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Preschool Lead, Head Start to Success Program

Organization: 
Clackamas ESD

Preschool Lead: Head Start to Success Program
Classrooms in North Clackamas School District
185-Day Calendar, 7.5 hours/day, 5 days/week

Clackamas ESD strives to infuse equity in all our programs and bodies of work by maintaining an inclusive, barrier-free environment in which everyone participates and fully benefits.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in the job description.  We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be the one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application. 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION:
The Head Start Preschool Lead provides a successful, safe, and supervised learning environment for children in the school district preschool setting. The Lead promotes the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of enrolled children through age appropriate instruction, progress monitoring/assessment of each child, development of individualized goals, and curriculum development. Family involvement is encouraged in all aspects of the program. The Lead works to ensure that Head Start standards are consistently met. The Lead insures that services are coordinated and address each child’s individual learning strengths and needs.

GENERAL DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION:
Head Start is built upon the understanding that child and family development takes place in a community and effective programs build upon and link families with community resources. For this reason, Head Start to Success is designed to link with schools, social service agencies, health services and childcare services. In this way, Head Start to Success achieves the Head Start mission of supporting families in preparing their children for kindergarten success. Enrolled children receive a quality preschool experience in their own community and the family is supported through home visits and offered comprehensive education, nutrition, health and social services. The program’s funding comes from the state of Oregon and follows all of the Federal Head Start guidelines and standards.

All individuals working in programs that serve early learners in Oregon must be enrolled in the Central Background Registry (CBR). Interested candidates may wish to proactively enroll now to meet this employment condition, which would expedite any potential job offer and on-boarding process. See this webpage for enrollment information. Indicate in your application that you are seeking employment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Utilizes integrated curriculum plans, which reflect developmentally appropriate practice, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of enrolled children
Conducts parent conferences and parent meetings for the purpose of assessment and support, and to share information on classroom progress and educational strategies at school and at home
Plans and provides a safe learning environment in which children are supervised and monitored at all times 
Assesses individual and group needs, attending to special needs, specific interests, strengths and concerns with the support of Head Start to Success staff
Documents baselines and ongoing assessments using the state selected assessment tool
For a complete list of this position's essential functions, please see the attached job description.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Associate’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or similar field, or a Step 9 on the Oregon Registry. CDA or Step 8 can be accepted with a plan to earn an associate’s degree or Step 9 within a reasonable time period 
Recent successful experience providing instruction to preschool children
Ability to apply current research and best practice within the field of Early Childhood Education to service delivery
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with families, program staff, the district, Clackamas ESD and community resource personnel
Ability to train, manage, and provide support to adults whose roles and responsibilities vary depending on the early childhood setting, including assigned education assistants
For a complete list of minimum qualifications, please see the attached job description.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or a related field
Bilingual: English and Spanish preferred 
DISTRICT DESCRIPTION:
Clackamas Education Service District is one of Oregon's 19 ESDs charged with providing programs for children with special needs, technology support, school improvement, and administrative services to local school districts and the Oregon Department of Education. Clackamas ESD serves ten school districts in Clackamas County, including Canby, Colton, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Molalla River, North Clackamas, Oregon City, Oregon Trail, and West Linn-Wilsonville.

TO APPLY:
Begin the application process by clicking the "Apply" button in the upper right of this announcement. (If you are not viewing this via AppliTrack, go to https://www.clackesd.org/who-we-are/about-us/employment/ to apply.) Applications must be submitted by no later than 4:30 pm on the deadline.

Application Deadline: July 27, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Commences: August 24, 2021
Starting Salary: Based on highest level of education and/or Oregon Registry Step ($18 - $25 per hour)
Benefits: Clackamas ESD offers a generous benefit package providing health, dental with orthodontia, and vision insurance including HRA options. Retirement through the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and professional development allocation. 

Clackamas Education Service District is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workforce along with the students and families that we serve.

Clackamas ESD policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preference as required by law.