Under direct supervision, the successful Lead Teacher establishes and maintains a safe, healthy, nurturing, and educational environment: plans and implements daily classroom activities in accordance with program philosophy and guidelines; assists with training of new staff; supervises and guides staff assigned to age group. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function below satisfactorily. This role demonstrates behaviors consistent with our Mission, Vision and Values, on behalf of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.
- Represent Goodwill in a positive, pleasant manner by providing excellent customer service at all times. Serve as role model and adhere to Agency guidelines. Handle requests and concerns in a friendly, fair and impartial manner. Support the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
- Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, nurturing, and educational classroom environment to facilitate growth and development and promote self-esteem; maintain child to adult ratio per state licensing requirements; use developmentally appropriate practices when working with children directly.
- Prepare weekly lesson plans using Creative Curriculum, submit plans to Curriculum and Training Coordinator for review; implement plans after review and/or approval; develop individual goals for each child; observe and assess children on an ongoing basis; document observations about each child’s development monthly; share appropriate information with staff to ensure each child’s continuity of care.
- Maintain parent communication through parent projects, newsletters, weekly notes, daily notes, and telephone calls; facilitate parent-teacher conferences twice annually.
- Ensure that all paperwork is completed in an accurate and timely manner; ensure classroom binders (attendance and child records) are current; ensure CACFP attendance records and meal counts are recorded at the point of service; maintain confidentiality of information related to children and their families, operations, financial matters and personnel issues.
- Ensure safety and security of facilities and Goodwill BridgePointe assets; effectively handle workplace incidents by obtaining appropriate medical treatment for injured children, parents and employees; report known or suspected safety and loss prevention problems promptly and according to procedure.
- Ensure all work and play areas, including toys and other objects that children use, are kept clean and free of clutter; maintain supplies, equipment, and materials in a responsible manner; ensure the order of arrangement, appearance, décor, and learning environment of the center.
- Assist with the orientation of new employees, trainees, and volunteers; provide general supervision of assigned Teaching Assistants; provide Teaching Assistants with updates from Lead Teacher meetings.
- Administer prescription medications that are supplied by parents when parents have provided a copy of the prescription, signed a written consent and a waiver form, and have documented exact times and dosage for medication to be administered to their child; provide minor, minimally invasive procedures (i.e. catheterization, etc.) as required when parents have provided the materials, signed a written consent and a waiver form, and have documented exact or applicable times procedures should be administered.
- Attend and participate in regular child care meetings and training sessions as scheduled.
- Cooperatively participate in shared responsibilities; assist with backup coverage and perform other related duties as assigned, requested or required.
- A current CDA credential; or a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education; or a Bachelor’s degree with at least fifteen (15) college credit hours relating to Early Childhood Education; or enrolled in a program within one (1) year of hire and successfully completing six (6) credit hours per year.
- At least twenty-one (21) years of age.
- At least one (1) year experience working with children birth to 6 years old, preferably in a classroom setting.
- Must be able to accommodate the operational schedule of the Children’s Learning Center.
- Successful completion of pre-employment background investigation, including periodic drug screening, physicals and yearly TB tests.
- Successful completion of all applicable training requirements: new hire training manual and checklist; twenty-four (24) hours of annual child development training; annual training on medication, universal precautions, and food program; CPR and first aid certification.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills; ability to speak persuasively to a variety of audiences, especially children; ability to foster a strong team atmosphere.
- Strong leadership skills; demonstrated ability to lead people and get results; high energy motivator.
- Ability to follow instructions and comply with policies & procedures; ability to read, analyze and interpret instructions and documents relating to child care.
- Ability to complete reports accurately as assigned; ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
- Ability to promote a safe working environment and to ensure that all safety procedures are followed.
- Ability to create a work environment that embraces, appreciates and fosters diversity.
- Ability to lift at least 40 pounds unassisted.
Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:
- Continuing education and leadership development
- Comprehensive health plan
- Paid time off (PTO)
- Life, dental and vision insurance
- Short- and long-term disability plans
- Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
- Section 125 pretax health spending account, dependent care spending account and premiums
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Goodwill Industries of Central and Southern Indiana is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled