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Head Start Preschool Assistant Center Supervisor

Elgin, IL

Head Start Assistant Center Supervisor

General Description

  • Coordination and supervision of Head Start/Early Head Start Program at the center level for children, parents and staff.
  • Required Knowledge & Experience
  • BA/BS or greater in Education or related field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education (minimum of 30 ECE hours).
  • Experience teaching in an early childhood program.
  • Supervisory and administration experience of early childhood programs preferred; ability to effectively communicate.
  • Bilingual preferred when demographics deem it necessary.
  • Must pass all preliminary pre hire requirements

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for center management duties mutually agreed upon with Center Supervisor. (Refer to Center Supervisor Job Description.)
  • Responsible for operation of center and all supervisory responsibilities in Center Supervisor’s absence.
  • Assist in ensuring center and staff adherence to Head Start Performance Standards, Two Rivers’ policies and procedures and DCFS Licensing Standards. Assist in ensuring proper DCFS staff/child ratios, substituting as needed.
  • Responsible for helping to maintain an Average Daily Attendance of 85% or better. Assist in documenting absences including reasons/resolutions of problems.
  • Assist in ensuring the weekly approval of lesson plans. Assist in observing the classrooms on a daily basis and completing formal observations as required. Provide direction to all staff in developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Assist in ensuring the documentation on all family contacts using Family Contact Forms/Tracking Sheets.
  • As requested by Center Supervisor, assess each staff member’s work performance. Document, report to appropriate personnel, and address concerns with staff in a timely manner.
  • Assist in conducting Parent Orientation and weekly staff meetings.
  • Assist in planning and developing four (4) Parent/Child Activities to include RIF book
  • Assist in the completion and documentation of monthly fire drills and bus evacuations, and tornado drills March to September.
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records of parent co‐payments/late fees. (KEYS Programs)
  • Collaborate with the Center Supervisor and Professional Development Coordinator, as needed, to ensure training plans are implemented and documented for staff, particularly new staff.
  • Assist in monitoring kitchen procedures in preparation and serving of meals and snacks.
  • Ensure strong communication with parents, center staff, administrative office and the community. Assist in compiling and distributing the weekly newsletter to families.
  • Assist in recommending the purchase of appropriate materials/supplies.
  • Guide staff and participate in maintaining center in clean and orderly manner.
  • Welcome, encourage and schedule volunteer/family involvement at the center. Assist in ensuring documentation of parent/family involvement in curriculum.
  • Participate in staff training sessions, in‐services and administrative meetings, as scheduled.
  • Participate as member of Staffing Team for center.
  • Assist in reviewing and guiding teaching staff in maintaining/updating ongoing assessment and using outcome data to plan, individualize for children and make classroom improvements as needed.
  • Assist in ensuring the completion of two (2) home visits and two (2) center conferences for each child during the program year. Participate as necessary.
  • Assist with field trips (encouraging two (2) per year to library).
  • Report concerns about suspected child abuse/neglect to Center Supervisor/Family Worker/Administrative Office.
  • Assist, as requested, in ensuring that all needed medical/dental follow‐up for children is completed.
  • Prepare reports as requested.
  • Assist in the recruitment and enrollment of children.
  • Perform any other assigned tasks relevant to the effective operation of the agency or assigned by supervisor.

Essential Job Functions

  • Must have sufficient strength and flexibility (ability to stoop, bend, twist, etc.) to frequently bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements and occasionally lift a child (30‐50 pounds). Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.
  • Physical demands ‐While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements, use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move 30 to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distance vision.
  • Work environment‐ Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.

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