Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Early Childhood Center
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • On Call

Program Substitute

Dept./Program: Early Childhood Center

Division: Education & Training

Reports To: ERSEA Coordinator

Employment Status: On-Call

FLSA Status: Non Exempt

Schedule: School Year Up to Forty (40) hours per week

Preference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638

Revision Date: 06/14/2018

Job Summary

To assist the program in providing a positive learning experience for children and families creating a successful environment that will promote the growth and development of children and families in the classroom setting, at reception or in the kitchen. Substitutes will assist in all work as appropriate to the area in which he/she is covering.   The program substitute will always have a regular staff person supporting their assigned work duties.

Essential Functions


  • Provide support in all areas of the classroom maintaining a clean, safe and developmentally appropriate environment; as well assist in conducting developmental screenings, observations of children's behavior and in completing individualizations and child development checklist for each child.
  • Prepare materials as needed to carry out the weekly lesson plans.
  • During meal time helps children set up tables. While eating with the children will provide an atmosphere for family style meals, after meal clean up.
  • Assists and familiar with the following, but not limited to; laundry, sanitation codes and requirements, janitorial duties, building emergency and evacuation plan; keeping the building and playground in clean and safe condition and good repair at all times.
  • Create a positive atmosphere for children; assist with effective transitions between activities, modeling for parents through the implementation of the curriculum and consistent use of appropriate discipline and problem solving skills (Project Achieve-Stop & Think).


  • Greets all customers (i.e. children, families, staff, visitors, etc) in a friendly, caring manner. Listens and positively responds to requests for information or assistance.
  • Regular upkeep of the lobby/waiting area.
  • Provide clerical support to all program areas as needed (i.e. faxing, copying, filing, answer phone, etc.).
  • Screens visitors prior to allowing entry into offices and classrooms.
  • Monitors volunteer notebook and visitor sign-in/sign-out sheets.
  • Maintain parent call-in log notebook.


  • Helps in preparation and the cooking of a variety of food.
  • Operates standard cooking equipment such as mixers, steamers, toasters, oven, stove and sanitizer.
  • Participates in kitchen cleaning work, such as washing, cleaning and sanitizing equipment.

Center Wide:

  • Performs as a team member within the Early Childhood Center. (May include evenings and weekends).
  • Maintains the utmost confidentiality at all times, according to the Confidentiality Policy, and guides other staff in confidentiality issues.
  • Reports incidents of suspected child abuse and or neglect according to Tribal policies and procedures, and assists other staff that may need to make a report. Documents and follows up on all reports made, according to the Child Abuse and Neglect Policy.

It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list.  The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements

Medium work Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)

Pushing or Pulling

Repetitive Motion

Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions

Exposure to Fumes

Exposure to Dust




Mists or gases

Chemical Hazards

Burn Hazards

OSHA Categories

Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur

Equipment and Tools

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle: Personal





  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).


  • Minimum of one year working experience.


  • State of Alaska Food Worker Card
  • CPR and First Aid Certification (or obtain within 90 days).
  • Valid Alaska Driver License and must remain insurable under the Tribe's policy.


  • Previous experience working with Alaska Native/American Indian populations.
  • Experience in Head Start/Former Head Start Parent.
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