Early Head Start Group Leader
Pittsburgh Faison K-5
7430 Tioga Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Other - Position - Non-Certified
Job Number 4600148552
Start Date
Open Date 01/05/2018
Closing Date 02/04/2018
Reports To Principal, Exec Dir, Program Officers, Coordinator
Salary
Paraprofessional Salary Schedule (starting at $3, 426/month)

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Qualifications
- Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (such as Child Development, Applied Developmental Psychology, Child Life Studies, etc.) with at least 12 + college level credits in Infant/Toddler education and/or child development required.
- At least 2-years work experience in the infant/toddler setting, and experience in mentoring and/or counseling teen parents preferred.
- Experience with curriculum & assessment implementation, lesson planning & standards alignment, and early childhood best practices also preferred.

Competencies:
1. Documenting/Recording Information:
- Observe and evaluate children's daily performance, behavior, social development, and physical health, via anecdotal notes.
- Assess children according to established assessment schedule.
- Plan weekly lesson plans, aligning with federal and state early learning standards.
- Organize and follow a posted daily schedule.

2. Performing Administrative Activities and Organizational Ability:
- Follow PPS' and programs policies and procedures.
- Report to work and depart on time daily.
- Report personal absences according to established procedures.
- Maintain confidentiality surrounding child records and sensitve parent informtion.
- Attend scheduled professional development activities and workshops.

3. Technical Proficiency:
- Implement curriculum according to curriculum guidelines and state & federal regulations.
- Teach uniformly in all pre-academic domains: language & literacy, mathematics, science, health & personal/social skills and physical.
- Establish and maintain positive classroom & child management utilizing appropriate behavior maangement strategies.
- Provides for the safety, health and well-being of all children.
- Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
- Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
- Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers; and attending to other health related/medical needs, whenever necessary.
- Implement child's IFSP in coordination with the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers staff. Review IFSPs on a weekly basis.
- Differentiate instruction for all children according to individual skills and abilities.
- Communicate positively and effectively with teaching team in order to meet children's needs and create a safe classroom atmosphere.

4. Workflow management:
- Maintain all established timelines and deadlines.
- Managing one's own time and the time of others.

5. Stakeholder Relations:
- Welcome child and parent/guardian each morning upon entering classroom and departing at end of the day.
- Maintain frequent contact with families regarding child progress and daily activities.
- Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.

6. Other Related Essential Skills and Abilities:
- Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking & Oral Expression: Talking to others to convey information effectively. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Oral Comprehension: The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Problem Sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Originality: The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
- Fluency of Ideas: The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
- Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Written Comprehension & Expression: The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Self Control: Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Dependability: Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Concern for Others: Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Integrity: Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation: Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Social Orientation: Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Stress Tolerance: Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Leadership: Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Initiative: Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Residency Requirements City of Pittsburgh Residency Required
Essential Job Functions
1. Provide children with a learning environment and the varied experiences that will help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development toward the ultimate goal of social competence.
2. Provides easy and natural transitions for children moving from one activity to another.
3. Maintains a wide range of suitable activities so that the children can make choices according to their own interests and needs.
4. Meets weekly with staff at the center level for the purpose of planning and evaluating the program and assessing the needs of the children.
5. Plans and supervises the activity of the children at all times; and participation of the Education Assistants, observers and volunteers.
6. Attends pre- and in-service trainings as scheduled.
7. Ensures that equipment and materials are in good condition, and provides a setting that is orderly and attractive.
8. Completes conferences and home visits as mandated by Head Start guidelines during the school year.
9. Completes additional home-visits, socializations, parent events/activities, and professional developments over the summer months (for additional pay) as required by the PPS EHS program.
10. Completes student's developmental records as mandated.
11. Works cooperatively with Alliance for Infants and Toddlers on student IFSPs.
12. Encourages healthy adult/child relationships among children, staff and volunteers.
13. Recognizes individual problems of children and develops skills in handling those behavior problems.
14. Remains alert to the needs and progress of the children.
15. Is responsible for keeping, using and sharing with staff, such records as are necessary.
16. Develops and maintains a sound relationship with parents, scheduling conferences regarding student's developmental profile, accepts differences due to cultural background and environmental situations, and keeps the parents informed of center activities.
17. Facilitates plans for transition into Head Start / Preschool programs.
18. Participates on various component committees.
19. Responsible for meals consistent with family style service. Confers with the Nutritionist to assure consistent quality of classroom meals.
20. Follows health and safety regulation standards.
21. Coordinates presentations with parents at the center.
22. Performs other duties as assigned by Early Childhood Administration.
23. Follows district polices and standards of funding entities.
Additional Job Information
Work Year: Follows the Pittsburgh Public Schools education staff calendar plus additional paid work days during the summer months to conduct Home Visits and facilitate socialization groups during the summer months.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs, activities, career and technical education programs or employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. It is the policy of the Pittsburgh School District to make all services, programs and activities available and to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. Please make requests for accommodations at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. For more information regarding accommodations, civil rights grievance procedures, please contact: Dr. Milton A. Walters, Office of Human Resources, 341 S. Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412-529-HELP (4357).