Assistant Center Director

Under the guidance and instruction of the Center Director or Assistant Manager of Education Services, the Assistant Center Director participates in the responsibility for the daily operation of Early Head Start and or Pre-k-classrooms classrooms/centers. Representative duties include but are not limited to: monitor attendance of all students enrolled in the facility; monitor/document absences; assist in making follow-up contact with parents/caregivers to determine the cause of each child’s absence; refer irregular attendance issues to Family Services, as appropriate; participate in the development of attendance improvement plans

 

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES (including but not limited to):

  • PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
    • Provide guidance, modeling and support to assigned teachers. 
    • Direct, instruct, and train assigned staff as requested; provide input for evaluation as requested
    • Has a working knowledge of the EHS Performance Standards, licensing regulations, additional state requirements and SCF’s policies and procedures
    • With the education team, parents and policy council, develops and maintains a meaningful, individualized curriculum that meets program goals
    • Maintains strict confidentiality for EHS children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures
    • Creates and maintains a healthy and safe learning environment that is developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive and experientially-based
    • Participates in transition activities including registration, classroom transitions and preschool transition
    • Collaborates with program staff to increase resources, accomplish tasks, resolve conflict and support the overall program
 
  • BIRTH TO FIVE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATIONS
    • Creates and implements a developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive program that supports the child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
    • Has knowledge of safety issues relating to infant/toddlers (i.e. sudden infant death syndrome); organizes and maintains a healthy, safe, clean environment that ensures comfortable and challenging experiences that meet the changing needs of infants and toddlers and pre-schoolers; reports needed maintenance and repairs
    • Assists in developing an environment that reflects the home culture of the families being served with the goal of increased understanding of their own culture and the culture of others
    • Provides guidance and instruction to teachers to strengthen the infant, toddler and early childhood experiences provided
    • Understands birth-5 child development and applies this knowledge to the classroom
    • Participates in IFSP or IEP meetings, case conferences, parent conferences, case   reviews, staff meetings, in-service and pre-service meetings, and other meetings as directed.
    • Responsible for participating in on-going infant/toddler training and professional growth activities
    • Promotes partnerships with families by working closely with colleagues and the family services staff
    • Understands and carries out the HS Performance Standards, Standards of Conduct, Licensing and State regulations as well as SCF’s Policies and Procedures
    • Promotes and supports the SCF’s mission, standards and philosophy in the EHS community, with program partners and with the greater community
    • Substitutes for teachers during a temporary absence or long-term as determined by program needs
    • Follows authorized emergency and safety procedures and regulations concerning occupational disease, injury, prevention of contamination and other universal precautions
    • Assure that screenings occur in a timely manner; that findings are recorded; individualized plans are developed and implemented; that ongoing observation is utilized to update each child’s individual plan on a regular basis.
    • Assist teachers to develop and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that address the whole child; that integrate all service areas into the curriculum
    • Assists in organizing personnel effectively and efficiently to successfully meet daily objectives
 
  • RECORD KEEPING
    • Prepare and maintain accurate records, including staff and child attendance records, child observation, individualization, lesson plans, lunch count, parent participation, in-kind contributions, and others as directed, using proper spelling and accurate calculations.
    • Maintains and utilizes data from screening, assessment, and observation for program planning
    • Assists in maintaining inventory
    • Maintains the appropriate children’s paperwork and electronic files
    • Follows SCF-EHS program and fiscal record-keeping regulations
 
  • PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
    • Develops/utilizes system to meet requirements for and track parent involvement in the classroom
    • Builds positive and productive relationships with families that focus on trust and support and encourage involvement in the EHS program.
    • Participates in orientation of new families.
    • Participates in monthly parent meetings at the center and other social activities for parents.
    • Schedules, participates and ensures documentation of conferences, home visits, parent trainings and parent/family involvement activities.
    • Involves parents in educational activities that support their role as their child’s first teacher, including volunteering in the classroom.
    • Submits monthly in-kind records gathered from the parents in the classroom
    • Professionally promotes EHS in the community
    • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with collaborators
    • Demonstrate, uphold and adhere to Sunrise Children’s Foundation’s core values of Mutual Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Trustworthiness and Empowerment

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Lifting children weighing up to fifty (50) pounds multiple times throughout the day
  • Working environment includes child care center, office environment and client home setting
  • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to maintain direct eye contact with infant/toddlers
  • Able to able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, reach, stoop, and crouch to interact successfully with infants and/or toddlers
  • Sitting on the floor and/or in preschool chairs
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to manipulate specialized apparatus and standard office and classroom equipment
  • Able to see to read a variety of materials, printed or virtual
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work (home visits or off-site meetings/trainings)
  • Hear and speak to exchange information in face to face conversation; virtual meeting space or via telephone
  • Capable of sharing developmental reports with families about their child 
  • Able to drive to attend home visits, off-site training or meetings
  • Tolerate some exposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases
  • Tolerate moderate to loud noise level
  • Some travel by car, bus, airplane or train may be required as associated with attendance at conferences, meeting and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases overnight travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Education & Work Experience
    • HS Diploma, GED or equivalent is required
    • Must have at minimum a current Child Development Associate credential with a focus on infants and toddlers
 
  • Skills & Abilities
    • Communicates understandable ideas and instructions orally and in writing
    • Proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English well enough to understand and be understood
    • Ability to maintain written documents and records
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret policies and educational materials
    • Communicates and understands infants/ toddlers, their parents and other staff
    • Ability to exhibit patience and prudence when communicating with children, families, staff, management, referral sources and the general public
    • Ability to project professionalism in appearance, interactions and in conduct throughout daily activities
    • Maintain a positive, open and objective attitude towards others including volunteers and interns
    • Willing to engage, support, include and work with volunteers and/or interns on an on-going or as needed basis
    • Acquire CPR/First Aid Training for Infant/Child/Adult within ninety (90) days of hire date and maintain through duration of employment
    • Obtain a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Work Card (Sheriff’s Card) for Child Care prior to hire date and maintain through duration of employment
    • Submit negative TB results (One-Step Skin Test or Chest X-Ray) prior to hire date and every two years for the duration of employment
    • Have a physical performed and document submitted prior to hire date and submit every five years for the duration of employment
    • Pass pre-employment and random drug/alcohol testing and maintain a drug-free workplace
 
  • Preferred
    • Associates degree or higher in Early Childhood Education is preferred
    • Bilingual (English-Spanish) speaking and writing skills helpful.
    • 6 months of experience with infants/toddlers is ideal

This description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related certifications, knowledge and skills.

Department: Center-based
This is a full time position

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