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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
AND hold, or qualify for, a Master Teacher Child Development
Permit (or higher level permit) issued by the State of
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.
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE / OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
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 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
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 & ABILITIES:
- 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.
- 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
- 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 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.
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
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
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.