Instructor/Assistant Instructor (Teacher)
Head Start
Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Position Summary: This is a term, non-tenure-track faculty appointment as Teacher. Reporting to the Center Director, the Teacher assists the Lead Teacher to implement a program of developmentally appropriate classroom instruction and to provide a safe and nurturing environment in accordance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, Program Policies and Procedures, and Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards. Major duties include assisting with: the development and implementation of daily study guides; developmental screenings and assessments; conducting parent teacher conferences and home visits.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Classroom Management:
    1. Engage in physical management and care of pre-school children including, but not limited to: leveling, lifting/holding a child, running after or restraint of a child. This includes adapting to child size/classroom environment, i.e., sitting on floor during activities.
    2. Participate in mealtime activities that include eating and role modeling, table social skills, and age appropriate conversation.
    3. Maintain a safe, organized classroom environment and a current inventory log.
    4. Provide active supervision of children at all times (scanning, counting, zoning, setting up environment, anticipating behaviors, and listening).
  2. Instruction:
    1. Implement educational activities that ensure appropriate educational outcomes.
    2. Contribute to the preparation and maintenance of a daily schedule appropriate to the developmental needs of young children in the Head Start classroom.
    3. Actively participate in reflective learning with supervising teacher, coordinators, and consultants.
    4. Implement weekly study guides in accordance with Creative Curriculum studies and curriculum fidelity guidelines.
  3. Paperwork and Documentation:
    1. Assist with submitting completed, accurate, and timely screenings and assessments to the Center Director.
      • Screening to be completed in accordance with screening requests
      • Assessments to be completed in accordance with assessment timeline.
    2. Complete and submit timely, accurate information such as weekly/monthly attendance, time sheets, absence request forms (sick/personal), and travel vouchers to Center Director.
    3. Assist with generating records and submitting in-kind forms.
  4. Monitoring:
    1. Assist in ensuring accurate developmental screenings are performed within 45 days of enrollment.
    2. Assist in ensuring ongoing child observations and assessments are completed and submitted by the required due dates.
    3. Review children’s files assigned to classroom upon enrollment for limitations or restrictions, such as medical, religious, physical and inform classroom teacher. Assist in completion of checkpoints and submit by due dates. Complete of Health and Safety Checklist of classroom and playground. Review any applicable IEPs for children with a documented disability
      • Adhere to accommodations written in the IEP
      • Complete monthly IEP goal activities
  5. Communication:
    1. Discuss with supervising teacher information regarding children/family information, (parent/teacher conferences, home visits etc.)
    2. Contact the DCFS Hotline in cases of suspected child abuse/neglect and complete report to Center Director.
    3. Schedule and complete home visits and parent-teacher conferences per requirements, discussing child outcomes, school readiness, and working to strengthen the home to school connection.
    4. In case of absence, immediately contact both the Center Director and Supervising Teacher.
    5. Share information regarding screening and assessment results with lead teacher and parents.
      • Discuss results with Child Development Coach and use results to plan for future activities/individualization.
  6. Professional Development:
    1. Attend and participate in staff and agency meetings.
    2. Participate in 20 hours (5 of which must be Gateways Registry approved) of professional development each year per the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Day Care Licensing Regulations and the Head Start Act.
    3. Obtain and Maintain a Gateways Illinois ECE Credential level 4 or above.
    4. Obtain and maintain ServeSafe Food Handler Certification.
    5. Obtain and maintain Interrator Reliability Certification through Teaching Strategies GOLD.


  1. Maintain confidentiality of all records in accordance with agency policy.
  2. Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or agency director.
  3. Participate in extra activities as needed, i.e., annual parent activity, annual parent orientation, family fun fares, literacy events.
  4. Assist in recruitment of Head Start children who are eligible for enrollment.
  5. Assist in the involvement of parents in the total program.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field and six (6) or more courses in early childhood education is required. Ability to maintain a program of developmentally appropriate instruction and physical management and care for children ages three to five years is required. Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, parents, children, community representatives and volunteers in a professional and respectful manner. Appointment will be at the Assistant Instructor level with a Bachelors degree, or at the Instructor level with a Master's degree.

This is a Security-Sensitive position. Before any offer of employment, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants with Bachelor’s in ECE and two years’ experience in teaching preschool children are preferred. Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start is preferred.

Effective Date of Employment: As soon as possible.

Application Deadline: Applications must be completed through jobs.siu.edu by December 17, 2018, or until filled.

Application Procedure: Visit jobs.siu.edu "Faculty Job Postings" to create an account and apply.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of 
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed 
and encouraged and will receive consideration.