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Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Responsibilities

To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. This includes but is not limited to assisting children with self-care activities, indoor and outdoor learning activities, meal or snack time activities, and student transportation duties.

Competency to provide effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions, plan and implement learning experiences that ensure effective curriculum implementation and use of assessment and promote children’s progress across the standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and applicable state early learning and development standards, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners, as appropriate.

Essential Duties and responsibilities include the following:

Curriculum

  • Provide responsive care, effective teaching, and an organized learning environment that promotes healthy development and children’s skill growth aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, including for children with disabilities.
  • Emphasize nurturing and responsive practices, interactions, and environments that foster trust and emotional security; are communication and language rich; promote critical thinking and problem-solving; social, emotional, behavioral, and language development; provide supportive feedback for learning; motivate continued effort; and support all children’s engagement in learning experiences and activities
  • Focus on promoting growth in the developmental progressions described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five by aligning with and using the Framework
  • Direct planning of organized activities, schedules, lesson plans, and the implementation of high-quality early learning experiences that are responsive to and build upon each child’s individual pattern of development and learning
  • Integrate child assessment data in individual and group planning
  • Include developmentally appropriate learning experiences in language, literacy, social and emotional development, math, science, social studies, creative arts, and physical development that are focused toward achieving progress outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.
  • Implement well-organized learning environments with developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and indoor and outdoor learning experiences that provide adequate opportunities for choice, play, exploration, and experimentation among a variety of learning, sensory, and motor experiences
  • Collaborate with colleagues with the development and implementation of lesson plans
  • Encourage caregiver/teacher aide to provide input which support the development of the weekly lesson plans.
  • Ensure all aspects of child development are integrated in classroom activities and reflected in lesson plans.
  • Establish an open and ongoing communication with parents.
  • Implementation of the curriculum.
  • Maintain documentation and record keeping.

  Prevention and Early Intervention 

  • Help children feel safe and comfortable
  • Maintain current emergency information for all children on the bus.
  • Properly label and follow sanitation requirements for the program.
  • Provide activities for children on the bus.
  • Provide First Aid/CPR as required.
  • Provide individualization documentation for children’s development.
  • Provide ongoing observations in support of screening and assessments.
  • Provide weekly lessons
  • Support a healthy and nurturing environment for all children.
  • Support services and individualization activities for children.
  • Support staff and child ratios.

 Individualization 

  • Implement appropriate redirection practices to assist all children.
  • Plan for individual needs of children.
  • Provide daily documentation in reference to daily observations.
  • Release children from the bus to the parents, guardians or to persons who have been designated by the parents and documented in the child’s file only.
  • Serve as an information liaison between the program staff and the parents.

 Disability Services 

  • Assist in the recruitment of children, including children with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with appropriate staff regarding individual child’s needs based on daily observations.
  • Provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all children.

Family Partnership Building 

  • Maintains open communication with parents.
  • Builds relationships with children to create a positive, safe, and welcoming culture.
  • Participate in the program’s assessments, i.e. community assessment and self-assessments.
  • Support parent participation in lesson plan development.
  • Support parents in their understanding of child development.
  • Support parents’ understanding of community agreement in reference to how they affect them or their child.

Parent Involvement

 Encourage parental involvement and participation in parent meetings and workshops.

Support parent participation in local parent meetings.

Support parental participation in the development of weekly lesson plans.

Community Partnership

  • Is familiar with and support collaborative agreements with the community and community partners.

 

Specific Systems Duties…Eligibility, Recruitment, Enrollment, and Attendance

  • Knowledgeable of program requirements in the area of eligibility, recruitment, enrollment, and attendance.
  • Supports and participates in the recruitment of all children, especially in the recruitment of children with disabilities.

 

Specific Systems Duties…Facilities, Materials, and Equipment

  • Assist in assuring material and equipment meet developmentally appropriate criteria for young children.
  • Continuously monitor for appropriate environments for children based on feedback from Child Development Coordinator or Curriculum Designee.
  • Knowledgeable about Head Start and Child Care Licensing requirements for appropriate facilities, equipment and materials.
  • Monitor children leaving the classroom, including the bus, so that they are released only to authorized persons.
  • Monitor children to keep them from entering dangerous situations or areas.
  • Provide appropriate materials and supplies to children throughout the day.
  • Report any unsafe, unhealthy or threatening item to program leadership.
  • Supervising students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips.
  • Support a positive environment by establishing clear expectations and consequences.

Other

  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as requested.
  • Attend workshops, conferences and all in-service trainings.
  • Conduct daily lessons, including activities that are supportive of pedestrian and transportation safety.
  • Maintain a current physical examination on file.
  • Maintain regular attendance and notify supervisor when absent and/or late.
  • Maintain training hours and documentation as required in professional development binder.
  • Participate in emergency evacuation of buildings, to be conducted at least once a month.
  • Participate in professional development activities.
  • Participate in staff development programs in the area of Early Childhood Development.
  • Support guidance and redirection practices to support a healthy earning environment for all children.
  • Willing to participate in out of town and out of state travel for trainings.
  • Perform such other tasks as may be assigned from time to time by supervisor.

 

Knowledge, skills and abilities for the position:

Ability to communicate effectively with Kickapoo families, employees, and other professionals.

Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment.

Ability to manage and maintain security of confidential data and information.

Ability to understand and apply Head Start Performance Standards and State Licensing requirements in the classroom.

Ability to understand and follow written and verbal direction.

Ability to work effectively without extensive supervision

Attention to detail and accuracy.

Cultural awareness of and sensitivity to Kickapoo traditions, religious beliefs and way of life.

Ability to read, write, speak and understand English and Spanish, and communicate effectively with others.

Ability to perform simple arithmetic for demonstrative calculations.

The candidate should be able to work with culturally and economically diverse students and have good written and verbal communication skills.

Knowledge of core academic subject assigned

Knowledge of curriculum and instruction

Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior

Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Student teaching, approved internship, or related work experience

Speak and write in English and Spanish.

The employee must be able to communicate with Kickapoo Tribal members.

Education/experience requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Education or Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Special Education or related field with 3 or more years teaching experience. An active Child Development Associate (CDA) with two year experience

Preferred Qualifications: Masters degree from accredited university

Demonstrates competency in the core academic subject area assigned

Education or related field with one year of experience in childcare or related field.

Native American preference is observed:

KTTT recognizes preference for KTTT tribal members and qualified Native American tribal members including preferential treatment in recruitment, hiring, promotions, layoffs and reductions in force so long as they meet minimum job qualifications.

Special certification required:

Must attend trainings for CPR, First Aid, Food Handlers Certification and others required as assigned by Tribal Education Administration.

Must have a valid Texas State Driver’s license and must be insurable.

Must adhere to Personnel Policies and Alcohol Policies.
Have a current record of tuberculosis examination, showing the employee is free of contagious TB, if required by the Texas Department of State Health Services or local healthy authority

Background Check

Requires successful completion of a background investigation that includes a fingerprint based criminal history search.

Name-Based Criminal Background Check with Texas Department of Public Safety

Department of Family & Protective Services Central Registry Check

Out-of-State Central Registry Check (if applicable)

Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Check with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Background Check with Sex Offender Registry

 

In order to be considered for any vacancy within the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas an application must be completed. If you are among qualified candidates, you will receive a call/email from our one of our recruiters to schedule an interview. Once your application is completed please send it to Human Resources Coordinator Ricardo Barcena ricardo.barcena@ktttribe.org

Employment Application

To apply for this job email your details to ricardo.barcea@ktttribe.org