HRDC IX Education Aide - Belgrade in Belgrade, Montana
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Job Opening Date: November 17, 2023
Job Closing Date: Until filled
Job Status: This is a part time, contract position (15 hours/week), with a possible future transition to a regular status, seasonal role with additional hours
Job Location: Belgrade Head Start Center
General Summary of Purpose of this Position:
Provide supportive services in Early Childhood Education classrooms in the classrooms and kitchen.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Duty Statements. This position has the following duties and responsibilities. They are listed starting with the most important. This listing does not include minor duties which constitute less than 5% of the position’s time, unless such duties are significantly important or critical to the success of the position. Each of the duties listed below is considered an essential function of this job. (Essential functions are those functions that the employee must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. Regular and predictable work schedule and attendance are considered essential functions).
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
Assist Teaching Staff with Classroom Activities:
Assist in the implementation of individual and group activities to stimulate growth in language, cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills following appropriate framework and curriculum guidelines.
Share observations with Lead Teacher
Assist children in practices of personal cleanliness, oral health including tooth brushing, toileting skills, self care including caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books.
Assist with activities that alternate periods of strenuous activity with periods of rest or light activity to avoid over stimulation and to ensure recommended activity levels.
Ensure that activities are culturally sensitive.
Assist on playground to maintain safety of children.
Interact with children and families in a professional, supportive, and confidential manner.
Maintain a safe, healthy, attractive classroom learning environment, ensuring cleanliness of physical space
Food and Nutrition:
Prepare and serve food in accordance with food service regulations.
Assist in the preparation and delivery of food, including Special Diet needs, to children in accordance with established health and nutrition policies and procedures.
Model Family Style Dining practices to children during all meals and snack times
Assist in unpacking and storing incoming food, supplies, etc.
Maintain clean and sanitary classrooms and kitchen workspace.
Remove food service items from the classroom at the end of meals and snacks, washes dishes, and all food prep items following sanitation guidelines and returns them to proper storage areas
Prepare daily CACFP and attendance documentation for required food service policies.
Assist in laundering of linens and towels, sanitation of sleeping mats
Provide clerical support such as filing, creating information packets, and maintaining forms.
Enter data, screening and assessment results and other information onto data systems, as needed
Continuing Education & Program Development:
Attend applicable and mandatory trainings as directed by supervisor or program standards
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Read and comprehend basic instructions and present information to others
Read, write, and speak basic English sentences.
Mathematical/ Money Handling Skills:
Basic counting skills
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide simple numbers
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Ability to make on the spot judgment regarding safety of children.
Words per Minute Computer Keyboard Required: Demonstrate Proficiency
10-Key Strokes per Minute Data Entry Required: Demonstrate Proficiency
Specialized Office Equipment:
Operate Scanner to capture text or graphics and save or import them in application program for further use
Operate multi-line telephone to place, receive, or transfer calls or to retrieve voice mail messages
Other (Specify): None
Computer Software and Operating Systems :
Utilize computer Word Processing to input, format, and edit documents and save, print, or transmit documents.
Utilize computer spreadsheet to input, format and edit data and save, print, or transmit data
Utilize computer data bases to create data files, input, format and edit data and save, print, or transmit data
Utilize computer internet/ e-mail to access, send, retrieve, save, print or transmit documents, or data files
Operate personal computer with Windows operating system to start programs, input, format and edit data files and print or transmit data
Utilize proprietary, custom or online programs or data bases to edit, format and input data, save, print, or transmit data
Specify Software: Child Plus
Specialized Tools (Non-Computer):
Classroom tools including chalkboard, whiteboard, and projector
Food serving tools and equipment
HRDC, Professional or Governmental Policies and Regulations:
State or Federal Regulations or Laws (List by Name): Knowledge of Health Department sanitation and food safety standards; MT Child and Adult Food Care Program regulations
Agency Policies or Procedures (List by Name): HRDC Policies and Procedures, Head Start Food Service Policies and Procedures
Drivers Licenses Required for Performing this Position:
Drivers License and appropriate insurance
Professional Licenses or Certifications Required by Law, Rule or Regulation for Performing this Position:
Incumbent must pass a physical exam which results in a letter stating person is free of communicable diseases by employment date.
TB Screening Questionnaire and/or skin test (needed every five years)
Current Tetanus and MMR vaccinations
First Aid Card, including CPR training
Satisfactory results from criminal background check as required by Child/Adult Abuse Act
Licenses or Certifications That Would Be Useful but Are Not Required:
Other Required Knowledge, Skills or Abilities:
Ability to effectively work and communicate with a wide range of individuals from all socio-economic groups
Ability work with minimal supervision and effectively manage work flow
Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints from customers or claimants
Essential Physical, Mental and Emotional Requirements of this Position
The following physical, mental and emotional abilities are considered essential to perform the duties listed above:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
Must be able to perform multiple tasks simultaneously
Must be able to work under time and/or deadline pressures
Education and Experience:
Education : The following course(s) of study or class work usually provides the required knowledge skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position:
High school diploma or GED preferred
Experience: The following kinds of experience usually provides the required knowledge skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position:
At least 6 months of experience in this field preferred
Basic knowledge or experience in kitchen/food prep
This position operates under the direct supervision of the Site Supervisor
This position supervises the following position(s):
Impact of Decisions and Errors Made by Position:
Decisions and/or errors primarily affect enrolled children and the other employees in the classroom that this position is assigned to
Judgment Required to Make Decisions:
Requires judgment to solve day‑to‑day problems, but usually within established procedures, guidelines, and precedents
This position has no financial responsibility
The incumbent is responsible for the following personal contacts (either in oral or written form) when performing the Duties and Responsibilities of the Position:
Daily contact and interaction with co‑workers, students, and parents
The incumbent occasionally works with confidential data, which if disclosed, may cause adverse internal effects in one program.
The incumbent is exposed to the following unusual, potentially hazardous or unpleasant working conditions:
Works in temperature controlled classroom environment
Works outdoors to a low temperature of 10 degrees
Daily exposure to angry or violent parents, children, or volunteers
Daily exposure to minor injuries (not requiring hospitalization)
Daily exposure to risk of injuries that may result in a permanent disability or death
Weekly exposure to unpleasant substances, odors, or noises
Ability to travel to and from worksites and trainings as applicable
Early Childhood Education