The incumbent serves as an Age-Group Coordinator (Infant, Toddler, or Preschool) and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day delivery of exemplary child care services to the House Community, particularly the planning, implementing and evaluating of a daily and long-term curriculum. Responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of young children, and assisting in identifying and addressing behavioral and developmental concerns.
The incumbent is responsible for staying up-to-date on current research, best practices and trends in early childhood development and education, modelling high quality work, supporting and empowering the classroom teachers, and providing overall management and supervision. The incumbent will assist the Directors and staff with Center related projects and programs, and personnel activities (selection, training and development, evaluation, etc.).
The duties and responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of the Program Director. The position has direct supervisory/managerial responsibilities.
Primary Duties/ Responsibilities:
1. Responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day delivery of child care services in classrooms in assigned age-group. Ensure quality and continuity of care in the classroom at all times. Ensure all children's physical, cognitive, and emotional needs are met. Collect information about classrooms and teachers through formal and informal observations using a variety of evaluation methods and tools. Meet with teachers individually and in groups to provide feedback, set professional development goals and evaluate progress on an ongoing basis. Conduct annual staff performance reviews. Assist in planning, developing, scheduling, and providing professional development opportunities utilizing in-house and/or external resources.
2. Be an active leader in the Child Care Center and the CAO. Work to build community across the Center. Show initiative towards the improvement of provided services by sharing ideas and participating in meetings. Participate in special limited term and long-term projects and initiatives. Participate in after action reviews and provide feedback as appropriate. Coordinate and oversee all aspects of classroom operation in assigned age-group. Train, coach, and mentor staff, providing tools and resources to ensure best practices are implemented consistently. Model high quality work, and demonstrate and promote ongoing reflection and growth. Hold regular lead teacher meetings and manage work-time schedules of team. Appropriately address employee conflicts and disciplinary actions.
3. Prioritize health and safety; includes, but not limited to: oversee daily child health and safety checks, maintain child to staff ratios by arranging for needed coverage based on scheduled and unscheduled staff absences and providing coverage as needed, ensure active supervision of children at all times, be aware of all special health and dietary needs, monitor and respond appropriately to illness & injury and emergency situations, ensure staff follow cleaning & sanitation guidelines, and utilize universal precautions. Immediately raise/bring to Director's attention any relevant information or issues concerning or related to staff, children, and/or families.
4. Coordinate and oversee developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum and assessment planning, implementation, and documentation. Spend time in each classroom supporting teachers; ensure positive engagement with children is occurring at all times. Attend and help teachers prepare for orientation meetings, and other parent meetings as needed. Support children, families, and teachers through transitions including enrollment and withdrawal, between classrooms, to and from home each day, and between activities throughout the day.
5. Maintain accurate records and logs in a timely and organized fashion. Oversee the accuracy and timely completion of classroom/child records and logs. With teacher's input, create and keep up-to-date NAEYC Classroom Portfolio for relevant age-group. Oversee and review outgoing classroom communications including but not limited to classroom handbooks, child observations, lesson plans, daily logs, daily journals, Parent-Teacher Conference Forms.
6. Develop and maintain familiarity and compliance with, and established systems for meeting all applicable legal requirements, House Rules, Committee and CAO policies and procedures, as well as specific House Child Care Center practices and procedures. These include, but are not limited to: The Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Officers and Inspector General, as well as the supplemental policies and procedures thereof; CAO Work Schedule Policies; and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Provide feedback on current policies and procedures, and any needed updates.
7. Ensure effective use of materials and resources. Monitor usage and inventory levels of all supplies and materials, and advise administrators of related needs and issues. Inform administration of unusual problems and unanticipated constraints of resource requirements in a timely manner. Oversee the return of relevant items to designated storage areas and maintain organization throughout the classrooms and Center. Identify, acquire, arrange for, and manage internal and external resources (teacher library, children's library, supplies & materials, field trips, etc.).
8. Treat all children, families, and staff with dignity and respect, allowing for individual differences. Build positive relationships with teachers, administrators, children and families. Provide professional, high level internal and external customer service. Manage and address inquiries, concerns and questions promptly and appropriately. Communicate effectively and professionally orally and in writing. Maintain confidentiality. Continually remain calm in challenging situations, deescalate situations as needed. Ensure developmentally and situationally appropriate behavior management techniques are used at all times.
9. Seek and attend ongoing professional development and demonstrate an attitude of continual growth. Attend cross organizational trainings within the CAO
10. Perform other duties as required or assigned.