My favorite part about working for Head Start of Lane County is making a difference in a family’s life.

Jennifer, Head Teacher

I feel comfortable here. Head Start is always striving on its positive mission, which makes me feel like my work has a purpose.

Cinthia, ERSEA

My favorite part about working for Head Start is the excitement kids have when they accomplish something, or complete a task that they did not think they could do.

Patrick, Regional Manager

Diversity is welcome here at Head Start, and I am such a supporter of celebrating people of all backgrounds. It is very reassuring to work in a place that shares the same values as someone like me.

Lorraine, Teacher

I feel valued, appreciated, and never taken for granted. I appreciate my supervisors that understand my work style.

Sami, Executive Assistant

I love working with the people in my region. We have a solid team with good communication. It feels like family here.

Bethany, Regional Assistant

We are committed to provide our employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. It is the mission of human resources to support the total operation of the agency in meeting this goal through promoting the concept that our employees are our most valuable resource and will be treated as such.

Meet the Team

Tim Rochholz – HR Director

Sally Pope – Benefits Specialist

Blanca Flores – Human Resources Specialist

Bonnie Middleton – Human Resources Assistant

Melanie Bethancourt – Licensing Assistant

Pre-Employment Requirements

All Head Start employees require all of these certifications.

Verified enrollment with the Child Care Division/Central Background Registry is required prior to hiring for any position with Head Start of Lane County. There are two ways to enroll in the Central Background Registry. Apply online and pay with credit or debit card OR print and complete an application and mail in payment. There is a $35 fee for applying. Once hired, all staff must maintain enrollment for continued employment.

When additional processing is required

An FBI background check, fingerprinting (at additional cost) and/or additional requirements are required in the following situations:

  • Applicant has lived outside the state of Oregon in the last 18 months.
  • An Oregon State Police computerized criminal history check indicates a multi-state offender status.
  • CCD has obtained information that you have committed a crime in another state.

If you have any questions, please call the Child Care Division at 1-800-556-6616 or visit the Child Care Division web site for general information.

Employment for positions at Head Start that involve serving, preparation or transportation of food at site kitchens, main kitchens, and classrooms require a current Food Handler’s Card. See job descriptions for specific employment requirements. The Oregon Food Handlers course is available online. Oregon regulations require employees to take the state-approved food handlers course within 30 days of employment.

All new hires must obtain a Pediatric CPR/First Aid card within 30 days of employment. During new hire paperwork, you may get enrolled in our in-house CPR/First aid training; there is a $15 fee. For more information, contact Human Resources.

Within 60 days of employment, all teaching staff will need to provide valid proof of their enrollment with the Oregon Registry Step’s Program. Application forms will be provided at time of hire. Go online to check your ORO account or learn more about Oregon Registry Online.

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