Good PAY.  Generous BENEFITS.  In-Agency SUPPORT team.  PROFESSIONAL growth opportunities.  $1,000 Sign-On BONUS.

What’s great about working at HCS Head Start?

We help our teachers succeed, so our students can succeed.
Discover our generous BENEFITS packages.

Full Time Benefits (30+ hours per week)

  • Birthday off with pay
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid sick, personal, vacation days
  • 403b retirement plan with 3% Agency match
  • Education reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health & dental insurance, employer paid life and long term disability insurance
  • First Aid and CPR recertification in-house, no cost to employees
  • Unique in-classroom and in-agency support
  • Embedded Professional Development
  • Career-Growth Coaching & Support
  • In-house Comprehensive Support Team helps teachers in all aspects of their work

Part Time Benefits (less than 30 hours per week)

  • Birthday off with pay
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid sick, personal, vacation days
  • 403b retirement plan with 3% Agency match
  • Education reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Unique in-classroom and in-agency support
  • Embedded Professional Development
  • Career-Growth Coaching & Support
  • In-house Comprehensive Support Team helps teachers in all aspects of their work

We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open Positions: HCS Head Start

ADMINISTRATION

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title:
Center Administrative Assistant
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022

Summary: Performs administrative and office support activities for center management and staff. Duties include but are not limited to answering a multi-line telephone system, monitoring of the front entrance, greeting and directing visitors.

Education Requirements:
• High School Diploma or GED required with a minimum of one year administrative/customer service experience required OR
• Associate degree with administrative/customer service experience preferred.

Qualities:
• Strong computer and communications skills, both verbal and written required.
• Sensitivity to confidential matters required.
• Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred

Full/Part Time: 40 hours per week
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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EDUCATION

Full Year Positions

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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PreSchool Teacher                                              

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Preschool OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Full Year – 52 weeks per year

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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Infant Toddler Lead Teacher

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Infant and Toddlers OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Full Year – 52 weeks per year

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

PreSchool LeadTeacher
Successful candidate must –

    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Preschool OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Full Year – 52 weeks per year

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

PreSchool Teacher Director                  

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification, EEC DI Certification, AND
    • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
    • Be enrolled in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 40 hours per week
  • Full Year – 52 weeks

Part Year Positions

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Preschool Teacher                                               

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Preschool OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Part Year – 42/44/46 weeks per year

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Infant Toddler Lead Teacher

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Infant and Toddlers OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Part Year – 42/44/46 weeks per year

Variable Positions

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Preschool Teacher at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Part Year:  48 weeks per year

Successful candidate must:

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool and/or Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification
  • Possess Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or currently enrolled in a program with a targeted completion date.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience.
Willingness to mentor and train Putnam EEC students.
Strong written and verbal skills required.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: Varies – As Needed
Full/Part Year: Varies – As Needed
Location (Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee): Varies – As Needed

Summary: A position within the Head Start programs, working with children and families in the center on an as-needed basis.

  • Assist
    • with teaching and/or other general operations of the center or on the bus.
    • children in classroom activities, both in group and on an individual basis. Must continuously stoop, crawl, kneel and bend in order to speak to children at the child’s eye level; to play with children and to pick up toys from the floor.
    • with daily communication with parents/guardians.
    • with food preparation, cleaning of classroom, and any other duties assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervise and play/interact with children during outdoor play periods and on field trips. Continuously maintain visual and auditory supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety in the classroom, playground and field trips.
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Infant and Toddler CDA OR
  • EEC Lead Teacher certification for Infant and Toddler

Qualities and Skills:

  • Good verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
  • Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
  • Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A, you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: Varies – As Needed
Full/Part Year: Varies – As Needed
Location (Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee): Varies – As Needed

Summary: A position within the Head Start programs, working with children and families in the center on an as-needed basis.

  • Assist
    • with teaching and/or other general operations of the center or on the bus.
    • children in classroom activities, both in group and on an individual basis. Must continuously stoop, crawl, kneel and bend in order to speak to children at the child’s eye level; to play with children and to pick up toys from the floor.
    • with daily communication with parents/guardians.
    • with food preparation, cleaning of classroom, and any other duties assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervise and play/interact with children during outdoor play periods and on field trips. Continuously maintain visual and auditory supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety in the classroom, playground and field trips.
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Preschool CDA OR
  • EEC Lead Teacher certification for Preschool OR
  • Enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within 2 years of the time of hire.

Qualities and Skills:

  • Good verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
  • Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
  • Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A, you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

HEALTH & NUTRITION

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: 40 hours per week
Full/Part Year:  52 weeks per year

Summary:
Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team using evidence-based promotion, prevention and intervention strategies that foster the growth of children with developmental, behavioral and/or social emotional concerns. Work collaboratively with local mental health agencies to facilitate appropriate and effective referrals across multiple systems. Provide support groups and training to parents and teaching staff.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Social Work or related field
  • Licensure required (LMHC, LICSW, LCSW or LMFT).

