This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Early Childhood Teacher develops, organizes and implements high quality YMCA early childhood program(s). This position shall be able to demonstrate skill and competence necessary to contribute to each child’s physical, intellectual, personal, emotional, and social development. Provides a quality classroom experience to children and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families. Provides age-appropriate direction for the children in the classroom and implements daily program curriculum.
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.
- Leads day-to-day implementation of the program for assigned program classroom. Ensures high quality, developmental programs and establishes new interactive program activities.
- Works hands-on inside the program equipping and leading the children and staff.
- Helps lead and develop program assistant teachers and volunteers. Helps review and evaluate staff performance as needed.
- Helps retain enrolled students. Creates an attentive, nurturing environment for participants in which they can thrive.
- May assist in the marketing and distribution of program information.
- Helps operate program within pre-determined budget.
- Assures compliance with state and local regulations as they relate to program areas. Ensures that YMCA program standards are met and safety procedures followed.
- Provides for upkeep of assigned program facilities, supplies and equipment and ensures the physical environment is supportive for youth development.
- Develops and maintains effective relationships with parents. Responds to all parent and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.
- Maintains proper program records.
- Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood, Education, Child Development, Psychology or related field
- Previous professional experience in an preschool, child development or educational setting
- Certifications required upon hire: CPR, First Aid & AED, Child abuse prevention, Blood-borne Pathogens and New Employee Orientation; additional required trainings
- Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
- Ability to lead and relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic
segments of the community.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Salary: $15.00 - $17.31; commensurate with experience & qualifications
- Full Time Non-Exempt; 40 hours per week
- Benefits: YMCA of Rock River Valley offers excellent benefits including: 8% retirement; paid time off (PTO); health, dental, and vision plans; long-term disability; life insurance; and family YMCA membership. Additionally, the YMCA provides program and membership discounts.
- 8% Retirement contribution following 2-year vesting requirement
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