SVREC Career Navigator

CLASSIFICATION:    Non-Exempt

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

The SVREC Career Navigator will provide dedicated case management and support to clients referred from the local Department of Social Services (DSS) as part of the SVREC Grant. The primary objective is to facilitate access to a comprehensive range of services and resources, empowering clients to overcome barriers to employment and achieve self-sufficiency as outlined in the Individual Employment Plan created by SVREC staff.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      SVREC Assessment Supervisor and SVREC Program Manager

Supervises:           SVREC clients placed in work experience placements, Adult Education, and other program activities.

Coordinates with: Other staff, Southwest Virginia Regional Employment Coalition partners, local non-profit organizations who serve as placement sites, and other partners as applicable.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides counseling and support for clients.
  • Facilitate enrollment into high school equivalency/GED coursework with Adult Education programs and track progress through program.
  • Responsible for establishing, supervising, and tracking training, work experience, and PSP placements for the clients.
  • Provides additional employment barrier assessments for clients placed in work experience or public service programs.
  • Responsible for client evaluations, keeping all records, progress notes and other correspondence involved in worksite placement.
  • Responsible for keeping SVREC system of record up to date with the most recent client notes, activities, and documents.
  • Acts as liaison between worksite, client and DSS employment specialist.
  • Make referrals to other entities in the public workforce system and human services ecosystem, utilizing the Unite Us platform as much as possible, to remediate barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.
  • Ensure co-enrollment with federal, state, and local workforce programs by facilitating referrals to the WIOA Title I Adult, Dislocated Worker, and/or Youth program to receive training/education assistance for additional skills development.
  • Attends monthly SVREC meeting and in-house team and staff meetings.
  • Conducts worksite visits to monitor clients.
  • Assists SVREC program manager with submitting timely and accurate reports.
  • Conducts instruction of job readiness and retention training when requested.
  • Collaborates and communicates with SVREC grant staff other community partners to provide effective services.
  • Assists with employment specialist duties on a department level: job readiness teaching, job connection, resume building, etc.
  • Creates an environment that fosters a spirit of teamwork with other staff and personnel with the SVREC program.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and requested.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in the field.
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate professional interactions with staff, partners, and the community.
  • Knowledge of community resources.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Degree in Social Work, Sociology or closely related field preferred.
  • Experience in human services with a working knowledge of employment training programs.
  • Experience in employer relations.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Reliable transportation and a valid Virginia Operator’s license.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – sedentary work; exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual ability is a plus

Teacher – Rockbridge/Buena Vista

CLASSIFICATION:    Non-Exempt

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

The Teacher is tasked with overseeing the classroom staff within their assigned classroom. Their primary responsibility is to support the Lead Teacher/ Center Supervisor in maintaining an environment that reflects the goals of Head Start. This includes providing children with educational experiences that foster their mental, social, emotional, and physical development. In coordination with all service area and classroom staff, the Teacher ensures that children receive nurturing and successful experiences in the child development centers. Additionally, they recognize and uphold the vital role of parents as the primary influencers in their children’s lives.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      Lead Teacher or Center Supervisor, Education Coordinator

Supervises:           Teacher Assistant, Child Care Aide, Classroom Substitutes

Coordinates with: Center and Administrative staff, Community Specialists, Classroom Volunteers

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Plans activities that meet the social, emotional, physical, and educational needs of the children in the classroom.

  • Writes and posts lesson plans at least two weeks in advance.
  • Incorporates IEP/IFSP goals in lesson plans as required.
  • Schedules and organizes field trips and food experiences.
  • Maintain and completes developmental screening tool on each child within 45 days of child’s date of entry and throughout the year.
  • Uses results of developmental screening tool to individualize for each child and provides learning aides as needed.
  • Completes and maintains ongoing assessment and education files for each child.
  • Schedules and makes two home visits and two in-school parent/teacher conferences per child per year.
  • Prepares a flexible classroom schedule.
  • Reviews each child’s progress weekly.
  • Distributes and collects parent communication notes.
  • Prepares materials for activities daily
  • Must enter child’s observation and individualizations into online Teaching Strategies GOLD (TSG) database weekly and complete all children driven data for outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate skills in the CLASS Tool to promote a positive, engaging,  responsive, respected, child-centered, and safe environment. By nurturing meaningful interactions, educators will support children’s holistic development.
  • Ensures attendance and meals are completed at the point of service daily and recorded in ChildPlus.

Maintains a working knowledge of all Head Start Performance Standards, Policies and Licensing Regulations.

  • Based on Head Start performance standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework:  Ages Birth to Five, demonstrates developmentally appropriate practice throughout the center in all interactions with children.
  • Follows requests made by the licensing agent upon request.
  • Submits licensing reports to appropriate supervisor.
  • Arranges and maintains a classroom environment conducive to exploration and experiential learning with interest areas labeled, defined, and accessible to children.
  • Calls supervisor two hours prior to center opening when unable to report to work (tardiness, sickness, emergencies).
  • Ensures Health notebooks, Medications, and First Aid backpacks are checked monthly.
  • Works to continue education by attending classes, meetings, workshops, and conferences related to Head Start and early childhood education, earning at least 21 training hours per program year as defined in the TAP Head Start training plan.
  • Attends monthly lead teacher’s meeting and others as requested.
  • Develops professional development goals with supervisor, annually.
  • Participates in classes, workshops, in-service trainings,  meetings, and conferences that move toward meeting professional development goals.
  • Continues education toward the goal of completing a BA or BS degree if applicable and maintains all required certifications, licenses and credentials.
  • Assists the Supervisory Staff in creating an atmosphere in the center that is welcoming to parents and families.
  • Encourages daily parent participation by providing parents with information about how they can be involved.
  • Handles challenging situations with composure and tact, seeking resolution in a professional manner and represents the center and organization positively in all interactions, both within and outside the workplace.
  • Works with all service area staff, parents, and community partners to maintain a quality program.

Assists Supervisory staff by ensuring coverage in all classrooms to be in compliance with Minimum Standards for Licensed Child Care Programs in Virginia and Head Start Performance Standards.

  • Selects age appropriate materials and supplies for the children.
  • Creates and implements activities as needed for individual children.
  • Includes staff from all service areas in all aspects of daily operations, as needed.
  • Supports parents/child in the IEP/IFSP process by submitting required paperwork and attending meetings.
  • Reports cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to supervisor and calls Child Protective Services immediately.
  • Follows all policies and procedures in TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Adheres to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and TAP Head Start Code of Conduct.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  • Considerable knowledge of developmental characteristics and needs of preschool children.
  • Knowledge of appropriate activities and interactions with preschool children.
  • Ability to learn, understand and follow policies and procedures outlined in the TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual and other written and oral directions from program staff and supervisors.
  • Ability to communicate with staff, parents, and children in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Some knowledge of supervisory and motivational techniques for adults.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • AA degree with concentration in early childhood education or child development with ability to complete BA or BS degree.
  • BS with concentration in early childhood education or child development (preferred) OR
  • BS in related field, with at least 18 credit hours of early childhood or child development courses OR BS in related field with a CDA.
  • Must have two years classroom experience in working with young children and families.
  • Must have at least one year supervisory experience.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach. Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including:  criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must be able to interact with children.
  • Must have CPR, First Aid Certification, and MAT certification or be able to complete such certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be available to work any eight (8) hour shift during center operational hours of 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – must be able to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions worker subject to in this position – worker in not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required by the Supervisor.

