Careers

Please fill out the attached application and send that along with your resume & cover letter to:

CAC HR Department
c/o Deborah Downs-Lynch
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, #226
Columbia, MD 21046
ddowns@cac-hc.org

 

 

Center Manager- Head Start Program

General Definition:
Under the supervision of the Director of Education, monitor the overall implementation and design of program activities at the center level by supervising teaching staff, ensuring curriculum implementation, working cooperatively with component area coordinators, adhering to Community Action Council policies and procedures, Maryland Child Care Administration regulations and Head Start Performance Standards, monitoring supply inventory, and providing support and guidance to Head Start parents, guardians, and volunteers with an emphasis on involvement and shared governance procedures.
Scope of Work:
Teaching Staff Supervision
• Assists with the implementation a comprehensive educational program which supports developmentally appropriate practices.
• Implements a curriculum designed to respond to the cultural differences and learning styles of children and families.
• Completes formal and informal observations of teaching staff to ensure the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices, individual planning and instruction, and the adherence to the programs curriculum and educational timeline.
• Participates in the implementation of the Education Service plan.
• Monitors the daily responsibilities and reports of teachers and assistant teachers.
• Monitor the completion of mandated home visits, screenings, assessments, and parent-teacher conferences.
• Schedule two observations in including the CLASS for each teacher and teacher assistant throughout the school year providing feedback and appropriate recommendations.
• Complete the performance appraisal of teaching staff at least once a year.
• Conduct monthly/or more staff meetings to determine classroom needs and teacher concerns.
• Coordinate classroom coverage through parent volunteers, community volunteers, and paid substitutes during staff absence.
• Provide and/or coordinate and assist with all mandated Head Start staff trainings.
• Ensure that all staff has met the Maryland Child Care Administrations training requirements for Teacher qualifications and MSDE Certificate Levels.
Component Area Coordination:
• Work collaboratively with component area coordinators to ensure that services are provided to children and families.
• Provide assistance to teachers in the proper methods for completing the agencies selected screenings and assessment tools.
• Assist the Mental Health and Disability Service Coordinator with the implementation of the Individual Education Plan and the timely completion of referral documentation.
• Assists the Education Coordinator with the collection of the Work Sampling for Head Start Developmental Checklist.
• Through scheduled observations, identifies staff training needs and meets with Education Coordinator to create training plans.
• Review completed ADA’s to determine that food service information has been accurately reported. Submit the ADA report on the last day of each month to the Health and Family Services Coordinator.
• Monitor and guide the teaching staff’s ability to follow all established health and safety policies including but not limited to: Emergency Evacuation, Temporary Exclusions, Absenteeism, Food Policy, Medication, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Procedures.
• Prepare and submit all required information to the Maryland Child Care Administration to maintain current licensing status.
Parent and Volunteer Involvement:
• Develops strategies with staff to include parents in the education of their children.
• Communicates with parents the center activities and upcoming events on a monthly basis.
• Supervises parent and community volunteer activities.
• Ensure the environment of acceptance that supports and respects cultural diversity, gender, ethnicity and family composition.
• Attend Center Committee meetings and assists Family Service Workers and elected officials in adhering to established by-laws and shared governance procedures.
• Attend Policy Council meetings.
• Assist agency in developing community partnerships.
Education, Experience, and Knowledge:
Required Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
• A minimum of two years’ experience working with preschool age children in a classroom setting.
• Holds a teaching certificate from Maryland State Department of Education
• At least 9 clock hours of approved training in communicating with staff, parents and the public.
• 40-45 clock hours of approved administrative training.
• 3 clock hours in ADA Compliance
• Completion of Regulation Training.
Preferred Candidate has:
• Documented staff supervisory experience.
• Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.
• Knowledge of Maryland Child Care Administration regulations.
• Knowledge of selected screening and assessment tools.

 

Administrative Assistant
Performs a variety of administrative and staff support duties for a specified unit/department, which require a range of skills and knowledge of customer service and office technology.
Essential Functions:
Reception/Front Desk
1. Greet the public in a professional manner with proper telephone etiquette and personal greetings; provide excellent customer service.
2. Answer and operate multi-line telephone system, take messages, route calls to the appropriate staff.
3. Announce and direct visitors, volunteers, clients and guests.
4. Assure tidiness and professional appearance of desk area, lobby, mail room, conference room and other common areas.
5. Distribute mail and assist with mail preparation and delivery.
6. Fill gaps in staffing as needed.
7. Works cooperatively and effectively with Agency volunteers maximizing the volunteers’ experience while meeting the needs of the programs.

