Program Assistant

Arkansas Early Learning, Inc. - Hot Springs, AR (30+ days ago)


Ensure and provide comprehensive Head Start services to children and their families. Use the center environment to assist staff with creating rich learning opportunities that build on daily routines and support each child?s development.

General Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Must have an interest in children and their development.
Mandated reporter under the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Reporting Act.
Must abide by all agency policies including agency?s Standards of Conduct, fraud and confidentiality policies. Must not discuss the affairs of the staff, children or Head Start families. Will only discuss agency business on a need to know basis.
Must be professional at all times and be neat and clean in personal appearance.
Responsible for establishing good working relations with parents, staff, professionals and the general public.
Ability to take directives.
Serve as a member of your assigned work site team in overall planning and coordination of the Head Start program; ensure that the agency is in compliance with the office HHS-ACF Head Start Program Performance Standards under the supervision of the C-Level Executives.
Participate in staff meetings.
Participate in the annual Community Assessment, Self-Assessment, and Program Information Report (PIR).
Assist in the recruitment of children and volunteers.
Assist in obtaining non-federal matching funds (in-kind).
Cover job duties of absent staff as assigned by immediate supervisor or administration.
Perform extra assignments in other areas and related task assignments in the work area.
Provide support and resources to other employees.
Maintain component timelines and due dates of component related activities via individual Google Calendar.
Create and maintain visual work instructions, position and work site related.
Regular, consistent attendance.
Domestic travel required.
Must keep work area neat and clean.
Participate in building and vehicle maintenance.
Lift 10-30 lbs regularly, up to 50 lbs occasionally.
Perform other job related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or administration.

Program Assistant Essential Duties & Responsibilities: (90%) (Program)

Classroom Aide

Assists classroom staff in all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities including lesson plans.
Assists in developing materials and providing activities related to the cultural background of the children and families served.
Helps supervise at mealtime, eating with the children to encourage good nutrition and proper social skills.
Helps keep the classroom and its contents clean and orderly.
Assists the teacher in any aspect of the program as the need arises.
Substitutes in classroom as needed.

Better Beginnings Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Work with center staff in maintaining Accreditation.
Participate in annual Quality Approval visit.
Follow all regulations and requirements as stated in Better Beginnings (Arkansas Quality Rating Improvement Scale).
Participate in all required trainings regarding accreditation.
Comply with any changes that result from a Better Beginnings monitor.

Other Component Duties and Responsibilities: (10%) (Program)

Custodial Aide Services

Empties trash or garbage containers if needed before the custodian or janitor services.
Sanitizes surfaces, picks up and puts away materials in the classroom or kitchen in order to maintain a safe and organized environment.
Serves as custodian in the absence of the regular custodian on a periodic basis.
Bus Aide

Assists driver in keeping the interior of the vehicle clean at all times.
Assists with cleaning the exterior of the vehicle as weather allows.
Assists with maintaining accurate record keeping for program requirements.
Reports any damage or malfunction immediately to the Bus Driver.
Assists the Bus Driver with pre and post trip vehicle check and is responsible for the safety checklist of the interior of the bus, including maintenance of fire safety supplies and seat belts.
Notifies driver and/or supervisor of any safety issues or concerns.
Positively represents Head Start/Early Head Start in the community.
Interacts with children throughout their time on the bus to extend and reinforce classroom learning.
Collaborates with the Bus Driver in teaching children the correct safety procedures for boarding and exiting a bus as well as the danger zones around the vehicle.
Handles discipline while the bus is in motion.
Ensures that each child is restrained in an appropriate Child Safety Restraint System (CSRS) that is correctly adjusted for the child.
Shares information on a daily basis with classroom staff, such as conversations with parents and observations of children.
Ensure that the bus is empty at the end of each run and that all children are accounted for.
Reports any information or concerns about Head Start/Early Head Start families to appropriate staff.
Follows the Head Start Transportation Manual
Kitchen Aide

Completes routine kitchen/dining room/food chores as assigned.
Prepares necessary food and serving items for service prior to or after use.
Participates in kitchen clean up, inventory and other kitchen tasks as requested.
Substitutes for regular cook or assistant cook as needed.
Disabilities Aide

Works with assigned children with disabilities.
Supports the work of the classroom staff and managers, specialists and/or mental health consultant in carrying out individual plans for children with special needs. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Must have a working telephone or cell phoneMust consent to and pass an initial health examinationMust consent to and pass state felony, Central Registry Check, Sex Offender Registry Check and FBI background checkMust consent to and pass agency drug testingEducation and/or Experience The minimum requirement is that the individual be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GEDLanguage Skills Ability to communicate both written and orally Ability to follow directions from both written and oral instructionsAbility to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and memos Ability to write simple correspondenceAbility to communicate with families and children in a positive and helpful mannerAbility to respond to common inquiries or complaints from communitySome Bilingual fluency helpful (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area)Mathematical Skills Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divideReasoning Ability Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral formAbility to maintain confidentialityComputer Skills To perform this job successfully, an individual should have general knowledge of a personal computer, Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel, the Internet and email software. In addition an individual should be able to operate various office machines.Physical Demands May be required to lift up to 55 poundsWork Environment Some exposure to communicable diseasesNoise level in work environment may be moderate to loudWork is typically performed in a classroom, kitchen or bus setting and some office work may be required