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Posted: 2/13/2020
Job Reference #: 20141-3

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Job Title: Preschool Teacher

Closing Date: 06/22/2020
DEADLINE: Attach any required documents, i.e., Transcripts, Certificates, diploma and Motor Vehicle
Record, to your online application by midnight on the closing date. Late Applications or documents will not
be considered.
Job Number: 20-141-3
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Department: Tribal Education Department - Head Start Program

City: Laveen, AZLocations: District 6 Head Start Center -l6675 S. St. Johns Road

Area of Interest: Education
Salary Type: Base Pay
Salary/ Hourly Rate: $39,232 Salary
Tribal Driving Permit Required: Yes

The Preschool Teacher is responsible for direct delivery of services designed to meet the physical and
developmental needs of preschool age children (ranging from birth to 5 years of age) of the Gila River Indian
Community. This position is responsible for compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and Program
Area Plans to improve children’s educational, physical and social skills to meet School Readiness and Family
Engagement outcomes for assigned children and their families.

0 Provide for the care, safety, protection and supervision of all children in the group at all times. Maintains
scheduled center activities, writes and follows lesson plans; documenting accordingly. Completes and
maintains all necessary documentation to demonstrate compliance with Head Start Program Performance
Standards and other regulations.
0 Develops and implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children based on the individual
interests, needs, and abilities of the children in the classroom and the group as a whole. Considers goals and
objectives for each child and for the group as a whole and develops realistic lesson plans responsive to the
needs of all. Creates an environment and implements the daily curriculum, which re?ects a developmentally
appropriate anti-bias, multicultural approach.
0 Demonstrate verbally and through role modeling, a sound knowledge of appropriate child guidance, growth
and development.
0 Participate in staff meetings, parent meetings, events and on-going professional and in-service training.
0 Provide information to parents regarding their children as well as general child development information;
including parent meetings and/or home visits.
0 Required to report suspected abuse/neglect/maltreatment and other social service related incidents to Police
department and/or Child Protective Services (CPS); apprising supervisor of report.
0 Make daily observations of children documenting behaviors and/or health problems, reports and referrals of
any conditions needing attention; does child assessments in accordance with the Head Start Program
Performance Standards.Adhere to program con?dentiality policies concerning information about children, families, and other staff
members;Promote cultural awareness and cultural diverse activities for children.Maintain daily attendance and meal count for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Serve food to
children during meal/ snack time observing appropriate portion sizes according to age.Maintains the cleanliness of the classroom, which includes, but is not limited to, putting materials away each
day and cleaning tables before and after meals and activities. Arranges the physical environment to make it
safe, healthy, interesting, and developmentally appropriate. Oversees maintenance and upkeep of classroom
supplies, materials, and equipment. Obtains needed supplies and materials for the classroom.Perform other related duties as assigned.REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:Knowledge and understanding of developmental characteristics of Head Start age children and how to respond
appropriately to their needs.Knowledge of nutrition, health, first aid, and CPR.Knowledge of lesson plan development and implementation, setting up learning environments indoor and
outdoor for Head Start children.Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.Knowledge of the O'odham and/or Pee Posh culture.Ability to supervise other adults and carry out assigned tasks under supervision of the Director or designee.
Ability to follow directions, demonstrate competence in assigned task and use sound judgment.Ability to meet social/emotional, physical and development needs of the individual Head Start age children.
Ability to physically participate in children’ s activities, lift children and equipment and get up and down with
ease.Ability to participate actively with children; getting up and down, lifting up to 50 pounds.Ability to maintain a safe, clean and pleasant environment.Ability to recognize signs of illness in children and environment safety hazards.Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, Community Officials
and the general public.Ability to perform all physical requirements of the position; agree to maintain a Drug-free workplace.

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education, Childhood
Development or closely related field with equivalent coursework and one (1) year of experience working with
preschool children in a group setting; four (4) semester hours of supervised field experience, practicum,
internship or student teaching setting serving children birth through grade 3 may be substituted for one (1)
year of experience working with preschool children in a group setting; orAssociate’s degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education, Childhood
Development or closely related field with equivalent coursework and two (2) years of experience working
with preschool children in a group setting.

Candidates that do not have a Bachelor’s degree must be enrolled or willing to enroll in an accredited college
or university leading to a Bachelor’ s degree in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Development or closely
related field.Current Food Handler Certification (i.e., GRIC, ServSafe, etc.) or obtain within 60 days of employment.
Maintain current CPR & First Aid Certification or obtain certification within 60 days of employment.
Required to pass a background check and fingerprint clearance as a condition of employment and must
continue to maintain throughout duration of employment. Background checks are required for positions thatinvolve regular contact with or control over Community Children in accordance with The Indian Child
Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, 25 U. S. C. Sections 3201 through 3210 and C.F.R. Part 63
and positions that have regular contact with the Elderly.
0 Must pass an Initial Health Examination and a TB skin test; provide proof/results, including updated
immunization records prior to hire date.
0 Required to obtain a Tribal Driving permit. Valid state driver’s license with a current proof of driving
record for the past 39 months will be required to qualify for a tribal driving permit. Proof of driving
record must be submitted with application and must not be more than 60 days old from the date of
submission of the application.
0 Required mandatory reporter pursuant to Title 7, Chapter 2 (7.205), B.
0 Required to attend Title 7 Mandatory Reporting training on a yearly basis.Non-Supervisory, Salaried Position
Reports to Director or designee


- Medical - EPO or FPO Self-Funded Plan utilizing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Network

- Prescription Program

- Dental - Plan is provided through CIGNA with no deductible for preventive services or $50 (individual)/$150
(family) deductible for basic and major services

- Vision - plan benefits are provided through SightCare of Arizona and carry a $10 co-pay for exams, zero co-

- Life and AD&D - We offer voluntary or supplemental life insurance for Employee & Dependents through
METLIFE Group Insurance. GRIC pays the full cost for your Basic Life and AD&D.Other Voluntary Benefits -

- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
° Short Term Disability

- Long Term Disability

- Employee Assistance Program

- 12 Paid Holidays

- Vacation Leave

- Sick Leave

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference
Act (Title 25, US. Code, Section 472 and 473). The Gila River Indian Community is also committed to achieving
the full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of Race, Religion, Color, Sex, National Origin,
Politics, Marital Status, Physical Handicap, Age or Sexual Orientation. In other than the above, the Gila River
Indian Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer.If you are claiming Preference in one or more of the following categories please attach a copy of the
required documentation to the completed Employment Application.Preference for Community Members (with proof of enrollment)Preference for Native Americans (must meet membership requirement of a federally recognized Tribe.)
Preference point for Spouse of Community Member (with proof of spouse enrollment)Preference point for Veteran (must meet statutory requirements)


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