Responsible for developing and implementing a high quality, nurturing, anti-bias, developmentally appropriate environment, utilizing the YWCA’s Anti-Bias Curriculum for a diverse classroom. Maintain a safe environment for children by providing leadership for classroom staff. Responsible for the daily care and nurturing of a primary group of children with a team of staff and reporting the child’s progress in social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development to parents/guardians.
Day to day responsibilities
- With the classroom staff team, assist Lead Teacher in the development of theme based classroom and age group curriculum, implement and ensure compliance with a developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, multi-cultural curriculum, following the YWCA’s Anti-Bias Curriculum, for the classroom and primary care group.
- Foster a classroom environment conducive to the curriculum objectives and NAEYC Accreditation standards.
- Ensure nurturing, culturally sensitive care for each child.
- Foster, assess, document and report children’s progress in social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development for data needs and to parents/guardians.
- Foster and model cultural sensitivity to the families we serve.
- Ensure all DHS Rule standards are maintained in classroom at all times.
- Maintain a high level of health and safety and assure emergency procedures are known and practiced.
- Assist in ensuring all child assessments and child portfolios are up to date and current.
- Ensure center communication is high quality through timely newsletters, reports, and correspondence.
- This position does not have any direct reports.
Contribute to an overall cohesive program of Early Childhood Education at YWCA Minneapolis
- Actively participate in center events and meetings.
- Provide support for other classrooms and the center as needed.
- Attend all staff training days and complete required number of DHS in-service hours yearly.
This position reports to the Early Childhood Education Director who reports to the ECE Director of Operations. Lead Teachers will interact with Teachers, Assistant Teachers and Teacher Aides, ECE Specialist, volunteers, students, and parents.
Education and Experience
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- High School Diploma/ General Education Degree (GED).
- Must have a minimum of six months of experience working in a group setting with children ages 0-9 years.
- Have the ability and desire to work with special needs children and/or at risk families.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to communicate effectively to parents and co-workers.
- Ability to serve and meet the needs of the customers (parents, children and co-workers) in an exceptional manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain an effective relationship with customers to gain their trust, respect and involvement with activities.
- Ability to build constructive and effective relationships with parents, children, and co-workers; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
- Acts with a need to finish responsibilities.
- Seeks and is proactive in finding challenging opportunities and responsibilities for self-development.
**After six months of employment, must be able to obtain the preferred qualifications (below) or must agree to an education plan to obtain the preferred qualifications through the YWCA Educational Support Program within the next 12 months.
- Possess a Child Development Associate (CDA) OR 12 college/university credits related to Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Child Development.
- Currently certified in First Aide and/or CPR.
- Bilingual skills is a plus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, stand, walk, sit, use hands to fingers, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Individual must have the ability to get to and from various sites/events/meetings in the metro area on an occasional basis.
COMPENSATION: Starting at $17.81 per hour (depending on qualifications)
BENEFITS: We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package, including Health, Dental, Vision, Disability & Life Insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; Retirement Plan; generous Paid Time Off, FREE YWCA Minneapolis Health & Wellness Membership; reimbursement for Continuing Education and support for Professional Development.
Note: YWCA Minneapolis is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
This job description represents the major functions but not intended to be all-inclusive.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background/reference check. A criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
YWCA Minneapolis requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing as a condition of employment.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) STATEMENT: YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.