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Seeking Qualified Employees: Careers – Jobs in Head Start and Early Head Start

Some of the best opportunities in early childhood careers and jobs is working with children from birth to five and their families at one of Vermont’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs. There are more than 500 individuals working as teachers, teacher assistants, substitute teachers, home visitors and family services, health/nutrition aids, nurses, education services managers, cooks, supervisors and many more professions.

Careers – Jobs:  Check Out the Current Open Positions

Center Manager (Island Pond): Exciting, full-time opportunity available for a unique individual who enjoys a work environment that is challenging and rewarding. The NEKCA Island Pond Head Start/ Early Head Start program is seeking a leader who will provide support and supervision to staff as well as leading a team effort to provide quality early childhood and family-centered services. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational skills; the ability to meet program timelines and implement federal and state licensing requirements. Minimum of Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or Human/Child Development or related field; BA preferred and 2 years of experience required. Supervisory experience preferred. Generous benefits.

Licensed Preschool Teacher (Hardwick): Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of young children?  Then you are the person we are looking for to work in a team teaching situation in the NEKCA Hardwick Head Start classroom (40 hrs/wk, 39 wks/yr).  We offer comparable, competitive wages.  Position requirements: ability to plan and implement age appropriate activities for 3-5 year old children in a classroom setting.  Communicate information in the areas of Health, Nutrition, Family/Community Partnerships and Education.  Willingness and ability to function in a team effort, basic computer skills a must, keep meaningful and objective records and maintain confidentiality. Minimum requirements:  Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related education field, VT educator’s license with Early Childhood Endorsement and experience working with young children. Generous benefits.

Closing date for applications is until filled.  To apply, send cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@nekcavt.org; FAX to 802-334-5249 or mail to NEKCA Human Resources, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855.  E.O.E.

Licensed Preschool Teacher (Island Pond): Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of young children? Then you are the person we are looking for to work in a team teaching situation in the NEKCA Island Pond Head Start classroom (40 hrs/wk, 40 wks/yr). We offer competitive wages. Position requirements: ability to plan and implement age appropriate activities for 3-5 year old children in a classroom setting. Communicate information in the areas of Health, Nutrition, Family/Community Partnerships and Education. Willingness and ability to function in a team effort, basic computer skills a must, keep meaningful and objective records and maintain confidentiality. Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related education field, VT educator’s license with Early Childhood Endorsement and experience working with young children.  Generous benefits.

Closing date for applications is until filled. To apply, send cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@nekcavt.org; FAX to 802-334-5249 or mail to NEKCA Human Resources, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855. E.O.E.

Teaching Assistant (Island Pond): Full-time position available at the Island Pond Head Start program (40 hrs/wk, 40 wks/yr). Responsibilities include assisting in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences and establishing a safe, healthy learning environment for children ages 3-5. Experience working with children and families preferred. Minimum of a Child Development Associate credential or Child Care Certificate with 2 years of experience working with groups of young children or be enrolled in a program leading to an AA or BA degree is required.  Generous benefits.

The closing date for applications is September 10, 2018. To apply send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@nekcavt.org; FAX to 802-334-5249; or mail to NEKCA Human Resources, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855. E.O.E.

Family Support Specialist: Rutland Community Programs’ Early Care and Education seeks a self-motivated, organized and team-oriented individual for a Family Support Specialist (FSS) position. The FSS develops and sustains collaborative relationships with an assigned caseload of families, and serves as the primary point of contact. The Family Support Specialist will deliver comprehensive services, including in a home setting, which includes the development of family and child goals, case management services, referrals, and parent engagement activities. Potential candidates must possess strong personal skills, strong written and verbal skills, and proficiency with data entry. Minimum of eighteen (18) months of experience working with families in a community-based early education or other family support/family-centered program. Local travel is a must for this position; must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. CDA credential, or equivalent, as part of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Position is for 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

Applications should be submitted online at rmhsccn.org.

Substitute Teacher, Part-time: Rutland County Head Start is actively recruiting for the position of a Substitute Teacher. This is flexible position to support our year-round preschool and child care program in Rutland City. Substitutes work at program sites on an as needed basis. The candidate will provide a safe, nurturing environment for children 3-5 years old in a classroom setting, implementing developmentally appropriate lessons and activities in conjunction with other professional staff. The candidate should have previous experience working with young children and their families, and promote family interaction and communication. Practical qualifications include: At least eighteen (18) years of age, is a high school graduate or has completed a GED; Enrolled in, or completed coursework in Early Childhood is preferred, or a professional development plan to achieve the same. For more information, or to apply, please contact Ellen Coyle, Recruiter, (802) 770-5421 or apply online at rmhsccn.org.

Lead Teacher, Full Time/12 Months: Bennington County Head Start is seeking an innovative lead teacher who will be responsible for providing a high quality pre-school education program.  Our Head Start gives preschool children and their families the right building blocks for learning, parenting, and life.  To apply complete an application and submit with resume to: Careers@ucsvt.org or 100 Ledge Hill Drive Bennington, VT 05201 or FAX 802-375-2381

Other Careers – Jobs:

Visit each program’s website to learn more about a career in Head Start. Job opportunities are posted on a program’s website, employment websites, in local print and on-line papers or a combination of both.   Current positions are listed at the following program links:

Champlain Valley Head Start
Capstone Community Action
Early Education Services
NEKCA
Rutland County Head Start
SEVCA
Bennington County Head Start

There are other resources for job seekers and employers.  Go to the new Early Childhood Jobs VT, job board to see more.  It is accessible at no cost for employers who employ early childhood professionals in VT to post positions. Employers can request access to The SharedServicesVT website and click on the box on the home page.

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