Head Start Teacher

Open Until Filled

Division: Education, Early Childhood Development Program

Job Code: 25-2011

Salary Range: $29,140.80 to $48,880.00

Status: Full-time, permanent, non-exempt

(Updated 4/1/2019)

SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Head Start Education Supervisor, the Head Start Teacher is responsible for providing children with a safe, comfortable environment enriched with a variety of hands on, age appropriate activities that meet best practice standards and enhance each child’s level of development.


Adhere to all policies and standards as per Tribal Personnel Policies Head Start Performance Standards, NYS OCFS Child Care Licensing Regulations, and all other applicable regulations pertaining to health, safety and sanitation.

  • Conduct and document two home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per school year.
  • Complete three assessments per school year utilizing the Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum.
  • Develop and implement lesson plans to meet the developmental outcomes outlined for each child.
  • Document a minimum of three observations per week for each child enrolled in the classroom to be utilized during lesson planning and child assessment.
  • Report all incidents, injuries, accidents or allegations of abuse to Education Supervisor, complete necessary documentation to forward designated personnel.
  • Document in the classroom log and inform the Ed. Supervisor of any issues that may affect the development of the children.
  • Submit a monthly log and report to the Education Supervisor that will include at a minimum; in-kind records, daily attendance, meal counts and educational updates.
  • Submit weekly lesson plans to the Education Supervisor for each calendar month.
  • Establish a daily routine in individual classroom environment, incorporating a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questioning, demonstrating and reinforcing.
  • Follow behavior management and discipline policies as dictated by the program.
  • Maintain open communication with parents by sharing information regarding lesson plans, suggesting activities to reinforce learning, and sharing a monthly newsletter.
  • Participate and assist in facilitating classroom procedures during monthly fire drills.
  • Work in a close relationship with the Teacher Aide, Family Service staff, Registered Nurse, Education Supervisor, management and consultants to ensure quality education for the children.
  • Document and relay concerns regarding the progress of any individual child to the Nurse and Education Coordinator for possible referral for additional services.
  • Provide leadership, mentorship and empowerment to the Head Start Teacher Aides.
  • Communicate effectively with Teacher Assistants to ensure duties are completed.
  • Handle concerns and complaints expeditiously and effectively as outlined in Tribal Personnel Policies.
  • Completes other duties as assigned by your Supervisor, Education Coordinator, and Program Manager.
  • Assign Teacher Aides tasks in relations to weekly lesson plans and the daily schedule.


  • Currently enrolled in an associate degree program in early childhood education with 5 years of experience teaching preschool-age children, with a written plan to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education.
  • Knowledge of the Mohawk language and traditions is preferred.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Native preference applies in filling this position. Those not entitled to Native Preference will receive consideration without discrimination.


  • Exhibit a friendly and courteous manner when dealing with our employees, fellow associates, parents and community members.
  • Establish and maintain effective and healthy working relationships with others, including staff, family members and others who may be under distress or duress.
  • Communicate and relate effectively with program staff, families and children.
  • Positively deal with crisis situations. Deal with hostile, aggressive persons or situations.
  • Will be aware and sensitive to the needs that may arise when handling stressful and demanding circumstances. Immediate debriefing will be made available.
  • Will assist in maintaining a safe working environment in the ECDP.
  • Knowingly, carelessly, or recklessly divulges any information or documentation which has to come to their attention as an employee of the Tribe and which it is the duty of the employee to keep confidential; or knowingly, carelessly, or recklessly divulges any information of a personal nature relation to fellow employees or clients.
  • Promote a positive image of the ECDP program through healthy relationships with the families and employees served by the program.
  • Foster a climate of respect and integrity.


  • To implement regulations that govern programs for young children; acknowledging that all staff will cooperate to implement a program that far exceeds minimum regulations.
  • To ensure that the rights and needs of children are the highest priority, while also recognizing the needs of other family members.
  • To provide needed human and financial resources that will benefit families and children.
  • To contribute to the ongoing review, evaluation and modification of services as needed by the community, families and children.
  • To provide information about the services of the program to the community.
  • To engage staff in cooperative problem solving, planning and continuing evaluation of themselves and the program.

Applicants must submit letter of interest, resume, supporting documents (certificates, degrees, licenses) and proof of native preference eligibility (Tribal Identification Card or Status Card or letter) by email to human.resources@srmt-nsn.gov or by mail to Human Resources, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Due to our network security, we are unable to open hyperlinks. Applicants will need to attach their documents as PDF or WORD files if emailing. Applicants must clearly outline that they meet the qualification requirements on their resume.


The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe strives to be an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the policy of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, veteran status or any other non-job related factor. Among qualified applicants, the SRMT will give preference to the qualified native applicant.


The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Some positions require candidate(s) to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment, used solely for employment related purposes.


A list of qualified candidates is created from interviews that may be used to appoint individuals to similar positions within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for a period of six months.


Testing in the applicable skills may be required as part of the interview process.