Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 7,000 students and 87,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.
We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, life, and long-term-disability insurance. In addition, we offer generous amounts of vacation and holiday time, as well as a tuition remission policy that enables employees to expand their knowledge and skills.
Please note that all Core faculty at Lesley University are represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 509 (SEIU).
Information on the Threshold Program:
Celebrating its 36th anniversary, the pioneering Threshold program demonstrates Lesley's longstanding commitment to educational access, social justice, and diversity. A strong sense of community permeates the program where over 30 dedicated faculty and staff forge connections with students that are authentic and sustained. Over 90% of our 600 alumni reside independently in the greater Boston area who participate in a robust alumni program. Lesley's support for Threshold is led at the highest level from the Board of Trustees; with their strong participation, an $11 million facility renovation resulted in state-of-the art residences and the establishment of the Threshold Alumni Center.
Threshold's 2-year certificate program enrolls 45-50 students with diverse learning challenges in a highly structured academic, social, and residential living experience. Extensive training in vocational, social emotional, self-advocacy, and academic skills prepare students for independent living. Students choose either early childhood or business services tracks earning 6 college credits in total for the core 2-year program; optional non-credit Bridge and Transition programs provide additional apartment living and employment services beyond the core program. Opportunities for inclusive experiences include access to undergraduate events, clubs and activities, dining, internships, courses (by arrangement), and other services and amenities.
This position will teach primarily in the first and second year core program in the early childhood sequence. Courses include early childhood development (3 hours/week - 2 class sessions) and group supervision of field internships (2 groups for 1 hour week each). Faculty visit sites three times per semester serving as a liaison between the student, the job site, and the Threshold Program and provide support to students with learning challenges by e-mail and phone as well as in-person. Hands-on training of students on the use of mass transit is integral. Developing and maintaining internship sites for students with disabilities is an essential feature of this position. On-going curriculum development and revision is a major feature of this position. Participation in
weekly 90-minute Threshold Faculty meetings, 8 professional staff development days, and participation in the larger Lesley faculty community is an expectation of this position.
Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Elementary Education with paid experience in pre-school classroom settings.
Current knowledge of Massachusetts regulations pertaining to the operation of pre-schools and daycare centers, and the requirements to prepare student for the DEEC "teacher" qualification.
Supervisory experience with an emphasis on working with special education student strengths.
Knowledge of teaching techniques, child development, behavior management, curriculum development and the current state of the art textbooks in early childhood education.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to give concrete, direct, and directive feedback.
Must be able to work collaboratively with colleagues, daycare operators, families, and students.
Strong writing skills with an emphasis upon writing narrative student evaluations, parental communications and popular press articles (highly encouraged).
Good organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills.
Must be willing and able to be flexible.
Must be authorized to work in the United States; if you hold a visa, does your visa status allow you to work at Lesley University.
Experience in SPED, Transition or Vocational Education.
CPR and first aid certification.
This is a part time (17.5 hours over 2-3 days per week) position. Fixed teaching time. Flexible supervisory time. Approximate student caseload of 8 -12 -students. Wednesday faculty meetings 11:10-12:30 PM
Compensation commensurate with experience.
Background checks are required for all positions.
Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to increasing the diversity of the university community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply.
A cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references must be included for full consideration.
Applications will be reviewed upon the establishment of an appropriate pool of candidates.
About Lesley University
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate programs in education, the arts, and applied social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice and its 7,000 students and 83,000 alumni are empowered to improve and enrich communities.