Master Teacher

Position Title: Master Teacher

Position Status: Regular Full-Time (non-exempt)

Reports to:  Site Supervisor and Education Manager

Position Purpose:

To supervise teaching staff to ensure the children’s educational needs are met; to provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips). To promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start Children. Encourage parent involvement in all aspects of the program. To develop individual goals for children, provide an ongoing assessment on progress, and facilitate transition into kindergarten.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be 18 years of age  
  • Current State Driver License
  • DOJ, FBI, and Child Index background check 
  • Current Car Insurance 
  • Associate’s degree or higher in Child Development/Early Childhood Education and possession of a current California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit and five years of teaching experience. Which includes: 24 ECE/CD units with core courses** plus six administration units plus two adult supervision units
  • *Three-semester units of Infant and Toddler Care & Development are required for the Infant and Toddler Program.
  • *Lead Teacher supervises multiple classrooms and teaching staff.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work under the direct supervision of the Site Supervisor.  Work indirectly under the supervision of the Education Manager and Management.
  • Responsible for the daily operations of the Center in the absence of the Site Supervisor.
  • Responsible for assuring ongoing communication in the classroom.
  • Responsible for the following protocol of assuring the Center meets all requirements for health and safety according to federal, state, and local guidelines in the absence of the Site Supervisor.
  • Responsible for maintaining a liaison relationship with the community and the agency.
  • Staff are subject to be move to different sites or locations every three year. 
  • Responsible for providing a sanitary and safe interior and exterior environment.
  • Responsible for an appropriate response to questions, complaints, and problems about the Center in the absence of the Site Supervisor.
  • Responsible for using the web clock system for payroll purpose per the Personnel Policies and Procedures Handbook.
  • Responsible for collecting and monitoring monthly attendance sheets and Fire/Earthquake Drill Reports for the Center in the absence of the Site Supervisor.
  • Responsible for getting substitutes if one is needed for teaching staff at the Center.
  • Responsible for immediate reporting of all health and safety repairs to Site Supervisor or Education Manager.
  • Set up and maintain the appropriate orderly physical environment conducive to optimal growth and development of preschool children (physical, social, emotional, and intellectual).
  • Prepare and post the daily lesson plans.  Plans are completed 1 to 2 weeks before implementation and turned into the immediate supervisor. The schedule is given out.
  • Fire and earthquake drills are conducted according to the Action Plans and completion of reports per Action Plan.
  • Plan and coordinate field trips in cooperation with parents and staff.
  • Work with parents of children in group for planning activities for growth and development that can be done at home and the center.
  • Participate in the preparation, set up, and coordination of center activities and program activities with staff and parents.
  • Orientate parents and volunteers to classroom program and procedures.
  • Make home visits and confer with parents on the progress of children and discuss parental concerns about children (one at the beginning of the year and one additional during the mid-year).
  • Responsible for setting up and maintaining the classroom environment to meet the age-appropriate and federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Integration of all services in the classroom program daily to assure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Serve meals/snacks in a family style and eat with the children.
  • Responsible for completing all paperwork as required.
  • Daily supervision of staff and volunteers.
  • Maintenance and preparation with accuracy:
  • Daily attendance and meal count.
  • Screenings, Assessments, and individual education plans.
  • Accident reports.
  • Parent contact reports.
  • Sign in/out sheets daily.
  • Emergency Information.
  • Documentation of volunteers and in-kind.
  • Inventory.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding parent, child, and staff in terms of written and oral communication and recordkeeping.
  • Maintain Child Assessment, Nutrition Kits, and Earthquake Barrels.
  • Responsible for the daily health and safety of children, staff, and volunteers in class, playgrounds, and field trips.
  • Report Child Abuse per current state requirements.
  • Report accidents following Head Start Policy.
  • Attend Case Conferences (three times per year), outside conferences and training sessions, teacher and staff meetings, and workshops as required.
  • Participate in the transitional plan for all children entering and exiting head start.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Necessary Skills:

  • Knowledge of preschool education, curriculum, planning, stages of growth and development, and ways to implement various program activities.
  • Knowledge of appropriate disciplinary procedures that will help guide young children toward self-control.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of different cultures, values, and family/community lifestyles (African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander are the current predominate cultures in our community).
  • Familiar with a variety of techniques and procedures for observing and recording children’s behavior and knowledgeable of ways to use observation data to meet the individual needs of the children.
  • Receptive to parents involved in the program and able to incorporate their skills and ideas into the daily program to further strengthen parent’s awareness of individual needs of the children.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality as required.

Other Requirements:

  • Possession of a valid CA Driver’s License, car and automobile insurance.
  • Must be eligible to be employed in the United States.
  • Comply and continue Education required following Head Start and State current regulations.
  • Completion of an initial physical examination and follow-up examinations every two years.
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certification.
  • Fingerprint clearance, tuberculosis clearance, MMR, DTaP, Flu Shot, and child abuse clearance must be on file and submitted according to policy.
  • Bilingual where applicable.
  • Willing to be trained on EMSA.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.  
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, map, or schedule format.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or governmental regulations — ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, teachers, parents, and the general public.
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, and rates. 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals. 
  • Work involves minimal exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and loud noises. 
  • Chemicals are known to the State of California to cause cancer, or congenital disabilities or other reproductive harm may be present in the work environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to:

  • Regularly talk or hear up to 8 hours a day;
  • Regularly sit, write, type, and use a mouse up to 8 hours a day;
  • Regularly sit and stand from a chair up to 30 times a day;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms;
  • Regularly bend, stoop and squat;
  • Occasionally drive in dry and wet weather, usually during daylight hours, but occasionally during evening hours;
  • Regularly get in and out of the car up to 8 times per day;
  • Occasionally climb stairs and take the elevator; and
  • Occasionally lift and move up to twenty-five (35) pounds.