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
- Assist in organizing and setting up developmentally appropriate
education and play materials for the classroom and/or the
- Assist in conducting fire, disaster and safety drills in the
classroom; inspect facility for safety standards and maintenance
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
hold, or qualify for, an Associate Teacher Child Development
Permit (or higher level permit) issued by the State of
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM SUBSTITUTES:
Education must include six (6) units of Infant/Toddler
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.
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
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
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
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 AND ABILITIES:
- 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
- Safe work practices.
- Modern office equipment.
- Personal computer and software applications.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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.