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual Ability is a plus

Executive Assistant/Fund Development Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION:             NON-EXEMPT

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Manages the Central Administration office under the direction of the President/CEO of TAP and assists the Board of Directors as needed.  Performs a variety of administrative duties in support to the President, Vice-Presidents and the TAP Board of Directors.  Coordinates fund development activities.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:            President and CEO

Supervises:                  No one

Coordinates with:       President/CEO, CFO, VP of Planning, VP of Fund Development, Leadership Team and the Board of Directors

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Performs the following duties related to the TAP to the Board of Directors:
    • Assuring at least a quorum and preferably maximum attendance at all board meetings by calling each member one week before board meetings as well as sending out all regular board mailings no later than the Wednesday prior to the board meetings, making arrangements for teleconferencing for those who are out of town or ill, and taking whatever steps necessary to maximize attendance.
    • Making all arrangements for all scheduled and called TAP Board Executive Meetings.
    • Maintaining a current listing of all TAP Board Members, Board Committees, TAP Board of Commissioners, and TAP Advisory Boards.
    • Assuring that every board member is serving on a TAP Board Committee, on the TAP Board of Commissioners, or Advisory Board that reports to the TAP Board of Directors.
    • Maintaining attendance records of all the above in order to credit attendance to those participating.
    • Preparing and maintaining the minutes for all Board and Executive Board meetings.
    • Maintaining copy of minutes from all committee structures reporting to the TAP Board of Directors.
    • Working with TAP Directors and staff assigned to all TAP Board Committees to ensure that committees are meeting as scheduled, and that committee members are notified via email and/or by mail of the meetings and agendas. Also, notifying the President/CEO of the upcoming meeting schedules and of potential problems.
    • Notifying any board vacancies to the President/CEO and Board Chair, membership Chair and assisting in recruiting new members for vacant positions.
    • Communicating any illnesses or deaths of board members and their families to the Chairman and fellow board members.
    • Assisting the President/CEO in preparing agendas for Board and Executive Board meetings.
    • Maintaining a hard and electronic copy of all official board documents, including current By-Laws.
    • Submitting minutes of monthly meetings to the Office of Community Services within 30 days of board approval.
    • Providing necessary board information to the planning department for reports and grant submissions.
    • Prepares and maintains a new board members handbook.
    • Requests and maintain board members term letters from appointing organizations.
    • Communicates bylaw requirements in reference to procedural matters of the board, as needed.
  • Coordinating fund development activities:
    • Donor Engagement and Relationship Management:
      • Promptly respond to donation inquiries and meeting requests, fostering robust relationships with donors.
      • Utilize Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge CRM software to meticulously track donations and manage donor interactions.
      • Create and dispatch customized donor communications, including solicitation requests and appreciation letters.
      • Consistently update and report on donor activity, providing insights to the CEO, Director of Fund Development and the Board’s Marketing and Fund Development Committee.
    • Event Planning and Coordination:
      • In collaboration with Creative Design staff and planners, orchestrate major fundraising events such as the annual gala, donor stewardship dinners, and digital crowdfunding initiatives.
      • Manage event logistics, guest lists, and vendor coordination, ensuring exceptional execution and donor engagement.
    •  Fundraising Strategy and Campaign Management:
      • Develop and implement innovative fundraising strategies that align with the organization’s mission.
      • Coordinate the annual Board Solicitation campaign, from material preparation to board member coordination and follow-up.
      • Support the Director of Fund Development in major campaigns like the Bringing Hope Home Annual campaign, including crafting marketing materials.
    •  Financial Management and Reporting:
      • Accurately process and record all financial gifts in Blackbaud software, categorizing each donation appropriately.
      • Conduct monthly reconciliations with the finance department to maintain financial accuracy.
      • Compile and provide detailed reports to the Finance Department and GCC Chair for board meetings and audits.
    • Administrative Support and Compliance:
      • Lead the GCC Thank You Program and manage the NAP Credit balance, in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Finance.
      • Handle all donation-related communications, from clothing to office equipment, and liaise with various departments to manage in-kind donations.
  •   Managing all communications with the President’s office including:
    • Managing the flow of all mail to the President’s office, assuring that the required persons are copied on all important documents, and that all documents requiring signatures or responses are completed.
    • Preparing all documents requiring the President’s signature including requisitions, legal documents, and communications.
    • Answering the President’s phone in his/her absence or if occupied and taking messages, including checking voice mails.
    • Working with the President in setting up for, preparing agendas for, and notifying other Directors as necessary of meetings or any critical correspondence.
    • Assisting the President in preparing written communications as requested and maintaining files of such communications; however the President will handle the majority of his/her correspondence.
  • Assisting the President in preparing for, recording minutes when appropriate, and overseeing all communications for the following meetings:
    • Bi-weekly Leadership Meetings
    • Annual and Semi-Annual Leadership Planning Sessions
    • VACAP, NCAF, NCAP, and other state and national association meetings
  • Other duties include but are not limited to the following:
    • Maintaining a filing system where documents are easily accessed.
    • Negotiating travel arrangements as requested.
    • Advising the President of any suggestions and ideas that will strengthen the work of the President’s office and the TAP organization.
    • Assisting the President through the performance of other activities as directed.
  •  Preforming administrative tasks related to TAP’s annual meeting and special events.
  • Maintaining a call log of messages for the President/CEO.
  • Purchasing office equipment after obtaining bids/quotes.
  • Assisting in the preparation of the CSBG quarterly report, work plan, and budget. Responsible for making a quarterly financial review of the budget for the President/CEO.
  • Maintaining an inventory of office supplies and requisitions the purchase of supplies, verifying accuracy of bills, and processing for payment.
  • Obtaining the President’s approval signature on various documents.
  • Assisting the President in managing communications between his/her office and the Community Action Networks: example, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc., Virginia CARES, Project Discovery and Child Health Improvement Program.
  • Helping to develop then maintains the agency mailing/donor listing.
  • Performing administrative tasks related to grant submission
  • Providing office support to the CFO and all Vice Presidents.
  • Securing temporary office help as needed.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Proficiency in Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge software preferred.
  • Proven experience in fundraising and donor relations is highly desirable.
  • Must be proficient in oral and written skills
  • Must have good organizational, record keeping and telephone answering skills
  • Thorough knowledge of standard office practices and procedures.
  • Ability to plan, lay out, and conduct clerical operations involving transactions requiring accountability and accuracy.
  • Thorough knowledge of business English and math.
  • Ability to type accurately and at a reasonable rate of speed.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of client information and other agency records.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

This individual should have at minimum an associate’s degree and a combination of experience and training, including or supplemented by a course in clerical skills, and considerable experience in clerical work. The candidate should be well experienced with the Microsoft Office programs as well as general office equipment.  The candidate should have good written and oral communication skills. Experience working with fundraising software desired. The ideal candidate is adaptable, mission-driven, and possesses a keen eye for detail. This role requires a high level of discretion and integrity in handling sensitive information and financial data.

At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be willing to serve as a Notary Public, possess a valid Virginia driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and have reliable transportation.

TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.

