Head Start Education/Disabilities Coordinator

Location: Anchorage


Hours: 37.5 hours per week (full time)


Rate of Pay: $23.09-25.21 per hour DOE + Benefits


Duties: Ensure compliance with all Head Start performance standards as they relate to education services and services to children with disabilities.  Oversee education services; including school readiness, cultural and age appropriate learning experiences which support individual learning styles and temperaments and adequate promote social and emotional competence.  Ensure all classroom routines; schedule and plans promoting and learning of life habits which promote wellness, hygiene, social skills, increasing engagement and attention span throughout the Head Start experience.  Ensure measurement of development in the eight required domains through on-going screening and assessment of children’s development, monitoring through use data input MIS system, in order to measure child progress to improve those outcomes through reflective, adaptive reaching strategies.  Responsible for child outcomes data system: collections, aggregation and analysis, preparing reports for appropriate parties.  Ensures that education component adequately addresses child outcomes. Provides leadership to the Teaching staff and work in collaboration with other Central Office Staff Coordinators on developing, designing curricula around, and responding to child outcomes.  Track all Child Development paperwork to meet compliance in all Head Start service areas including mental health, nutrition, health, dental, safety and basic first aid.  Oversee the acquisition and management of classroom supplies, equipment and resources working within budget prepared annually.  Work in collaboration with other Central Office Staff Coordinator to develop and maintain written policies and procedures and work plans.  Ensure that site staff are trained in all Head Start child development requirements, observation, language literacy and reading readiness skills, math concepts, problem solving, science, creativity and ensure that staff are familiar with policies and work plans.  Facilitate parent training including parent observation of child in center environment, child development, how children learn through planned interactions with environment and important adults.  Assist Family Services Coordinator activities in the Family Literacy Program, including choosing books and ordering, planning book events and book giveaways.  Ensure that Head Start staff and parents are provided opportunities for education in child development, developmentally appropriate practices to access social emotional developmental and behavioral issues of pre-school.  Promote community partnerships and establish collaborative relationships with Special Education Directors, School Districts, Infant Learning Programs, and other early childhood programs to promote access to services.  Ensure Disability work plan, Head Start Disability Performance Standards implemented throughout the Head Start communities.  Work with parents and local education agencies to ensure that parents are fully informed and involved in Special Education services for Head Start children and families.  As CDA advisor, responsible for implementing and training plan for the teaching staff. Implement a system of training to ensure staff has the 120 hours required by CDA certification and ensure that teaching staff have the knowledge and skill necessary to perform their assigned functions responsibly including: Theories and principles of child growth and development and observation of this development; early childhood education; social and emotional development and behavioral issues of 3-5 year old children; incorporation of age appropriate hygiene; wellness; safety; nutrition practices in the classroom.  Ensure required Mental Health services are provided to the Head Start program which include classroom observations and ensuring timely and effective identification of an intervention in family and staff concerns about a child.  Classroom observations by a mental health professional must be scheduled at a minimum of twice per school year.  Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to creating partnerships with local mental health agencies to identify and discuss child and family mental health issues and ensuring that the recommendations and plans developed by mental health professionals are implemented in the appropriate settings to the highest degree possible.



Recruitment: Education Content Area Coordinator in Head Start center based program will require a minimum Bachelor degree preferred.

Minimum Standards: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field with ECE background, credit hours or experience plus three to five years relevant work related experience that includes supervision or management; or any equivalent of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Degree Requirements: Proof of all degrees are required and must be from an accredited university.  Transcripts may also be requested to assist in determining qualifications.  All degrees/transcripts will be reviewed by Education Coordinators and the Program Director to determine if requirements are met.  Course descriptions or syllabi may also be requested to assist in determining whether a course is related. 

Acceptable degrees include: Baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education; or Baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and courseware equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience in an early childhood setting.


Pre-employment Requirements:

Results of TB Test, physical within 30 days of employment; hepatitis B screening/vaccination status; criminal background clearance; valid Alaska Driver’s license.


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