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Head Start/Early Head Start Substitute Associate Instructor, Part-Time (Continuous)

Company: City of Oakland, CA
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Position


Due to current events and the statewide shelter-in-place order, all exam dates and locations are tentative. Applicants will be notified as further information becomes available. Applicants should also check their email on a regular basis for updates.

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill several Head Start/Early Head Start Substitute Associate Instructor, Part-Time (PT) vacancies within the Human Services Department.

Under direction in the Human Services Department, the Head Start/Early Head Start Substitute Associate Instructor assists in instructing children enrolled in Head Start/State Preschool/Early Head Start Programs; assists in educating parents on early childhood development concepts; assists in developmental assessments; assists in organizing and setting up education and play materials for classroom and/or supports home visits; and performs related duties as assigned.

This is an at-will position, exempt from the provisions of the City of Oakland Civil Service Rules (per Charter Section 902).

Required at the time of application: Copy of College Transcript(s). Applications without the required documents will be considered incomplete. Please be sure to scan and attach the required documents to your online application.

This recruitment may close without notice once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

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Examples of Duties

  • Instruct children in basic infant/toddler/preschool education concepts.
  • Assist in organizing and setting up developmentally appropriate education and play materials for the classroom and/or the home.
  • Assist in conducting fire, disaster and safety drills in the classroom; inspect facility for safety standards and maintenance needs.
  • Assist in planning, organizing and scheduling daily activities at the center classroom or in the home.
  • Assist in conducting developmental screenings, on-going child observations, developmental assessments and devise Individual Development Plans (IDP) on all children enrolled in program; assist in developing Individual Education Plans (IEP) for special needs children.
  • Maintain a clean and organized indoor and outdoor environment, including the food service area.
  • Support the initial and final home visits; make additional/on-going home visits as needed.
  • Prepare snacks and serve meals.
  • Assist with conducting outreach and recruiting children and families for enrollment in the Head Start/State Preschool/Early Head Start Program.
  • Observe and supervise children in activities and ensure their health and safety at all times.
  • Observe children for unusual behavior or illness and notify parents.
  • Support parent conferences.
  • Keep routine records for daily attendance and progress of children in the classroom and/or the home.
  • Collaborate with parents in providing an individualized educational program for their children.
  • Support the parent education, planning, and goal setting for parents.
  • Promote parent/child bonding and nurturing parent/child relationships through modeling developmentally and culturally appropriate interactions and communications.
  • Administer Pediatric First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as needed.

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.


Twelve (12) post-secondary semester units or equivalent quarter units in early childhood education or child development completed at an accredited or approved college or university. Candidates must have units that cover the general areas of child growth and development, child family and community, child and family, or program/curriculum;


hold, or qualify for, an Associate Teacher Child Development Permit (or higher level permit) issued by the State of California.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM SUBSTITUTES: Education must include six (6) units of Infant/Toddler coursework.


Four months of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program.

Copy of college transcript(s) is required and must be attached. Applications submitted without the required documents will be considered incomplete. Please be sure to scan and attach the required documents to your on-line application.


Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License throughout the tenure of employment OR demonstrate the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as required in the performance of duties.

Must obtain a State of California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit within 6 months of employment. Must demonstrate proof of application for Associate Teacher (or higher level) permit from the State of California upon hire. Failure to obtain relevant teaching permit within six months will be grounds for removal.

Must obtain Pediatric First Aid and CPR certifications within one year of employment and maintain throughout tenure of employment.


Depending on nature of assignment, candidates who receive offers of employment will be required to submit fingerprints, undergo a criminal record clearance, and have a physical examination including a TB screening.

Proficiency in a foreign language may be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Infant, toddler, preschool, and early childhood development, growth and behavior.
  • Motor skills and development.
  • Teaching in an early childhood setting.
  • Classroom management with infant/toddler/preschool children.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Modern office equipment.
  • Personal computer and software applications.

Ability to:

  • Lead learning activities for children and parents.
  • Maintain records.
  • Assist in screening and assessing children using developmentally appropriate tools; assist in inputting data into program management tracking software.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities for children.
  • Learn and follow Head Start/Early Head Start and California State Licensing rules and regulations.
  • Communicate effectively with children and parents.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Work as part of a team in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Organize and complete work assignments to meet established deadlines pursuant to performance standards and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Make objective observations of children and communicate the findings in writing.
  • Stand, walk, squat, kneel, bend, twist, reach above shoulder level and below waist level, push and pull, and lift up to 50 lbs. while monitoring children.
  • Grasp and manipulate items such as writing utensils.
  • Sit on the floor while working with infants, toddlers and children.
  • Carry and bottle feed infants/toddlers.
  • Walk from a parked car to a home site and climb up flights of stairs as necessary.
  • Administer CPR and Pediatric First Aid.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply

Submit an employment application, completed supplemental questionnaire, college transcripts and proof of permit prior to the closing time of the job announcement. Allow sufficient time to submit your application if you are a new user on the system.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at:


If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov's Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time Monday - Friday.

You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.

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