POSITION TITLE: CLASSROOM FLOATER
DEPARTMENT: HEAD START
OPEN DATE: JULY 12, 2021
REPORTS TO: COMPLIANCE SUPERVISOR
CLOSE DATE: JULY 25, 2021
WORK LOCATION: WASHINGTON COUNTY
HIRING RANGE: $18.00 - $19.80 HOURLY
FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT
POSITION STATUS: REGULAR FULL TIME (RFT)
BENEFIT STATUS: ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS
WORK HOURS PER WEEK: 32
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 3
MONTHS ACTIVE: SEPTEMBER – MAY
POSITIONS SUPERVISED: 0
Under Oregon statute, after July 1, 1996, an offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the results of criminal offender information record check, and possibly fingerprinting, conducted on applicants for employment in early childhood services agencies. Applicants who have been convicted of certain offenses or who refuse to consent to such background checks will not be hired for this position. The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. Continuation of all positions is contingent upon future funding.
Special Note on Central Background Registry Requirement:
In order to be offered any position within our Head Start program, you must be currently enrolled in Oregon’s Central Background Registry. If you are not currently enrolled, you may still be considered for this position, but no offer of employment may be extended to you until this requirement has been completed. For information on how to enroll in Oregon’s Central Background Registry, please visit www.childcareinoregon.org or call the Office of Child Care at 1.800.556.6616.
Note on Hiring Range:
For applicants with extensive qualifications and/or years of experience, the new hire maximum rate may be exceeded with the approval of the Director of Human Resources and the Executive Director. If approval is granted, it will be based upon careful review of the applicant’s qualifications, experience, internal equity and budgetary considerations. The final rate approved will typically never be at a rate equal to or above the established midpoint of the pay range for the position.
In support of the Agency’s mission, the Classroom Floater will serve in classrooms in a temporary capacity as needed, supporting existing staff and with guidance from the assigned staff. This position is responsible for engaging in nurturing relationships with children as well as planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate learning environment with meaningful experiences that prepares children for successful transition to kindergarten. In partnership with parents, the Classroom Floater promotes family engagement in their child’s learning. Responsibilities include compliance with federal and state Head Start Performance Standards, Agency/Head Start Policies and Procedures, and Oregon Childcare Division regulations in full day centers.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with regularly assigned classroom staff, maintain a safe, healthy, orderly and nurturing classroom environment organized into functional areas.
Develop and maintain consistent, positive relationships with children, treating them with dignity and respect.
Assist in setting up environment (indoor/outdoor) for the activities of the day.
Follow the established schedule of the classroom to provide consistency for the children.
Ensure that that no child is left alone or unsupervised.
Use developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate activities with groups and individuals.
Utilize lesson plans as prepared by the teacher or collaborate with the teaching team in the development of lesson plans if none are available.
Follow established primary care-giving routines and appropriate practices with children ages 0-3 years.
For long-term assignments, become familiar with individual goals for children as identified in the My Teaching Strategies Family Conference form.
Observe and record behaviors of children to assist the teacher in the identification of each child's strengths and areas to grow.
Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
Work in partnership with classroom staff to encourage collaborative team interaction that embraces diversity and constructive problem-solving.
Ensure the successful inclusion of children with special needs in the regular classroom and work with Early Childhood Special Education staff to identify and provide appropriate services for them.
Sanitize classroom equipment as needed.
Assist with meal service as needed.
Assure/assist in general maintenance and security of facility.
Strictly adhere to all safety policies and procedures at all times and respond/correct any at-risk safety issues immediately.
Attend meetings, trainings, and appropriate professional development activities as required.
Strictly adhere to agency code of ethics and standards of workplace behavior.
Perform other duties as assigned to meet business needs, including regular and reliable attendance and adherence to all company workplace behavior standards.
Marginal Functions and Responsibilities:
Other marginal functions and responsibilities as assigned.
