ELC - Head Start Teacher

Cordova, Memphis, TN, USA Req #190
Monday, July 26, 2021


Under the general direction of the Center Director, this position ensures the successful operation of an early learning Head Start classroom, supporting the academic, social, and emotional development of young children.    


  • At least a conferred associate's or bachelor's degree in early childhood

  • Any degree in a relate field (associate or beyond) with at least 24 hours of early childhood coursework

  • Any degree (associate or beyond) with a current Child Development Associate (CDA) or enrolled to finish a CDA within the first year of employment

  • Any degree in a related field (bachelor's or beyond) with enrollment in an early childhood program (Teach for America, Relay, U of M Grow Your Own, etc.)


  1. Lead assigned classroom and take responsibility for ensuring all classroom standards are met. 

  2. Coach and support assistant Teachers in areas including, but not limited to:

    • planning and implementation of the classroom daily schedule and structure.

    • providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum meeting state of Tennessee early education standards.

    • completing developmental portfolios on enrolled children.

    • ensure parents are communicated with regarding their child’s development through daily use of parent communication tools and parent conferences.

    • maintaining clean, stimulating and orderly program spaces.

    • submitting order requests appropriate supplies, equipment, and materials in a timely manner. 

    • maintaining accurate and complete records.

    • has established emergency procedures that meet or exceed all safety and licensing standards and that these procedures are followed.

    • planning and conducting parent involvement events (i.e. Parent Group, picnics, holidays, and parent/child activities).

  3. Participates and takes an active role in planning program promotion and publicity.

  4. Attends all monthly staff meetings and required trainings.

  5. Complies with all risk management standards to ensure a safe environment, responding to all incidents and following the YMCA incident management process. 

  6. Assure compliance with state and local regulations, operating their classroom in conformity to state/county licensing and agency regulations.

  7. Maintains all trainings and education hours required by the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services-Child care Licensing.

  8. Ensures that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.

  9. Model superior communication and leadership to their classroom team to include teachers, assistant teachers, and classroom aides.

  10. Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned by and agreed to with the Center Director or Child care Coordinator to meet the changing needs of the program.


Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community.  Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the Y’s efforts for all stakeholders.  

Collaboration: Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the Y.  Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance the Y’s mission and goals.  Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals.  Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions.  Involves staff at all levels in the development of programs and activities.  Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures and financial controls.  Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches.  Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 

Behavioral Characteristics:  Welcoming, Nurturing, Determined, Hopeful, and Genuine.


  • Climbing, sitting, standing, pushing, walking, kneeling, and stooping 

  • Some Exposure to the outdoor elements

  • Exposure to electrical/mechanical mechanisms 

  • Exposure to some chemical elements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $39,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $42,000.00
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  • Cordova, Memphis, TN, USA