Widener University Child Development Center is seeking a Lead Teacher at the Center. This position will report to the Director of the Child Development Center. This role is responsible for providing high quality early childhood education to young children; and providing high quality learning opportunities for Widener University students who are enrolled in the University.
The Child Development Center (CDC) is a Laboratory School for the Center for Education. CDC teachers provide a variety of opportunities for university students such as orientations to teaching, supervision, evaluation of student performance, student lesson presentations, guidance and recommendations on students’ lesson presentations.
Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The division of Academic and Student Affairs holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.
Duties and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):
- Supervise children at all times
- Plans and implements a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum; maintains a positive environment that enhances a child’s development; treats all children with dignity and respect and allow for individual differences in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring for each child; provides a safe and healthy environment
- Develops daily and unit lesson plans and reviews the scope and sequence of the unit to ensure thoughtful, goal-oriented learning that is aligned with curriculum; integrates technology; maintains pace of learning and provides opportunities for student differences; and checks for student understanding and conveys appropriately high expectations for students
- Carefully plans for substitute teachers when unable to attend school and relate lessons to the state content standards and curriculum
- Creates and maintains a classroom environment to encourage all students to be engaged and work toward meeting the standards; maintains accurate, thorough records of student achievement and behavioral performance; and completes progress reports promptly and as scheduled using automated systems
- Promotes a high rate of student interest and provides prompt and specific feedback in a constructive manner and opportunities for active participation; demonstrates fairness and consistency in dealing with students; and speak and write clearly, correctly, and at an appropriate level for student understanding
- Develops a parent and teacher partnership; assist in a positive transition for their child into our program; provide families with school information (monthly newsletter, daily love notes, progress reports and child developmental evaluations, conducts child conferences (four times a year).
- Provides parents with necessary information for children with learning disabilities such as assessments and access to special services that are available for their child.
- Develops and maintains communication links with parents; provide parent workshop trainings in the area of interest. Assists Director in parent, student, and community presentations.
- Maintains children records such as assessments, evaluations and observations of the children’s developmental gains in their individual portfolios; maintains IEP (Individual Education Program) for children with learning disabilities.
- Provides orientation, training of new teacher assistants and work-study students; assists Director in short- and long-range planning with regard to curriculum, program philosophy and goals.
- The Child Development Center is a Laboratory School for the Center for Education. CDC teachers provide a variety of opportunities for university students such as orientations to teaching, supervision, evaluation of student performance, student lesson presentations, guidance and recommendations on students’ lesson presentations.
- Provides presentations in the area of early childhood to students, parents and community organization.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned or directed
- Maintain a valid teaching certificate, first aid certificate and health physical.
- Be familiar with all health and emergency policies of the program and be ready to implement them if necessary.
- Routinely handles confidential information
- Position requires general knowledge of future work and projects requiring moderate planning
- Work requires using original and creative thinking to develop new moderately complex results. The results generally impact several departments, larger university project or extended customer base
- Usual office environment; heavy walk-in traffic; high level of interaction with others in person, high level of interaction with others electronically or via telephone
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelors degree in education and Teacher Certification Early Childhood/Elementary Education and one to three years’ teaching/early childhood education experience or the equivalent in skills, abilities, education and experience
- State Clearances: Child Abuse Clearance, State Police Clearance, National Sex Offenders Clearance, Annual Physical Exam (Every two years)
- Professional Development Training: First Aid Certificate, Fire Safety Training (six hours per year), Professional Development (minimum of 30 hours per year), Training in Emergency Evaluation and Procedures.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize a personal computer, applicable software e-mail and the internet.
- Superior interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent public speaking skills
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with students, support and professional staff, faculty, external constituents
- Must be organized, flexible, and able to handle several tasks simultaneously.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:
- Must be able to fully participate in all classroom activities, which may include but are not limited to routinely stooping, standing, bending, kneeling, running and other forms of physical activity;
- Routinely lifts up to twenty-five (25) pounds; occasionally lift and carry supplies, equipment and children that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds.
- Standing, walking or climbing stairs; mobility between office and other offices/building on campus.
Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted.
Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.
Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.