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Recruitment #A3583-00-o23769


Hillsborough County Government is looking to add new members to our team who are committed to our core values of excellent customer service; respect for diversity, transparency, accountability and committment to excellence. Our employees enjoy careers that are professionally and personally rewarding and that provide fair and reliable compensation.

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies with over 9,000 combined employees. We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including law enforcement, detention, fire, street construction and maintenance, courts, library, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, property appraisal, tax collection, water, sewer, and solid waste collection services. We also employ professionals, paraprofessionals, and clerical staff in a wide range of service support functions, that include management, finance, information technology, human resources, facilities, communications, etc.

Learn more about Hillsborough County or read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.


Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for pre-school aged children in the Head Start Program that comply with federal performance standards.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
    • Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for preschool age children that meet federal performance standards.
    • Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.
    • Screens and assesses preschool aged children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.
    • Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.
    • Documents children's progress or lack thereof and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.
    • Initiates referrals to the appropriate Lead Teacher by submission of required paperwork.
    • Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.
    • Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.
    • Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, telephone and home visits to apprise them of child's progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.
    • Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice or other health conditions, and reports to appropriate nurse.
    • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.
    • Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.
    • Requests supplies and equipment to be ordered for use by children in the classroom.
    • Serves as a bus monitor in the transportation of children and engages children in song and other developmentally appropriate activities during ride.
    • Assists in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.
    • Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.
    • Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Head Start staff.
    • Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
    • Performs other related duties as required.


    • Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood education.
    • Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to early childhood development.
    • Working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to early childhood development.
    • Skill in making presentations to groups.
    • Skill in verbal communication with pre-school age children.
    • Ability to resolve conflicts between pre-school age children.
    • Ability to plan, organize and implement early childhood education curriculums.
    • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.
    • Ability to handle confidential information.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Ability to follow established procedures.
    • Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.
    • Ability to implement safety procedures.
    • Ability to work effectively with others.
    • Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.
    • Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.


Note: Minimum Qualifications MUST be attained before the recruitment ending date.


Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field; or four year degree in any field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education;


A Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Pre-Schoolers; and

Proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations; or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course; and

One year of experience in teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children.


Certification in First Aid and CPR within six months of the date assigned to this classification; and  

A background investigation and fingerprint identification prior to hiring.


Possession of a valid driver license.


VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  Preference will ONLY be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation to support entitlement to preference MUST be provided at the time of application.


DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE:  The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.


NOTE: Depending on the agency of employment, individuals hired may be required to review Hillsborough County driving eligibility criteria and acknowledge their understanding of its provisions.


NOTE: Employees are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters affecting the County.  They are required to work in their normal job duties or other activities within their skills and capabilities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with existing rules and procedures.


EXAMINATION: Applicants will be competitively rated on the basis of their training and experience. 


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