Head Start UPK Teacher/Center Director

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program for children ages 3 – 5.  Head Start provides social, emotional, health and nutrition services for income-eligible families.  Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher and builds relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and community connections.


Head Start UPK Teacher/Center DirectorTaconic Hills – As the leader of the classroom team the teacher will plan and carry out early childhood development activities in support of school readiness while maintaining a healthy, culturally & developmentally appropriate classroom setting.  The teacher also works with the classroom team to create positive relationships with children and their families.  All work must comply with Head Start Performance Standards and NYS Office of Children and Family Services Day Care Regulations. 40 hours per week/44 weeks per year.

Qualifications include:

·      NYS Certification in Early Childhood or Special Education, Birth – Grade 2

·      At least one year of experience working with preschool age children and supervisory experience

·      Excellent organizational and time management skills

·      Clean, valid, New York State driver's license  

·      Basic desktop computer skills

·      Fluency in English & Spanish is desirable

Following an offer of employment, all Head Start employees are subject to inquiry with the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and a New York State Criminal History Check.

Excellent benefits include:  Health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) Plan, professional development opportunities and Employee Assistance Program are available.  Generous paid leave including up to 12 paid holidays, school vacations, personal, and sick time.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Cindy Andrus, COI Head Start Director, 540 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY  12534 or by email to: candrus@columbiaopportunities.org by August 12, 2019.