Head Start Teacher Assistant

Recruitment #1704-HSTEASGENG-001

Introduction

Hillsborough County (County seat of Tampa, FL) is a great place to work! Situated along Florida's Gulf Coast, this region boasts an enviable quality of life with year round sunshine, a unique cultural heritage and a diverse business climate. For both individuals and companies alike, Tampa offers accessibility, affordability and opportunity.

Hillsborough County Government is a great employer looking for new members to join its team who are aligned with the core values of commitment to excellence; stellar customer service; and embracing diversity, transparency, and accountability.  Our employees enjoy careers that are professionally and personally rewarding and provide competitive and reasonable compensation.   

Hillsborough County Government consists of many independent agencies and thousands of employees.  We provide a wide range of municipal services to the citizens of Hillsborough County, including port operations, childrens' education, arts and culture, courts, planning and zoning, public transportation, environmental protection, and employment-related services.

Read below to learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team.

WHY JOIN US

Hillsborough County Government provides employees with careers that are both professionally and personally rewarding. With a wide range of independent agencies to choose from, the opportunities within Hillsborough County Government are endless! You are not just an employee within the government, you are an ambassador and business partner making a huge impact within our community that helps shape our future.

WHY WE EXIST

Our mission is to provide effective quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner that protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population.

WHAT MATTERS MOST

Hillsborough County Government is guided by our shared values that help us deliver on the promise of effective quality service. We expect and demonstrate:

  • Customer Commitment: Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity: Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence: Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork: Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • National CDA credential in preschool endorsement,
  • Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, or
  • A degree in any field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education. 
  • 2 years of experience working with Head Start, pre-school, or kindergarten aged children

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

An Associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or degree in any field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education and a  National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Or A High School Diploma/GED and a Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and a  National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infant/Toddlers or Preschoolers Course (10-hours); and

*Introductory Child Care Training (30-hours).

*Child Growth and Development (6-hours), Behavioral Observation & Screening (6-hours), Health, Safety & Nutrition (8-hours), Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (4-hours), Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations (6-hours).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to remain seated on the floor for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to remain standing for extended periods of time; 
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.  

Work Environment: 

  • Occasionally requires extensive safety training and/or protective devices;
  • Occasionally in a high noise environment
  • Occasionally has exposure to infectious material/disease. 

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Some knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.
  • Some knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices.
  • Some knowledge of current educational techniques and practices.
  • Skill in making presentations to groups.
  • Skill in verbal communication with children and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to assist in the planning, organizing and implementing of childhood education curriculums.
  • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor for extended periods of time.
  • 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 by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.  

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

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.
    • Assists teachers with developing and implementing lesson plans, and literacy and daily enrichment activities to promote individual child development.
    • Assists in ordering and preparing materials and supplies for planned activities.
    • Arranges classrooms for program activities to provide a proper learning environment.
    • Assists in the monitoring of children during all activities where adult help is needed.
    • Assists in serving meals and general clean up of classrooms and bathrooms.
    • Assists in maintaining and updating children’s records to insure children’s progress or lack thereof is properly documented.
    • Provides information to parents through parent meetings, written correspondence, telephone, and home visits, as required.
    • Assists in conducting health checks on children for ringworm, head lice or other health conditions and reports to appropriate nurse.
    • Assists in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to state agency.
    • Assists 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.
    • Assists in inspecting classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.
    • Administers First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as required.
    • Operates motorized vehicle in the transportation of children, as required.
    • Takes charge of a group of children and acts as a substitute Head Start Teacher, as required.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

Conclusion

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

We offer much more than the competitive pay you expect. We value our employees and Hillsborough County Government is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. And because we understand that no two people are exactly alike, you can choose what best suits the needs of you and your family.

  • Health Plan: The County pays towards health insurance premiums for all employees. Employees can select from three health care plan options. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 60 days of employment.
  • Dental Insurance: Employees are eligible to enroll in the dental coverage and choose from four options: High DMO, Low DMO, a network Open Access Plan, and a PPO. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Vision Care: Employees and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the vision coverage. Co-payment coverage includes exams, lens and frame, as well as an allowable contact lens expense. Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
  • Employee Assistance Program: This program provides all employees and family members with professional, confidential counseling sessions. All employees and dependents are afforded up to six (6) free visits per Plan year. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees may be reimbursed up to $1,000 (undergraduate), $2000 (graduate) per fiscal year for classes at an accredited college or university for courses that enhance your ability to perform your current job duties.
  • Holidays: Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year.

Visit our Employee Benefits page for more exciting details.

Veteran’s Preference:

Do you qualify for Veteran's Preference? Preference will only be entitled upon initial appointment for eligible veterans and eligible spouses of veterans. Documentation that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference must be provided at the time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Hillsborough County Government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hillsborough County Government complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, and persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

Hillsborough County Government expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Hillsborough County Government’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge

Hillsborough County is a drug free workplace.

Response/Recovery Activities:

Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities. *MON*



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