Education: High School Diploma. Must successfully complete the CDA/FCCPC coursework within one year from date of hire and submit all necessary requirements to obtain the CDA certificate.
Experience: Two years of experience in child education, care and service or related field, preferred.
Licenses & Certifications: Valid Florida drivers license and be insurable by Companys current carrier. Subject to Federal, State and Local legal requirements/background checks/clearance for working with children. First Aid and CPR certified. Must maintain a current Directors Credential.
CRITICAL SKILLS, ABILITIES, & EXPERTISE:
Physical Requirements: These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Sitting, standing for long periods of time, use of fingers, arms, hands and legs and voice/talking are constant. Good eyesight (correctable) and hearing (correctable) are essential. Squatting, walking, handling, grasping, stretching/reaching, bending at the waist, driving and light lifting and/or carrying (up to 15lbs) are frequent. Pushing, pulling, kneeling, balancing, turning, feeling, medium lifting and/or carrying (up to 65lbs) are occasional. Smelling, tasting, bending and feeling are frequent. Playing with children, which may include hopping, skipping, jumping, dancing, and twisting are occasional. Must have ability to get up from a seated position on the floor or a low chair without hesitation.
Equipment: Instructional materials and supplies, playground equipment, computer, multi-line phone and other small office and equipment and vehicle.
Skills & Expertise: Ability to carry out lesson plans. Ability to implement and coordinate activities for infants, toddlers, and two year-olds. Ability to work with children with special needs. Knowledge of early childhood education methods. Ability to establish effective working relationships with people, particularly parents and children. Skill in completing work with a high degree of accuracy. Ability to arrive to work daily and on time. Ability to work with limited direction. Knowledge of organization methods. Ability to evaluate situations and make prompt decision. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Ability to analyze and interpret data. Ability to use and operate a personal computer. Knowledge of child disability and mental health issues. Ability to maintain Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., Head Start, child and parent confidentiality. Knowledge of classroom management techniques. Ability to be reliable, responsible and accountable to job requirements.
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB FACTORS:
Job Location: Primary location is the Head Start/ Early Head Start facilities in Hernando, Sumter and/or Volusia counties. Occasional travel may be required to other counties
Work Environment: While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Office/classroom environment and working with others frequently. Working with office equipment is frequent. Occasionally outdoors and operates a vehicle.