  • Physical activity of this position:  reaching, grasping, standing, use of fingers for – picking, pinching and typing; talking/hearing; repetitive motion of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position:   sedentary work – exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects; involves sitting most of the time.
  • Visual acuity requirements:  close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes; visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job. It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties whose performance may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

Bilingual Ability is a plus

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

EOE/Drug Free Employer

Classroom Substitute – Rockbridge/Buena Vista

CLASSIFICATION:    Non-Exempt

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Assists the classroom staff in planning and carrying out the educational program of Head Start.  Performs tasks as assigned by the teacher, in the absence of regular staff members, to provide high quality care for the children in their center.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      Lead Teacher, Teacher, Center Supervisor, Teacher I or II

Supervises:           No One

Coordinates with: Center and Administrative Staff

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with implementation of the educational program for children.
  • Assists with arrival or departure of children (greeting and communicating with parents, etc).
  • Assists the staff with preparation and implementation of family style breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks, interacting with the children and modeling appropriate mealtime skills.
  • Assists in implementing classroom activities as defined in the lesson plan.
  • Demonstrates developmentally appropriate practices throughout the center in all interactions with children.
  • Observes and supervises children individually and as a group, and responds to the needs of the group and individual children in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Assists classroom staff in creating an atmosphere in the center that is welcoming to parents and families by greeting parents in a friendly manner as they bring and pick up their children.
  • Assists with maintaining classroom environment in accordance with TAP Head Start policies and procedures and Virginia Minimum Standards for Licensed Child Care Programs.
  • Assists in setting up and cleaning the classrooms.
  • Keeps equipment and materials safe, clean, and in good condition at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Assists in maintaining a classroom environment conducive to exploration and experimental learning with interest areas labeled, defined and accessible to children.
  • Follows the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct regarding appropriate interactions with staff and parents, including taking concerns to appropriate sources, refraining from gossiping or inappropriate interactions with colleagues and parents, and exhibiting professional behavior at all times.
  • Will refer to the classroom Substitute Directory as needed.
  • Follows centers rules and those implemented at hire for the entire agency.
  • Presents self professionally to colleagues, parents and community through appropriate dress, language and behavior.
  • Creates a positive work environment by demonstrating flexibility and willingness to perform other job-related duties as assigned, and by participating appropriately in program planning and decisions, and in implementation of those plans.
  • Adheres to all policies/procedures as outlined in the TAP Head Start Policies and Procedure Manual.
  • Adheres to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as adopted by TAP Head Start.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Basic knowledge of developmental characteristics and needs of infant, toddler, and/or preschool children.
  • Some knowledge of appropriate activities and interactions with infant, toddler, and/or preschool children.
  • Ability to learn, understand and follow policies and procedures outlined in the TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual and other written and oral directions from program staff and supervisors
  • Ability to read, write and communicate with staff, parents, and children in an appropriate and professional manner.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • At least one year of experience working with infants, toddlers, and/or pre-school children.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must be able to interact with children.
  • Attends a minimum of 21 training hours as required and provided by TAP Head Start.
  • Must be available to work a minimal of 25 hours, on an as needed basis.
  • Must be available to work any eight (8) hours shift during center operational hours of 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., including split shifts as needed.
  • Must have CPR, First Aid Certification, and MAT certification or be able to complete such certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, hearing, talking, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – must be able to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual Ability is a plus.

Special Needs Assistant – Roanoke

CLASSIFICATION:    Non-Exempt

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

The Special Needs Assistant plays a vital role in supporting the implementation of the educational program for children with disabilities, special needs, and/or mental/behavioral health issues in Early Head Start/Head Start settings. Working under the guidance of the Teacher, the Special Needs Assistant provides direct assistance and individualized support to children with diverse learning needs, ensuring their inclusion and participation in all aspects of the educational program.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      Lead Teacher, Teacher, Center Supervisors, Disabilities Coordinator, Behavior Health Coordinator, Education Coordinators, Supervisor of E

Supervises:           No One

Coordinates with: EHS/HS Center and Administrative Staff

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the Teacher in implementing individualized education plans (IEPs) or individualized family service plans (IFSPs) for children with disabilities, special needs, and/or behavioral health concerns.
  • Provide one-on-one support and assistance to children with diverse learning needs, including personal care, mobility assistance and behavioral support.
  • Collaborate with the Teacher and other classroom staff to create a supportive inclusive learning environment for all children.
  • Support children’s social-emotional development by modeling positive behaviors, facilitating peer interactions, and implementing strategies to address challenging behaviors.
  • Adapt instructional materials and activities to meet the individual needs and abilities of children with disabilities or special needs, ensuring their full participation and engagement in the educational program.
  • Assist in the assessment and documentation of children’s progress and development, under the direction of the Teacher and Special Education staff.
  • Foster positive relationships with children and families, promoting open communication and partnership in the educational process.
  • Demonstrate skills in the CLASS Tool to promote a positive, engaging, responsive, respected, child-centered, and safe environment. By nurturing meaningful interactions, educators will support children’s holistic development.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information related to children and families, in accordance with program policies and regulations.
  • Assists with keeping equipment and materials safe, clean, and in good condition at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Works to continue education by attending classes, meetings, workshops, and conferences related to Head Start and early childhood education, earning at least 21 training hours per program year as defined in the TAP Head Start training plan.

–     Attends center staff meetings monthly, or as needed.

–     Develops professional development goals with supervisor, annually.

–     Participates in classes, workshops, meetings, and conferences that move toward meeting professional development goals, as requested or assigned.

  • Assists the Lead Teacher in creating an atmosphere in the center that is welcoming to parents and families of all children.
  • Adheres to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and the TAP Head Start Code of Conduct.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required by the Supervisor.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Basic understanding of child development, disabilities and special education principles.
  • Compassion, patience and empathy in working with children with diverse learning needs and abilities.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with colleagues and interact sensitively with children and families.
  • Ability to implement instructional strategies under the supervision of the Teacher and Special Education staff.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in responding to the individual needs and behaviors of children with disabilities or special needs.

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; Associate’s Degree or coursework in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, or related field preferred.
  • Previous experience working with children with disabilities, special needs and/or behavioral health issues preferred.
  • Training in crisis intervention techniques may be required.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including:  criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must be able to interact with children.
  • Must have CPR, First Aid Certification, and MAT certification or be able to complete such certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be available to work any eight (8) hour shift during center operational hours of 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – must be able to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions worker subject to in this position – worker in not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required by the Supervisor.

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual Ability is a plus.

Whole Family Advocate Supervisor

CLASSIFICATION:          Exempt/Administrative

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

             

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

The Supervisor of Family Services develops, implements, and coordinates the Head Start Family and Community Partnership services to meet the Department of Health and Human Services and TAP’s policies and guidelines. The Supervisor is responsible for establishing a system of identification of families in the area that are in need of social services and parent involvement.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP

Supervised by:               Director of Head Start

Supervises:                    Whole Family and Health Advocates

Coordinates with:         Area Services supervisors, Coordinators and HS/EHS staff


Job Responsibilities:

