Fight against poverty

Floater for Head Start/Early Head Start

Department:     Division of Children and Families

Supervisor:      Center Director/Teacher


To assist in planning and implementing teacher activities and total program for a class of children; to work collaboratively with teaching team; assist in working with parents and the community.    

Minimal Qualifications:

Education: Minimum requirement of NC Child Care Credential I and II. Within two years of the time of hire must obtain first Child Development Associate Credential Infant/Toddler or Preschool CDA.

Experience:  Preferably a Head Start parent or a child care provider who is familiar with the Head Start program and/or from within the target area.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Interested in working with children and the economically disadvantaged
  • Able to assist in record-keeping duties; ability to work toward obtaining CDA
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service
  • Ability to obtain CDL (if required); able to maintain confidentiality
  • Must have current annual physical including Tuberculin test or chest x-ray.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in orientation, pre-service and in-service training and all staff functions
  • Assist in planning and implementing daily activities and programs for children in a classroom setting
  • Help each child develop a positive self-image and relationship of trust.
  • Participate in ongoing observations of children for planning activities to suit individual needs.
  • Learn and adhere to the Head Start Performance Standards, North Carolina licensing requirements and the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Learn and adhere to State and Federal observation instruments (ITERS,ECERS, CLASS)
  • Assist in working with agency staff, parents, volunteers and community to foster coordinated and integrated program operations.
  • Maintain appropriate records and reports including attendance.
  • Participate in Parent Committee Meetings.
  • Follow routine schedule of housekeeping duties in classroom and center.
  • Become the acting Teacher Assistant in the absence of the Teacher Assistant.
  • Plan with the Center Director career development plan and follow-up plan; maintain and update all certifications, credentials or other training as required.
  • In addition to pre-service training, complete annually 25 clock hours of training related to the field of Early Childhood Education.
  • Participate in training and other activities relevant to the job.
  • Support and interpret Head Start/EHS objectives, goals, concepts, and WAGES mission and program to child, parent and community.
  • Perform other job-related duties assigned by the teacher.
  • Flexible work hours and center placement.
  • Record all CACFP meals at point of service.
  • Maintain cleanliness in classrooms/centers by sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and disposing of trash as needed
  • Maintain cleanliness of children playgrounds by conducting playground checks as assigned. Cleanliness entails picking up and removing debris, sweeping, raking, and placement of playground materials.

Performance Dimensions:

  • Maintain programs and fiscal integrity
  • Develops positive working relationships with team members and staff
  • Demonstrates productivity and efficiency
  • Interacts with vendors and staff in a professional, friendly and hospitable manner

Physical, Mental and/or Visual Demands

Physical Requirements: Low physical effort required to sit or stand using keyboard and monitor. Ability to communicate verbally both in person, via telephone or internet. Limited requirement for bending, stooping, lifting or walking. Maximum unassisted lift is 35 lbs. Mental and visual concentration required for preparing and analyzing data using a computer.

Equipment Used: Computer, telephone, scanner, copy machine, printer, fax and other general office equipment


This position is a non-exempt position.

The first 90 days of employment are considered an introductory, or orientation period for employees. During this time an employee may resign with or without cause. Likewise, an employee may be released with or without cause during the 90-day period considered the Introductory Period.

Employment is “at will” both during and after the orientation period.

This position description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the individual assigned to this position and should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It does not state or imply these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.  The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties.  All requirements are subject to change and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

601 Royall Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27534