compensation: $19.75 an hour employment type: full-time
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SCOPE: Oversees the organization, implementation and staffing of the classroom based on the individual educational, social and emotional needs of the children enrolled. Leads Associate Teacher and Assistant Teacher in managing the classroom's physical and learning environment and partnering with the parents and families. Works in a collaborative manner with all team members and consultants. Prepares and maintains documentation in compliance with federal, state and agency performance standards and standard operating procedures.
Monday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30pm but needs to be available during operational hours of 7:00-6:00pm and will need to conduct home visits and conferences outside of the typical 8:00a-4:30p schedule. This is an Exempt position and needs to work hours as needed to get the job done.
In accordance with Head Start performance standards, Colorado Preschool Program, Denver Preschool Program, licensing standards, CLASS, ECERS, and organizational guidelines, implements a high quality, trauma informed, individualized, preschool program based on parent input in the context of a safe, clean, warm, welcoming, well organized physical environment, (Greeting and welcoming families at the door, maintaining a clean and orderly work environment free of debris and hazards for adults and children as well as basic housekeeping duties related to classroom, i.e. sweeping, mopping spills, dishes, laundry).
Using input from team members, Education & Disabilities Manager, Project Manager, Consultants and Coach, leads planning and delivery of daily Creative curriculum and social emotional curriculum to fidelity while providing activities that stimulate learning and are based on children's individualized needs and interests.
Ensures program quality through ongoing monitoring, conducting assessment and maintaining documentation of children's progress through each child's portfolio via Teaching Strategies Gold.
In conjunction with Teacher Associate, conducts two conferences with parents of all enrolled children, completing all required documentation as outlined by both Head Start Performance Standards and organizational guidelines.
Provides observation verbally and written, fully participates in MTSS documentation, Meetings, and referrals. Collaborates with Education & Disabilities Manager, Project Manager and consultants to identify and implement trans disciplinary services for all children with identified need. Supports and adheres to Individualize Education Plan for students who qualify for special education.
Working closely with classroom staff and family service worker, ensures timely communication between parents and staff regarding children's needs and strengths and scheduled activities and events. Encourages parent participation in both classroom and center activities.
Conducts home visits with each Head Start child's family twice yearly, completing all required documentation as outlined by both Head Start Performance Standards and organizational guidelines.
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Job Description (continued)
Submits weekly attendance and record and meals forms and coordinates inventory and request of needed supplies. Schedules duties and responsibilities for teaching staff in classroom.
Prepares, submits and maintains internal and external reports/documents in accordance with federal, state and local regulations/guidelines and standard operating procedures as outlined by both Head Start Performance Standards and organizational guidelines.
Actively participates in training programs, workshops and meetings concerning teaching methods, individualized teaching strategies, approaches and other topics relating to the early childhood development component.
Collaborates with Education & Disabilities Manager to ensure quality individualized education is provided to all children enrolled in center program.
Assists Project Manager in reviewing Teacher Associate and Teacher Assistants' performance on a regular basis. Provides staff and volunteers (including Foster Grandparents) with mentoring and support regarding their performance in the classroom.
Maintains classroom ratios in accordance with licensing standards.
Leads weekly planning meetings with classroom team, facilitating the development of weekly lesson plans that are based on the individual needs of the children enrolled in the classroom.
13. Maintains PDIS profile for highest teaching credential and provides hard copies to Project Manager for personnel file for licensing compliance.
14. Performs all other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field. Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field AND 2 years of related experience with verified hours letters for eligibility.
Two years of classroom experience with verified hours letters for eligibility.
Lead teacher experience preferred.
Good organizational skills and ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with coworkers, parents, consultants, volunteers, and community partners.
Spanish or other language preferred.
Physical and emotional requirements:
Teaching children is a physically demanding job. Teachers must feel confident that they can care for up to 12 children alone and can handle the stress, tension, and exasperation of daily contact with children, parents, and staff members. Regular and consistent attendance is critical for success.
Daily requirements are as follows:
Able to bend, swoop, push, lunge, reach, squat kneel, sit cross legged
Able to stand, walk, move up to 5 consecutive hours
Able to hear and process auditory information in a noisy classroom environment
Able to visually supervise children up to 100 feet away to accommodate classroom, hallway, playground, and field trip activities
Able to lift up to 40 pounds
Able to operate computer, ipad, copier and other office equipment
Able to function in summer heat and winter chill while on playground or on field trips
Able to care for up to 12 children alone and positively manage stress, tension, and demands of daily contact with children, parents, and staff member
Able to complete all required paperwork in compliance with licensing and program standards
Able to physically, visually, auditorily monitor the classroom, playground, and field trips for safety
Salary: $19.75 an hour
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am to 430pm but may need to work be available during operational hours of 7a-6p and will need to conduct home visits and conferences outside of the typical 8a-430p schedule.
Benefit eligibility is based on job type/status
Paid Vacation & Sick Leave
Pension and 403b Retirement Plan
Health and Dental
Life Insurance (Including Accidental Death & Dismemberment)
Short Term & Long Term Disability
Employee Assistance Program
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