The Muscogee Nation   Okmulgee, OK   Full-time     Other
Posted on March 14, 2024



Description: Work effectively as a team member, under the direct supervision of the Teacher and Center Supervisor. Have ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with Teacher. Have knowledge and experience with the basic principles of child development. Understands the philosophy of the program and can describe School Readiness goals and objectives to others. Possess strong oral and written communication skills. Adheres to guidelines set in Muscogee (Creek) Nation Head Start Policies and Procedures, Muscogee Nation Policies and Procedures, DHS Child Care Licensing requirements and federal and state guidelines as related to Head Start. Maintain strict confidentiality regarding children, their families, and other staff members. Must sign Compliance of Confidentiality.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Fosters the belief that parents are their child's first teacher and reinforces this concept with practical suggestions from the child's parent.            Exhibits a genuine nurturing and caring attitude to all children. Ensures children supervised at all times. Assist Teacher ensuring an effective purposeful classroom and responsive to children's needs. Assists Teacher in maintaining current and accurate records, forms, and duties as requested by the Center Supervisor and Specialists/Coordinators. Assists Teacher in completing and submitting lesson plans three (3) weeks prior for approval. Developing realistic lesson plans responsive to the needs of all the children. Plans and implements learning experiences that promotes all areas of development, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, numeric awareness and language including English as a second language if applicable. Assist Teacher in developing goals and objectives for each child and for the group as a whole. Writes anecdotes for each child daily/weekly and uses the data collected to assess each child.  Maintains a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio for each child. Ensures transitions are smooth that help children move from one group to another. Maintains scheduled classroom activities in absence of the Teacher and follows lesson plans and daily routines. Assist Teacher with pre and post developmental screenings, behavioral screenings and speech/language screening annually on each child. Integrate special needs children in a positive and respectful manner. Implement child's IEP in daily learning. Teacher and Teacher assistant work cooperatively conducting at a minimum two (2) parent/teacher conferences and two (2) home visits per school year to discuss child's progression with the parents. Diligently pursue basic Muscogee (Creek) Nation language skills and continue to expand from words and numbers to practical phrases. Assist the Teacher with room management and center activities. Assist the Teacher to guide and facilitate activities for the children including: daily activities, field trips, room arrangement, selecting equipment and materials in the classroom. Plans a variety of ways to use low or no cost items in educational activities with the children. Documents follow-up on absenteeism as assigned by the Teacher and/or Center Supervisor. Eats with the children and supporting the development of social, self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices. Model a willingness to try new or different foods. Responsible for assisting with the cleanup of spills and area before leaving the table.   Inspects classroom, playground, and buses daily. Documents and immediately report to the Center Supervisor any repairs or maintenance needed. Operate the bus on a daily basis to transport students to and from the Head Start center, field trips, and other activities. Must conduct a pre and post trip inspection of the bus each day before and after bus routes and/or field trips. Provide guidance and participate in scheduled monthly parent meetings. Participates with parents and children on group socialization experiences. Maintains cleanliness of the center and classroom by sweeping and mopping floor; vacuuming; and disinfecting restrooms. Assist in the daily cleaning of buses. Initiates parent involvement in the communities by recruiting volunteers. Must participate in the Annual Community Assessment and program self-assessment, as well as conducting ongoing recruitment. Must sign in and out on the activity leave form before leaving the work site on Head Start business. Attends all center staff meetings. Must attend all mandatory trainings, workshops, and professional development throughout the year and implement knowledge and techniques gained. Must be able to withstand possible exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues and possible exposure to communicable diseases, be familiar with emergency procedures. Able to stoop, bend, stretch, climb and lift up to (50) fifty pounds. Must document and report suspected child abuse, neglect, etc. as mandated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Head Start Policies, tribal, state & federal laws. Must have a valid Oklahoma Driver's License. Must obtain Food Handlers Permit and CPR/AED, MAT & First Aid card and any other required trainings as scheduled by the program. Must obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) within the first six (6) months of employment. Upon hire, must obtain an initial TB skin test and physical and thereafter obtain a physical annually. Performs all other duties as assigned by the Manager, Program Coordinator/Specialists, and Center Supervisor related to program philosophy.

Minimum Requirements: CDA or State awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements of a CDA.

Must submit to and pass all necessary background checks, fingerprinting and drug testing.

Must have a valid Oklahoma Driver’s License.

Preferred Requirements: Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Equivalent coursework.

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 Muscogee (Creek) and Indian Preference