Employment Opportunities


Applications may be downloaded above or picked up at the administrative offices at 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Please mail completed applications and resumes to Julie Mickley, Human Resources director, KCHS, P.O. Box 1225, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or email to jmickley@knoxheadstart.org. Positions will remain open until filled.

Head Start parents will be given preference for open positions for which they apply and qualify.

KCHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or enrollment.

Current Job Opportunities

Full-Day/Full-Year Lead Teacher

Knox County Head Start (KCHS) seeks passionate Early Childhood Educators inspired to guide children’s healthy development and learning in a full-day/full-year classroom in Mount Vernon.

KCHS offers employees a supportive environment, personal career mentoring and substantial high-quality training and professional development opportunities. We are committed to meeting each employee where they are and working with them to grow their career according to their passions and talents. We are a family at KCHS and every individual is valued for their unique contribution. We seek employees who bring with them a heart for the work and a deep desire to build strong connections with children, families, and co-workers.

Preschool teachers implement the Creative Curriculum and Conscious Discipline® with children served under the Head Start program and private pay childcare. Teachers support children’s development with screenings and assessment utilizing developmentally appropriate strategies. Teachers establish partnerships with parents to assist parents in their role as children’s first and most important teacher. The teacher actively trains and develops assistant teachers and teacher aides in the classroom.

The successful candidate will have at minimum of an associate degree in Early Childhood Development/Education or a related field; a bachelor’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will possess strong computer skills and/or data entry experience.

Infant / Toddler Teacher Aide

Knox County Head Start has an opening for an Infant/Toddler Teacher Aide at the New Hope Early Education CenterThe right candidate will have a deep love for working with young children and their families and be an enthusiastic team player. The purpose of this position is to support high quality infant and toddler care in a full day, full year classroom. Minimum of one-year experience working with Infants and Toddlers and a CDA or willingness to immediately pursue training in caring for infants and toddlers, and a CDA. Knox County Head Start, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or enrollment of children.

Job Type: Full-time              Pay: From $10.25 per hour

Early Child Home Educator

The purpose of this position is to provide child development, parent education, and family support on home visits to families of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and expectant mothers. Home Educators must be able to develop consistent, stable, and supportive relationships with children and families being served. Additionally, this position will plan/provide parent group socialization meetings, maintain case management, help parents and families to set goals, link families to needed support services, and advocate for families being served within our community. This is a full time, full year benefited position.

The successful candidate will have a BA in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Candidates with other education and experience may be considered but must be willing to obtain additional training and credentialing within the first year of employment.

Job Type: Full-time   Pay: From $12.37 per hour

Accepting Resumes

Knox County Head Start’s classes are full and we’re continuing to grow! We have immediate openings but we also want to have teachers lined up for positions as they open.

We are seeking applicants to work with children ages zero to five. Lead teachers must qualify with a minimum of an Associate’s degree in ECE. We are also looking for long-term substitutes to fill in daily for 6-12 week stretches during upcoming maternity leaves as well as on-call substitutes to cover staff absences.
Our model and our mission are unique so we are seeking individuals with a passion and commitment for what we are doing. Knox County Head Start believes in the unlimited potential of young children, in the resilience of families, and in strengthening our community. We believe parents are a child’s first and best teachers and that our job is to support them in the important work they do each day. We believe in seeing the whole child in the context of the whole family. We prefer applicants who have experience working with children but we are willing to train someone who is truly dedicated to our work and willing to learn. We will even financially support successful candidates in the process of obtaining their Child Development Associates (CDA). We have a strong mentoring system in place to assist our staff in reaching their full potential, and we are dedicated to continuous improvement.

The Knox County Head Start staff is more than a team. We are a school family. As a complex and growing organization, we need people who are flexible, optimistic and enthusiastic. If this is you, we look forward to meeting you!

Please share this with anyone who might be interested. Knox County Head Start is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the enrollment of children. Applications can be completed on our website at www.knoxheadstart.org or obtained in person at 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon, OH. Resumes should be directed to jmickley@knoxheadstart.org Please contact Julie Mickley with any questions at 740-393-6988.

Interested applicants should contact Julie Mickley, HR Director, Knox County Head Start at 740-393-6988, or mail completed resumes and applications to Human Resources, KCHS, PO Box 1225, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or emailed to jmickley@knoxheadstart.org.