Experience:

  • Must have professional experience delivering mental health services to children age birth through five and those who care for them within a natural setting.

 Qualities and Skills:

  • Bi-Lingual Preferred.
  • Working knowledge of trauma-informed practices and experience with developing individual treatment plans for children age birth through five required.
  • Strong written and verbal skills required.
  • No third party billing required.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title:  Cook
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: 35 hours per week
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Positions Available: 1

Summary:
A position responsible for working within a team to prepare meals/snacks according to applicable regulations and requirements within the HCS Head Start, Inc. program.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • ServSafe certification required
  • Certified in sanitation and allergen training preferred

Experience:

  • Experience in both quantity and quality food preparation

Qualities and Skills

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written required
  • Basic computer skills preferred
  • A self-starter with the ability to multitask

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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ERSEA / SOCIAL SERVICES

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title:
Enrollment Advisor
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: 40 hours per week
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Summary: A position that works within the Enrollment Department and carries out Eligibility, Recruitment, and Enrollment for all Head Start programs. Enrollment advisors require experience, knowledge and sensitivity with childcare issues of low-income, at-risk children and families. Strong time management, organizational, computer and customer service skills required. Knowledge of State subsidized childcare and community resources preferred.

Education and Certification Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field, OR
• Associate’s degree in Human Services or related field AND one year of Human Services experience or three years of Head Start experience.

Qualities and Skills:
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required
• Computer Literacy; word processing, database skills, excel, spreadsheets.
• Strong communication skills, verbally, written, effective problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a diverse workplace.
• Effective and strong telephone communication skills.
• Must be task oriented, detailed.
• Basic mathematics skills.
• Ability to acquire good understanding of childcare subsidies.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
• Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
• Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
• Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51-A, you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title: ERSEA Administrative Assistant
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: Full Time – 40 hours per week
Full/Part Year:  Full Year – 52 weeks per year

Summary: Position responsible for answering the phones in the enrollment department, responding to emails and greeting visitors in a professional office setting.  The position supports the maintenance of enrollment records, input of application data, pre-screens for eligibility, and scheduling of appointments.  This position performs a wide variety of tasks such as filing, data base input, copying, filing, scanning, ordering supplies, etc. This position must be able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.  The candidate must have solid administrative skills, adhere to strict confidentiality procedures, must be proficient with MS office programs, and have excellent communication skills.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School or GED required; Associates Degree Preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required.
  • Two years of administrative experience required.
  • Strong time management, organizational, written, and verbal skills required.
  • Strong computer skills required.
  • Knowledge of state subsidized childcare preferred.
  • Head Start experience preferred

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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BUILDING & GROUNDS

TRANSPORTATION

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
Full/Part Time: 35/40 hours per week
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Positions Available: 1

Summary:
Position within the Transportation Department designed to safely transport children to and from Agency sites.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

Qualities and Skills:

  • CDL Class B license with School Bus Passenger and Safety endorsement,
  • Current MASSDOT Medical Card,
  • Current School Bus Certificate, and
  • Current RMV Driving Record.
  • No Air Brake endorsement needed.
  • Strong written and verbal skills required.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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INTERNSHIPS

Open Positions: Educare Springfield

Join the Educare Team! Educare’s comprehensive program incorporates everything science says young children need to flourish. Educare partners with families because learning does not stop when children leave the classroom. Educare supports the continued learning of passionate teachers and staff because Educare wants to empower them to do their best work. Educare uses data and research to improve Educare schools because Educare is committed to creating a lasting positive impact with every family served.

Educare Springfield is a new early education and care school designed to meet the needs of children and families of Springfield, Massachusetts. The program is focused on 4 core areas; high quality teaching practices, intensive family engagement, embedded professional development and data utilization.

Building on the foundations of Early Head Start and Head Start, Educare promotes school readiness by implementing intentional and effective programming aimed at preparing children for a lifetime of success.

Successful candidate will provide at a minimum:

  • Provide proof of a High School Diploma or GED AND
  • Current Preschool CDA credential or EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification, preferred OR
  • Proof of enrollment in a CDA credential program or Associate Degree program in Early Childhood Education

Experience working with infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Successful candidate must:

  • Provide proof of EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification AND
  • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Proof of enrollment in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Successful candidate must:

  • Provide proof of EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification AND
  • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Proof of enrollment in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Successful candidate must:

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification AND
  • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Provide proof of enrollment in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Successful candidate must:

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification, EEC DI certification, AND
  • Possess and Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Provide proof of enrollment in a Bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here