Deadline to Apply: Friday September 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm


Center: Grant 3 Early Head Start, Springfield, MO


Work Status: 9:30-5:30, Monday-Friday, Full Time/Full Year


OACAC Head Start is seeking motivated team members for the position of Early Head Start (Infant/Toddler) Teacher Assistant.   Join a relationship-based team where we strive to staff three teachers in each EHS classroom to provide high quality care to infants and toddlers. Each mix-aged classroom serves a total of eight children birth through two. Each teacher in the classroom works cooperatively as part of a team and provides primary caregiving to two to three children.  


This job includes great benefits.  Excellent health and dental benefits. Paid Holidays. Paid Leave. Tuition Assistance. Paid Training Opportunities. Family Friendly/Positive Work Environment. Find out more about OACAC and the Head Start Program at EOE.


Salary Range: $14.58 - $17.29


Requirements: Minimum of HS Diploma/GED AND six (6) college credit hours or Infant/Toddler CDA or equivalent.  Experience working with infants and toddlers.


Preferred: Early Childhood degree.  Copy of transcript required with application.




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Instructions for employment application

1. Applications are only accepted if an advertised position is available. If a position is available in a county center, the address for that location will be listed in the advertisement. Application and updated resume must be received in our office by the deadline or the application will not be considered. 2. The application must be filled out entirely. Do not use "see resume." 3. If you are applying for a Head Start position you must complete the Declaration Form for Prospective Employees of Head Start. All applicants must complete the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry Worker Registration Form.

Have you ever been employed by or volunteered for OACAC
Is any member of your family presently working for OACAC in any capacity
Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation
Do you have a valid Missouri driver's license
Do you have transportation
Do you have a CDL with passenger endorsement
Did you graduate from high school or receive a GED Certificate
Are you at least 18 years of age


Please fill out as much information about your education as you can.

Did you graduate

Education Continued

If you attended more than one school, you can include it here.

Did you graduate


Please list any relevant skills.

Computer experience, check all that apply
Have you lived somewhere other than the state of Missouri in the last 5 years


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Resume, Letter of Interest, and Transcript Upload

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Employment history

1. Start with your current or last job 2. Include armed forces service and self-employment information 3. Any change of job title under the same employer should be considered a separate position

May we contact your current employer for a reference

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How did you hear about us?

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Other qualifications

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List the names of three persons, not related to you, who can provide work-related references and who you have known for at least one year.

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Reference 2

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Applicant statement

By checking the box below, I authorize investigation of all statements made on my resume, application, or those made during an interview for job selection. Such investigation may include checks for criminal record, driving record, child abuse/neglect record, drug and alcohol testing, references, and past/current employers. In addition, I authorize my former employers to furnish and release all information relating to my employment, such as the quality of my work, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving. Finally, I agree to release OACAC, any former employers, and all references listed above from any and all claims, demands, or liabilities arising out of or related to such investigation or disclosure. I understand that all information will be considered in determining eligibility for employment and that false or dishonest answers to any question will be grounds for an ineligible rating for employment with OACAC or for dismissal after employment. All findings related to the employment investigation will be preserved in the applicant's file. I understand that this application does not constitute an agreement or contract for employment for any specified period or definite duration.

By checking this box I understand this constitutes an electronic signature which authorizes the above statements

Declaration Form for prospective employees of Head Start programs

Federal policies require that Head Start agencies require all prospective employees to sign a declaration prior to employment which lists: 1. All pending and prior criminal arrests and charges related to child sexual abuse and their disposition 2. Convictions related to other forms of child abuse and/or neglect 3. All convictions of violent felonies The declaration may exclude: 1. Any offense other than one related to child abuse and/or child sexual abuse or violent felonies committed before the prospective employee's 18th birthday, which was finally adjudicated in a juvenile court or under a youth offender law 2. Any conviction for which the record has been expunged under Federal or State law 3. Any conviction set aside under the Federal Youth Correction Act or similar State authority Note that individuals who declare through this form that they have been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any of the offenses listed above are not automatically disqualified from being hired. OACAC must review each case to assess the relevance of an arrest, charge, or conviction to a hiring decision.

Declaration form