Posting Summary: The Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, seeks a highly qualified head teacher to join our infant/toddler team. Candidates must be able to provide direct care to both infants and toddlers, leading a classroom of infants ages 3 months to 2 years OR toddlers ages 2-3 years.
Job Summary/Basic Function: The Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, is seeking a highly qualified head teacher to join our infant/toddler team. Candidates must be able to provide direct care to both infants and toddlers, leading a classroom of infants ages 3 months to 2 years or toddlers ages 2-3 years.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Head Teacher will work collaboratively with the co-head teacher and other classroom staff to provide a high-quality childcare program of direct service to young children and their families by:
Develop and implement a developmentally appropriate, play-based, and equity-oriented educational program with an emergent curriculum for an assigned class of school children
Document children’s progress daily to inform curriculum and communicate with parents by recording children’s activities and engagement in the room
Develop supportive and caring relationships with parents that fosters a home-school connection to facilitate children’s adjustment and ongoing learning
Maintain communication with parents through daily documentation and as needed through email, verbally, or by initiating parent conferences/meetings; and encouraging parents to participate in classroom or Center-wide events
Write annual assessment reports for parents that describe each child’s uniqueness, developmental history, and developing skills and strengths, and assess children’s progress on an ongoing basis, as needed
Form a positive, supportive team atmosphere with co-head teacher and other staff members
Contribute to the Center’s professional community through attendance and participation at staff meetings, classroom team meetings, and other Center staff development opportunities, including staff development week and staff development days
Engage in reflection and action about equity initiatives at the Center
Participate at Center-wide events such as Curriculum Night, including preparation and presentation of materials and responding to parents
Schedule weekly team meetings with co-teacher and director to develop curriculum, children’s experiences and development, feedback for graduate students and family support
Perform administrative tasks and record-keeping, such as maintenance of daily attendance logs and other required records.
Supervise, meet with, train and utilize graduate students’ skills and abilities in the classroom, as established with co-head teacher and directors, and provide ongoing feedback about their practice and how they can support the curriculum
Mentor students around their particular assignments, as needed
Model exemplary and high-quality practice and professionalism for grad students who are engaged in early childhood professional preparation
Participate actively in one’s own professional development and support the professional development and growth of colleagues and grad students at the Center
Support ongoing research through facilitating access to the classrooms and providing information in support of the Center’s research aims
Facilitate or participate in research to support one’s own or others’ research inquiries
Exhibit willingness to be observed at work.
Support outreach by modeling a high quality of practice for visitors and engaging with groups outside the center about Center practices
Meet with visitors, when possible; and Participate in the design and implementation of special events held at the Center.
Other Duties as assigned
Masters degree in early childhood education, child development or related field
One year of experience in an early childhood classroom
NYS Certification for early childhood
Must fulfill all health, background check, and training requirements of the New York City Department of Health, Bureau of Childcare prior to the first day, including but not limited to fingerprinting, NYS clearance, health form and immunizations, and mandated trainings
Ability to engage children using an emergent, play-based curriculum, and develop activities and projects that support children’s exploration of interests
Ability to contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of the Center.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team setting
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation's best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.