Lead Teacher – Head Start

Contact Person: Nicole Brown
Job Location:
Genesee Intermediate School District – Flint
2033 Elms Road
Swartz Creek, MI 48507

Job Description:

Job Summary:

The Head Start Lead Teacher is responsible for the planning, supervision and implementation of a developmentally appropriate early childhood program, and meeting the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of young children in the Head Start Program. Comprehensive services will be offered in partnership with Head Start/Early Head Start staff specializing in Health, Family Engagement, Disabilities, and Behavioral Health.

Essential Duties (May include, but not limited to):

Plans individual and group activities to stimulate optimal growth in all learning domains. Planning is to be in keeping with Head Start Performance Standards, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) best practice guidelines, Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Creative Curriculum. Develops and uses instructional materials suitable for a learning environment for children with wide range of mental, physical and emotional maturity. Develops in each child an awareness of his/her worth as an individual and their role in family and community. Maintains the confidentiality of each child and family, and respects the culture and background of each family served. Uses the developmental screenings and child observation assessments to determine each child’s development and growth in all domains. Analyzes data and utilizes data for planning instruction and reporting results to program administrators and parents. Provides a welcoming, nurturing, responsive and supportive climate to establish and reinforce acceptable child behavior, attitudes and social skills. Assesses families’ needs and assists with follow up. Conducts two home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per year for each child in class. Provides individual and small group instruction designed to meet individual needs of children in communication skills, health habits, physical skills and development of self-concept. Utilizes Child Plus and other program applications as required to document attendance, meal counts, communication, etc. Maintains a routine schedule of data collection for child assessment including child observations, collection of anecdotal notes, and demonstration of skills to measure children’s growth; completes the child assessments required for the program in a timely, complete manner. Plans and coordinates the work of Associate Teacher, Classroom Support, parents/guardians/caregivers, students and volunteers in the classroom. Assists in the orientation and training of staff and volunteers in the room. Communicates regularly with parents by means of a newsletter, notes, phone calls, home visits and individual parent/guardian/caregiver conferences. Interprets school program to parents in order to strengthen parental understanding of the individual child’s needs and the school’s role in the child’s learning and growth. Promotes parent/guardian/caregiver involvement in education activities provided for their children, and participation in volunteering in the classroom or in other activities. Participates in staff and center team meetings. Participates in required professional development hours. Is responsible for actively supervising children at all times, and using active supervision strategies consistently throughout the building, classroom, and outdoors. Understands and implements the program’s MTSS/Positive Behavior Climate strategies and model consistently. Assists families with the pre-registration process for the Flint Registry. Consistently models Win-Win leadership Other Duties: Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education Qualifications:

Applicant must minimally hold an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; Bachelor’s in Child Development or Early Childhood Education or Bachelor’s degree in Education with a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate with a ZA or ZS preferred.


Minimum of two (2) years’ work experience in an early childhood setting preferred


Evidence of accurate record keeping, financial management and data collection skills. Ability to utilize district technology, and work to maintain proficiency, as required skill sets change with technology and/or the needs of the district. Ability to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with program goals. Maintains a positive working relationship with parents/guardians and staff. Punctuality and good attendance are requirements for the position. Ability to work a flexible work day, work week, and work year. Strong teamwork, interpersonal communication and problem solving skills. Ability to maintain positive working relationships with team members. Discretion with confidential information. Must be able to obtain Department of Human Services (DHS) approval, to pass a physical exam and to obtain a satisfactory criminal history check through fingerprinting. Must have a valid Michigan driver license, current automobile insurance and have the ability to travel to and from homes in the assigned geographical area. Represents the district in a professional manner at all times. Demonstrate physical stamina necessary for lifting and moving heavy equipment and materials, repetitive stooping, squatting, bending, lifting, walking, kneeling and reaching while maintaining personal balance and stability. Demonstrate honesty, integrity, and professionalism at all times. Ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions in accordance with board policies and established administrative guidelines.

Special Job Considerations:

Certification: Desirable
Type of Certification:
Bargaining Unit: None
Salary Schedule: Contracted, limited-duration grant-funded position; 37.5 to 40 hours per week, $19.43 – $23.52 per hour depending on qualifications. 201-248 days
Immediate Supervisor: Site Coordinator
Benefits: Eligible for full family health, dental and vision

Closing Date for Job:  10/31/2023

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