Education and Disabilities Manager, Clare Swan

Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Education and Disabilities Manager, Clare Swan


Anchorage, AK, US

Salary Range:$68,891.00 To 84,736.00 Annually





Job Title:                     Education and Disabilities Manager

Department:               Clare Swan Early Learning Center

Reports To:                 Senior Manager, CSELC

Supervises:                  Teacher I, Substitute Teachers

FLSA Status:               Exempt

Pay Grade:                   E5

Job Type:                     Full-Time, Regular

AKBCU:                        Yes      ICPA:   Yes


General Functions:

The Education and Disabilities Manager is responsible for ensuring all Education and Disabilities related tasks for CSELC’s Early Head Start program, serving children 6 weeks to 3 years of age, are carried out. Design and monitor systems to assure compliance with all education and disabilities related Head Start Performance Standards, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and other applicable federal and state regulations. Provide child development, leadership, training, and technical assistance to staff and parents.  The Education and Disabilities Manager works closely with the Staff Development Manager and Senior Manager to identify needed areas of support for individual teachers as well as for the education staff as a whole.

Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Coordinate with all content areas, and in conjunction with Staff Development Manager and Senior Manager: writes, revises, and implements education-related policies and procedures in order to ensure effective quality service delivery in which Head Start Performance Standards and all other relevant federal and state regulations are met. 
  • Obtain and maintain acute knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards specifically those pertaining to the Education and Disabilities content areas. 
  • Provide or arrange for requested or necessary Education and Disabilities related training and technical assistance to site staff and Early Head Start parents. 
  • Establish a supportive relationship with site staff that results in increased skills and outcomes for children and families.
  • Advocate for responsive, timely, and effective quality services for children and their families. 
  • Takes a proactive, solution-oriented perspective to problem-solving any challenges that may arise within the team or at the program level. 
  • Review reports and appropriate data to ensure both team and program goals are being met and progress is moving in a positive direction. 
  • Recruit, interview and hire teachers and substitute teachers. 
  • Provide leadership by inspiring, guiding and motivating teams. 
  • Create an environment that fosters employee engagement and satisfaction.
  • Identify training needs, provide opportunities for learning and growth and support the professional development of team members. 
  • Evaluate performance of team members to include providing feedback, coaching, mentoring and conducting performance appraisals. 
  • Manage teachers’ schedules, leave requests, and classroom placements.
  • Assign children to temporary classrooms, if there is a shortage of classroom teachers.
  • Preform on-going Teacher Assessments using the Infant/Toddler Teacher Skills Profile.
  • Review and provide feedback to teachers on lesson plans, student observations and assessments.
  • Support teachers in the use of assessment data to drive lesson planning in alignment with school readiness goals.
  • Provide on-going monitoring of student assessment data and support teachers in improving observation and documentation skills
  • Participate in planning and facilitating individual and group training for teachers. 
  • Drive Program Quality Improvement efforts as relates to the education service area.
  • Perform classroom observations using the approved research-based tool.
  • Collaborate with all CSELC managers to ensure center operations meet or exceed relevant licensing and Head Start standards.
  • Monitor and participate in classroom observations, parent teacher conferences, home visits, and parent meetings as needed.
  • Hold bi-weekly meetings with classroom teachers to check-in on progress, provide any assistance needed, and plan goals for next meeting.
  • Participate in meetings and training conferences as directed.
  • Maintain confidentiality according to regulations, policies, and procedures. 
  • Other duties as needed and assigned.

Job Specifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff and provide on-going coaching and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead presentations and provide instruction to individuals and groups of varying ages and experiences using a variety of modalities.
  • Demonstrated ability to train staff to adapt curriculum and lesson plans to meet the needs of students.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, assessment, evaluation, plan implementation, and documentation skills.
  • Proficient with computers, standard office equipment, and programs.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and also with a team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social, education, training, and cultural needs of the Alaska Native/American Indian community.
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply programs and policies, procedures, guidelines, and instructions through formal and on-the-job training.
  • Minimum Core Competencies: CITC Values, Respectful Leadership, Professionalism, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Communication Skills  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in early childhood education/special education or related field.
  • Two (2) years of Head Start/Early Head Start management and classroom experience or special education/disabilities experience in an educational setting.
  • Flexible availability for open/closing shifts for program supervision to ensure ratio and licensing requirements.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience.
  • Must provide copy of current Health Report.
  • Valid Alaska driver’s license and insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance, which requires a driver to be at least 21 years of age and have had a driver’s license for at least three years.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon a receipt of a satisfactory state and federal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in early childhood education/Special Education or related field.
  • Three (3) years of Head Start/Early Head Start management and classroom experience special education/disabilities experience in an educational setting.
  • Experience working with Alaska Native people, knowledge of their values and belief systems.
  • Demonstrated experience providing culturally competent services.
  • Current or former Head Start parents are encouraged to apply.

NATIVE PREFERENCE STATEMENT: Pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (PL 93-638) and as further guided by CITC's Native Preference Policy 6.120, CITC maintains preference in all phases of employment for Alaska Native, American Indian (AN/AI) and Native Hawaiian people, including direct lineal descendants and foster or traditionally adopted children. Also included are non-Native head of household members for Native families, which includes foster or traditionally adopted Native children.


The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job.  It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job.  Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.


Anchorage, AK

28 day(s) ago