Teacher
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Company:
UUMC ECC
Location:
Austin, TX, USA
Job Posted:
30+ days ago

Teacher

JOB DESCRIPTION: University United Methodist Church Early Childhood Center Lead Teacher – 18-24 Month Class

STATUS: Full Time, Salaried
HOURS: 40 Hours per week
BENEFITS: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, paid vacation and sick days, holidays off due to the school schedule, discounted childcare for employees.

SUPERVISOR: ECC Director

EFFECTIVE: May 2020

General Purpose and Responsibilities:

The Lead Teacher’s primary responsibility is to provide a safe, stimulating place where each child can grow and learn in a warm, accepting social environment. In addition to being concerned about the child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social self, the teacher will establish a relationship with the child’s parents that will lead to a mutual sharing of support and concern for the child. To begin to meet the needs in each of these areas, the lead teacher will follow these guidelines:

Duties Include:

Ensure a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment for the children.
Represent the philosophy of the school in a positive way to parents, new staff and the community.
Participate in training and continuing education programs.
Plan activities that enhance all areas of development (language, creative, cognitive, social/emotional, large and fine motor, and self-help)
Utilize positive interaction when correcting children’s behaviors.
Use vocabulary, materials, and activities that are suitable for the age, abilities, and interests of the children.
Create attractive and safe environments.
Have a positive, respectful attitude toward parents and fellow staff members.
Respect parents’ differing values and cultural backgrounds.
Submit a lesson plan to the director on a weekly basis.
Be reliable, punctual and regular in attendance.
Have sustained energy and enthusiasm for teaching.
UUMC ECC is a diverse, play-based, social and emotional focused school. Each child is regarded as an important, likeable, capable individual, and children are encouraged to develop independence and confidence in their abilities by making choices through positive guidance and re-direction. Established in 1971 by University UMC, ECC uses church facilities and serves 40+ families consisting of UT students and staff, church members and other members of the Central Texas community. University UMC is a reconciling, welcoming, progressive Methodist church in the heart of downtown Austin, adjacent to the University of Texas.

Qualifications/Education/Certification:

High School Diploma or GED required.
Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or related field from a four-year accredited college preferred.
Current Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid certifications or ability to obtain.
Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
Must be able to pass state background check and FBI fingerprinting background checks.
Special Knowledge/Skills:

Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Friendly and approachable demeanor.
Familiar with Texas Minimum Standards for Licensed Child Care Centers.
Familiar with Texas Rising Star policies and standards preferred.
Experience:

Minimum one-year experience in a child care setting.
Personal and Professional Characteristics * Be reliable, punctual and regular in attendance.
Have sustained energy and enthusiasm for teaching.
Dress in a neat, hygienic, and professional manner that will allow for the freedom to interact with the children.
Notify the director at least two weeks in advance when needing to be absent.
Notify the director if late arrival is expected or if taking a sick day by way of email. Text messages and phone calls can be done as a courteousy, but the office must have written documentation of days/hours taken off.
Keep all knowledge of the staff, children, and their families confidential.
Work in a co-operative and professional manner with other staff and parents.
Represent the philosophy of the school in a positive way to parents, new staff and the community.
Attend all staff meetings.
Attend all parent programs.
Participate in training and continuing education programs, documenting AT LEAST the number of hours required by licensing per year based on hire date.
Know and follow the licensing standards set by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. (This includes guiding assistant teachers, student workers and parents to follow policies as well)
Abide by stated personnel policies.
TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES * Guidance Techniques * Set clearly defined and age appropriate limits.
Use positive statements when correcting children’s behaviors.
Redirect unacceptable behaviors and offer children choices.
Help children express feelings and learn to respect the feelings of others.
Help children learn to use problem solving techniques in their social interactions.
Reinforce desirable behavior.
Show respect for each child.
Recognize and accept children’s feelings
Encourage children to become increasingly responsible for their own behavior.
Develop flexible guidance strategies for specific children.
Follow through after correcting behaviors.
Establish a predictable routine in the day.
Use positive nonverbal techniques when guiding children (touching, appropriate physical proximity)
Use a low calm voice when interacting with children on their level (not from across the room).
Anticipate problems and plan to prevent their occurrence.
Curriculum * Plan activities that enhance all areas of development (language, creative, cognitive, social/emotional, large and small motor, and self-help)
Use vocabulary materials, and activities that are suitable for the age, abilities, and interests of the children.
Plan outdoor activities, take walks, and arrange special visitors.
Interact with the children to extend their learning, using a variety of cognitive levels when asking questions.
Elicit questions, descriptions, and other spontaneous speech from the children.
Health and Safety * KNOW THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN ATTENDANCE AT ALL TIMES.
NEVER leave the children unattended (this includes with parent volunteers)
Enforce health policy and conduct daily health checks. (Ask parents/have health questions posted)
Know standard first aid procedures. (Must be first aid and CPR certified)
Supervise children carefully when in potentially dangerous situations (playground, rainy day rooms, stairs, walks, etc.)
Report illnesses and accidents to the director and document incidents.
Report all cases of suspected child abuse to the director in writing.
Keep the room and play areas neat and safe for the children and staff.
Follow necessary sanitation procedures in diapering areas, bathrooms, at snack times, at mealtimes, and with toys and materials. Daily sanitation of toys.
Report needed equipment repairs or building maintenance to the office.
See that children are dressed appropriately for existing temperatures.
ROOM RESPONSIBILITIES * Arrange the room in centers so that the children can be self-directing in their activities.
Create attractive and safe environments.
KEEP THE ROOM NEAT, CLEAN, AND ORDERLY. Return supplies and equipment after cleaning them. Periodically cleaning out cabinets, cubbies, shelves, furniture, and toy and art closets.
Prepare the room for Sundays. (Put away manipulatives, library books, art supplies, etc.) Leave it attractive for Sunday use.
Change equipment and centers every two weeks to provide a variety for the children and allow rotation of equipment among classrooms.
Decorate the room in a colorful, age appropriate manner.
Keep supplies, medicines, and cleaning materials in labeled areas and safely out of children’s reach.
WORKING WITH PARENTS * Have a positive, respectful attitude toward parents.
Respect parents’ differing values and cultural backgrounds.
Communicate daily with parents, sharing what their child’s interests are.
Conduct entrance, and end of the year conferences with families in the class.
Conduct entrance and end of the year developmental assessments on the children in the class.
PAPERWORK * Keep accurate records of attendance.
Complete accident reports, obtain a parent’s signature, and submit to the director in a timely manner.
Submit a lesson plan to the director on a regular basis.
Prepare developmental profiles of the children annually.

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