  • Support ERSEA in Recruitment and Enrollment:
    • Assist ERSEA in targeting areas for recruitment as needed and coordinating community presentations with prior approval.
    • Support Whole Family Advocates in scheduling setups for community events in local areas such as stores and bus stations and maintaining full center enrollment at all times and aiding ERSEA
  • Record Keeping and Monitoring:
    • Provide direction to Whole Family Advocates in establishing and maintaining comprehensive record-keeping systems to track and monitor activities and outcomes effectively.
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates adhere to procedures for the efficient use of Family and Community Partnership forms and reports, such as Family Partnership Agreements and enrollment data.
    • Oversee the preparation of detailed Family and Community Partnership reports for agency management by Whole Family Advocates.
    • Support Whole Family Advocates in collecting and organizing necessary data to support program compliance and continuous improvement.
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates follow procedures for the use of Whole Family Services forms and reports, monitor daily attendance data and percentages, and create attendance plans as needed.
    • Guide Whole Family Advocates in maintaining and reviewing children’s records to ensure compliance with Head Start performance standards and state licensing.
    • Review monthly reports on paperwork prepared by Whole Family Advocates.
  • Community and Human Services Representation:
    • Support Whole Family Advocates in acting as advocates for Head Start families within the community, fostering relationships with various human services agencies.
    • Supervise Whole Family Advocates in their roles as liaisons for Head Start families, ensuring their needs and interests are represented in interactions with other agencies.
    • Oversee Whole Family Advocates’ participation in committees and meetings of other human services agencies as representatives of Head Start.
    • Work with Whole Family Advocates to develop and maintain a referral system and procedures between Head Start and other community agencies to support family needs.
  • Supervise and Coordinate Family Partnership Staff:
    • Guide Whole Family Advocates in developing and implementing strategic plans for continuous monitoring and evaluation of service area activities to ensure quality outcomes.
    • Oversee the progress of Family Partnership agreements with Whole Family Advocates to determine whether individual family needs are being met and follow-up actions are provided.
    • Confer with Whole Family Advocates to provide guidance and advice on the implementation of Family Goals and any necessary adjustments.
    • Assign family caseloads, and related responsibilities to Whole Family Advocates to ensure effective program delivery.
    • Organize and conduct in-service training for Whole Family Advocates and parents to enhance their skills and knowledge.
    • Maintain an up-to-date list of parents serving on service area committees annually and as needed.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting:
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates establish and maintain a clear and efficient system for reporting potential child abuse or neglect.
    • Supervise Whole Family Advocates as they report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to Protective Services immediately and follow established protocols for documentation and follow-up.
  • Serve as Advisor to the Family and Community Partnerships Committee:
    • Guide Whole Family Advocates in scheduling and conducting at least one Family Advisory meeting per year and additional meetings as needed.
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates notify parent’s upcoming meetings at least one week in advance to encourage participation.
    • Oversee Whole Family Advocates in submitting copies of meeting minutes to the Policy Council Chairperson for parent activity funds.
    • Supervise Whole Family Advocates as they Coordinate with the Disabilities Coordinator to facilitate the placement of children with disabilities, ensuring a diverse and inclusive program.
  • Coordinate Training for Parents and Staff:
    • Support Whole Family Advocates in ensuring parents receive required training through organized workshops and conferences.
    • Provide training sessions for all staff on Family and Community Partnerships’ expectations and responsibilities to promote program goals.
    • Assess and monitor parent training and evaluate parents’ participation with Whole Family Advocates.
    • Participate in MAT training and administer medication as needed.
  • Staff Management:
    • Coordinate with the Whole Family Advocates in resolving personnel issues and addressing staff concerns.
    • Elevate unresolved issues or those requiring personnel action to the Head Start Director for guidance and resolution.
    • Conduct comprehensive annual evaluations of Whole Family Advocates’ performance to promote professional growth and ensure high-quality service delivery.
  • Attend Meetings:
    • Attend Central Staff meetings regularly to stay informed and engaged with program developments and initiatives.
    • Participate in relevant training sessions to continuously enhance knowledge and skills in the program area.
    • Attend monthly Whole Family component and staff meetings, as well as Child & Family Staffing, Whole Family Advisory meetings, in-service training, conferences, workshops, transition meetings, and ERSEA meetings as scheduled.
  • Organize Annual Policy Council:
    • Assist Whole Family Advocates in supporting the attendance of parents or guardians at Policy Council meetings, offering guidance and support.
    • Provide orientation and training for council members and officers to ensure the effective functioning of the council.
    • Oversee Whole Family Advocates in sending out monthly information and reports to members in advance of Policy Council meetings to facilitate informed decision-making.
    • Assist the Whole Family Advocate Supervisor with Policy Council responsibilities, performing only duties delegated by the supervisor.
  • Child Plus Data Management:
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates maintain accurate and up-to-date information on families in Child Plus for record maintenance.
    • Oversee the recording and management of data under Family Services and Health TABS in Child Plus, including outcomes, events/contacts, health requirements, Family Partnership Agreement (FPA), and Program Information Report (PIR).
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates complete outcomes with parents in a timely manner.
    • Guide Whole Family Advocates in completing PIR questions one month before a child’s exit from enrollment.
    • Attending all in-services training and Child Plus training and notify the supervisor when assistance is needed.
  • Family and Child Records:
    • Support Whole Family Advocates in ensuring intake packets are complete and accurate for all enrolled families.
    • Oversee the maintenance and updating of Family Partnership Agreements and Family Goal Sheets as applicable.
    • Monitor Whole Family Advocates in maintaining accurate records of enrollment, transfers, and withdrawals.
    • Ensure Whole Family Advocates complete health and nutrition forms upon enrollment and as needed, keeping medication, allergy care plans, special diet plans, asthma plans, and children’s immunization and physical records up-to-date.
    • Supervise Whole Family Advocates in notifying parents of due immunizations and physicals.
    • Monitor the posting and updating of allergy lists in centers as needed.
    • Oversee the submission of copies of special dietary needs to the Food Service Manager as required.
  • Community Resources and Networking:
    • Support Whole Family Advocates in creating a community resources book to support family services.
    • Represent TAP Head Start in the community by participating in Community Agency Advisory Committees.
    • Guide Whole Family Advocates as they act as liaisons with community programs partnering with Head Start to facilitate partnerships and collaboration.
  • Perform Other Duties as Assigned:
    • Carry out any additional job-related tasks or special projects as requested by the Head Start Director or program leadership to support program goals.

 

Health Services:

  • Sensory Screenings: Monitor staff conducting hearing and vision screenings for all enrolled children using evidence-based methods. Plan and supervise mass screenings in collaboration with Health Advocates, including coordinating staff and volunteers during screenings for various programs and partner families.
  • Follow-up Care Coordination: Monitor follow-up care for medical, dental, and nutritional needs of enrolled children and families. monitor screening results and assist Health Advocates are scheduling re-screenings as necessary and facilitating referrals.
  • Health Data Monitoring: Monitor Child Plus health data for expiring, missing, or incomplete well-child visits, immunizations, and dental visits. Provide reports and reminders to Health and Whole Family Advocates to assist families in staying on schedule with health and dental appointments.
  • Inputting Health Data into Child Plus: Ensure accurate and up-to-date health records by monitoring input on screening results, well-child visit information, immunization records, dental visits, follow-up plans, emergency care plans, nutritional health information, and compliance tracking into the Child Plus data management system.
  • Ensuring Up-to-Date Child Health Status: Monitor determinations from healthcare professionals regarding children’s up-to-date preventive and primary medical and oral health care status within 90 days of enrollment. Assist Health Advocates in arranging necessary health services and facilitate provision with parent consent.
  • Vision, Hearing, Height, Weight & Blood Pressure Screenings: Monitor that Health and Whole Family Advocates conduct or obtain evidence-based screenings within specified timeframes as per program guidelines.
  • Nutritional Health Needs: Monitor that Health Advocates are Identifying each child’s nutritional health needs by considering available health information and community nutrition issues.
  • Health Fairs Coordination: Assist Health Advocates in planning and conducting health fairs to provide necessary health checks, immunizations, and preventive care for families. Coordinate with local healthcare providers and community partners for these events.
  • Inter-Agency Collaboration: Work with service area coordinators to ensure an integrated system of service delivery for children and families. Attend meetings to discuss individual needs and track requests for information from service providers.
  • Emergency and Health Plans Monitoring: Ensure that Health Advocates are monitoring emergency and health plans at each center for safety and compliance.
  • Staff Teamwork and Collaboration: Support a team approach by attending meetings, and planning health team meetings, and addressing health-related concerns of children and families.
  • Continuous Learning: Attend meetings, conferences, and workshops to stay updated on best practices and techniques in the health field.
  • Health Advisory: Health Advisory Oversight; Provide guidance and assistance to Health Advocates in strategizing and ensuring adherence to Head Start performance standards during scheduled Health Advisory meetings, convened biannually.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the existing community and human services agencies
  • Must possess skill in expressing self orally and written.
  • Record keeping and data collecting skills required!

TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:

  • BS/BA or with concentration physiology, sociology, and mental health or related field or equivalent experience
  • One year’s experience working with an agency or institution; providing social services to people.
  • Must have at least three years supervisory experience
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach. Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess a valid VA drivers license and access to reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must be able to drive/travel 30mile plus distances to visit remote center partnerships.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must provide physical/medical examination and tuberculosis screening every two years with their physician in order to remain employed, and able to pass background screenings every five years.
  • Must have CPR, First Aid certification and MAT certification or be able to complete such certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be able to interact with children.
  • The ability to be objective and non-judgmental.
  • Having the skill to engage with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Conditions worker subject to in this position – worker in not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual ability is a plus.

Pathway Home Career Mentor

CLASSIFICATION:   Non-Exempt (Full-Time)

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

The Pathway Home Career Mentor works with incarcerated individuals both pre-release and post-release to smooth their reentry into the community and transition them into gainful employment. Participant services include detailed assessment, career planning, transition planning, barrier alleviation, preparation for training and employment, life and job skills training, group and individualized career coaching and support, monitoring and follow-up, and overall case management. This job may qualify for hybrid work.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      Pathway Home Senior Career Mentor

Supervises:            Interns (if available)

Coordinates with: Pathway Home program staff, TVW program staff, partner staff.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Treat our program participants as individual human beings deserving of respect and assistance and not merely as cases or numbers; meet them where they are; make a connection to build trust and efficacy as a mentor while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Apply a whole-family lens to working with participants, considering their specific family situation and the needs of the entire family and/or household to help ensure a successful transition back to the community.
  • Provide pre-release jail-based career services including comprehensive assessment, individualized education/career planning, job readiness, job search, and occupational training.
  • Use Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic (CBT) approaches focusing on interpersonal communication, cognitive self-change, social skills, problem-solving skills and anger management.
  • Provide jail-based supportive services including benefit coordination, gaining identification and driver’s licenses, and parenting and child support counseling.
  • Assist participants to transition to the community through discharge planning, reengagement and outreach, working with the same individuals both pre-release and post-release, ensuring continuity of services and providing incentives for quick post-release engagement (72 hours).
  • Provide and coordinate post-release community-based career services including WIOA services, job-search assistance, job placement, occupational training, GED referrals, on-the-job training, job retention, career advancement and mentoring.
  • Provide and coordinate post-release community-based supportive services for transportation, housing, benefits and disability coordination, obtaining driver’s licenses, legal services, child care, clothing and work supports, mental and physical health services, substance use recovery support and financial literacy.
  • Develop individualized funding plans and connect participants to grant and leveraged supportive service funds to aid in their transition.
  • Keep detailed case notes and maintain scrupulous case files with all required documentation.
  • Ensure all information is entered into performance and case management systems, including EmpowOR, in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Follow participant after release and document outcomes for up to one year, including training completions, skills gains, employment, retention, earnings and recidivism.
  • Productivity: perform as efficiently as possible without jeopardizing quality; recommend areas where productivity can be improved.
  • Job Knowledge: apply skills and knowledge required for the job; demonstrate ability to understand the required duties, responsibilities, skills, and procedures.
  • Quality of Work: demonstrate thoroughness and accuracy of work performed; ensure results are consistently within acceptable quality standards.
  • Cooperation: be cooperative and flexible; seek to collaborate and offer assistance to others on a regular basis; actively contributes to the team’s goals.
  • Dependability and Attendance: show consistency in carrying out assignments; perform responsibilities with minimal direct supervision; meet or exceed punctuality and attendance requirements.  When necessitated, follow call-in procedures and inform supervisor of absences.
  • Initiative: show interest and willingness to learn; do what needs to be done without being asked.  Take responsibility for independent action; anticipate potential problems/opportunities; seek additional assignments when other tasks are completed.
  • Customer Service: Provide excellent customer service based on TAP’s customer service training and models the 4 keys to excellent customer service Service/Attitude/Consistency/Teamwork. Make serving others the #1 priority; maintain positive attitude; consistently set high standards and treat everyone with dignity and respect; be supportive of coworkers and clients/customers.
  • Communication, follow-up and follow-through: ensure telephone service, voicemail, email address and/or page communications fall in line with the agency standards; refer customer/clients to other components or agencies as needed; respond to customers/clients in a timely fashion and follow up.
  • Support the agency’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals and help create a welcoming and affirming work environment for all agency staff and participants.
  • Complete mandatory reports required by funding source, Project Director, and Director for This Valley Works.
  • Participates in special events of the agency(ies).
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Graduation from a four-year college and have 2 years related experience; or Associate Degree and significant related experience; or High School Degree or GED and Peer Recovery Specialist Certification.
  • Experience working with incarcerated populations preferred.
  • Peer Recovery Specialist credentials preferred.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to work effectively managing competing priorities in tight deadlines
  • Ability to instruct adults in job seeking and retention skills, including resume writing and conflict resolution a plus.
  • Interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be able to relate to person of varying socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Well organized and possess written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility to work outside traditional work hours as needed
  • Strong desire to see outcome driven results
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with senior management, staff, potential partners, and the community

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to pass background requirements to work inside local and regional jails.
  • Free to travel as necessary.
  • This position requires the individual to be in the field and must have contact with the office staff and supervisor therefore an agency issued cell phone is necessary.
  • Reliable transportation and a valid Virginia Operator’s license with a good driving record for insurance purposes.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Will require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, hearing, talking, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – light work; exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
  • Visual acuity requirements – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual ability is a plus

  

Job Title:  Pathway Home Career Mentor

Revised:    2/8/2024

Delivery Driver/Food Service Helper

CLASSIFICATION:    Non-Exempt

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Perform varied food service tasks, including cooking, assisting cooks in the preparation of food, food products, serving, packaging of food, cleaning equipment, facilities, washing dishes, pots, containers, silverware, and transferring of stock.  Drive and deliver food to centers. Work in center to fill in as Center Lunch Aide as needed.  Will work under supervision and will be given detailed instructions on assignments that are not routine.  Work is reviewed through observation and inspection.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      Food Service Manager

