Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 - Toddler Teacher
About the University
Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
The Child Development Center supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The Viking Union welcomes and engages students, faculty, staff, and guests in building a diverse community. We continually strive to enhance the Western Experience through supporting student leadership, campus involvement and creative expression, and by providing services and events in our venues. The Child Development Center is a service of the Viking Union Organization and provides early learning opportunities for the children of students and staff of the Western Community.
This position is a lead classroom teacher and is supported by the work of the Early Childhood Specialist 2, which is the assistant teacher in the classroom.
This is a 9.5 month cyclic position.
As our lead classroom teacher, you will conduct work assignments in support of a positive and inclusive relationships with other diverse staff and students and provide services in a positive and inclusive manner.
Your responsibilities will include:
Teaching and developmental management of children at the CDC
Develop curriculum following the center's philosophy to involve children in all domains of learning
Supervise children involved in activities
Use positive guidance in establishing classroom expectations of behavior
Provide ample activity options
Organize supplies for activities ahead of time
Foster a culture of respect for the supplies and equipment children use
Create the culture of kindness and empathy of children towards each other
Encourage children to be purposeful in their choice of activities and play
Promote self-help skills
Plan, facilitate, clean up and evaluate activities in your classroom each week
Plan and facilitate the preparation, presentation, and cleanup of projects and activities
Handle emergencies and administer all medications per licensing guidelines
Prepare accident and incident reports
Supervise all transition times involving groups of children
Plan and facilitate field trips
Maintain constant surveillance of all areas and equipment, being observant of danger areas and needed repairs
Participate in the planning and arranging of the physical spaces at the center to make them conductive to experiential learning by the children
Create visual displays to document children's learning
Assist parents in sharing their special skills and play abilities with the children
Prepare individual assessments for children's learning
Meet with parents to discuss their child's assessment during formal conference
Extend support to the student/parent/family by remaining available for, and open to conferencing
Assist parents in inter-parent communication when appropriate
Train and work with Assistant Teachers, Student Employees, Volunteers and ECE students
Supervise parents, work study and long-term practicum students in CDC areas
Work with Program Manager and Office Assistant in scheduling parent and student hours
Mentor AS CDC interns for one or more quarters each year to meet their educational requirements
Conduct periodic student worker meetings and student employee training and be prepared to respond to the needs of the students in relation to their work
Meet regularly with students participating in the center as part of college course work to respond to their educational needs
Meet with faculty of students participating at the center as part of the student's evaluation process
Work with the Program Manager to evaluate students
Attend all organization and general parent meetings
Attend student employee trainings
Prepare to discuss specific issues and present relevant information about the workings of the center
Participate in the mechanics of organizing the center at the beginning of each quarter
Organize classroom and storage area
Make minor emergency adjustments and repairs to facility and equipment
Participate in planning for purchase of new equipment and replacement items
Other duties as assigned
As a core value, you will participate in diversity/cultural competency opportunities. You will actively participate in training or staff development opportunities to support the development of competence and effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural communication, and other related topics.
45 college quarter hours in early childhood development/education/special education or equivalent OR a Bachelor's degree in ECE or a Child Development Associate Credential
Ability to build positive relationships with children, families, and staff
Good communication and observation skills
Competent in compute skills needed for documentation and displays using Microsoft Word, etc.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
3+ years experience in a early childhood program
Experience training students and adults
Education and experience working with toddlers or pre-schoolers
Competent using Teaching Strategies Gold program
New hires typically start at $2984/month; including an excellent benefits package
This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.
Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.
Closing Date Notes
Position closes 06/19/2018
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).
All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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