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Temporary Head Start Lead Teacher

REPORTS TO: Program Manager II

LOCATION: 16601 NE 80th St Redmond, WA 98052


The job of the Head Start Lead Teacher is to provide quality, comprehensive child development services to preschool children and their families; and to encourage parental involvement in educational planning, goal setting and center activities. This is a temporary position through June 2018.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


  • Administers developmental testing programs, assessments, etc. for the purpose of identifying needs, assessing student development and/or developing individual learning plans
  • Maintains classroom equipment, work areas, student files/records for the purpose of ensuring availability of items, providing reliable information and/or ensuring a safe and sanitary environment. Cleans and sanitizes equipment and toys daily
  • Participates in a variety of program activities for the purpose of conveying and/or receiving information related to the program plan
  • Prepares teaching materials and related reports for the purpose of documenting family and child activities as described in the work plan
  • Collaborates with families for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills
  • Develops curriculum and/or individual plans for students in collaboration with classroom team for the purpose of providing classroom activities and routines that support individual/group needs and/or delivering services in compliance with established guidelines. Establishing policies and procedures for inside and outside classroom environments
  • Conducts home visits for the purpose of providing information and resources to families on a schedule in compliance with program requirements and/or to partner with families in educational planning and goal setting
  • Models conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner
  • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution. Becomes families with all emergency procedures and protocols. Maintains health and safety standards according to licensing requirements
  • 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 (e.g. interactions with children and families, personnel functions, etc.)
  • 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
  • Assist supervisor with hiring, selection, and training new staff to meet performance standards
  • Acts as responsible/in charge when Director and Family advocate are off site
  • Maintains open communication with program staff to help keep staff morale high and to encourage productivity
  • Become trained and certified on parent training program (selected list of trainings available).  Completes two parenting classes each school year
  • Responsible for organizing, maintaining and filing all Early Head Start daily sheets
  • Support staff/mentor for Early Head start staff.  Helps train and coach EHS staff on toddler appropriate expectations, interactions and developmentally appropriate practices
  • 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 50 lbs.

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


  • 40 hours per week, 7-4pm
  • $15.50-17.90 per hour
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • This is a temporary position through June 2018.
  • 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