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Early Education Lead Teacher

Posted: 09/18/2022

Job Title: Early Education Lead Teacher
Compensation: $16.50/hr
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time, 40 hrs/week
Shifts: 9:00AM-6:00PM OR 8:30AM-5:30PM
Work Week: Monday – Friday (Saturdays & Sundays on occasion for professional development/events)
Supervisor: Classroom Coach
Age Groups: Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher; Preschool & Pre-K Counts Lead Teacher; School Age Lead Teacher
Location: Pottstown, PA

WHO WE ARE:
YWCA Tri-County Area is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Tri-County Area serves more than 1,500 women, children, and families. We are an educational organization that is empowering and inclusive, providing programs which encourage individuals to learn, grow, become, and take a stand.

Direct service programming includes early childhood education, before- and after-school enrichment, youth empowerment, adult education, and workforce development. Mission-based advocacy efforts raise awareness, offer issue education, and build social capital around women's empowerment, racial and social justice, and safe and healthy communities.

YWCA Tri-County Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive salaries and benefit packages.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
YWCA Tri-County Area is looking for dedicated individuals to serve as lead teachers in our STARS 4 Early Education Center in Pottstown. Our EEC vision is to create a community of learning where children experience a sense of wonder and exploration – where everyone feels a sense of connection and participates with others in ways that create new possibilities for making the world a better place.

YWCA Tri-County Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive salaries and benefit packages.

Position opportunities are based on candidates’ individual educational qualifications. We currently have lead infant/toddler, Pre-K Counts, and school age opportunities available. Pre-K Counts teachers must possess the necessary certifications.

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:
Early Education Lead Teachers are responsible for developing a cohesive teaching team, coordinating the curriculum, and managing the day-to-day operational activities of the classroom. Teachers must understand children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in order to ensure a safe and stimulating classroom environment where children are actively engaged and encouraged to succeed. Teachers must be skilled in communicating with both children and adults in order to meet the needs of the children, effectively guide teacher assistants, and resolve parental concerns. Each Early Education Teacher understands and promotes education and early childhood development as defined in YWCA Tri-County Area’s (YW3CA) Policies and Procedures, and mission statement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and implement educational curriculum by developing classroom activities based on developmentally appropriate practices and early learning standards.
  • Lead by example; encourage teaching team success through modeling and coaching.
  • Plan individual and group age-appropriate activities to actively engage children and encourage social, cognitive, and emotional growth.
  • Maintain daily communications including written communication using daily reports with parents through informal discussions, progress reports, and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Ensure all center policies and state regulations are met.
  • Ensure a healthy classroom environment – including maintaining appropriate hygiene and cleanliness
  • Standards and safety and security of children.
  • Supervise teacher assistants and classroom volunteers to ensure they are following planned activities, hygiene, and safety standards.
  • Maintain accurate records, forms and files including recording daily observations.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement
  • Ensure the safety of children and staff.
  • Attends and participates in all in-service training and monthly staff meetings as identified by the Early Education Director to increase competency in job performance.
  • Maintains confidentiality in all children and family records.
  • Completes special projects specific to the function of the service area or as needed for the area as directed by the supervisor.
  • Support families/staff using the P.E.A.C.E. model for problem-solving.
  • Use inclusive language and Conscious Discipline skills and powers in all communication.
  • Other duties as assigned within the scope of position expectations.
WHAT YOU’LL BRING TO THE POSITION:
  • A strong understanding of child development.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • High energy and the ability to work well with others (team members, children, families) and to foster a team environment.
  • Ability to work with parents in the community and other volunteers
  • Understanding of diverse family dynamics and cultural differences with the ability to work with and empower families
  • Understanding of YW3CA mission, goals, and objectives and ability to work independently with a high level of energy and contribute as part of a larger team.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and practices associated with early childhood education and child development issues
  • Knowledge of and sensitive to the issues facing the community served.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, families, and members of the community.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, and customized databases.
  • Effective and accurate ability to create lesson plans using daily observations
Other Position Factors
The other position factors described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential tasks of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Requirements include:
    • The ability to take frequent walks, use hands and fingers, handle objects, tools or controls, talk to and hear voices at many levels.
    • The ability to kneel, bend, squat or crawl and stand for periods of time in both indoor and outdoor environments
    • A specific vision ability including the ability to see up close and up to a certain distance, to see colors, have peripheral vision and depth perception.
    • The ability to lift 50 pounds.
    • The ability to sit on the floor and/or ground outside to be actively involved with the children.
  • Position may require occasional trips to attend conferences, seminars, and meetings.
  • May require working non-traditional hours based on operational needs.
Education & Experience:
  • Minimum of Associate’s Degree in early childhood education or related field of study with a minimum of 30 credits in ECE. EHS classroom teachers require and Infant/Toddler CDA or 9 infant toddler credits. Applicants without this experience will not be considered.
  • Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Must be willing to submit to background checks in accordance with local law and regulations.
  • Current Health Assessment and TB test
  • Strong desire for continued growth and learning
  • Familiar with Keystone STARS a plus
  • Familiar with Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Regulations a plus
  • Familiar with ITERS and ECERS Rating Scale
  • Ability to work independently, goal oriented.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and values of YW3CA
Benefits**:
  • Annual Paid Business Closures according to the organization’s annual Business Closure Calendar
  • Voluntary MetLaw benefit provides employees with professional legal counsel for a broad range of legal services.
  • Voluntary Term Life Insurance provides employees’ beneficiary with a financial protection plan.
  • Voluntary Aflac Supplemental Insurance provides employee’s an additional layer of financial protection in the event of a serious accident or illness.
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance at no cost to the employee.
  • Voluntary 401K Retirement plan includes an employer match in relation to employee’s contributions.
  • YWCA Retirement Plan: After two years and two thousand hours, you are automatically vested into the plan. YW3CA contributes a percent of an employee’s gross each pay, currently at 7.5% and the fund also matches 3%.
  • Generous Paid Time Off plan (including Vacation, Sick, Personal, and holiday PTO) which includes PTO rollover with no cap or expiration each calendar year.
  • Tuition discounts for a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs at the selected higher education institutions: Alvernia University, Chestnut Hill College, Delaware Valley University, and Widener University. Discounts vary depending on institution and program.
  • Employee Discount on private pay childcare tuition.
  • YW3CA Early Education Staff are eligible to apply for the T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Pennsylvania Scholarship Program which works with providers, colleges, and childcare staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers.
**Restrictions may apply based on position hours

HOW YOU’LL APPLY
Send Cover Letter and Resume to:
Hr.mission@ywcatricountyarea.org

Equal Opportunity Employer
YWCA Tri-County Area is an equal opportunity employer, and it is our policy that employees and applicants will not be subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, col-or, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran’s status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal or local laws.

Accordingly, YWCA Tri-County Area will hire, train, and promote individuals in accordance with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy; make decisions according to the principle of equal opportunity by imposing only bona fide occupational qualification requirements for employment opportunities; and administer all personnel practices and programs (including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, transfers, and training) in accordance with this Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

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