The Community House (TCH) is currently seeking a full-time Lead Preschool Teacher responsible for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate HighScope curriculum in accordance with the philosophy of the Early Childhood Center and licensing regulations; and which supports the mission of The Community House. The Center is open Monday – Friday from 7am-6pm.
Responsibility• Ensure a daily well-planned environment with appropriate materials which stimulate children’s interest and involvement.
• Oversee/facilitate staff in assigned classroom, ensuring they are implementing the curriculum.
• Facilitate children’s play and learning in a non-directive, positive, flexible manner; know when and how to step in to promote cognitive and social growth.
• Gear the program to the needs of individual children with concerns for their interest, handicaps, special talents, and individual style and pace of learning.
• Gear expectations and responses to the various developmental levels of the children in the classroom.
• Work with management and staff of the Early Childhood Center in planning the school year’s curriculum; problem solving in the classroom, purchasing equipment and supplies, coordinating parent/teacher conferences and in ongoing evaluation procedures pertaining to the program, children, parents, and staff.
• Follow end of day closing procedures.
• Perform related duties as assigned.
• Manage staff and ensure adherence to the policies and guidelines.
• Conduct individual team staff meetings on a weekly basis.
• Prepare and conduct staff annual reviews along with management input.
Qualifications• Four year college degree preferred in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with a ZA endorsement preferred.
• Professional training in the field of Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development. Experience working with young children, preferably with HighScope background.
• Able to meet the requirements of state licensing.
• Able to supervise and manage using a teaching team approach.
• Sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to both children and adults.
• Ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Strong verbal, written and phone skills.
• Desire and ability to meet new people and new situations.
• Excellent organization and planning skills.
• Able to perform numerous tasks simultaneously and meet required deadlines.
• Able to keep the necessary proprietary information confidential.
• Computer experience with working knowledge of Word and Excel preferred. Ability to learn internal software programs.
• Must be able to operate computer, telephone, copy machine and dishwasher.
• Able to define problems and recommend appropriate solutions.
• Ability to deal with abstract as well as with concrete problematic people/children and situations such as dissatisfied and irate parents and children.