Function: To plan and implement teaching activities and comprehensive early education and child development programs for a class of children; to work collaboratively with teaching team; to work in partnership with parents and the community.
Minimal Qualifications: Education: BA/BS degree in Early Childhood Education or an advanced degree and coursework equivalent, from accredited college or university.
Experience: 3 years early childhood education or child development or working in a day care and/or preschool classroom.
Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to work collaboratively with staff, parents, children and volunteers
• Ability to keep timely and accurate records
• Ability to provide exceptional customer service
• Must maintain confidentiality of records and communication
Principle Duties & Responsibilities:
• Participate in orientation, pre-service, in-service, staff development activities, and educational opportunities.
• Plan and implement daily program and educational curriculum.
• Help each child to develop positive self-image and relationship of trust.
• Assess each child, according to program policies, by following procedures for on-going observation and assessment, recording and evaluation for the purpose of planning activities to suit individual needs.
• Visit the home of each child a minimum of two times a year and conduct two parent conferences per year.
• Plan and implement, in cooperation with other staff, family support groups and family involvement activities; attend and assist in conducting trainings for families during Parent Committee Meetings.
• Maintain accurate records pertaining to the classroom, children, parents and volunteers including inventory of facilities and supplies and child attendance.
• Ensure that all licensing and emergency procedures are posted and implemented properly, i.e., tornado drills, fire drills, fire evacuation route, medical and dental emergencies, safe arrival and departure, and other emergency procedures.
• Assist with health service and health education of child and family.
• Work cooperatively with agency staff, parents, volunteers and community to foster coordinated and integrated program operations.
• Ensure that classroom volunteers’ activities are planned and coordinated.
• Learn and adhere to Head Start Performance Standards, North Carolina licensing requirements and the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); maintain all sanitation and facility licensing requirements at all times.
• Learn and adhere to State and Federal Observation Instruments (ECERS and CLASS).
• Complete career development plan and maintain and update all certifications, credentials, and other training as required.
• In addition to pre-service training, complete annually 25 contact hours of training related to the field of Early Childhood Education.
• Maintain cleanliness in classrooms/centers.
• Support and interpret Head Start objectives, concepts, goals, and WAGES mission and programs.
• Participate in training or other activities related to the job.
• Record all CACFP meals at point of service.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Center Supervisor.
• Participate in bi-monthly parent committee meetings.
• Maintains program and fiscal integrity
• Develops positive working relationships with team members and staff
• Demonstrates productivity and efficiency
• Interacts with vendors and staff in a professional, friendly and hospitable manner
Physical, Mental and/or Visual Demands
Physical Requirements: Low physical effort required to sit or stand using keyboard and monitor. Ability to communicate verbally both in person, via telephone or internet. Limited requirement for bending, stooping, lifting or walking. Maximum unassisted lift is 35 lbs. Mental and visual concentration required for preparing and analyzing data using a computer.
Equipment Used: Computer, telephone, scanner, copy machine, printer, fax and other general office equipment
This position is a non-exempt position. The first 90 days of employment are considered an introductory, or orientation period for employees. During this time an employee may resign with or without cause. Likewise, an employee may be released with or without cause during the 90-day period considered the Introductory Period. Employment is “at will” both during and after the orientation period. This position description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the individual assigned to this position and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It does not state or imply these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the position. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties. All requirements are subject to change and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.
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