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Title: Substitute

Reports to: Education Specialist

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Job Responsibilities

  • Learns and adheres to the philosophy and mandates of Head Start as outlined in the Performance Standards, licensing requirements, and the Policies and Procedures of Greater Bergen Community Action

  • Keeps the classroom neat and assures that all equipment and materials are in good condition

  • Ensures children receive as much individual attention as possible and must supervise all children all the time by using your eyes and ears

  • Attends in-service and pre-service training workshops as requested

  • If requested, participates in parent conferences and makes home visits as required

  • Shares information with parent/guardian at the request of the teacher

  • Assists teacher as directed in recording anecdotal notes of children

  • Meets with supervisors to discuss progress, classroom observations, program planning, professional development and plans for specific training as needed

  • Participates in the evaluation of the education components of the program at the end of the year

  • Attends all meetings as specified by the director, area director, associate director of education and/or requested by administration

  • Establishes and maintains a harmonious relationship with fellow staff and parents alike

  • Assumes and performs specific additional assignments as directed by the director, area director, associate director of education or other administrator, in order to ensure the effective servicing of the clients in our care

  • Is punctual and adheres to the work schedule assigned

  • May be assigned to any class of children ages 0 – 5 as needed

  • Must plan for and participate in home visits, parent/teacher conferences, and back to school events. These activities will be scheduled during the day and evening Responsible for the overall safety of each child in the GBCA HS/EHS program

  • According to the New Jersey mandated reporting guidelines, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)

Knowledge of:

  1. Basic knowledge of developmentally appropriate educational practices.

  2. Cultural and socio-economic issues relevant to providing appropriate services to special population groups.


  1. High School Diploma, County Substitute Certificate a plus

  2. Valid NJ driver’s license preferred, local travel is required

  3. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar computer software

Ability to:

  • Exercise sound, independent judgment within areas of responsibility. Operate a computer and other standard office equipment to meet the demands of the position.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and written.

  • Exercise tact, objectivity, sensitivity, strategy, and judgment, in dealing with a variety of clients in a variety of situations.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, clients, representatives of community organizations, and other staff members.

  • Maintain client and staff confidentiality.

Physical and Mental Demands:

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand for long periods; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment, reach with hands and arms; and lift or move up to fifty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems, observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform work on multiple, concurrent tasks; and interact with program management staff, volunteers, representatives of public agencies and community organization and others encountered in the course of work.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee may have occasional contact with abusive and/or physically violent clients. If the employee works in typical office conditions, the noise level is generally quiet. If the employee works in a classroom setting, the noise level could be above a standard noise level.

To Apply Contact:

GBCA Inc., Human Resources 392 Main St. Hackensack, NJ 07601 or


Email along with resume to or Fax to (201) 342-9339


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Equal access to programs, services and employment is available to all persons.


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