Position: Co-Lead Toddler Teacher
Hours: Full-time, 40hrs/week
Teachers support children in the social/emotional and academic learning process while providing an environment of mutual respect. Co-Lead Teachers are part of a collaborative team that is committed to the health and wellbeing of all children and families. They demonstrate a commitment to principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. This position is responsible for teaching children ranging in age from 18 months – 3 years old.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Design and implement curriculum that meet the needs of the children based on learning through play, utilizing the researched-based Creative Curriculum.
- Adjust teaching and provide appropriate support to meet needs of individual children.
- Plan a program that is balanced in regard to active and quiet play, child directed and teacher directed, indoor and outdoor.
- Mentor classroom interns and volunteers.
- Build positive relationships with children and their families.
- Attend to the care, safety and well being of children using Active Supervision.
- Establish and teach behavior expectations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of good teaching practices and child development; continue professional learning through workshops and exchange of ideas with other programs.
- Open, close, set up, and clean up the classroom on a daily basis.
RELATIONSHIPS AND ROLES
- This position is a co-lead role with an Early Head Start Teacher (King Street Center is a community partner program with Champlain Valley Head Start).
- Officially reports to the Early Education Director.
- Directly supervises assistant teachers.
- Interacts with other KSC program staff, visiting educators, community service providers, transportation providers, special educators, and medical professionals.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to be self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to work with diverse populations.
Education: Child Development Associates (CDA) degree with infant/toddler experience, or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field
One to three years experience in:
- Designing, and implementing curriculum
- Teaching in an early childhood program or working with children
- Meeting children’s emotional and behavioral needs
- Handling complex issues with families
- Working with other professionals to deal with educational challenges
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF WORK
Work is conducted primarily inside, with daily outdoor playground activities as weather permits. Must be able to walk distances to neighborhood sites and participate in gross motor activities. Must be able to participate in children’s activities that involve sitting, standing, grasping, touching, pushing, pulling, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Must be able to handle the stress and tension that contact with children and parents bring every day. Potential for injury from physical interplay with children, and for illness passed along from children.
Occasional lifting of furniture, materials and children, weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasional interaction with children and families exhibiting some instability in their behavior. Some potential for risks to physical safety and security of facility.
Candidates should send the following to email@example.com with ‘Toddler Teacher Aide” in the subject line:
2. Cover letter with available start date
3. Three references and their contact information
Only candidates who follow this process will be vetted.
*The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the individual of this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties as necessary. Minimal heavy lifting and no strenuous activity required; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. King Street Center is an equal opportunity employer.