Supervises:           No one

Coordinates with: Lead Cook and other kitchen staff

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists Food Production Assistant in taking inventory and maintaining stock, as scheduled.
  • Assists in receiving and stocking orders from vendors.
  • Assists in preparation and cooking of meats, vegetables, fruits, and other foods, daily.
  • Cleans floor and packaging area daily.
  • Cleans storage (dry), freezers and refrigerators, weekly.
  • Carries food to/from stockroom, freezer and refrigerators, daily.
  • Cleans kitchen and food service equipment daily.
  • Cleans staff lounge, conference room, and bathrooms as needed.
  • Opens food cartons and crates upon receiving.
  • Packs food cartons and crates upon receiving.
  • Prepares food for delivery daily.
  • Prepares food transport containers for packaging/delivery daily.
  • Drives van or truck to deliver food to centers daily.
  • Drives van to pick up supplies from various locations as requested.
  • Takes van to get gas and to maintenance appointments.
  • Cleans vans weekly and as needed.
  • Takes out trash, cleans trash containers daily.
  • Assists with laundry for the kitchen.
  • Works as a team member with other kitchen personnel.
  • Completes Serve Safe Manager Training within 30 days of employment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to learn repetitive tasks quickly.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have a minimum of six months experience in food service operations
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license with a good driving record and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Physical  activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching and typing; grasping, feeling, hearing, talking, repetitive motion of the wrists, hand, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – very heavy work; exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – worker must have visual acuity to operate a motor vehicle and/or heavy equipment.
  • Condition subject to in this position – atmospheric conditions; one or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin:  fumes, odors, dust, mist, gases or poor ventilation.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilingual Ability is a plus

Behavioral Health Coordinator

COMPONENT: Head Start
CLASSIFICATION:   Exempt
This position is contractual.

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Responsible for the management functions in conjunction with the Supervisor of Education in making behavioral health services accessible to the EHS/HS children and families.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:      Day to day supervision is provided by Supervisor of Education

Supervises:            Special Needs Assistant with dual supervision with Supervisor of Education

Coordinates with: Early Head Start and Head Start Service Areas, Staff Community Agencies, Educational Institutions and Partners, Center Staff, Disabilities Coordinator, Transition Coordinator, Behavioral Health Consultants and Service Providers

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinates opportunities for ongoing training and development of Early Head Start and Head Start staff, in conjunction with the Supervisor of Education.
    • Establishes and implements a structured approach to staff training and development.
    • Provides training opportunities that are designed to encourage building of relationships among staff and to assist in acquiring knowledge and skills needed to fulfill their job responsibilities, in accordance to Head Start Program Performance Standards.
  • Coordinates services for children and families with behavioral health concerns.
    • Provides reports describing identification of and intervention in family and staff concerns about a children, monthly.
    • Attends program staffing to provide consultation on identified children with behavioral health needs as scheduled.
    • Provides observations in the classroom to determine behavioral health issues or needs, records information and submits a copy to Supervisor of Education.
    • Documents information received and observations conducted while assessing and coordinating behavioral health services for families
    • Arranges screenings and assessments for children with behavioral health needs.
    • Ensures that all behavioral health information is filed in the child’s family development file.
    • Maintains strict confidentiality regarding all information pertaining to      behavioral health needs of the child and family.
    • Coordinates with family development specialist, lead teacher, and center supervisor to arrange conferences with parents when informed of concerns       regarding children, family members, and staff as needed.
    • Facilitates the flow of information between Early Head Start/Head Start and parents after referrals have been made.
  • Provides consultation for parents regarding specialized assistance    for children with atypical behavior or development.
    • Collaborates with the Disabilities Coordinator to provide appropriate treatment recommendations.
    • Participates in behavior planning for children with identified behavioral health needs, to work in conjunction with parents and staff to develop a comprehensive plan of action to address behavioral health issues.
    • Coordinates with family development specialist and/or lead teacher to arrange conferences with parents: 1) elicit parental input and observation of their child’s behavior, 2) share staff observations and 3) provide parent education on appropriate responses to behavioral issues, creating a nurturing environment and strengthening familial relationships.
    • Encourages participation of parents when behavioral health interventions are needed.
    • Facilitates staff/parent communication regarding child behavior and behavioral health needs.
  • Supports a team approach by working with the Early Head Start and Head Start Coordinators, Supervisors and staff to meet Performance Standards and further the goals of the program.
    • Consults with staff on how to use findings from developmental, sensory, or behavioral screenings to address identified behavioral health needs.
    • Attends all appropriate meetings and workshops and serves on appropriate committees relating to Early Head Start and Head Start upon request
    • Identifies and reports suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services, with copies to Head Start Director, Supervisor of Health Services, Supervisor of Family Services and Supervisor of Education.
    • Works with Family Development Services staff to secure support services for families with CPS reports are necessary.
    • Keeps supervisor, other coordinators, and Early Head Start/Head Start staff informed of all behavioral health activity.
    • Responds to Behavioral Health Alerts within 5 working days and follows up on behavioral health needs according to the Behavioral Health Process in the Policy and Procedures Manual.
    • Helps to monitor responses to recommendations for classroom interventions and referrals for professional services.
  • Works closely with behavioral health professionals in the community.
    • Appropriate services and support will be delivered and/or linked by the therapist.
    • Coordinates the behavioral health professional services to whom referrals are made.
    • Collaborates with Head Start/Early Head Start to develop behavioral health services that meet Performance Standards.
    • Develops and maintains a resource record of behavioral health services in the community including contact persons, services provided, eligibility, referral procedures, and associated costs
  • Assists parents or family members in participation of child behavioral health interventions when necessary
    • Attends meetings with parent and behavioral health professionals as needed
    • Makes referrals for psychological assessments as needed.
    • Conducts parent training, education and referral as needed.
    • Works with Supervisors to locate sources of funding to pay for intervention.
  • Works with service area coordinators to ensure access to behavioral health services for parents
    • Implements educational activities for staff and parents regarding preventative behavioral health and focusing on wellness rather than illness.
    • Facilitates access for parents to behavioral health consultation, support groups, and training opportunities in regards to appropriate responses to behaviors, creating nurturing environments, relationships in the home and understanding typical behavioral health needs.
    • Works with the Supervisor of Education and Education
  • Coordinators to plan educational activities and offer resources for staff and parents on behavioral health issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated ability to gather and organize information in cohesive reports.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with families and children in crisis. 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • LCSW and Masters Degree in Human Services and licensed eligible is required.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid Virginia Operator’s license with a good driving record and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • This position is eligible for remote work upon supervisor’s approval.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply

Teacher II

CLASSIFICATION:             Non-Exempt

 

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Primary caregiver for four infant/toddlers.  Work with all service areas and classroom staff/volunteers to ensure successful, nurturing experiences for infants and toddlers.  Work with the parents to set goals for their child in the program, while recognizing the parents as the most important influence in the lives of their children.  The classroom will exemplify the Head Start and Early Head Start goals for providing infants and toddlers with classroom experiences that will help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:  Teacher I, Lead Teacher/Center Supervisor, Supervisor of Early Head Start and EHS Education Coordinator

