Preschool Lead Educator

Company/Organization: Copper River Native Association

Location: Glennallen, AK

Application Dates: 03-07, until hired


Job Description


  • Serves as Administrator Back Up.
  • Assists Child Development Administrator with phases of developing and implementing CRNA's Child Development Program.
  • Provides supervision and direction for educators, substitutes, and volunteers in assigned classroom Communicates with parents on each child's capabilities and works to meet their cognitive, emotional, physical and social needs.
  • Creates and maintains parent information materials (bulletin boards, newsletters, flyers, etc.). Maintains records of the progress made by students and reports this information periodically to parents.
  • Conducts screenings and assessments, communicates the results to families, and works to meet each child's cognitive, physical, speech/language, and social/emotional needs.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy and positive learning environment, which enhances the developmental learning of children.
  • Provides an environment that respects the gender, culture, ethnicity, family composition and special emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of the individual child.
  • Creates lesson plans, develops materials, and implements activities.
  • Ensures classroom is cleaned on a daily basis, including but not limited to, putting away supplies, and cleaning and sanitizing all toys and surfaces.
  • Attends staff meetings, other scheduled meetings, and required trainings.
  • Adheres to all State licensing regulations.
  • Acts as a positive role model for children, especially with regard to respecting the feelings and rights of others.
  • Keeps adequate records of any accidents incurred by a child under care.
  • Follows program procedures for reporting child abuse and neglect.
  • Maintains confidentiality of family records and information.
  • Maintains credentials and attends professional development activities as required.
  • Maintains documentation in compliance with Department, State, Federal, Professional and Ethical guidelines.
  • Participates in required and optional training as needed for licensure.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of curriculum, various content areas, and learning styles is critical to making decisions related to educational planning.
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to effectively present instruction, and/or information to students, staff, families, administrators, and public.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative and respectful working relationships with children, families, supervisors, and other employees.
  • Strong understanding and sensitivity to Alaska Native culture and lifestyle, with demonstrated experience working effectively with Alaska Native population.
  • Strong written, analytical, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills with sensitivity to lifestyles of targeted participants.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and produce timely and accurate written reports.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality as required for HIPAA, other regulations and organization matters.
  • Ability to learn and apply program/agency operating policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks concurrently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships, including outside contacts.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with teams.
  • Ability to report to work in a timely manner.
  • Skill in operating personal computer utilizing a variety of computer software. Skill in handling finances and plan and evaluate programs.


  • Must be 21 years of age, or older.
  • Candidates must meet one of these four requirements:
  • BA degree in teaching, Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related degree.
  • 12 semester hours in "early childhood development, child development, child psychology, or the equivalent. At least three of those semester hours must be in Child Development. Three of those credit hours can be from management and other relevant college courses can be substituted, but no less than three semester hours must be in Child Development.
  • A current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Early Childhood
  • Professional Recognitions; or A Montessori certificate.
  • One (1) year experience working with young children.


  • Two (2) year experience working in an Early Childhood or Head Start Program.
  • Current Infant/Toddler/Child CPR/First Aid.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position corresponds to medium duty work, involving physical exertion of 20-50 lbs. frequently; such exertion involves the lifting and/ or moving of young children in the program, and/ or goods and materials within the facility. There is frequent walking, standing, climbing, stooping, bending, and squatting/ crouching in an indoor classroom as well as an outdoor environment. The majority of the work is performed in a classroom setting with a wide variety of people with differing functions, personalities, and abilities. CRNA is a smoke free and tobacco free campus. May require local travel between compact services of CRNA which may involve exposure to extreme weather conditions. Works in an environment where protection of client confidentiality is essential. Personal Protective Equipment will be provided when and where needed.


Supervision Received:
Position receives supervision from the Child Development Administrator. Work will be monitored through weekly meetings, monthly reports, and regular communication with your supervisor. General guidelines for operations are based on program requirements, conditions of grant award(s), and the general policies and procedures of CRNA.

Supervision Exercised:
Position will exercise supervision of assigned staff and complete required documentation, including performance evaluations, training, and general oversight through direct reports.

Contacts: Contacts may include, and not limited to, volunteers, organizational staff, consumers, and outside agencies.

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Submission Instructions

Please apply on our website at: Or contact Aline Stevenson at 907-406-0542.

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