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Please read the Application Instructions carefully. Applications received without the requested supporting documents may not be considered. Applicants already holding a current Letter of Suitability form the Mississippi State Department of Health, should provide a copy with their application. Health and other screening is usually conducted after the interview/offer stage.

Open Positions

Public Communications and Grants Specialist

Head Start Center Operations Specialist

Head Start Family Service Worker

Head Start Teacher

Head Start Assistant Teacher

Aging Driver

CSBG Caseworker

Head Start Center Floater

Public Communications & Grants Specialist

Position Description: This position creates and maintains agency’s online and printed communications; facilitates research, review, and editing of departmental and/or institutional grant proposals; conducts basic research for potential funding sources and maintains boilerplate for supporting administration in developing proposals. This position will require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1. BA degree in communications, marketing or related field. NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application.
  2. Must have two years of communication experience (press release, web content, blogging, Power Point, Adobe, etc.).
  3. Must be proficient in the use of professional software and applications necessary to produce electronic and printed communications required (Adobe Creative Suite -Specifically InDesign and Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite, Drupal Content Management System.)
  4. Must be willing and able to work flexible hours.
  5. Highly proficient and professional written and verbal communication skills for interacting with staff and public; including the expression of program goals and objectives.
  6. Strong organizational  and planning skills
  7. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy, Mississippi childcare licensure regulations, and the Office of Head Start. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, Child Abuse Central Registry Check, National Criminal History Record Check (Finger Printing), Sex Offender Registry Check, Immunization Certification (MSDH Form 121), Health Exam, TB Test, and Motor Vehicle Records Check (for positions that may require work related driving.)

Wages: $30,000 - $35,000

Benefits: Health/401K/Paid Holidays

Head Start Center Operations Specialist – 48 weeks

Position Description: Responsible for the daily operations of each assigned center; including monitoring center activities and providing supervision to ensure classrooms and playgrounds meet program standards; ensuring staff/child ratios are maintained at all times; providing assistance and program information to families; maintaining all center related records and  submitting  reports in a timely manner; supervising and evaluating assigned staff; assisting with coordination of parent, staff, and community activities at center; monitoring inventory and supplies. This position will require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1. Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Business or related field (BS preferred)
  2. Two (2) years’ experience in a supervisory capacity
  3. Two (2) years’ experience working with pre-school children (or the educational equivalent)

NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application. Additional information may be requested on the college credit courses taken and their relevance to early childhood education or child development with a focus on children ages 3 to 5.

  1. Physically and mentally able to care for children on a daily basis and in emergency situations.
  2. Proficient and professional written and verbal communication skills for interacting with staff and clients; including the expression of program goals and objectives. Bilingual English/Spanish skills are highly desirable.
  3. Strong organizational  and planning skills for managing operations of center(s)
  4. Proficient computer skills for database management, internet access, email and Outlook calendar.
  5. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy, Mississippi childcare licensure regulations, and the Office of Head Start. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, Child Abuse Central Registry Check, National Criminal History Record Check (Finger Printing), Sex Offender Registry Check, Immunization Certification (MSDH Form 121), Health Exam, TB Test, and Motor Vehicle Records Check (for positions that may require work related driving.)

Wages: $14 – $20.36 per hour

Benefits: Health/401K/Paid Holidays

Head Start Family Services Worker

Position Description: The Family Services Workers will establish mutually respectful partnerships with families to enhance the quality of their lives and their communities. The FSW will support families' efforts to reach their goals; offer parents opportunities to be involved in group activities, including policy groups and educational activities based on interest and need; provide opportunities for children and families to participate in family literacy services; coordinate and integrate Head Start services in order to enhance effectiveness; support families in accessing other community resources; assist families in crisis; respect and respond competently to the culture, traditions, lifestyle, language, and values of each family and community; and contribute to effective program practices and maintain a commitment to professionalism. Resources this position will use include Microsoft Office and ChildPlus. This position does require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1.  AA Degree in Human Services or related field and documented work experience. Head Start Teacher Assistants with CDA and minimum of one year HS classroom experience may apply.

NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application. Additional information may be requested on the college credit courses taken and their relevance to this position.

  1. Excellent verbal and written communications skills for communicating with a wide range of people to promote goodwill and promote agency credibility. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
  2. Physically and mentally able to care for children on a daily basis and in emergency situations.
  3. Intermediate computer skills, internet, and email.
  4. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy, Mississippi childcare licensure regulations, and the Office of Head Start. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, Child Abuse Central Registry Check, National Criminal History Record Check (Fingerprinting), Sex Offender Registry Check, Immunization Certification (MSDH Form 121), Health Exam, TB Test, and Motor Vehicle Records Check (for positions that may require work related driving.)

Wages: $9.01 – $13.15

Benefits: Health/401K/Paid Holidays

Head Start Teacher – 42 weeks

Position Description: Position will provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children (ages 3 to 5) while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips); will promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children; will encourage parent involvement in all aspects of the program, including home visits; will develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into kindergarten. This position may require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1. An associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education;
  2. An associate degree in a field related to early childhood education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children;
  3. A baccalaureate or advanced degree in any field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children or;
  4. A baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff.

NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application. Additional information may be requested on the college credit courses taken and their relevance to early childhood education or child development with a focus on children ages 3 to 5.

  1. Physically and mentally able to care for children on a daily basis and in emergency situations.
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills are highly desirable.
  3. Intermediate computer skills, internet, and email.
  4. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy, Mississippi childcare licensure regulations, and the Office of Head Start. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, Child Abuse Central Registry Check, National Criminal History Record Check (Finger Printing), Sex Offender Registry Check, Immunization Certification (MSDH Form 121), Health Exam, and Motor Vehicle Records Check (for positions that may require work related driving.)

Wages:

$13.13 – $20.20 per hour

Benefits:

Health/401K/Paid Holidays

Driver (Aging Program) 

Minimum Qualifications: commercial driver license Class C or greater with Passenger endorsement; DOT Medical Certification, good driving record, insurable by agency vehicle insurance provider.           

Pay Scale: $10 hr.

Benefits: Health/Retirement/Paid Holidays/Vacation

Hours: 38-40 hours per week/52 weeks per year             

Head Start Assistant Teacher

Position Description: Position will assist the teacher and cooperate in a supportive role carrying out developmentally appropriate activities, promoting the health, nutrition and education of the children, and attending to their safety and welfare. Position will assist the teacher with providing a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children (ages 3 to 5) while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips); promoting the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children; encouraging parent involvement in all aspects of the program, including home visits; developing individual goals for children, providing on-going assessment on progress and facilitating transition into kindergarten. Resources this position will use include Microsoft Office, ChildPlus, Teaching Strategies Gold, Start Smart and Teach Smart interactive learning programs. This position may require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1. A child development associate credential (CDA) along with high school diploma or GED; or
  2. Enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in early childhood education; or
  3. Enrolled in a child development associate credential program to be completed within 1 year.

NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application. Additional information may be requested on the college credit courses taken and their relevance to early childhood education or child development with a focus on children ages 3 to 5.

  1. Physically and mentally able to care for children on a daily basis and in emergency situations.
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
  3. Basic computer skills, internet, and email.
  4. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy, Mississippi childcare licensure regulations, and the Office of Head Start. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, Child Abuse Central Registry Check, National Criminal History Record Check (Fingerprinting), Sex Offender Registry Check, Immunization Certification (MSDH Form 121), Health Exam, and Motor Vehicle Records Check.

Wages: $7.58 – $8.59

Benefits: Health/401K/Paid Holidays

Head Start Center Floater

Position Description: The Center Floater is assigned to a Head Start center to serve primarily as a classroom substitute when regular classroom staff is absent. The Center Floater may also serve in other capacities as assigned by the Center Operations Specialist to ensure program ratios are maintained. While in a classroom, the Center Floater will assist the teacher and cooperate in a supportive role carrying out developmentally appropriate activities, promoting the health, nutrition and education of the children, and attending to their safety and welfare. Position will assist the teacher with providing a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children (ages 3 to 5) while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips); promoting the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children; encouraging parent involvement in all aspects of the program. Resources this position might use include Microsoft Office, ChildPlus, Teaching Strategies Gold, Start Smart and Teach Smart interactive learning programs. This position may require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1. A high school diploma or GED; or
  2. Must be willing to obtain Child Development Associate (CDA) within eighteen months; or
  3. Enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in early childhood education.

NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application. Additional information may be requested on the college credit courses taken and their relevance to early childhood education or child development with a focus on children ages 3 to 5.

  1. Physically and mentally able to care for children on a daily basis and in emergency situations.
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
  3. Basic computer skills, internet, and email.
  4. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy, Mississippi childcare licensure regulations, and the Office of Head Start. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, Child Abuse Central Registry Check, National Criminal History Record Check (Fingerprinting), Sex Offender Registry Check, Immunization Certification (MSDH Form 121), Health Exam, and Motor Vehicle Records Check (for positions that may require work related driving.)

Wages:

$7.58 – $8.59

Benefits:

Health/401K/Paid Holidays

Position Title:

CSBG Caseworker

Position Description: The Caseworker will complete intake/screening interviews and record information using Virtual ROMA to determine family/client eligibility. The Caseworker will evaluate and assess the needs of families, identify services that will assist individual family members to become self-sufficient and productive, conduct home visits, and assure quality services to families utilizing all available community resources. This position will contribute to effective program practices and maintain a commitment to professionalism. Resources this position will use include Microsoft Office and Virtual ROMA. This position does require work related driving.

Qualifications:

  1. The preferred applicant will have a current social work license and relevant degree.  Applicants with a BS degree in social work or related area and two years’ experience working in a human service related field will be considered. If selected, attaining a social work license will be required within a designated time period.   NOTE: Transcripts are required with the application. Additional information may be requested on the college credit courses taken and their relevance to this position.
  2. Excellent verbal and written communications skills for communicating with a wide range of people to promote goodwill and promote agency credibility.
  3. Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet, and email.
  4. Must be of good moral character and must successfully complete pre-employment screening as dictated by agency policy. This screening process includes: References, Drug Screening, and Motor Vehicle Records Check (for positions that may require work related driving.)

Wages: $14 per hour

Benefits: Health/401K/Paid Holidays/Vacation/Medical Leave