Supervises:  Child Care Aide and Classroom Volunteers

Coordinates with: Other Center Staff, Central Staff and Contract Specialists

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans activities that meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of the children in the classroom.
  • Writes and submits lesson plans at least one week in advance to EHS Education Coordinator.
  • Schedules field trips and submits forms to EHS Education Coordinator, if applicable.
  • Plans and implements food experiences monthly.
  • Completes developmental screening tool on assigned children within 45 calendar days of child’s date of entry.
  • Uses results of developmental screening tool to individualize educational programming for assigned children.
  • Schedules and makes home visits per child per year.
  • Schedules and implements two in school parent/teacher conferences per child per year.
  • Prepares a flexible classroom schedule at the beginning of each operational year.
  • Reviews each child’s progress daily.
  • Completes and informational form designed to share with the parent daily.
  • Supports and encourages all children to learn by observing them as they interact with the environment.
  • Coordinates all educational programming with the Teacher I.
  • Utilizes a team approach in classroom operations.
  • Includes Teacher I and/or Child Care Aide in the development and implementation of flexible daily schedule bases on individual needs of infants and weekly lesson plans.
  • Assists in making assignments to foster grandparents/volunteers and documents those plans.
  • Includes staff from all service areas in all aspects of daily operation, as needed.
  • Communicates daily with Teacher I and Child Care Aide.
  • Takes over daily tasks in the classroom in the absence of the Teacher I.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of all head Start Performance Standards and Minimum Standards for Licensed Child Care Centers.
  • Demonstrates developmentally appropriate practice throughout the center in all interactions with children based on the Head Start Performance Standards and licensing standards.
  • Assists in arranging and maintaining a classroom environment conducive to exploration and experiential learning with interest areas labeled, defined and accessible to children.
  • Assists in keeping equipment and materials safe, clean and in good condition at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Works to continue education by attending classes, workshops, meetings and conferences which may require out of town travel, thus earning at least 21 points per program year as defined in the TAP Head Start/Early Head Start training plan.
  • Develops professional development goals with EHS Education Coordinator, annually.
  • Participates in classes, workshops, meetings and conferences that move toward meeting professional development goals, as requested or assigned.
  • Attends center staff meetings monthly, or as needed.
  • Attends center child and family staffing, as scheduled.
  • Attends planned in-service training, as assigned.
  • Attends service area committee meetings, as assigned.
  • Works with Lead Teacher to create an atmosphere in the center that is welcoming to parents and families.
  • Encourages parent participation daily by providing parents with information about how they can be involved.
  • Greets parents daily and invites them to participate.
  • Attends parent meetings as assigned.
  • Works with all service area staff and parents to maintain a quality program.
  • Works to help center meet monthly in-kind goals.
  • Informs Lead Teacher/Center Supervisor and submits written referrals on children to EHS Education Coordinator, as needed.
  • Calls Lead Teacher/Center Supervisor on hour prior to scheduled time when unable to report to work (tardiness, sickness, emergencies).
  • Works an hourly schedule as needed to provide center coverage.
  • Completes assigned duties as scheduled (meets deadlines).
  • Selects, with Teacher I, appropriate materials and supplies for the children.
  • Orders, with Teacher I, materials and supplies and submits to the Lead Teacher/Center Supervisor, as needed.
  • Works to incorporate IFSP goals in Child Planning Forms, whenever applicable.
  • Maintains and keeps up-to-date Education files, Portfolios, Individualizations, Observations and other paperwork as assigned.
  • Adheres to all policies/procedures as outlined in the TAP Head Start and Early Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Administers firs aid, CPR and medication.
  • Maintains a current First Aid and CPR certification cards.
  • Maintains a current MAT certification.
  • Reports cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to Teacher/Lead Teacher/Center Supervisor/Education Coordinator and calls Child Protective Services immediately as stated in the TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Adheres to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as adopted by TAP Head Start.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.
  • ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Ability to read, write and communicate with staff, parents and children in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  • Considerable knowledge of developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers.
  • Ability to exhibit appropriate professional interactions with staff, parents and the community.
  • TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
  • Infant and Toddler Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and/or the Virginia Early Childhood Certificate for Infants and Toddlers.
  • BS/BA or AAS Degree with concentration in early childhood development or related field preferred.
  • Two years classroom experience in working with infants and toddlers preferred.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening. Some positions require positive complete background screening including:  criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must be able to interact with children.
  • CPR and First Aid certification and MAT certification, or be able to complete such certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be available to work any eight (8) hours shift during center operational hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – environmental conditions; protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply

Teacher

CLASSIFICATION:   Non-Exempt

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Responsible for the supervision of classroom staff in their classroom.  This person assists the Lead Teacher in ensuring that the center operates in a way that exemplifies the head Start goals of providing children with educational experiences that help them growing mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.  The teacher will work with all service area and classroom staff to ensure successful, nurturing experiences for children in the child development centers, while recognizing the parents as the most important influences in the lives of their children.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by:  Lead Teacher or Center Supervisor,

Supervises:  Teacher Assistant, Child Care Aide, Classroom Substitutes

Coordinates with: Center and Administrative staff, Community Specialists, Classroom Volunteers

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plans activities that meet the social, emotional, physical, and educational needs of the children in the classroom.

–     Writes and posts lesson plans at least two weeks in advance with input from the Teacher Assistant’s Planning form.

–     Must incorporate IEP goals in lesson plans as required.

–     Schedules field trips and submits forms.

–     Plans and implements at least two food experiences, monthly.

–     Completes developmental screening tool on each child within 45 days of child’s date of entry.

–     Uses results of developmental screening tool to individualize educational programming for each child and provides learning aides as needed.

–     Completes and maintains ongoing assessment, education files and portfolios for each child.

–     Schedules and makes two home visits per child per year.

–     Schedules and implements two in school parent/teacher conferences per child per year.

–     Prepares a flexible classroom schedule at the beginning of each operational year.

–     Reviews each child’s progress weekly.

–     Must enter children’s observation and individualizations into online Teaching Strategies GOLD (TSG) database in a timely manner.

–     Distributes and collects parent communication notes.

–     Must complete all children driven data for outcomes in a timely manner.

–     Review and sign off on staff leave request with in the policy and procedure guidelines and secure classroom substitute.

  • Maintains responsibility for center operations

–     Serves as team leader in classroom operations, working closely with classroom assistants and volunteers to create an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration.

–     Acts as the day to day manager for center operations

–     Schedules center responsibilities for staff to ensure daily operation, as needed.

–     Reviews and approves petty cash expenditures, monthly and submits receipts to accounts tech.

–     Sees that all equipment is secured in a safe place daily, and completes daily checklist.

–     Receives and issues paychecks bi-weekly.

–     Receives and posts correspondence for staff/parent information, as needed.

–     Reviews and files records of time worked by staff, volunteers, and community specialist daily.

–     Maintains inventory of supplies, equipment and petty cash, as received.

–     Compiles and submits order form to immediate supervisor for classroom supplies.

–     Conducts a written yearly inventory of all center materials, supplies and equipment to be submitted to Education Coordinator.

–     Works toward meeting in-kind goal with center team, as assigned.  Completes and submits in-kind reports, monthly.

–     Participates in annual performance appraisals and maintains records/documentation pertaining to center staff (i.e. corrective counseling, staff to staff notes)

–     Ensures that playground checklist is completed daily.

–     Continually maintain and addresses center safety issues.

–     Schedule and conduct center staff meetings monthly or as needed, maintaining a record of each meeting; disseminates information from Lead Teachers meetings, and trains center staff on all material received.

–     Completes and submits all required paperwork and reports in a timely manner.

–     Makes recommendations for disciplinary action to immediate supervisor, as needed.  Must complete verbal and written coaching form on staff needing improvement.

–     Ensures that staff is held accountable for following policies and procedures.

–     Communicates with center staff respectfully and effectively.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of all Head Start Performance Standards, Policies, and Licensing Regulations.

