Careers at Human Services Association

Associate Teacher - Head Start Program

Posted: June 10, 2022

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Position Type

Full-Time Employee (10 months)

Salary Range

$20.00-$22.00 per hour

Job Description

PROGRAM: Multiple Program & Locations

STATUS: Full Time - Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Child Development Supervisor & Lead Teacher

Human Services Association requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

The Organization

Human Services Association (HSA) is a private nonprofit agency whose principal mission is to provide families with compassionate and comprehensive care to promote wellness and build strong communities. HSA was founded in Bell Gardens in 1940 and today, HSA serves over 20,000 clients annually on a non-sectarian basis with a range of services that addresses the unique and shared needs of clients of all ages.

Program Overview

Our Early Childhood Education Department provides services to 815 children over three distinct programs (Early Head Start, Head Start and State Preschool) at ten school sites. The California State Preschool Program provides a pre-school experience for children ages 3 to 5 in the cities of South Gate and Huntington Park. The Early Head Start Program is a federally funded program that provides a home based and center based program for pregnant women and children ages 0-3 that reside in zip codes of 90201 and 90280. The Head Start Program offers a comprehensive child development program for low-income preschoolers ages three to five years old that reside in zip code 90280.


Under the supervision of the Child Development Supervisor and/or Lead Teacher, the Associate Teacher, assists in the implementation of program curriculum and school readiness activities. Provides direct supervision of children and ensures children’s health & safety at all times. Complies with program regulations in all ECE programs.


• Supervise and coordinate curriculum activities as assigned by Teacher or Lead Teacher.

• Assist in the development of lesson plans and learning goals with the Teacher or Lead Teacher.

• Assist in maintaining daily records, tracking student progress and intervene to help students progress as necessary

• Foster a positive and collaborative learning environment where the unique needs of all students are met

• Arrange educational activities outside the classroom and supervise the students during breaks and mealtime

• Ensure the classroom environment meets standards for safety and cleanliness

• Implements and plans activities focusing on school readiness and the curriculum as directed by the Teacher or Lead Teacher.

• Record observations of children as supporting documentation for children’s assessments

• Assist with the required paperwork: lesson plans, and all classrooms activities

• Ensures the health and safety of all children and parents in the program.

• Conducts and coordinates small group and large group activities.

• Assist the children with physical, emotional needs and overall development.

• Provide on-going supervision of indoor and outdoor play areas (sight & sound at all times)

• Actively participate in all activities.

• Identify and report any suspected incidents of child abuse (following the Mandated Reporter Guidelines)

• Conduct daily health checks of each child.

• Assist in the implementation of nutrition and health activities and complete meal counts.

• Attend department, agency, and community meetings and trainings, as assigned.

• Other duties as assigned, including out-of-state travel and working evenings & weekends required.


• Knowledge of child growth and development.

• Some knowledge in the implementation of education program policies and procedures; experience with licensing requirements and guidelines.

• Work effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, and those with disabilities and special needs.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals

• Ability to organize priorities and meet deadlines

• Mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills

• Preferred Bilingual (English/Spanish); effective oral and written communication.


• Associate of Art (AA) degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field

• 6 Infant/Toddler Units of ECE

• Possess or meet requirements for Associate Teacher Permit.

• Minimum one (1) year of experience working with preschool children, infants and toddlers;


• Occasional driving is required. Must provide own vehicle, valid California driver license and proof of full insurance coverage.

• First Aid certification, Child CPR certification.

• Health screening.

• Negative tuberculosis screen (TB)(required).

• TDAP or DTAP clearance (required)

• MMR Clearance (required)

• COVID Vaccine Clearance (required)

• Must pass criminal background check including LiveScan (fingerprinting)


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job or that an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The majority of the job duties are performed within a classroom setting which includes but is not limited to the following: classroom set-up (in-door & out-door), documentation (input observations into DRDP Learning Genie), preparing meals, if needed, and ongoing child supervision (by sight & sound). These tasks require the following physical demands, which include but are not limited to constant walking, bending; occasional lifting (25 pounds), pushing, squatting and climbing stairs (as needed). The employee will complete required documentation in the office, a location with moderate noise levels that is a non-smoking facility.

Application Process

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Human Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. In addition, we complete criminal background checks via Live Scan method (fingerprinting) on all new hire employees.

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Contact Us

Human Services Association (HSA) is a private nonprofit agency whose principal mission is to provide families with compassionate and comprehensive care to promote wellness and build strong communities.

HSA Headquarters
Address: 6800 Florence Ave. Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Tel: (562) 806-5400
Fax: (562) 806-5394
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