12 Jul 2021
Oregon, Portland, 97201 Portland USA





OPEN DATE: JULY 12, 2021












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 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.

Position Summary:

In support of the agency’s mission, and under the direction of the Teacher, the Assistant Teacher is responsible for providing instruction and supervision in a safe and healthy learning environment for Head Start Children ages 3-5. This position works with typically developing children as well as those with disabilities. The Assistant Teacher will assist the Teacher in developing and implementing developmentally appropriate, inquiry based, emergent classroom curriculum to provide learning opportunities for all children that honors their individual strengths, educational goals, provides on-going assessment on progress, and facilitates children's transition to Kindergarten. In partnership with the Teacher, the Assistant Teacher will promote a high level of family engagement and work in partnership with families to promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children. The Assistant Teacher plays a key role on the interdisciplinary team providing health and family support services to advocate for greater self-sufficiency of Head Start families. Responsibilities also include compliance with Federal and State Head Start Performance Standards, Agency/Head Start Policies and Procedures, Oregon Childcare Division regulations, and Spark/QRIS standards.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

· Follow and support the classroom schedule and routines as developed by the Teacher.

· Assist the Teacher in the preparation and implementation of lesson plans and classroom materials to support a developmentally appropriate education program.

· Support exploration, problem-solving, cooperation, and socialization as developmentally appropriate.

· Use CLASS observations and feedback to inform teaching practices and enhance child/teacher interactions, as well as identify areas for professional development.

· Apply developmentally appropriate guidance and behavior management according to program policy.

· Assist the Teacher in adapting curriculum to meet individual goals for children as identified in the My Teaching Strategies Report Card.

· Support the successful inclusion of children with special needs.

· Provide a welcoming atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom and monitor the engagement of parent volunteers.

· Work in partnership with classroom staff to encourage collaborative team interaction that facilitates respectful relationships and embraces diversity and constructive problem-solving.

· Develop and maintain consistent, positive relationships with children, treating them with dignity and respect.

· Set and maintain respectful and professional boundaries with families.

· Assist in maintaining a safe, healthy, orderly and nurturing classroom environment.

· Facilitate safe and effective transitions between activities.

· Responsible for reviewing the Active Supervision and Safety Plan with the team on a quarterly basis and providing feedback as necessary

· Ensure that no child will be left alone or unsupervised.

· Strictly adhering to all safety policies and procedures at all times and respond/correct any at-risk safety issues immediately.

· Work closely with families to resolve barriers, disagreements and conflicts that hinder self-sufficiency.

· Conduct home visits as needed.

· Provide families with regular access to classes and trainings as requested.

· Assist families in developing their individual goals including regular follow-up on to identify progress, barriers to progress, and/or services received.

· Provide families with timely information and referrals appropriate to their needs.

· Assist with planning and facilitating families’ orientation to the program, families’ engagement in Parent Site/Center meetings, parent’s participation in Policy Council, and weekly family update meetings.

· Coordinate and confer with Family Services Assistants and/or Family Services Supervisor as needed.

· Assist Teacher or enrollment staff with late season enrollments as needed. Document, develop and maintain regular contact and communications with families.

Actively participate in team meetings.

· Collect, analyze, and record objective and complete observations on children using My Teaching Strategies as required.

· Assist Teacher with initial screenings, medical protocol, mental health referrals, and daily health checks.

· Serve and track meals and snacks to classes according to program Food Service procedures.

· Maintain confidentiality when working with children and families in all written and verbal communications and documentation.

· In partnership with the Teacher, assist with determination of child’s initial health status and developmental needs.

· Assist families in completing all follow-up on dental, medical, physical, and mental health needs.

· Utilize ChildPlus to enter education, health, and family services data as required.

· Support teacher with the taking and entering of program and school district attendance.

· Utilize ChildPlus to produce monitoring reports as required.

Understand and implement the appropriate policies and procedures and performance standards as prescribed by the Office of Head Start and the Community Action Head Start Program.

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.

Required Education/Training/Experience:

· Education: Minimum of a Child Development Associate Credential (Preschool); 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 3-5.

· 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, e-mail 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.


· Associate degree or higher 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 7 or higher on the Oregon Registry. Acceptable coursework would be a minimum of 12 quarter college credits or 8 semester college credits in at least 2 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.

· Two or more years of experience teaching children ages 3-5.

· 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).

· Current First Aid/CPR certification (or acquired within 30 days from date of hire).

· Current Oregon Food Handler Card (or acquired within 30 days from date of hire).

· All state licensing requirements for a classroom staff (or 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 ensuring a child’s safety or the safety of others in the environment.

· Ability to respond appropriately both physically and mentally to an emergency or crisis situation, such as to provide CPR and/or First Aid to a 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 workday, 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: 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 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.

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