–     Based on Head Start performance standards and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework:  Ages Birth to Five, demonstrates developmentally appropriate practice throughout the center in all interactions with children.

–     Meets with licensing agent upon request, and submits licensing reports to appropriate supervisor.

–     Follows requests made by agent, listed on licensing report.

–     Maintains Standards of NAEYC Accreditation, if center is accredited or works toward Accreditation if not accredited.

–     Arranges and maintains a classroom environment conducive to exploration and experimental learning with interest areas labeled, defined and accessible to children.

–     Keeps equipment and materials safe, clean, and in good condition at all times, both indoors and outdoors.

–     Calls supervisor one hour prior to center opening when unable to report to work (tardiness, sickness, emergencies)

–     Ensures Health Notebooks, Medications, and First Aid backpacks are checked monthly at Center Staff meetings.

  • Works to continue education by attending classes, meetings, workshops, and conferences related to Head Start and early childhood education, earning at least 21 training hours per program year as defined in the TAP Head Start training plan.

–     Attends monthly lead teacher’s meeting and others are requested.

–     Develops professional development goals with supervisor, annually

–     Participates in classes, workshops, meetings and conferences that move toward meeting professional development goals, as requested or assigned.

–     Attends planned in-service training, as needed.

–     Continues education toward the goal of completing a BA or BS degree if applicable

–     Seeks additional education through workshops and training sessions outside the agency and seeks out resources to continually improve skills in the classroom.

  • Assists the Supervisory Staff in creating an atmosphere in the center that is welcoming to parents and families.

–     Encourages parent participation daily by providing parents with information about how they can be involved.

–     Assists in providing a parent reception area.

–     Greets parents daily and invites them to participate.

–     Attends parent meetings as assigned.

  • Works with all service area staff and parents and community partners to maintain a quality program.

–     Assists Supervisory Staff with ensuring coverage in all classrooms to be in compliance with Minimum Standards for Licensed Child Care Programs in Virginia and Head Start Performance Standards.

–     Selects age appropriate materials and supplies for the children.

–     Support parents/child in the IFSP/IEP process by submitting required paperwork and attending meetings.

–     Creates and implements activities as needed for individual children.

  • Willing to receive other certification required by TAP Head Start.
  • Reports cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to supervisor and calls Child Protective Services immediately.
  • Follows all policies and procedures in TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Adheres to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as adopted by TAP Head Start.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  • Considerable knowledge of developmental characteristics and needs of preschool children.
  • Some knowledge of appropriate activities and interactions with preschool children.
  • Ability to learn, understand and follow policies and procedures outlined in the TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual and other written and oral directions from program staff and supervisors.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate with staff, parents, and children in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Some knowledge of supervisory and motivational techniques for adults.
  • Exhibits appropriate professional interactions with staff, parents, and the community.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • AA degree with concentration in early childhood education or child development.
  • BS with concentration in early childhood education or child development OR
  • BS in related field, with at least 18 credit hours of early childhood or child development courses OR
  • BS in related field with a CDA
  • Must have two years classroom experience in working with preschool children
  • Obtain/maintain a current First Aid, CPR and MAT certification within 6 months of employment
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must be available to work any eight (8) hours shift during center operational hours of 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – must be able to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions worker subject to in this position – worker in not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

 

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply

Special Needs Assistant – Rockbridge

CLASSIFICATION:  Non-Exempt

DEFINITION AND PURPOSE:

Assists the Teacher in carrying out the educational program for children with disabilities, special needs, and/or mental/behavioral health issues.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Supervised by: Lead Teacher, Teacher, Center Supervisors, Disabilities Coordinator, Behavior Health Coordinator, Education Coordinator

Supervises:  No One

Coordinates with:  EHS/HS Center and Administrative Staff

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists in planning and conducting activities that meet the individual needs of the children with disabilities in the classroom as indicated by IFSP/IEP goals, Individualization Plans or Individual Service Plans.

–     Assists with the implementation of lesson plans and IFSP/IEP goals.

–     Assists on field trips and REACH bus drop-off/pick-ups as scheduled.

–     Contributes information on children’s progress to the classroom teacher, weekly.

–     Reviews IEP goals and/or service plans before children arrive to make sure of his/her responsibilities.

  • Assists in the selection of adaptive materials and supplies, as needed to implement IEP goals and other special needs of children with disabilities or service plans of children with behavioral concerns.

–     Works with the teacher to develop learning aides.

–     Communicate with teacher if special equipment or materials are needed.

–     Assist in documenting observations for Teaching Strategies GOLD

  • Maintains a working knowledge of all Head Start Performance Standards, Policies and Licensing regulations.

–     Based on Head Start performance standards, demonstrates developmentally appropriate practice throughout the center in all interactions with children.

–     Assists in arranging and maintaining a classroom environment conducive to exploration and experiential learning with interest areas labeled, defined, and accessible to children.

–     Assists with keeping equipment and materials safe, clean, and in good condition at all times, both indoors and outdoors.

–     Calls supervisor one hour prior to center opening when unable to report to work (tardiness, sickness, emergencies).

  • Works to continue education by attending classes, meetings, workshops, and conferences related to Head Start and early childhood education, earning at least 21 training hours per program year as defined in the TAP Head Start training plan.

–     Attends center staff meetings monthly, or as needed.

–     Develops professional development goals with supervisor, annually.

–     Participates in classes, workshops, meetings, and conferences that move toward meeting professional development goals, as requested or assigned.

–     Attends planned in-service training, as assigned.

–     Attends service area committee meetings, as assigned.

  • Assists the Lead Teacher in creating an atmosphere in the center that is welcoming to parents and families of all children, including children with disabilities.

–     Encourages parent participation daily by providing parents with information about how they can be involved.

–     Assists in providing a parent reception area.

–     Greets parents daily and invites them to participate.

–     Attends parent meetings as assigned.

  • Works with staff and parents to maintain a quality program.

–     Works as needed to provide center coverage for staff shortages.

–     Calls Supervisor and Lead Teacher one hour prior to center opening when unable to report to work (tardiness, sickness, emergencies).

–     Reports cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to supervisor and calls child protective services immediately.

–     Administers first aid, as needed.

–     Interacts respectfully and appropriately with children, staff and parents.

  • Adheres to all policies/procedures as outlined in the TAP Head Start Center Based Handbook.
  • Presents self professionally to colleagues, parents and community through appropriate dress, language and behavior.
  • Creates a positive work environment by demonstrating flexibility and willingness to perform duties by participating appropriately in program planning and decisions and implementation of those plans.
  • Adheres to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as adopted by TAP Head Start.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.
  • Required to wear masks with a few exceptions.

 

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Working knowledge of developmental characteristics and needs of preschool children.
  • Good knowledge of appropriate activities and interactions with preschool children.
  • Ability to learn, understand and follow policies and procedures outlined in the TAP Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual and other written and oral directions from program staff and supervisors.
  • Ability to participate in and contribute to writing of lesson plans, collection of child data, and recording of child observations.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write and communicate with staff, parents, and children in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated patience and understanding of children with special needs.

 

TRAINING, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Must have high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Experience with preschool children in a group setting.
  • Obtain/maintain a current First Aid and CPR certification card within 6 months of employment.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.

  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must have ability to interact with children.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching, and typing; grasping, feeling, hearing, talking repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – medium work; exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – must be able to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

 

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply