It is an exciting time to join Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC)!

Under the supervision of the Education Program Manager and in accordance with Head Start (HS) Federal Program Performance Standards, California Department of Education (CDE), California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Childcare Licensing Division (CLD), and Mission Neighborhood Center’s (MNC), the Master Teacher will primarily be responsible of providing day-to-day quality learning experiences for young children by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.  Will be responsible in the selection and supervision of teaching staff and ensuring that Federal, State and Local Agency regulations, policies and procedures are enforced.


Interacting with Children

  • Instruct children and parents (e.g. nutrition, self-care, social, motor skills, language skills, etc.) for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills. Uses English language in order to assist ESL learners to acquire English language skills and to expand the language skills and vocabulary of the English-Speakers.
  • Implements academic, behavior, family events, health and nutrition plans (e.g. literacy activities, stories, songs, math/science activities, art, etc.) for the purpose of achieving program objectives.
  • Role-model and ensure center team support for the provision of specialized services for children with identified special needs in the classroom.
  • Assists children with hand washing and tooth brushing for the purpose of modeling appropriate personal hygiene.
  • Carries out small groups’ activities for the purpose of providing classroom activities and routines that support individual/group needs and/or delivering services in compliance with established guidelines.
  • Use positive discipline techniques in guiding children’s behavior.

Assessing Children

  • Observe children in all developmental domains and document observations according to policy and procedures within the identified timelines.
  • Monitors conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, etc. for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior.
  • Demonstrates awareness of entire group, including number ratio while working with primary care children.

Curriculum Preparation

  • Organize indoor/outdoor, quiet/active and field trip activities appropriate to age group for the purpose of actively participating in the learning activities with children.
  • Conducts home visits and parent-teacher conferences (ILP’s) in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and program policies and procedures.
  • Develop Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) for each child based on observations, screenings, parent input and the DRDP-2015 assessment results.
  • Monitor the frequency, quality and content of screenings, observations, assessments and ILP’s conducted by center teaching staff in accordance with Program Performance Standards and Delegate Agency Agreement.
  • Three times annually, after each developmental assessment (DRDP-2015), develop and implement a Desired Results Summary of Findings with the participation and input of center teaching staff bases on analysis of the DRDP-2015 child outcomes for each classroom.
  • Develop developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on children’s strengths, interests, and needs reflected in observations, screenings and the DRDP-2015 assessment results.
  • Prepare documentation to support referrals for further evaluation and specialized services for children with suspected special needs.

Communication with Parents

  • Acts as a support and resource person for families for the purpose of assisting the teachers in case managing specific needs with families, advocating for parents and encouraging parent involvement in the program.
  • Inform parents about daily classroom routine, expectations, policies, field trips and volunteer opportunities.
  • Communicate with parents about incidents that have been observed and recorded on-site regarding their child.
  • Encourage and motivate parents to participate in all levels of the Head Start Program (e.g. classroom center committees, PPC, Policy Council and other district and/or city wide committees), in accordance with Program Performance Standards.
  • Obtain all required classroom parental signatures such as on all incident reports and field trip permission slips.


  • Assist volunteers and parents in working with children in the classroom with proper health practices, food handling and interactions/supervision of children.
  • Supervise and evaluate center teaching staff assigned to the same classroom and Lead Teachers, if applicable, in all areas of their performance and relating to employment requirements in accordance with MNC’s personnel policies and procedures.
  • Approval of timesheets, compensatory time, sick leave, vacation and any other leave (paid or unpaid), in accordance with MNC’s personnel policies and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate records of employee absences, work hours, immunizations, physical exams, fingerprints, professional development and other documentation required by Federal and State regulations or MNC’s personnel policies and procedures.
  • Initiate, participate and make recommendations as to personnel recruitment, selection, transfers, promotions, disciplinary or dismissal measures in accordance with MNC’s personnel policies and procedures.
  • Train, supervise and monitor teaching staff throughout the year in writing and implementing appropriate weekly classroom lesson plans.
  • Organize and monitor a system of specific tasks to ensure that all members of the teaching staff perform an equal share of the work.


  • May assume coverage in the absence of any of the teaching staff members and remain flexible about staffing schedule which may be adjusted as program needs change and may include working in another classroom.
  • Ensure the maintenance and filing of appropriate forms and documents in children’s files.
  • Prepare and submit complete and accurate reports as required by program needs and direct manager.
  • Engage substitutes or volunteers during the school year to ensure that there are sufficient adults in the classroom.
  • Work with other teaching staff and parents to ensure that required dental exams, physical exams and screenings are completed for each child in accordance with Program Performance Standards and Plan of Action.
  • Maintain flexibility in changing planned activities according to children’s interests.
  • Conduct 45-day developmental screenings and three developmental assessments (DRDP-2015) for each child.
  • Ensure that the timelines of 30, 45, and 90 days are met upon enrollment dates (e.g. homes visits, mental health notes, developmental screenings, ASQ-3, ASQ-SE, vision & hearing screenings).
  • Assist in performing height and weight measurements of the children twice a year according to policy and procedure within the designated timelines.
  • Complete monthly meal counts and monthly records of daily attendance for the Childcare Food Program according to MNC’s policies and procedures.
  • Complete and track Department of Education Attendance Register, 801-A Form (monthly), Best Interest Day Forms (daily/monthly), if applicable to facility.
  • Participate in staff/parent conferences and IEP’s (Individualized Educational Plan) and meetings of other teaching staff in the center. Determination of need is based on the quantity and complexity of the needs of the individual child or requested by District Director.
  • Organize center parent committee and electing officers and representatives to PPC in accordance with Program Performance Standards and PPC bylaws.

Classroom Maintenance

  • Maintains classroom equipment, work areas, student files/records for the purpose of ensuring availability of items, providing reliable information and/or ensuring a safe and sanitary environment.
  • Carries out Health & Safety Checklist; corrects and identifies deficiencies. Perform minor repairs and maintenance in classroom, as needed.  Report major repairs to the Site Supervisor / Master Teacher.
  • Cleans facilities, equipment, refrigerator and playground area for the purpose of ensuring a safe and sanitary environment.
  • Assist in keeping labeled classroom areas and objects.
  • Responsible to take the initiative to rotate a variety of materials on low open shelves for children to use independently.
  • Set-up and serves meals and snacks for the purpose of meeting nutritional needs of students. Checks and signs for food and food service supplies when they are delivered, if assistant or floater teacher not available.
  • Check temperature of food delivery, log temperature and follow procedure for heating and storage of food according to MNC’s policies and procedures.
  • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution. Assist in the maintenance of equipment and emergency supplies.


Education:  AA Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; must be enrolled in college education working towards an BA degree in Early Childhood Development, ESL and/or General Education in accordance with an individualized Staff Development Plan developed with the Education Mentor Coach.

Experience:  Must have a 16-hour certification in training and experience in the principles of child health, safety and nutrition.  In addition, must have 3 + year(s) experience in preschool setting and meets the California Community Care Licensing requirements, including 12 ECE Units including core course as listed on the Child Development Permit Matrix; which include Core, 3 Units in Adult Supervision and 6 Units in Administrative Units.  Current or Previous Head Start Parent, preferred.


  • State of California Child Development Site Supervisor Level Permit
  • Current Physical Health Screening (every 2 years thereafter)
  • Fingerprinting Clearance (DOJ)
  • Current Immunizations (TB, Influenza, MMR, Pertussis) (every 2 years thereafter)
  • Clearance Child Abuse Index
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certificate (every 2 years thereafter)
  • Must be register with the Early Care & Education Workforce Registry
  • Must attend trainings that are required by funders (might be an evening or Saturday)

Language(s)Bilingual, bi-literate preferred; English/Spanish or other language ability based on program needs.

How to Apply
If you are qualified and interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter with Head Start Master Teacher in the subject line to

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We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome diversity in the workplace. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.