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Head Start/ELC Classroom Aide

Samish Longhouse
$11.50 - $13.99, FLSA Non-Exempt
12-16 hrs per week, Monday-Friday
Accepting Applications
Aug 21, 2018
First Review:
Sep 4, 2018

The Head Start/ELC Classroom Aide is responsible for providing aide to the Samish Head Start and Early Learning Center children, with an emphasis on social-emotional support through the Second Step Curriculum.  The Classroom Aide will help all children engage successfully in classroom experiences, in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and licensing WAC regulations.  This position is funded by the Mental Health Promotion Project from WA DSHS.

Principle Duties

Principal Duties:

  1. Learns, understands, and assists with the implementation of the social-emotional curriculum, Second Step.
  2. Supports the mental health, social-emotional, and developmental well-being of all classroom children, with a particular focus on children with special needs or IEPs (Individualized Education Plans).
  3. Assists with providing opportunities for all children to develop positive self-images and experience success.
  4. Assists in the implementation of developmentally appropriate activities and lesson plans that will enhance the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child.
  5. Maintains a general understanding of Head Start regulations and licensing WACs and supports the center in striving for full compliance each day.
  6. Assists in health and developmental screenings as needed.  This may include taking height/weight measurements or helping to escort a child to the front office for hearing/vision screenings, etc.  
  7. Greets and engages families whenever they are at the center, encouraging parent involvement and parent-teacher partnerships.
  8. Supports safe and orderly transportation of children, ensuring that proper seat restraints are used at all times and all safety regulations are followed during bus transportation, if monitoring assistance is needed.
  9. Provides positive guidance to children with successful classroom management, and demonstrates clear limits and expectations according to developmentally appropriate practices.
  10. Maintains confidentiality for all children, families, and staff. Exercises appropriate discretion in information sharing with other staff as it applies to job responsibilities on a need-to-know basis.
  11. Attends training as relevant to staff development plans. Maintain current certification for First Aid, CPR, Food Handler’s Permit, and Health Checks.  Understands and complies with CPS mandated reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.
Required Qualifications
  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must have experience working with or interacting with preschool children, with a general understanding of early childhood development and appropriate practices
  3. Must be willing to learn and receive training on curriculum and practices, such as Second Step, with support from the program
  4. Must be willing to complete 30hrs Basic STARS course and 10 STARS hours of continuing education
  5. Must possess strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  6. Able to carry forty pounds without difficulty, sit in a child-sized chair, move quickly from multiple positions and levels, and ride on a bus
  7. Must obtain First Aid and CPR certifications within 30 days of hire
  8. Must have initial TB test, and be free from communicable disease
  9. Must possess a Food Handlers Permit before employment
  10. Must pass state, federal, and Department of Early Learning fingerprinting and background checks

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift and carry 40lbs; able to stand (40% of time), sit (30% of time), as well as frequently stoop, squat, lift, kneel, bend, reach, and run (30% of time); possess manual dexterity sufficient to use hand writing materials, computers, and office equipment to prepare reports and documentation; be physically able to move through classrooms, ride along and load/unload from a school bus; Mental/Visual Demands: Constant mental, visual, and audio supervision of children and attention is needed. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Outside time is required each day on playground or on field trips. Must be able to move around for the majority of shift. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Possibility of exposure to blood and bodily fluids; possibility of exposure to communicable diseases. Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry.  Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY:  This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members.  The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual.  Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter.  Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring.  BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history, as well as a pre-employment drug screen. The Drug Free Workplace Policy has not changed since the passing of WA State I-502. While Initiative 502 legalized marijuana within Washington State, employers maintain the right to decide on their tolerance policy. Because we receive federal grant dollars from the federal government, we still consider marijuana as an illegal substance and its use and possession completely prohibited.

This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a fingerprint background investigation in order to be hired for this position.  The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.

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