Pacific Clinics - Pasadena, CA
This position serves a Teacher and caregiver in a classroom of Early Head Start infants and toddlers by planning, implementing, and supervising all center-based activities. This position may work with infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
- Develops an individual plan for each child to include goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established goals (outcomes).
- Works as a team member with the other education staff, parents and Parent Committee members to develop curriculum that is meaningful and meets the individual and program needs.
- Responsible for the weekly preparation of daily lesson plans, which includes objectives to be posted for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom.
- Schedules home visits and parent-teacher conferences with families as required and on an as-needed basis and documents these events.
- Prepares and maintains a safe, healthy learning environment for children that is positive, developmentally appropriate and experientially-based.
- Plans and provides developmentally appropriate activities and experiences that advance all areas of children’s development (social, emotional, cognitive and physical) in a manner appropriate to age and stage of development.
- Assists in development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on routines and individual child interests and development.
- Provides a safe, healthy and well-managed environment so that children will have comfortable learning and growing experiences. Sets up the physical environment to meet the changing needs of infants and toddlers.
- Serves on IFSP meetings.
- Participates in on-going training and development specific to working with infants and toddlers and their families, including infant/toddler development, communication and safety issues such as reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Conducts developmental screening of infants and toddlers’ motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual and emotional levels.
- Ensure an appropriate written Transition Plan for all children, six months before their third birthday; provide parents with training and information. Establish communication to facilitate and coordinate the transition.
- Involves parents in the educational activities of the program:
- to emphasize their role as the principal influence on the child's education and development; and
- to assist parents to increase their knowledge, understanding, skills and experience in basic child development.
- Identifies and arranges for parents to participate as volunteers in the classroom and work as substitutes as well as other volunteer activities.
- Provides daily supervision of all classroom staff, monitors employee performance and classroom activities.
- Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.
- Models Pacific clinics’ approach, mission and core values in all communication and correspondence.
- Communicates effectively in a culturally competent and diverse consumer population and promotes favorable interaction with managers, co-workers and others.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
Initiate and maintain professional interactions and communication with Clinic’s employees and/or others.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE/POSITION REQUIREMENTS
- Must have an A.A/A.S. Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood, Education or related degree, B.A/BS Degree preferred.
- Possess or be qualified for a California Child Development Teacher permit or higher.
- Must obtain and maintain DOJ, FBI, and Child Abuse Index Clearance.
- Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification.
- Must have 3-6 units of infant/toddler development coursework.
- Demonstrated ability to work in Windows environment (including Word and Excel).
- Must possess a valid California driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record under the Clinics' liability policy.
- Ability to be perceptive of the needs of children and to work well with staff, children and parents/families.
- Ability to organize and direct classroom activities and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to maintain accurate records which reflect the needs and progress of children.
- Ability to demonstrate knowledge, skills and a positive attitude in the field of early childhood education.
- Attends and participates in all required meetings, activities, pre-service and in-service training that includes but is not limited to 15 hours of classroom focused professional development and methods that comply with applicable State and local laws for identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Occasional need to provide gentle physical restraint to children.
- May be required to lift up to 40 pounds.
- Some exposure to communicable diseases.
- Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
- Travel/overnight many be required associated with attendance at conferences, meetings and other duties.
- Work is typically performed in a classroom setting and some office work required.
- Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be required for events such as home visits, parent teacher-conferences, Parent Committee meetings, and social and community events.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Local business travel is required.
A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to job performance of the fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her Manager and/or Supervisor.