Special Projects Coordinator – Head Start

Location of Service: Knoxville-Knox County Head Start/Early Head Start – 901 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

About Head Start:

Knoxville-Knox County Head Start/Early Head Start serves low-income children ages birth to kindergarten. Our goals for the playground work include: to increase access for the children to natural elements; to increase outdoor play to include gardening, mud kitchens, sandpits, water play, etc.; to develop an appreciate for children about planting, care, and benefits of plants. We work to engage families to the extent possible.

Position Summary:
  • Work with the Special Projects Coordinator (SPC) in the creation and maintenance of the Natural Playgrounds at the seven Head Start centers.
  • Assist the SPC with the construction and installation of playground features; this could include moving and stabilizing heavy wood pieces and rock, the construction of sandboxes, mud pits, and other play features.
  • Assist the SPC with the construction of outdoor furniture items such as mud kitchens, picnic tables, water sluices, etc. These duties could include the cutting and sanding of lumber, actual construction of play features, and the finishing of the product with stains and other wood treatment products.
  • Care and management of both flower and vegetable gardens; this will include planting, weeding, tilling, and daily watering.
  • Build garden boxes, install landscape edging and stone, collect native plants, grow plant from seed, and miscellaneous care of garden spaces.
  • Maintain and submit all required documentation, including but not limited to daily logs and vehicle mileage reports, as instructed by the SPC.
  • Assist SPC with product inventory, request materials as needed.
  • Participate in all required Head Start training sessions to gain an understanding of Head Start policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors while working with other Head Start Staff, Community Partners, Head Start Families, and children.

Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • Physically active; able to bend, dig, move soil/earth, stoop, lift heavy materials.
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather (e.g., cold, heat, rain).
  • Able to work with small team and independently.
  • Able to drive agency truck; daily use of personal vehicle.
  • Ability to learn new skills as required for projects (e.g., use of tools, care of plants).
  • Interest in environment, especially related to outdoor access for young children.
  • Must pass background check for Daycare licensing (fingerprints).
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.