Office Operations:
1. Order and maintain office, janitorial, and warehouse supplies.
2. Keep accurate information, calendars, databases, spreadsheets, etc. as designated.
3. Support of internal organizational events and activities.
4. Maintain knowledge of office equipment/systems as back-up support: phones, copiers, printers, etc.
5. Coordinate the repair and maintenance of office equipment.
Management Support:
1. Assist Management staff with overflow work: word processing, data entry, spreadsheets, and internet research tasks. As designated.
2. Assist with general office functions.
3. Assist with volunteer group oversight as designated.
4. May be required to use your own personal vehicle to fulfill your job related responsibilities.
6. Be a positive role model by maintaining the highest level of professional and ethical behavior throughout your interactions with both internal and external customers. Uses technology for the completion of specified job duties.
7. Attends work regularly per assigned work schedule and in accordance with Agency policy.
8. Attends and participates with in-service training, staff meetings and other activities to facilitate professional development.
9. Works cooperatively with others including all staff, supervisors, administrators, co-workers, community professionals, clients, vendors and the public.
10. Follows instructions and abides by Agency policies and procedures.
11. Assumes other duties, responsibilities and special projects as needed
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to work in an office environment
  • Ability in work in a warehouse environment.
  • Ability to communicate on the telephone.
  • Ability to read, writes, comprehend and speak English.
  • Ability to complete tasks with numerous interruptions.
  • Ability to work with little to no direct supervision.
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time.
  •  Ability to walk up and down stairs.
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to bend, lift and carry.
  • Full awareness of environmental stimuli
  • Ability to understand basic math and work with numbers.
  • Ability to type.
  • Ability to demonstrate compassion and respect for persons with economic challenges.
  • Full range of motion above the head.
  • Ability to use computer.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Education:
High School diploma or equivalent. Some college preferred.
Experience:
2 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong computer proficiency especially with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Effective decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Must be organized, flexible and dedicated to quality service delivery.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks effectively.
  • Proficient in technology applications.
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical standards in job performance.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing across all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of regulatory standards.

Assistant Teacher – Head Start Program

General Description:

Under the supervision of the classroom teacher, assist in providing a learning environment on sound developmentally appropriate practices, health, safety, nutritional procedures, staff, parent, and volunteer involvement.
Scope of Work:
• Participate in the on-going assessments of children including completing observations, portfolio sampling, and developmental checklists.
• Support the individual learning and development of each child by providing an environment which offers developmentally appropriate equipment and materials.
• Be inclusive of children with disabilities by following the child’s Individual Education Plan.
• Assist with the implementation of a daily program which balances adult and child-initiated activities in both large and small group, indoor and outdoor play, and timely and predictable transitions.
• Collaborate with the teacher to develop and implement lesson plans based on the agencies Unit and Theme Calendar with an emphasis on the eight domains of learning and Head Start Mandated Child Outcomes.
• Provide opportunities for creative self-expression through the use of art, music, movement, and dramatic play.
• Support the social and emotional development of each child by building trust, fostering independence, encouraging self-confidence, and supporting positive adult and peer relationships.• Encourage positive guidance by setting clear, consistent limits, and having realistic expectations.
• Support the home language, culture, and family composition of each child by encouraging the feelings and rights of others.
Education, Experience, and Knowledge:
• Must hold a child development associate (CDA) credential.
• Must have all required education and experience to meet current Maryland Office of Child Care Administration requirements for qualifications.
• Must have knowledge of Maryland Office of Child Care Administration regulations.
• Must participate in continued professional development through enrollment in formal and informal educational courses related to early childhood education.
• Must participate in all required core of knowledge workshops and/or educational courses, and professional activity units to meet the Maryland Office of Child Care requirements for the Maryland Child Care Credential of level 3 or higher.
• Comply with all Head Start Performance Standards and Maryland State Department of Education Accreditation Standards.
Required experience:
• Assistant Teacher or Teacher’s Aide experience – Head Start/Preschool: 2 years
Required license or certification:
• Must hold a child development associate (CDA) credential.

 

 

 

Ongoing Weatherization Support

The Weatherization Department of Community Action Council of Howard County MD is seeking bidders for weatherization projects and heating replacements. The work is funded through various grants and covers Central Maryland. Any qualified contractors interested in finding out more about this opportunity should email us at cachowardweatherization@gmail.com to receive a detailed RFP.