|Title:||Lead Teacher FT (Toddlers)|
|Dept:||10 - SACFC|
This position is responsible for planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating all early childhood classroom activities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.
- Manages the planning and implement of a quality early care and education program including; compliance with licensing standards and implementation of quality initiatives such as COA accreditation and the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).
- Supervises the Assistant Teachers and any volunteers in the classroom.
- Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum; including observation, assessment and documentation of child’s progress.
- Identifies child early education goals through observation and assessment with consultation from the parents and in conjunction with developmental early education benchmarks.
- Assures daily documentation and record keeping including; meal counts, diapering and toileting, infant feeding and incident reports.
- Communicates daily with parents and provides them with regular updates on child health information, and progress.
- Practices quality teacher-child interactions as observed by Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
- Developing and maintaining the classroom environment and with implementation of developmentally appropriate classroom curriculum as observed using the ERS and CLASS.
- Uses positive guidance techniques in accordance with child care licensing requirements, program policy, ERS and CLASS.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings and designated in-service training.
- Participates in the hiring process and training of Assistant Teachers and volunteers assigned to classroom .
- Maintain all health, safety and sanitation requirements per child care licensing, accreditation and QRIS.
- Be responsible to have knowledge of all Minimum Licensing Requirements for child care centers and expected to follow all MLRs at all times.
- Other duties as assigned by Program Director/Assistant Director.
- Adheres to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
- Performs as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
- Performs related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below. These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job.
Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Associate of Arts (AA) or Applied Associate of Arts (AAS) in early childhood education, child development or related field preferred. Two year’s experience as a Lead Teacher in a child development center setting preferred.
Certificates/Licenses: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the ability to successfully pass a Department of Early Learning (DEL) background check and register in MERIT system. Completion of 20 hours STARS basic training required within six months of hire date if education and/or experience does not substitute. Blood Borne Pathogen training, Food Handler’s Certification, First Aid, and CPR, Proof of MMR Vaccination are required within 30 days of hire.
Physical Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:
- Regularly sit, stand, climb, walk, hear/listen, talk
- Frequently lift up to 30 pounds, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach
- Occasionally crawl, stoop, kneel
- Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors (no color blindness), ability to focus
- Must complete a tuberculosis test
- Must be 18 years of age
Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:
- Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
- Analytical Ability: ability to maintain focus for extended periods of time; ability to complete research projects with resourcefulness and persistence; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information; ability to use intuition and experience to complement existing data.
- Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
- Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of Word Processing software, Spreadsheet software, Internet software
- Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
- Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
- Language Ability: ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence; ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
- Mathematical Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
- Motor Coordination: the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, fingers, and feet accurately and handle precise movements.
- Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
- Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with absolute precision, at least 95% of the time; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work.
- Reasoning Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions; ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
- Supervisory Skills: ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s policies and applicable laws. Applicable supervisory responsibilities include: training, and coaching employees, planning, assigning and directing work, reviewing performance, addressing complaints and questions and resolving problems for assistant teachers or volunteers assigned to classroom.
Workplace Environmental Conditions
While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will be:
- Noise Conditions: exposed during a shift to constant or intermittent sounds at quiet to moderate levels of sound dependent upon the activities of the Center
- Heat: subject to high temperatures
- Cold: exposed to low temperatures
- Atmospheric Exposures: exposed to dusts, fumes, vapors, or mists