Early Childhood Certificated Head Start Teacher 24-25 School Year

Head Start/Early Head Start Certified Teacher Job Description

It is the policy of ESU 13 to not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, religion, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or other protected status in its educational programs, admission policies, employment policies or other administered programs.  Persons requiring accommodations to apply and/or be considered for positions are asked to make their request to the ESU 13 Administrator.  *This Job Description is in addition to and supplements the Master Certificated Job Description.

A.   Job Title:  Teacher

B.   Department:  Head Start/Early Head Start

C.  Education Level and Certification:  Bachelor’s degree in Education – Early Childhood (Birth through Grade 3) required.  Must at all times during employment possess a Nebraska Teaching Certificate with such endorsements as required by NDE Rule 10, 11 and 84 or meet the requirements for waiver.  All other certification and training as required or assigned.

D.  Reports To:  Education & Special Services Manager

E.  Required Job Tasks


1.    Ability to work with children who have a range of developmental levels, including those with special needs.

2.      Must possess ability to communicate effectively.

3.  Must possess ability to have good environmental awareness (visual and auditory     responsiveness) to keep children safe.

4.  Within 90 days of employment (or sooner if required by local/state regulations), must obtain and continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric/adult CPR certification. 

5.      Within 90 days of employment (or sooner if required by local/state regulations), must obtain and  continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric/adult CPR certification. 

6.      A clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check) is required prior to employment.

7.      Complete a health screening prior to employment and annually thereafter.

8.      Acceptable tuberculosis screening results prior to employment.

9.      To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the ESU #13 insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to ESU #13.

Essential Functions:

1.      Implement the education and family engagement objectives through daily operation of center in accordance with Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Head Start Performance Standards and state licensing as applicable.

2.      Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.

3.      Observe and evaluate students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

4.      Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.

5.      Establish a classroom structure that maintains a safe, healthy, and nurturing educational environment, implementing program curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and research-based.

6.      Responsible for all classroom activities including lesson plans, individualizing for children, anecdotal observations, supervision of children, screening, assessment of children, and maintaining documentation of program requirements.

7.      Follow Nebraska state standards and child care guidelines for education and positive guidance.

8.      Maintain standards of confidentiality regarding the program, children, families, staff, and community.

9.      Maintain regular communication and information sharing with center staff and within ESU teams.

10.  Participate in IEP (Individual Education Plan) or IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan) meetings, and other team meetings as applicable.

11.  Interact in a skilled, respectful and sensitive manner to strengthen families as the primary nurturers of their children by providing educational experiences that improve parenting skills, emotional well-being, healthy lifestyles and progress toward family goals to enhance their growth and development.

12.  Conduct parent-teacher conferences and home visits with each family at least twice per school year.

13.  Recruit eligible children to ensure full enrollment.

14.  Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, OHS Performance Standards, ESU policies, and administrative regulations.

15.  Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

16.  Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.

17.  Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems.

18.  Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students’ needs and progress.

19.  Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.

20.  Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

21.  Perform administrative duties such as assisting on bus with monitoring, loading and unloading, parent meetings or Policy Council when necessary.

22.  Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

23.  Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

24.  Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies. 

F.  Working Conditions

1.      Inside offices and classrooms.

2.      Outside for activities with students and student supervision. 

G.   FLSA Status:  Exempt.

Professional exemption:  The employee has a primary duty of performing work requiring knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or learning customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction and study or has a primary duty of teaching, tutoring, instructing, or lecturing in the activity of imparting knowledge and is employed and engaged in this activity as a teacher.           

H.   Essential Functions:  The essential functions of the Teacher position include: (1) regular, dependable in-person attendance on the job; (2) the ability to perform the identified tasks and to possess and utilize the identified knowledge, skills, and abilities and to perform the identified work activities; and (3) the ability to perform the following identified physical requirements.

Zone 1



Additional Information

185 and 240 day classrooms 


Contact Information

ESU #13
4215 Ave I
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361

Crystal Smith
(p) (308) 635-3696
(f) (308) 633-3752

How to Apply

Contact Crystal Smith in Human Resources for further information or visit our website at:

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Crystal Smith