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Lead Teacher: Center-Based Early Education
Job#: 170558
Positions: 1
Posted: 04/10/2013
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Multiple Locations
Department: Early Education: Center-Based
Category: Lead Teacher
Salary: Hourly
Benefits: Full Benefits
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Job Description
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<strong>POSITION OVERVIEW</strong></p>
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The Lead Teacher will be responsible for implementing student assessments and designing activities to meet student’s needs, motivate students toward a positive attitude for learning, facilitate the development of self control, social skills, self-esteem and conduct meetings with parents and teachers. The Lead Teacher will provide all educational and programmatic supervision for his/her classroom and will work closely with the Program Manager and with the Early Education team to ensure quality programming.   </p>
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<strong>ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS</strong></p>
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Development and Implement of program curriculum, assessment and instructional models that conform to proven best practices;</li>
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Provide daily experiences/activities which stimulate physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth and develop language and literacy skills of students through the use of developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum that are based on each students developmental progress and needs;</li>
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Promote positive self esteem in students and motivate them toward a positive attitude for learning;</li>
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Follow routines and provide smooth transitions daily which help students keep themselves and others, healthy and safe such as hand washing, toileting, brushing teeth, and appropriate classroom management techniques;</li>
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Assess the development status of each student on a regular basis through observation and various appropriate recordkeeping techniques, writing progress reports and education plans as necessary;</li>
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Schedule and conduct formal, individual parent-teacher conferences at least three times per year, as well as, communicating on a regular basis with parents/family members to build mutual understanding, greater consistency for students and information sharing;</li>
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Scheduling and working with your team to conduct home visits for the propose of encourage  parents to be engaged in their child’s learning experiences; </li>
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Be knowledgeable about appropriate referral services for families and children.  Work with the Program Manager to obtain the needed services for families and children;</li>
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Supervise and evaluate Teacher Assistants, Teachers, and volunteers or student interns as assigned by the Program Manager;</li>
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Comply with and uses of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Department of Education Guidelines and Standards for education and practice/follow them consistently;</li>
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Uses of the Early Childhood Education Rating Scales (ECERS) for monitoring quality and evaluating programming;</li>
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Attend and participate in staff meetings and/or in service training sessions;</li>
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Keep abreast of current theory, research and practices in the Early Childhood Education field by reading related literature, journals, magazines, etc. as well as taking coursework or attending workshop seminars annually;</li>
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Keep Program Manager informed about any problems, concerns, issues, emergencies, parent complaints, or equipment needs / repairs;</li>
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Assume administrative and supervisory duties and perform as acting Program Manager in the absence of the Program Manager;</li>
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Maintain and oversee all compliance and regulatory data for operation and accreditation; maintain compliance with state and federal regulations regarding confidentiality; monitor all billing and reports for the programs;</li>
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Maintain and promote a team building attitude to ensure positive outcomes for the students;</li>
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Participate in other activities as needed or assigned.</li>
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Track and update all efforts and student progress using <em>Efforts To Outcomes </em>software, as well as maintaining all other required records;</li>
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Participate in relevant required trainings and seek out training opportunities that support professional development outlined in the Individualized Professional Development Plan;</li>
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Adhere to all protocols and norms for communication and professional conduct, e.g. <em>Email and Phone Communication Protocol, Communication Norms.</em></li>
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Fulfill all outlined and related functions in a professional, timely, and thorough manner.</li>
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Complete other duties related to this position as assigned by your direct supervisor.</li>
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Skills/Requirements
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<strong>QUALIFICATIONS</strong></p>
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<em>The ideal candidate will possess the qualifications listed below.  The qualifications listed are considered minimum qualifications, unless noted otherwise.</em></p>
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<strong>Education:   </strong>Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) teacher qualified plus an additional nine (9) additional nine (9) credits in ECE.  Three credits must be in ECE curriculum,  program planning, or behavior management (required for preschool level) and or/three credits in infant-toddler care and education (required for infant-toddler level).  The other credits may be in other ECE education topics;   Substitutions: A Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential substitutes for the education requirement for lead teacher; Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) may substitute for college credit.  Up to 4 CEU’s may be used to substitute for 3 of the required credits; A commitment to pursue Bachelor  Degree in  ECE.</p>
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<strong>Experience, Knowledge and Skills:</strong></p>
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You must have a total of:
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36 months of experience if you have a High School Diploma of E.E.D., OR</li>
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27 months of experience if you have a Certificate Program degree such as a CDA, community college, or Montessori credential, OR</li>
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18 months of experience if you have An Associates degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field OR</li>
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9 months of experience if you have a Bachelor or advanced degree in ECE or a related field.</li>
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Substitutions:
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A practicum, also called student teaching, substitutes for 9 months of work experience.  Credit for the practicum must be both on transcript and a practicum verification form signed by the college supervisor;</li>
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A pre-practicum, also called field work is not considered a full student teaching experience and does not count toward work experience.</li>
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Must function independently and as a member of a team;</li>
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Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook;</li>
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Experience working with performance data-base preferred;</li>
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Desire to work in a mission driven organization that is undergoing organizational change;</li>
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Ability to take initiative and prioritize work, highly organized;</li>
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Ability to travel between sites and within the community - valid driver’s license required.</li>
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