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Head Start Floating Teacher Aide 

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Category Early Head Start and Head Start  




OVERVIEW: The Early Head Start Floating Teacher Aide must be professionally prepared and qualified to work with very young children and their families in a culturally relevant manner. They must have knowledge of infant/toddler development, Head Start requirements, and take direction well. They must be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

WORK LOCATION: Lower Elwha Head Start

SUPERVISED BY: Education/Disabilities Manager

POSITION STATUS: Regular Full Time

SALARY LEVEL: $16.00 to $17.17

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


  • Assists in implementing the program curriculum and the Head Start Performance Standards for classrooms. Provides input into the preparation of developmentally appropriate weekly and daily lesson plans in advance, which include: multicultural educational materials and activities; both classroom and playground activities; family style dining at meals and snacks, per Head Start Program Performance Standards and program policy and procedure; and individualized activities that are recorded in the lesson plans.
  • Assists in organizing the classroom in well-developed and defined learning centers, rotating materials routinely to create a stimulating learning environment for young children. Assists in maintaining a classroom that is clean, safe and free of clutter, with learning materials labeled and organized to make them easily accessible for use by the children.
  • Facilitates preschool learning, using appropriate child development knowledge. Stays involved with the children at all times in the classroom and on the playground.
  • Collaborates with the Lead Teacher in observing children and recording observations and making appropriate referrals.
  • Participates in center staff meetings, case management meetings, and Head Start program meetings.
  • Actively participate in recommended trainings or classes for ongoing professional development and be able to share new information with staff.
  • Ability to float (go) between the Head Start classrooms to help as needed and provide breaks for other staff members in accordance with Washington State labor laws.


  • Ability to assist and supervise preschool children and ensure a safe learning environment including the ability to monitor and respond at all times in the classroom and outdoor play areas. This includes the physical ability to move quickly, keeping in visual contact, and assess situations with good judgment.
  • Ability to assist Lead Teacher to help supervise, guide and facilitate learning for preschool children.
  • Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an emergency or a crisis situation.
  • Knowledge of Early Childhood Education and Child Development
  • Ability to be a sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to preschool children and adults.
  • Ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity.
  • Collaborate with E/DM to handle any staff and/or family issues that develop in a professional manner.
  • Follow chain of command for all conflict situations.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED; one year experience working with children.
  • Must be willing to acquire CDA credential and/or attend classes in ECE.
  • Excellent interpersonal, nurturing and problem solving skills required
  • Current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential preferred.
  • Valid Washington State Drivers license, must be insurable
  • First Aid/Infant and Child CPR required. Must keep current. Will provide training, if needed.
  • A physical exam with results in letter form that states person is free of communicable diseases (Negative TB test) by employment date
  • Communication skills: both verbal and written is necessary
  • No prior convictions of child-related offenses or any felonies. Background check to be conducted prior to employment date
  • Must be able to comply with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Head Start Drug Free Workplace policies. Pre-Employment drug testing to be administer prior to employment. This includes passing a Marijuana Drug Screening.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID 19 and provide vaccination records upon hire.


  • Must be able to lift and carry a child 20+ pounds
  • Other Functional requirements:
  1. Moderate lifting, 15-40 pounds, moderate carrying over 10 pounds and light carrying under 10 pounds, and occasional lifting up to 50 pounds
  2. Daily kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor to attend to children’s needs.
  3. Ability to assist in toilet training and/or change diapers/pull-ups as needed for assigned child.


  • Availability to assume other duties within Head Start as needed.
  • Provide for the physical needs of preschool children, including diapering, toileting and feeding.
  • Other duties as specified by managers
  • Reports to work at scheduled times and maintain a good attendance record; performs duties in a timely and professional manner; participates in all program activities with a positive attitude and behavior.

As with all positions of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe this position is Indian Preference in hiring.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 9/22/2022  
Location House of Learning  
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