1. Build an understanding of the Head Start program by communicating its philosophy, mission, and services to staff, families, and the community.
2. In the absence of the Head Start Manager, take on responsibility of daily center operations.
3. Assist Head Start Manager in monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; plans and implement adjustments as necessary.
4. Answers incoming telephone calls, determines purpose of calls, and forwards calls to appropriate personnel or department, ensuring professional telephone etiquette.
5. Assists Head Start Manager with preparation of correspondence, reports, minutes, agendas, memos, forms, directories, and other documents and communications from drafts, recordings, or verbal instruction as requested.
6. Work collaboratively and confidentially with a range of specialists (e.g., local school districts, community partners, medical, dental, speech, nutrition, mental health etc…) by sharing essential child and family information, identifying approaches to solving issues, and developing follow-up plans.
7. Develop and sustain relationships with families by maintaining frequent contact, such as, home visits, phone calls, and informal contacts.
8. Engage families as full partners in their own and their children’s development and learning by helping families develop and reach realistic and achievable long and short term goals, engaging families in assessing their needs and strengths, and supporting them in taking actions to reach their goals.
9. Help families advocate for themselves and their children with schools, community agencies, and systems by providing current and accurate lists of available resources and community services.
10. Plan and offer family education activities in collaboration with Head Start staff and other professionals by determining family interests and needs, identifying presenters and resources in the program and community, and evaluating effectiveness.
11. Identify children who need referrals by reviewing child observation, screening, and assessment data in collaboration with the classroom team and other specialists.
12. Track progress toward child and family goals established in formal plans (e.g., family partnership agreements, IEP’s, IFSP’s, etc…)
13. Meet federal, state, and program documentation requirements by maintaining accurate, objective, complete, timely, and well-organized child and family records.
14. Facilitate Transition to/from Head Start, home, and or other early childhood education and care settings by engaging families and members of the professional community in planning and implementing strategies that ensure successful transitions, including the transfer of child records as necessary.
15. Support Head Start program improvement efforts by contributing information to the program’s planning, evaluation, self-assessment, and other program development efforts.
16. Participate in pre-service, in-service, and other on-going training as required by Head Start and Wisconsin Child Care regulations.
17. Assist lead teaching staff in conducting two (2) Home Visits and two (2) Parent/Teacher Conferences per school year.
18. Practice excellent customer service skills at all times to include, but not limited to, addressing program families, members of the community, and employee needs courteously and promptly.
19. Mentor teaching staff in the planning, organizing, and delivering of developmentally appropriate activities based on Parent Directed Goals, School Readiness Goals, IEP/IFSP Goals, and Positive Behavior Plans.
20. Observe classrooms throughout the year to determine needs of teaching staff and children in regard to the coordination of monthly student status meetings with lead teaching staff.
21. Fill in as a Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and/or operating a school bus when the program staff and/or alternate are unavailable
22. Pick-up and deliver children, by school bus, according to standards established by the Head Start Program and complete paperwork, such as, pre-trip inspections, vehicle logs, and all other documentation as required.
23. Must maintain an acceptable departmental attendance record.
24. Must be reliable and prompt when reporting to work.
25. Required to attend job related, in-service, meetings, and training to maintain professional and technical knowledge.
26. Must adhere to tribal law and other applicable laws as well as tribal personnel policies and procedures.
27. May be required to satisfactorily complete an exam or other testing requirement(s) to determine skill proficiency.
28. The above duties and responsibilities are not an all-inclusive list but rather a general representation of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position. The duties and responsibilities will be subject to change based on organizational needs and/or deemed necessary by the supervisor.
29. Help the Head Start program achieve its goals by staying informed of pertinent day-to-day activities and adjusting own work accordingly.
30. Advance program practice by promoting a positive working environment and working collaboratively with other staff to understand and support the adoption of best practices for children, families, and staff.