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the implementation of curricula activities and encourage participation by children.
  • Actively engage in activities; manage cleanliness, order, and availability of classroom materials.
  • Maintain frequent communications with Teacher 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 center policies and state/federal regulations.
  • Attend regular professional development events as assigned.
  • Maintain an attitude of learning and constant professional growth.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
  • Bus monitor duties as assigned
  • Other duties as requested.

 

Teacher

General Position Description

The Teacher is responsible for developing a cohesive teaching team, coordinating the curriculum, and managing the day-to-day operational activities of the classroom. Teachers must understand children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in order to ensure a safe and stimulating classroom environment where children are actively engaged and encouraged to succeed. The Teacher must be skilled in communicating with both children and adults in order to meet the needs of the children, effectively guide teacher assistants, paraeducators, and resolve parental concerns.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Two years of professional preschool (ages 3-5) teaching experience preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • High energy and the ability to work well with others (staff, children, and parents) and to foster a team environment.
  • A strong understanding of child development and the ability to apply early childhood development theory in daily activities, and adapt to the individual needs of children.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to an emergency or a crisis situation
  • Intermediate to advanced computer, internet and email skills.
  • Willing to obtain infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Must clear full background check and must pass health screening.
  • Must have a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License
  • Head Start: Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or related field of study with a minimum of 30 Credits in ECE.
  • Pre-K Counts: Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education with a teaching certification in early childhood education.

Educational Requirements

  • Head Start: Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or related field of study with a minimum of 30 Credits in ECE.
  • Pre-K Counts: Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education with a teaching certification in early childhood education.

Physical Requirements

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.

Employment Type

Full-Time

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and implement educational curriculum by developing classroom activities based on developmentally appropriate practices and early learning standards. Encourage classroom team involvement in curriculum planning.
  • Lead by example; encourage teaching team success through modeling and coaching.
  • Plan individual and group age-appropriate activities to actively engage children and encourage social, cognitive and emotional growth.
  • Daily interactions with children, recording observations and entering observations in computer assessment system.
  • Complete developmental and mental health screenings, as well as regular ongoing and planned assessments.
  • Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions, progress reports, home visits (2 per year), and parent-teacher conferences (2 per year).
  • Ensure all program policies and federal/state regulations are met.
  • Stimulates positive guidance and discipline daily by following the Head Start Behavior Guidance Policy, which states using appropriate positive guidance methods such as redirection, reinforcement, establishing reasonable consistent guidelines for children’s behavior that do not belittle or embarrass, and anticipating problem areas in advance when possible.
  • Ensure a healthy classroom environment – including maintaining appropriate hygiene and cleanliness standards and safety and security of children.
  • Supervise teacher assistants, paraeducators, and classroom volunteers to ensure they are following planned activities, hygiene and safety standards.
  • Conduct annual evaluations on teacher assistants and paraeducators, with the support of the Child Development Manager.
  • Develop an understanding of the CLASS and ECERS classroom assessment tools and maintain scores as designated by the program.
  • Maintain an attitude of learning and constant professional growth.
  • Attend regular professional development events as assigned.
  • Maintain accurate records, forms and files.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
  • Other duties as requested.