Atelierista Early Childhood Teacher (Visual Arts & Music)
May 11, 2018
About the Position:
The work of the Atelierista brings a unique artistic expertise to VCFC. This position requires an Early Childhood Care and Education teacher confident in pedagogy and research to design and deliver open-ended, process-based learning provocations. Through close collaboration with teachers and site managers, the Atelierista will recognize, document, support, expand and deepen the thoughts and ideas of children; and coach, train and support staff to facilitate dynamic Arts and Nature Education.
About the Child & Family Center:
Vanderbilt Child Family Center recognizes that children are born curious, capable and competent, with thousands of unique and original ideas that emerge as they construct their own knowledge to process their experience of the world. Children have hundreds of languages of self-expression to convey these big ideas: blocks and building, carpentry, clay, dance, drawing, painting, singing (to name very few), and it is the privilege of the teacher to support and encourage the child's inquiry and to make this learning visible.
The Child & Family Center offers quality early childhood education and care for the children of Vanderbilt Faculty, staff, and students. The program serves children age infants (6 weeks) to five years old. The Centers are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. For more information about VU's Child & Family Centers Click Here http://www.vanderbilt.edu/child-family-center/child-care-center/
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.
Key Functions and Expected Performance:
Early Childhood Care and Education:
Advocates for the vision that every child is an Artist and Scientist, born capable and competent to explore their curiosity and to formulate and express their big ideas
Facilitates a developmentally appropriate learning environment to promote discovery, exploration, health, and safety for all children in all domains, modeling proper use of tools and scaffolding instruction to support a multi-disciplinary approach to inquiry-based learning
Promotes collaboration among teachers, maintains the studio space, and supports teachers and children with the activities, investigations, and projects that meet children's individual needs and reflect diverse perspectives and interests
Supportive of children's feelings, perceptions, behaviors, and interactions, and seeks to understand them
Values play as essential to a young child's development and learning
Child Care Operations:
Attentive supervision of children: knows group size and classroom enrollment, constantly scans atelier/classroom/playground to ensure safety, and closely monitors children by constantly taking attendance
Ensures VCFC protocols are in place, and DHS regulations observed
Models and implements hygiene practices and nutrition routines
Mentor and support Teachers, Associate Teachers, Assistants, Floaters, and Interns
Creates an atmosphere of joyful learning community
Friendly greeting to each and every child/colleague/parent/visitor
Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities aligned with VCFC vision, pedagogy and policy, and DHS licensing standards:
Ensure activities reflect planning and preparation: children's Art and Nature Education; Parent Education and Family Events; and teacher professional development coaching, training, and workshops.
Ensure Art and Nature education is well resourced: collects needed materials and supplies in advance; communicates with site managers for supply order; resourceful upcycler.
Ensure curriculum activities and the design of the learning environment reflect integration of the five domains: Approaches to Learning; Social-Emotional Development; Physical Development and Health; Language, Literacy, and Communication; and Mathematics and Science. Plans, implements, expands upon, and evaluates activities based on the developmental needs of the children.
Compliance with DHS licensing standards, including submit needed reports.
Maintain attendance records and submit reports (as required by VCFC and DHS).
Write and release quarterly newsletter to VCFC Families and Staff documenting Art and Nature Education in the VCFC Program, and providing research-based support for process-based learning.
Supports VCFC teachers to maintain a clean, safe, orderly classroom environment which contributes to the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children
Design and organize a joyful learning environment, and according to VCFC policies and procedures for a safe and healthy classroom and playground.
Ensure children's five senses are well met by the design of the classroom: How does it look, sound, smell, feel (and taste)?
Focus on child engagement : when working with children, present and engaged with children
Punctuality: arrives on time, maintains appropriate adult-child ratios at all times.
Self-awareness for respectful, responsive communication: monitors tone and volume of own voice to ensure positive interactions with children, parents, and coworkers.
Talks, sings, reads, and facilitates discussions with children throughout the day in order to enhance their language development and early literacy. (Multiple languages encouraged.)
Supervision of children at all times: implements VCFC strategies for head counts and attendance, monitors clean-up and transitions, and continuously scans playground and classroom in order to assure the safety and security of all children.
Facilitate orientation and supervision of practicum students and volunteers.
Communicate necessary information concerning schedules and activities.
Develop and discuss weekly and daily plans with teachers and site managers.
Model best practice ECE, and offer clear directions to students, observers, and volunteers
Appropriately documents and report concerns or unusual behaviors to supervisor or parents (e.g., Incident Report); when working in a classroom, ensure appropriate documentation is maintained (e.g., Daily Note)
Creates effective documentation panels that provide a ‘Window into Learning’ to children, parents and teachers (photographs, work samples, and observations).
Maintain a clean and safe learning environment.
Comply with center cleaning and sanitizing procedures and schedule.
Design and maintain the atelier space(s). Monitor atelier and classroom inventory of supplies and materials. Promptly place orders and report custodial and repair needs.
Model and train on proper use of tools (Art and Nature Education).
Participates in staff meetings, parent meetings/conferences, and opportunities for professional development.
Reports issues, concerns, or topics that need to be included in staff meetings.
Attend workshops and conferences as directed by Program Director.
Demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of Department of Human Services Licensing Standards, Parent Handbook, and Staff Handbook.
Answers parental questions appropriately and professionally. Avoids conversations with parents concerning children (other than their own), parents, and co-workers. Responds to parent emails with 48 hours (business days).
Initiates crucial conversations with Program Director in a timely manner.
Initiates crucial conversations with colleagues, and others: respectful and responsive listening for understanding; arrive at agreements; avoid gossip; support information, clarification, and repair.
This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Program Director.
Experience and Education:
MA/MS in Child Development (or MFA and 15+ units in Early Childhood Education) is necessary.
Possession of or ability to become Infant-Child First Aid/CPR certified is necessary.
Expertise in Art processes (dance, drawing, music, painting, photography, sculpture) is necessary.
Expertise caring for and teaching young children ages 0-5 years is necessary.
Expertise teaching in a child care center (minimum 3 years) is necessary.
Knowledge of Reggio pedagogy, and social-constructivist systems thinking theories is necessary.
Respectful communication: responsive listening, problem-solver, initiates crucial conversations is necessary.
Strong understanding that children's learning and development occurs in the context of meaningful relationships, builds on children's strengths, incorporates multiple approaches to learning, and reflects the cultural and linguistic experiences of the children is necessary.
Ability to pass a Child Care Background Investigation (per DHS licensing) is necessary.
Mobility – Ability to assist in the movement of objects
Standing for long periods of time
Lifting/carrying (up to 40 lbs)
Dexterity –Ability to manipulate objects
Visual – Ability to recognize, register, and respond
Working Environment – This position may require work in or near the following environmental conditions
Normal office environment
Subject to oscillating movement
Proximity to moving mechanical parts
Biohazards (airborne or contact exposure to bacterial or viral)
Toxic or caustic chemicals
Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents
Flammable, explosive gases
Key Characteristics of a Successful Team Member in this Unit:
Creative Thinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions
Honest and Transparent – Doesn't have hidden agendas. Doesn't play people against each other. Is authentic and forthright.
Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.
Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track. Cleans up after themselves.
Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn't expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other's strong suits.
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview
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About Vanderbilt University
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