TEACHER DIRECTOR - Napaskiak Head Start

Company/Organization: RurAL CAP

Location: Napaskiak, Alaska, 99559

Application Dates: Until Filled


Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: Teacher for one center-based classroom. Provides for oversight and operations of the local Head Start program, integrating all Head Start components into classroom activities and home visits. Oversees all aspects of center staffing; develops family and community partnerships.


  1. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, and agency and Child Development Division Head Start/Early Head Start Policies and Procedures and the Head Start Work Plan.
  2. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal and state sanitation and safety regulations and Child & Adult Care Food Program guidelines, to include traditional foods guidelines.
  3. Oversees all aspects of the recruitment and hiring of center staff. Makes recommendations for the suspension and/or termination of staff to the Regional Manager.
  4. Responsible for the day-to-day supervision and scheduling of Center staff; conducting staff performance evaluations, orientation, on-going support and training of new staff.
  5. Accountable for all aspects of employee new hire paperwork, payroll and leave processes and ensures compliance with all applicable policies and procedures.
  6. Establishes partnerships with parents that are respectful, culturally sensitive and nonjudgmental.
  7. Ensures that families’ strengths and needs are identified and addressed. Ensures that parents are actively involved in staff hiring, program planning, decision-making and volunteer activities.
  8. Establishes a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children, including using the principles of Active Supervision at all times.
  9. Conducts regular classroom and home visit observations of staff to ensure quality programming.
  10. Ensures appropriate documentation of program operations.
  11. Builds and strengthens community partnerships for the support of families and children.
  12. Promotes a safe work environment and complies with safety guidelines, including using the principles of Active Supervision at all times.
  13. Conducts and documents weekly staff meetings; attends regular supervisory meetings and all required training.
  14. Plans for current and future financial needs; develops realistic budget within guidelines; stays within budget in meeting objectives.
  15. Fosters team effort, cooperation, and positive morale among staff members; seeking guidance from Regional Manager when needed.
  16. Analyzes issues and projects thoroughly; obtains and uses available resources; develops appropriate and creative solutions; takes action in a timely manner.


  1. Assists kitchen and janitorial staff as necessary and as work schedule permits.
  2. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Is attentive to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made and asking questions as appropriate.
  2. Speaks clearly and communicates information and ideas effectively so others will understand.
  3. Ability to monitor and assess performance of oneself and others to make improvements or take corrective action.
  4. Ability to negotiate to bring others together to try to reconcile differences.
  5. Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing, and to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  6. Possesses judgment and decision making abilities to evaluate the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  7. Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  8. Ability to read, comprehend, and follow established policies and procedures.
  9. Ability to manage work time well, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  10. Ability to establish a good rapport with people of diverse cultures and belief systems.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  12. Must demonstrate sound judgment, professional boundaries, ethics, and ability to maintain confidentiality.


  1. Agency is a mandated tobacco, drug and alcohol free workplace.
  2. Classroom, families’ homes and general office environment.
  3. Ability to respond quickly to children’s needs and emergency situations.
  4. Must be flexible in work schedule to help meet required teacher/child ratios in all classrooms.
  5. Develops and maintains constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
  6. Uses computers and computer programs effectively to enter data, create spreadsheets and process information, and to develop documents, and program and training materials.
  7. Develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish work.
  8. Communicates with others outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, and other external sources in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail in keeping with current policies & procedures.
  9. Must have the ability to operate the following equipment: desktop computer, telephone, copier, PC printer, and fax machine.


  1. 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.
  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly to grasp, type, see, talk, hear, and lift and carry 40 pounds of weight by utilizing proper lifting techniques and working in a safe manner. This position will also be performing physical activities such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, bending, and handling materials.
  3. Occasionally performs sedentary activities that require sitting for long periods and repetitive use of hands, wrists and arms for handling, positioning, moving materials, and manipulating things.
  4. Must be in good general health and free from serious physical, mental health and/or substance abuse problems.


This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or hours vary with location. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.


  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must pass state and federal background checks, including fingerprints.
  3. Must have at least one of the following qualifications: An associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree in a field related to early childhood education or an associate degree in a field related to early childhood education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children.
  4. Teachers not holding a degree in Early Childhood Education must hold a current preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) AND complete an Associate and/or Bachelor’s degree, according to a prescribed timeline.
  5. Demonstrated ability to supervise 2 or more employees, including training and evaluating work performance.
  6. Responsible work ethic with reliable attendance.
  7. Must pursue an ongoing professional development plan including formal training certification or college degree as recommended by the program.
  8. Must attend 15 hours of professional development training annually.
  9. Proven ability and willingness to be self-directed in problem solving and decision-making and perform basic assignment with little or no direct supervision while also working effectively as a team member.
  10. Must be knowledgeable about the community and region, and its resources.
  11. Demonstrated ability to manage work efficiently and organization to make the job easier.
  12. Demonstrated ability to endure work fluctuations, deadlines, and interruptions.
  13. Demonstrated ability to accomplish assignments completely and accurately, within a reasonable timeframe.
  14. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in leadership techniques, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  15. Must be knowledgeable about the community and region, and its resources.
  16. Demonstrated intermediate level of computer skills necessary in order to use and create documents and reports, spreadsheets, workshop materials and slide presentations, and to enter data into intricate database programs and proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook.
  17. Must keep all matters concerning participants in strictest confidence as required by HIPAA privacy and the 42 CFR, Part II confidentiality regulations.
  18. Must provide a TB screening and basic physical exam within thirty (30) days of hire with follow-up every three (3) years at employee’s expense.
  19. Must complete and maintain CPR and First Aid Training certification at employer’s expense.
  20. Must be able to provide own transportation to meet work schedule requirements.


  1. BA/BS degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  2. Fluency in English and native language of community.
  3. Knowledge of child development from prenatal to five years of age.
  4. Knowledge of parenting and related issues.
  5. Head Start/Early Head Start experience.

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Submission Instructions

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