Lead Teacher

Child Start Inc - Fairfield, CA

Child Start, Inc.

Job Description

 

The job characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Job Title: Lead Teacher                                                       Program:  Head Start                                                       

Supervisor: Center Director I, II or III                               FLSA Status: Non-exempt

 

 

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Plan and facilitate center-based curriculum to ensure the goals and objectives are accomplished as outlined in Head Start Performance Standards.  Serves as Center Director alternate designee for California Community Care Licensing. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Curriculum and Practice

  • Leads the planning and implementation of developmentally and culturally appropriate child-focused curricula and activities in the classroom in coordination with Center Director and Education Department staff.  
  • As lead, works with other program staff and partners to meet individual educational needs of children, including areas of: cognitive, fine and gross motor, social emotional, self-help, and speech and language development.
  • Participates and supports in the adaptation of the classroom environment and curriculum to meet the needs of children with disabilities or special needs and to ensure that each child is fully included into center operations.
  • Leads the planning and implementation of all aspects of designated developmental assessments of children three times per year and completion of other screening requirements under supervision of Center Director.
  • Promotes family partnerships and parent involvement in program planning, implementation of services, and individualization of services for their children through parent activities and committee involvement and volunteering in the classroom.  Assists with recruitment and enrollment process. 
  • Ability to relate to families and children from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds
  • Plan and implement educational field trips, with input from parents.
  • Responsible for utilizing classroom activity funds in response to emergent curriculum.
  • Maintain a neat and organized classroom and provide an attractive learning environment.
  • Safeguard confidentiality of personal information of children and families by upholding mandates and policies. 
  • Assume responsibilities for center operations in the absence of Center Director. 
  • Provide substitute coverage, as needed.
  • Assist with Food Service, as needed.

 

Training

  • Plan and participate in staff and parent trainings on topics relevant to child development, environments and classroom management.
  • Attend pertinent training, workshops and conferences both within and outside of Head Start at the direction of the Center Director. 
  • Remain current in ECE/Child Development best practices through participation in continuing education and regular review of child development journals and resources provided by Child Start department staff.
  • Actively participate in site staff meetings and other appropriate meetings to support and advance services.

 

Monitoring and Record Keeping

  • Compile and keeps current child and family documentation of home visits and other program services. 
  • Regularly observe classroom operations, system of developmental assessment, and any other pertinent material to ensure quality service delivery.
  • Provide periodic reports to Education Department.

 

Networking

  • Further relationships within site, position, region, agency and community to ensure integrated and comprehensive services for families with children.
  • Work with community and local school system to manage the transition process for children and their families.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Education and Experience

  • AA or BA degree in ECE/Child Development or related degree and at least 3 units Admin/Supervision.   Original (or certified copies) of all credentials or certificates andcollege transcripts indicating applicable coursework to meet requirements of position as a condition of employment.
    • Two years teaching experience in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care program (previous experience teaching in a Head Start program highly desired), or 1 year as an Associate in a Child Start classroom.

 

Other Requirements

  • Current 1st Aid and CPR Certification or ability to obtain in 60 days
  • Ability to pass criminal record clearance
  • Clear TB test and statement of good health from a doctor are required as a condition of employment
  • Actively working towards additional ECE/Child Development units preferred
  • Valid California Driver’s License, required insurance and acceptable driving record preferred
  • Health and Safety Training (15 hours) or ability to obtain in 60 days
  • Report any suspected child abuse as required by state law
  • Some staff may be required to provide services in a full inclusion model/classroom

 

      Other Skills and Abilities

  • Bilingual English/Spanish language preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of child development principles.
  • Must be able to serve children with special needs.  Some staff may be required to provide services in a full inclusion model/classroom.
  • One year experience in classroom facilitation and management
  • Familiarity of adult learning styles
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with other staff, parents and volunteers
  • Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with employer safety policies
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance in compliance with agency Attendance policy
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, email and internet preferred

 

PHYSICAL, SENSORY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND INTERPERSONAL CHECKLIST

 

Job TitleLead teacher                                                             Date:    8/17/15__________         

 

Please complete the following sections by   putting X's in the appropriate boxes

 

In a/an    8        hour work day, this job   requires:      R= Rarely                    (less than 0.625% of time)

O= Occasionally            (0.625%   - 30% of time)

F= Frequently                (31%   - 68% of time)

C= Continually                (69% - 100% of time)

NA=   Not Applicable

 

RFCP=   Requirements for Consecutive Performance (make notes in "Comments"   column)

1.  PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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O

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C

NA

Comments (RFCP)

Sitting

 

 

X

 

 

 

Stationary standing

 

X

 

 

 

 

Walking

 

 

X

 

 

 

Ability to be   mobile/running

 

 

 

X

 

 

Crouching (bending at   knees)

 

X

 

 

 

 

Kneeling/crawling

 

X

 

 

 

 

Stooping (bending at   waist)

 

 

X

 

 

 

Twisting   (knees/waist/neck)

 

 

X

 

 

 

Turning/pivoting

 

 

X

 

 

 

Climbing

 

X

 

 

 

 

Balancing

 

 

X

 

 

 

Reaching/lifting   overhead

 

 

X

 

 

 

Reaching extension

 

 

X

 

 

 

Grasping

 

 

 

X

 

 

Pinching

 

 X

 

 

 

 

Pushing/pulling

           Typical weight   20 LBS

           Max. weight      50 LBS     

 

X

 

 

 

 

Lifting/carrying

          Typical weight  15 LBS      

          Max. weight      75 LBS

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Manual   dexterity/keyboarding

X

 

 

 

 

 

Other   physical demands:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2.  Sensory Requirements

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O

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C

NA

Comments (RFCP)

Talking in person

 

 

 

X

 

 

Talking on telephone

 

X

 

 

 

 

Hearing in person

 

 

 

X

 

 

Hearing on telephone

 

X

 

 

 

 

Sight

 

 

 

X

 

 

Other sensory   requirements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Environmental Setting

Comments  

Safety requirements   (e.g., clothing, equipment used, such as ladders)

MUST   WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES THAT PROVIDE SUPPORT TO FEET WHEN WORKING IN CLASSROOM

Exposure (e.g., fumes,   chemicals, vibrations, humidity, cold, heat, dust, noise, blood and bodily   fluids, contagious diseases)

MUST BE ABLE TO WORK   FREQUENTLY IN OUTSIDE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND FREQUENTLY IN MODERATE NOISE   LEVEL

 

Operation of equipment   and machines (e.g., motor vehicles, computers, power and hand tools,   copiers)     

MUST BE ABLE TO OPERATE   AUTOMOBILE, COMPUTER, PRINTER, COPIER AND FAX

Hygiene standards   (e.g., food handling, sterilizing equipment, cleaning blood and bodily   fluids)

MUST HAVE CURRENT CPR   AND FIRST AID CARDS; MUST BE TRAINED IN IMPLEMENTING UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS.

Other   environmental requirements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This position is classified as non-exempt as defined by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not exempt from overtime and is covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement with SEIU, Local 1021.

 

Child Start is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Approved by:    Deborah L. Peralez                           8/17/2015

                                                                                    __________                                             

Human Resources Director                                                    Date

 

 

                                                                                                                                              Employee's Signature                                                               Date

 

The information contained herein is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for, the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.       

 

 

How to Apply

www.childstartinc.org

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Contact Info

rordonez@childstartinc.org

Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: Fairfield, CA

Salary: 18.33 - 20.71

Posted On: December 5th, 2018

Agency Details

Website: www.childstartinc.org

Child Start is committed to providing quality early learning and essential support services to vulnerable young children and their families.