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Head Start Lead Teacher


REPORTS TO: Director of Childcare Services

LOCATION: 16601 NE 80th St Redmond, WA 98052


If you are an educator, advocate, team-player, and care about early childhood intervention for our community’s most marginalized communities, then the YWCA Early Childhood Learning Center is looking for you!

The job of the Head Start Lead Teacher is to provide quality, comprehensive child development services to preschool children and their families; and encourage parental involvement in educational planning, goal setting and center activities.

This position has a social justice component that will require critical thinking around how external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work, as well as working well in non-white environments and championing anti-racism policy, are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


  • Assesses student development and develops individual learning plans
  • Collaborates with families for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills.
  • Conducts home visits in order to partner with families in educational planning and goal setting
  • Attends a variety of educational workshops, seminars, in-service trainings, etc. for the purpose of maintaining their professional knowledge
  • Provides direct supervision and training of assistant teachers, paraeducators, floaters, and volunteers in the classroom. Assists with hiring and training staff. Works to keep staff morale high through open communication and support,
  • Attends to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them/changing clothes when needed, and changing diapers
  • Integrates children with special needs, and high behavioral concerns in a respectful, appropriate way
  • Maintains files and/or records for the purpose of providing up-to-date reference, cross component communication, and audit trail for compliance with district, local, state and federal regulations
  • Responsible for providing direct and active supervision of the children in care in a variety of educational settings (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment; follows child safety standards of conduct
  • Acts as site supervisor when Director and Family Advocate are off-site
  • Become trained and certified on parent training program (selected list of trainings available).  Completes two parenting classes each school year
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BA in early Childhood Education;


  • AA in Early Childhood Education or CDA plus two years experience in Early Childhood Education;


  • BA in a related field with one year experience preferred in Early Childhood Education and with the requirement that within three years one of the following would be obtained; State ECE Endorsement, OR an AA in Early Childhood Education, OR a CDA


  • Experience working with homeless children and families.
  • Experience working with children with special needs and high behavioral needs.
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core Competencies: collaboration, discernment/judgment, fostering diversity, planning and organizing/time management, problem solving, technical expertise, race & social justice advocacy, caring, communication: open/oral/written, continuous learning, crisis management, flexibility, initiative, interpersonal skills, professionalism, relationship building, reliability, consistent attendance, coaching


  • Proof of physical exam and negative TB test must be on file
  • First Aid/CPR card within 90 days
  • Food Handler’s Permit within 90 days
  • Proven ability in all areas of Early Childhood curriculum development and implementation including language development, music, art, pre-reading, pre-math, pre-science, etc.
  • Requires some scheduling flexibility for training, home visits, staffing, and parent events
  • Must have valid driver’s license, insurance and  reliable automobile

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously works indoors with the children
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 40 lbs.

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%


  • 40 hours per week, 7-4pm
  • $15.50-17.90/hour
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter to Please include where you found this posting in your application (HR purposes only).

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until closed.

YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer