United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona is an affiliate of one of the nation's largest health charities. Since 1952, the nonprofit health and human services organization has served children and adults with disabilities through therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities and basic research. UCP of Central Arizona provides comprehensive programming annually to more than 5,000 children and adults with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities.
A Lead Teacher is responsible for the overall supervision and management of their assigned classroom using developmentally appropriate practices, and the supervision of Early Learning Center Teachers and Teacher's aides.
Essential Functions as Lead Teacher:
- Collaborate with therapists and Developmental specialists to achieve integrated work of children receiving Early Intervention services and therapies. - Supervise and train classroom teachers and teacher's aides. - Develop and implement staffing schedules, including procedures for covering staff absences with the collaboration of other lead teachers. - Assist Early Learning Center Director in the interviewing and selection of new employees. - Provide clear, consistent feedback to classroom teachers and teacher's aides regarding performance, rules and regulations. - Assist Early Learning Center Director in completing and delivering performance appraisals. - Recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary action. - Act as designated person in charge in the absence of Early Learning Center Director.
Essential Classroom Responsibilities:
- Interact with children at their level frequently and respectfully. - Use appropriate guidance techniques with children, defining and maintaining, clear, consistent and fair limits for classroom behavior, using redirection and encouragement of appropriate behavior. - Establish and maintain regular communication with children's parents. - Plan, organize and implement monthly and daily developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. - Prepare and post weekly lesson plans and activities. - Plan and implement daily classroom schedules and routines to meet the needs of the program and children. - Evaluate the skills and progress of each child according to defined schedules. - Maintain required staff-to-child ratios, supervising enrolled children using sight and sound. - Responsible for the daily maintenance of children's rosters, changing logs and daily reports. - Responsible for maintaining current displays of children's work and monthly bulletin boards with depictions that reflect an anti-bias curriculum and multi-cultural respect. - Maintain 20 hours of trainings within a 12 month period, as required by Arizona Department of Health Childcare Licensing and NAEYC. - Monitor and maintain classroom compliance with Arizona Department of Health, NAEYC and Quality First policies and standards. - Responsible for carrying out proper fire drill and evacuation procedures. - Participation in ELC Strategic planning process. - As a mandated reporter, report any suspected or alleged child abuse or neglect. - Maintain toys, materials and equipment in clean and sanitary condition by following the posted disinfecting schedule. - Maintain personal hygiene standards. - Serve meals in accordance with CACFP Guidelines - Attend trainings and meetings as required. - Demonstrate UCP's Values - Perform other duties and tasks as assigned. - Maintains optimum attendance and reliability - Performs other related duties as assigned - Maintain confidentiality
Preferred: BA in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or closely related field, with at least three years early childhood experience in a licensed facility, including one year of classroom experience.
- Must satisfy Department of Health Services (DHS) licensure requirements for valid First Aid and Infant & Child CPR certifications, Level I Fingerprint Clearance Card. - Negative results of a Mantoux TB test. - Maricopa County Food Handler Certification - 21 years of age or older - Must have reliable transportation with daily access to vehicle Knowledge of:
- Arizona Department of Health Childcare licensing regulation (AZDHS) NAEYC policies and procedures Child development. - Developmentally appropriate practice. - Appropriate guidance techniques. - Inclusion practices for children with special needs. - Strategies to address behavioral issues affecting children. - Curriculum planning and implementation. - Child assessment methods. - Effective oral and written communication. Ability to:
- Delegate tasks - Embrace new ideas - Analyze situations and take the appropriate course of action. - Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum. - Work independently and as part of a team. - Communicate effectively and respectfully with all levels of staff, parents and children, both orally and in writing. - Bend, kneel or crouch in order to lift children and work on the floor. - Be available for assigned but flexible weekly schedule between 6:30 am and 6:00 pm. - Attend meetings, trainings and UCP Learning Center events as required.
For over 60 years, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national recognized agency was founded in 1949 by parents and friends of children with cerebral palsy. UCP now serves children with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. In fact, 65% of ...the people UCP serves have a disability other than cerebral palsy. The UCP nationwide network consists of a central national entity, located in Washington D.C. and over one hundred independent, state and local non-profit affiliates. UCP is a leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of all people with disabilities. UCP is one of the nation’s most efficient charities, with a system-wide average of 86% of all revenues going to programs.Founded in 1952, the Central Arizona chapter of the nationally recognized agency has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central Arizona serves more than 3,000 families each year. UCP of Central Arizona’s programming is designed to help children and adults reach their full potential and improve the quality of life of their family members.UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. To accomplish our vision, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities, and basic research. We also bring support to families as they face the daily challenges of raising a child with a disability and hope for Life Without Limits for their son or daughter.Annually, UCP of Central Arizona serves approximately 5,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families through the following programs:Early InterventionTherapyHome and Community Based ServicesDay Treatment and Training for Children and AdultsAn Early Learning CenterInformation and Referral Line