Lead Teacher - Widener Child Development Center - Revised
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Work type: Full-time
Location: Child Development Center
Categories: Administrators, Staff
Widener University is currently seeking a lead teacher for the Widener Child Development Center. Reporting to the Director of the WCDC, Alicia Vaux, the lead teacher is responsible for the planning and implementation of high-quality instruction as well as the supervision and management of children and the assistant teacher in the room.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to) :
Read and be accountable for WCDC policies, Department of Human Services regulations (DHS), Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), and Quality Rating System Standards (Keystone Stars)
Plan and facilitate the approved classroom curriculum to ensure engaging, age appropriate lessons are offered to students
Provide positive reinforcement to students and model problem solving behavior and good communication skills. Treat all children with dignity and respect to allow for individual differences.
Supervise all individuals in the room including assistant teacher and Widener University students, to ensure appropriate and respectful student-teacher interactions.
Work cooperatively with the assistant teacher to ensure he/she takes an active role in implementing and participating in all activities
Maintain required ratio and total awareness of children’s safety at all times; actively supervise and manage students at all times.
Facilitate and maintain an environment that is safe, inviting, interesting, and stimulating for students.
Maintain accurate records, including but not limited to, classroom attendance, illness and injury, and absences.
Be accountable for leading classroom staff in emergency policies and procedures (Fire drill, weather drills, lockdown).
Cultivate and maintain positive parent-teacher relationships; communicate with families on a daily basis via Brightwheel daily reports. Acknowledge all parents, students, and visitors when entering and exiting the building each day.
Take initiative in communicating with individual families via email or phone regarding any concerns or behaviors specific to individual students.
Maintain written documentation and anecdotal notes of student progress to share with families during conferences twice a year; input data into online assessment platform Teaching Strategies GOLD.
Be proactive in attending and renewing all trainings according to licensing requirements, including, but not limited to 12 hours of childcare related trainings annually as required by DHS and Keystone STARS
Be proactive in managing challenging behaviors by implementing strategies and accommodations specific to individual students- sticker charts, behavior charts, visuals, etc.
Maintain documentation; ABC charts, anecdotal records, and additional; documentation as needed to address challenging behaviors
With director support, maintain communication with individual student’s IEP teams; collaborate with assigned therapists and special instructors, attend IEP meetings to implement accommodations and differentiations
Collaborate with Widener University field placement students within a classroom setting, assign roles, and provide direction as to which activities to lead, which students to interact with, etc.
Must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Must be able to interpret and apply oral and written instruction.
Ability to work collaboratively and exchange information with other staff and individuals from different departments on campus.
Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
Must be energetic and enthusiastic
Must be self-motivated, patient, and flexible.
Ability to work well and relate to students of all backgrounds.
Ability to plan and organize work independently
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):
Associates degree in early childhood education, child development, or the human services field. In addition, 2 years of experience within the childcare field.
Proficient use of computers, internet, and software programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Current PA State Criminal History Report (DHS) Department of Human Services.
Current FBI Criminal History Report (DHS) Department of Human Services.
Current PA Child Abuse History Clearance (DHS) Department of Human Services.
Must have current Annual Physical Exam and Manitou TB Test
Child Abuse and Mandated Reporter training, (Act31 and Act 126).
To be completed after hire:
New Staff Orientation Better Kid Care (10 hours), Professional Development Training (minimum of 24 hours per year).
Professional development training: Pediatric First Aid Certificate, Fire Safety Training, Emergency Evaluation and Procedures
STARS training certificate: PD Registry
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS:
Must be able to fully participate in all classroom activities, which may include but are not limited to routinely stooping, standing, sitting on the floor, bending, kneeling, running, and other forms of physical activity
Routinely lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds; occasionally lift and carry supplies, equipment, and children that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds.
Occasionally walking or climbing stairs; mobility between office and other offices/buildings on campus
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.
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
Advertised: Eastern Standard Time 06 Nov 2023
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