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Head Start Instructor (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 Instructor vacancies (in either/or Center-based and Home-based settings) within the Human Services Department. Oakland is proud to offer their employees a generous comprehensive benefit package and is committed to the well-being of its employees. Benefits can include: Medical coverage, dental plans, vision care as well as deferred compensation, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

The Head Start Instructor instructs children enrolled in the Head Start Program/State Preschool Program; instructs parents on early childhood development concepts; assists in developmental assessments; organizes and sets up education and play materials for classroom and/or makes home visits; and performs related duties as assigned.

Required at the time of application: Copy of College Transcript and copy of a State of California Child Development Permit at Master Teacher level or higher (or copy of proof of application). Applications without the required documents will be considered incomplete. Please be sure to scan and attached the required documents to your online application.

This is a public contact position. Although no current vacancies require a specific language, the eligible list may be used to fill future vacancies that may require bilingual skills.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within The City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

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

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Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Instruct children in basic pre-school education concepts.
  • Organize and set up developmentally appropriate education and play materials for the classroom.
  • Conduct 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.
  • Conduct developmental screenings, ongoing 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.
  • Make initial and final home visits; make additional/on-going home visits as needed.
  • Prepare snacks and serve meals.
  • Conduct outreach and recruit children and families for enrollment in the 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.
  • Conduct 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.
  • Provide parent education, planning, and goal setting for parents.
  • May assist with the process of planning and implementing the health programs in areas such as physical examination, vision, hearing, dental screening, and growth/nutritional assessment; complete vision, hearing, growth, and nutrition assessments as needed; provide all necessary follow-up in these or other health needs.
  • Promote parent/child bonding and nurturing parent/child relationships through modeling developmentally and culturally sensitive interactions and communications.
  • Maintain high quality classroom environments that meet or exceed the national average.
  • 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.


Bachelor's or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or related field including twelve (12) post-secondary semester units or equivalent quarter units in early childhood education or child development, plus three (3) units supervised field experience in ECE/CD setting completed at an accredited or approved college or university;

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


Six months of full-time work experience or one year of part-time experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program.

Copy of college transcript is required and must be attached. A State of California Child Development Permit at Master Teacher level or higher (or proof of application) is also required. Applications submitted without the required documents will be considered incomplete. Please be sure to scan and attached 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 Permit at the Master Teacher Child Development level within six months and maintain throughout tenure of employment. Must demonstrate proof of application for Master 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 during probation.

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:

  • Early childhood development, growth and behavior.
  • Motor skills and development.
  • Teaching in an early childhood setting.
  • Classroom management with pre-school children.
  • Report writing.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Modern office equipment.
  • Personal computer and software applications.

Ability to:

  • Lead learning activities for children and parents.
  • Maintain records and effectively prepare reports.
  • Screen and assess children using developmentally appropriate tools; input data into program management tracking software.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities for children.
  • Learn and follow Head Start and California Childcare 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 toddlers as needed.
  • Walk from a parked car to a home site and climb up flights of stairs as necessary.
  • Administer Pediatric First Aid and CPR.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

The Selection Process

Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant employment application, copy of teacher's permit at Master Teacher Level, and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your teacher's permit at Master Teacher level to your on-line application. Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration.

Stage II: The second stage will consist of subject matter experts evaluating and rating the completed supplemental questionnaires. Applicant responses to the supplemental questions must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section of this announcement. The evaluation of supplemental questions may be weighted 100% of an applicant score (before residency and/or veteran points) and may determine rank on the eligible list. If a sufficient number of quality application packets are received, the supplemental screening may be followed by a third stage and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the next stage. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to Stage III.

Stage III: The third stage may consist of a written or oral examination that may be preceded by a brief assessment exercise (weighted 100%) and that will test the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section.

The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least an hour 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 Department of Human Resources Management, 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 the Help Desk at (877) 204-4442.

You may also call the City of Oakland Department of Human Resources Management at (510) 238-3112 for information.

Date Of Examination:

To Be Determined.

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.

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