Education: Minimum of a Child Development Associate Credential (Preschool or Infant/Toddler) or an Early Childhood Education Certificate; sufficient to be placed at Step 7 or higher on the Oregon Registry. Transcripts, diplomas and/or Oregon Registry Step Certificates are required to validate educational requirements. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Experience: Minimum of one year experience teaching in a Certified Child Care Center or comparable group care program in the care of children ages 0-5. Less than one year of experience may be accepted for applicants with higher levels of education beyond a CDA.
Access to reliable transportation for home visits, valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families.
Intermediate computer literacy and familiarity with applications such as databases and spreadsheets, word processing, email and internet.
Must be able to successfully pass applicable background and Oregon Central Background Registry checks prior to new hire processing and beginning actual employment.
Completion of appropriate Fit for Duty and TB Testing according to Head Start regulations prior to date of hire.
Education: Minimum of an Associate’s Degree in the field of Early Childhood Education OR an Associate's Degree out of the field that includes coursework sufficient to be placed at Step 9 or higher on the Oregon Registry. Acceptable coursework would be a minimum of 20 quarter college credits or 13 semester college credits in at least 5 Core Knowledge Categories (as defined by Oregon Registry). Transcripts, diplomas and/or Oregon Registry Step Certificates are required to validate educational requirements
Bilingual in English/Spanish, written and verbal.
2+ years experience teaching children ages 0 - 5 years of age.
Prior Head Start program experience.
Training and/or education in working with children with special needs.
Required Licensing or Other Special Certifications:
Current Oregon Registry Step Certificate (or acquired within 90 days from date of hire).
First Aid/CPR certification or acquired within 30 days from date of hire.
Food Handler’s card acquired within 30 days from date of hire.
Required Physical Demands of Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Work is conducted mostly in a classroom environment.
Occasional phone use.
Occasional use of video terminal and keyboarding.
Ability to monitor and respond to events going on at all times in the classroom and outdoor play areas.
Physical ability to move quickly in order to redirect children for the purpose of insuring a child’s safety or the safety of others in the environment.
Ability to respond appropriately both physically and mentally to en emergency or crisis situation, such as to provide CPR and/or First Aid to a pre-school age child, to evacuate a building, etc.
In normal work day, may stand/walk 4 hrs/day; may sit 4 hrs/day; may drive 1 hrs/week; may use hands for repetitive grasping, pushing and pulling, typing and fine manipulation 2 hrs/day; may use hands at or above shoulder level for 1 hrs/day.
In normal work day, may bend, squat, and/or climb frequently. Frequent kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor or in small chairs.
Work is light in nature, occasional lifting up to 20 lbs. with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 lbs. Occasional lifting of a child weighing up to 60 lbs.
May require walking or standing to a significant degree, or sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.
How to Apply for this Position:
To be considered we must receive a completed Community Action Employment Application form. You are welcome to also include a cover letter and resume at your option. Transcripts may be required for certain positions. Applications can be completed on our website: www.caowash.org or you can print off the application to complete or pick up the application form at either of our following locations:
Hillsboro – 1001 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro OR 97123
Beaverton – 5050 SW Griffith Dr, Suite 101, Beaverton OR 97005
Be sure to submit your application in a timely manner. If you choose not to complete an online application, you can send your completed application form, optional resume and cover letter and any other required documents via fax at 503.357.6057. If you prefer to mail your application be sure to mail attention Human Resources at the Hillsboro office address above.
All application submissions will be acknowledged with a receipt notification. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you.
All current Community Action employees are encouraged to apply for openings at Community Action which they are interested in. For current employees, some qualifications may be met by an equivalent combination or education and experience at the discretion of the employer.
Benefits: All regular full-time (RFT) status positions of 0.50 full-time equivalent or higher are eligible for our outstanding benefits package including:
Generous paid sick and vacation time
12 0bserved holidays
Medical, vision and dental insurance
Free life and long term disability insurance
Medex travel assistance
Employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan
Employee Assistance Program
Rich and diverse mission-based working environment
COMMUNITY ACTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Community Action is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state equal employment opportunity laws. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.