To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree (or another advanced degree) in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor’s degree in another area with coursework equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Minimum of two years experience as a Teacher or Assistant Teacher in an early childhood program. Must have an in-depth knowledge of growth patterns and developmental needs of young children.
Must possess the ability to read, analyze and interpret curriculum, professional journals, documents, technical procedures, safety rules, operating maintenance instructions and or governmental regulations. Must be able to prepare written and typed correspondence. Must have the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the parents, community leaders, funding sources, association managers, clients and the general public. Regularly communicates with children, co-workers, and management.
Must possess the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in tall units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Must possess the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, schedule or diagram form. Must have the ability to solve practical problems involving a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and taste or smell. Employees will regularly operate a telephone, fax machine, and a computer.
The employee is primarily responsible for the welfare of the children in the classroom. While children ages 3-5 can usually walk on their own, at times a child will need to be picked up, held, and/or carried. When a child needs to be comforted, etc., staff should be able to lift, hold, and/or carry up to 50 pounds as CDC Growth Charts indicate boys and girls ages 3-5 can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Staff will occasionally need to rearrange classroom furniture, equipment, and objects in order to prepare the classroom for the children and to ensure safety for the children. Staff will use proper lifting techniques and tools (dollys/carts) to move furniture, equipment, etc. Staff should ask for assistance when moving furniture, equipment, or other heavy objects. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.
In rare occasions where coverage cannot be maintained, management may direct a staff member in the Head Start program to cover an Early Head Start classroom. In those instances, the Head Start Staff will need to be able to meet the physical demands as outlined in the Early Head Start job descriptions.
Pillars works with a cleaning agency to maintain standards of cleanliness at the Child & Family Development Center. If a situation prevented the cleaning company from picking up trash during the week (extenuating circumstances) staff may be asked to push the garbage can (on wheels) to the dumpster in order to free the classroom of excess trash and to maintain a clean learning environment.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly participating in vigorous activities with physically active children indoors as well as outdoors. At times, the work environment may include inclement weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can occasionally be noisy (i.e., crying infants and toddlers, and/or busy children engaged in play or large motor activities).
Special Circumstances (Addendum)
When the program has less than 50 children on site at any one time, a person in charge must be designated to fulfill licensing requirements (DCFS). The Director may, in consultation with appropriate administrative staff, assign a teacher to assume those responsibilities.