Website Drake University Head Start

Title: Head Start Teacher South Ridge 3 (9-month) – Multiple Opportunities

Position Numbers: 997885 and 999148

Unit/Department: Drake Head Start

FTE: Full Time (9-month)

Department Summary:

The Mission of Head Start and Early Head Start is a noble one: “better preparing young children and their families for life experiences now and in the future.” Drake University Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5, in classroom settings, home-based programs, & childcare partner locations.

Drake University offers great benefits, including generous tuition waiver and tuition exchange benefits. If you, your partner/spouse, or dependent children are interested in pursuing a degree, these are wonderful benefits.

Job Summary:

Drake University Head Start is seeking professional candidates to serve as classroom teachers at our South Ridge Mall location. These positions will lead a preschool class and teacher’s associate in daily activities in the classroom.

Selected candidates will develop, implement, and evaluate early childhood developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice. These positions consist of working directly with children and families with time spent completing required documentation.

These are 9-month, full-time, positions that typically work August through May each year.

Minimum Qualifications:

• B.S. or B.A. in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with Early Childhood endorsement, or Early Childhood Special Education.
• One-year experience in early childhood environment required. Ability to pass all state child care licensing requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Current teaching license with special education endorsement preferred.
• Head Start/Early Head Start experience preferred.
• Current driver’s license and ability to be insured by University’s insurance carrier.

Job Duties:

40% – Conduct instruction by following lesson plan while adapting plan to meet individual learning styles. Create a developmentally appropriate environment where children are comfortable enough to verbalize feelings, question, explore, experiment and problem solve. Support children’s social-emotional development. Promote successful classroom performance for each student. Supervise staff in the development and implementation of the curriculum and in maintaining a safe, orderly and quality work environment. Ensure an organized, clean classroom and present interesting ideas and activities to share with children – (Essential)

25% – Maintain children’s files, check off forms at admission, file them and check annually for licensing. Document and monitor children’s progress to evaluate appropriateness of curriculum to meet children’s developmental needs. Create and maintain accurate, confidential reports and records within applicable regulations and performance standards. – (Essential)

15% – Develop and maintain good communication while respecting confidentiality. Establish rapport and trust with parents, staff, volunteers, and visitors in order to respond to children’s environmental needs. Ensure the coordination of health issues of child and family with designated nurse – (Essential)

5% – Supervise Food Program at center level to insure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Participate in mealtime activities by assisting with serving food, eating with the children, and cleaning up after meals. – (Essential)

5% – Conduct initial and ongoing family home visits and socializations (if applicable).Travel for business purposes within service area. – (Essential)

5% – Continue professional growth by attending classes and workshops, reading new materials, and contributing resources to the program. – (Essential)

5% – Federal Head Start Program Performance Standards, state and local regulations, rules and requirements compliance. Maintain strict confidentiality of all records and documents. Maintain department records and reports in a secure manner. Represent Drake University and Drake University Head Start in a professional manner. Treat clients, co-workers, staff, parents and community members with respect and civility, and ensure a safe and inclusive environment for everyone at all times. React to change productively, maintain prompt and regular attendance, and perform all other duties as assigned. Promote Head Start philosophy and initiatives. – (Essential)

Salary & Benefits

The salary will be competitive with peer schools. We anticipate the starting salary within the range of $47,424 and $58,458. The final offered salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experiences of the selected candidate.

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide: Drake Benefits Guide (Plan Year 2024).

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in not one, but two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs here: Tuition Benefits.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants will be asked to complete the online application through Drake’s job board and provide: a resume/cv, a cover, and contact information for three references.

Have Questions?

Question about the application process, working at Drake, spouse/partner support, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about Drake or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources. You can best reach us at

All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.

Review of Applications Begins:

A review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate’s scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate’s satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.

About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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