Program Aide for Pinellas Head Start / Early Head
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where
children are safe, families are strong and communities are
Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and
sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we
are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50
Floridians with a wide range of services, including:
- early childhood education
- refugee and immigration
- mental health and substance abuse
- juvenile justice
- child welfare
LSF is looking for a talented Program
Aide who wants to make an impact in the lives of
Purpose & Impact
The purpose of the Program Aide is to work as part of a
team to assist in activities in the areas of the classroom, kitchen
and on the bus as needed. May also assist with special needs
children. May be assigned to different locations as deemed
necessary for program operations. Participates in the HS/EHS
Quality Assurance efforts.
A Day in the Life of a Program Aide
- Assists classroom staff in all classroom activities, field
trips and outdoor activities included in lesson plans.
- Assists in developing materials and providing activities
related to the cultural background of the children and families
- Helps supervise at mealtime, eating with the children to
encourage good nutrition and social skills.
- Help keep the classroom and its contents clean and
- Assists the teacher in any aspect of the program as needed
(i.e. at family nights, copying newsletters, making phone calls,
preparing classroom materials, etc.)
- Serves as a temporary substitute in the periodic absence of the
teacher assistant or teacher.
- May work with assigned children with disabilities, supporting
the work of the classroom staff, managers, specialists and/or
mental health consultants in carrying out the individual plans for
children with special needs.
- With direction from professional staff, follows IEP/IFSP.
- Sanitizes surfaces, picks up and stores materials in the
classroom or kitchen to maintain a safe environment.
- May assist with janitorial services in the absence of the
regular custodian or janitor.
- May assist in the preparation of food, logging meals/snacks
following USDA/CACFP required documentation for food purchased,
prepared and served.
- Participates in foodservice cleanup, inventory and other
foodservice tasks as requested.
- Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to HS/EHS
children, families and staff in accordance with established
policies and procedures.
- Attends all required staff and parent meetings and
- Attends all workshops and training as directed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: High school diploma or G.E.D. Within
90 days of employment, must obtain and continually maintain basic
first aid and pediatric CPR certification. Must have the 40-clock
hour plus 5-hours of literacy training upon hire. For those hired
during the grant transition, staff must register for the 40-hour
training plus 5-hours of literacy training within 6 months of
employment and successfully complete within 15 months of the date
Experience: This is an entry-level position.
Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive
preference for employment vacancies for which they are
Also required: Certification in First Aid and CPR within 90 days
from the date of hire and successful completion of a Level II
background screening, local criminal record check, health, TB and
drug screening prior to hiring. Bilingual preferred:
English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate both written and verbally.
- Ability to follow directions.
- Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short
correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to communicate with families and children in a positive
and helpful manner.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Why work for LSF?
Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas
LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of
populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to
learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct
area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a
part in transforming the lives of those in need.
A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented
professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of
our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY
and HONESTY – drives each one of us.
People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other
like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an
office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the
Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida,
team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other
programs or grow within their existing program/department.
Amazing benefits package
- Medical, dental and vision
- Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Long-term disability
- Employer-paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
- Health and dependent care FSA
- Paid holidays
- Generous PTO policy
- 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer
- Tuition reimbursement
- LifeMart Employee Discount Program
Additional Voluntary Benefits
- Short-term disability
- Group life insurance
- Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
- Legal Shield coverage
Lutheran Services Florida is an equal opportunity
employer and a drug-free workplace.
Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start
2210 Tall Pines Drive Suite 220 Largo,