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

Grants Manager

Scope of Work:

Grant Applications:
Log basic grant information in Salesforce and keep system up to date
Update Salesforce when new grants become available – prospects
Monitor due dates and plan timelines for each grant application
Generate a weekly report of upcoming grant due dates for senior staff
Work with staff to prepare grant applications – roll forward grant from prior year, update info, coordinate supporting pieces from various staff
Update Salesforce when grants are awarded/denied
Monitor due dates when grants are awarded, notify relevant staff, update Sales Force

Grant Reports:
Track grant report due dates
Generate a weekly report of upcoming grant report due dates for senior staff
Coordinator with departments to complete and submit grant reports, updating salesforce when reports go out
Update Salesforce when grants and reports are sent out so that all reporting both programmatic and fiscal are tracked in Salesforce

General Grant:
Update departments on changes to grants each year to include compliance standards
Attend grant training meetings
Create and maintain physical grant folders, grant and reports on shared T-drive, and grant information in Salesforce
Maintain grant filing cabinet

Development:
Work with CAC departments to identify funding needs
Scout and prospect grants
Provides excellent customer service by responding to employee/manager inquires
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

• Bachelor Degree from an accredited college is preferred.
• Experience working on grants is preferred.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Bus Driver (part time)

General Definition
Under the supervision of the Transportation Coordinator, execute coordinated bus routes safely and efficiently, maintain transportation and emergency forms, and supervise assigned bus monitor.
Scope of Work:
Transportation Services
• Maintain a fixed bus route based on current program enrollment.
• Operate the bus safely by adhering to established policies and procedures and Performance Standards 1310. 10 (d)(1-4)(e)(f)(g) and 1310.15(a)(b)(c)(d)
• Complete pre and post-trip inspections on a daily basis and insure that all the assigned bus is equipped with a communication system, labeled first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, and a labeled seat belt cutter.
• Maintain accurate records on vehicle maintenance.
• Report all maintenance and supply requests to the Transportation Coordinator.
• Provide transportation services that are in accordance with the American’s with Disabilities Act.
• Complete three emergency evacuation drills yearly.
• Respond to emergency situations in a calm and effective manner.
• Maintain a bus that is free of debris and hazards.
Transportation and Emergency Information
• Maintain accurate transportation and emergency information on each child assigned to your fixed bus route.
• Complete agency forms including but not limited to Report to Parent, In-house Referral, Temporary Exclusion, and In-house Accident Reports when needed.
• Provide updated transportation and emergency information to the Center Manger, Family Service Worker, and Teacher.
• Complete Transportation Accountability forms on a daily basis.
• Follow established policies regarding alternate emergency pick-up.
• Contact parents when the bus is not running or will be late.
• Provide parents/guardians with pedestrian safety information.
Bus Monitor Supervision
• Review and approve time sheets based on scheduled hours worked.
• Assist the Bus Monitor with providing positive guidance to children.
• Review child boarding, exiting, and restraint procedures on an as needed basis.
• Model proper communication between staff and parent and/or staff and child.
Education, Experience, and Knowledge
• Current Commercial Drivers License (CDL), with “S” endorsement and certificate of completion of the written knowledge exam.
• Minimum of one year driving a school bus.
• Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards 1310
• Knowledge of current Maryland School Bus Safety Regulations as per the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
• Current CPR and First Aid certification
• Understanding of the agencies Child Abuse and Neglect reporting procedures.
• Basic understanding of child development and guidance techniques.
Additional Responsibilities
On days when scheduled driving time does not exceed assigned number of hours, assist with the following:
• Delivery of food and supplies to classrooms located at the Dasher Green and/or Ellicott City Head Start Center.
• Answer the telephone at the Dasher Green Head Start Center
• Assist the Center Manger, Family Service Worker, or Teacher with making copies or distributing information to children by packing back packs.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Bus Monitor (part time)

General Definition:
Under the supervision of the Bus Monitor’s assigned Bus Driver, assist the driver with ensuring the safety of the children while riding, boarding, and exiting the bus.

Scope of Work:
• Assist the driver with daily operations by adhering to established policies and procedures and Performance Standards 1310. 10(d)(1-4)(e)(f)(g) and 1310.15(a)(b)(c)(d)
• Ensure that all children remain seated and in safety restraints at all times.
• Assist children on and off of the bus to ensure safe boarding and exiting.
• Assist in providing transportation services that are in accordance with the American’s with Disabilities Act.
• Participate in three emergency evacuation drills yearly.
• Respond to emergency situations in a calm and effective manner.
• Maintain a bus that is free of debris and hazards.
• Maintain accurate transportation and emergency information
• Complete agency forms including but not limited to Report to Parent, In-house Referral, Temporary Exclusion, and In-house Accident Reports when needed with the approval of the bus driver.
• Complete the Transportation Accountability forms on a daily basis and turn the forms into the Head Start Gateway office by the close business each Friday.
• Follow established policies regarding alternate emergency pick-up.
• Provide positive guidance to children on the bus.
• Escort children into their classroom on a daily basis and provide teachers with absentee information.
• Responsible for the cell phone that is assigned to the monitor position.
• Responsible for proper use of cell phone for program business only.
• Responsible for using the cell to contact parents when the bus is not running or to call the Head Start centers and offices in case of an emergency.
• Provide activities such as songs, finger plays, and reading experiences with child while on the bus.
• Assist parents/guardians with understanding pedestrian safety information.
• Communicate effectively and professionally with parents and guardians.

Education, Experience, and Knowledge:
• One year experience working with preschool children.
• Knowledge of positive guidance and developmentally appropriate practices.
Additional Responsibilities:
On days when transportation is not operable: All transportation staff will report to the Head Start Office at Gateway for assigned duties.

 

 

 

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.