Head Teacher

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Do you have a passion for changing the world by working to educate and help young children?   Better Beginnings is searching for a Spanish-speaking, team-oriented leader to provide early childhood education to an underserved population in Hightstown, NJ.  Furthermore, we are seeking candidates that have the potential to succeed the Executive Director of the program after proving their initiative, learning agility and leadership capabilities over the course of one to two years.

The Head Teacher of Better Beginnings, a senior leadership position, works closely with the Executive Director and other staff members to coordinate and supervise the daily operations of the organization.  The position is also directly responsible for designing and executing the center’s communications, media and development activities, and assists the Exec Director in developing and managing plans and goals in a variety of areas essential to the smooth running of the school.  Additionally, the Head Teacher ensures that schedules, policies and procedures are established and observed to maintain compliance and adherence to regulatory and financial requirements.

SALARY RANGE:  $45,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

 

JOB LOCATION:  Hightstown, NJ.  Will be required to work on-site.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • Upholds / Implements Better Beginnings Child Development Center’s philosophies on play-based curriculum, peaceful conflict resolution, and positive child guidance

  • Prepares stakeholder reports, accreditation and licensing reports, staff updates and/or procedures required by federal, state and local regulations

  • Develops contract agreements, schedules and/or provides staff trainings and carries out administrative duties

  • Serves as Executive Director in their absence, including budgeting, licensing/accreditation, training, safety and facilities, and daily operations

  • Assists the Executive Director, in 1) interviewing, hiring and training employees, 2) appraising performance of educators, 3) rewarding and disciplining employees, and 4) addressing complaints and resolving problems

  • Establishes and drives the organization’s communications and social media strategy and execution

  • Cultivates community relations and manages development and fundraising efforts

  • Enforces all administration policies and rules governing families, children and personnel

  • Attends professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence

  • Attends staff meetings and monthly board meetings and serves on committees as required

 

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Meets one of the following option combinations for Education and experience:

Option A:  Master’s degree in education AND six (6) credits and one (1) year of experience.

Option B: Master’s degree in a field other than education AND nine (9) credits and one (1) year of experience.

Option C:  Bachelor's Degree in Education, Psychology, Health Care, Nursing, or any other field related to Child Growth and Development; or Teaching Certification from Department of Education in Elementary Education, Nursery School, Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) or Teacher of the Handicapped AND six (6) credits and two (2) years of experience.

Option D:  Bachelor’s degree in any field other than those listed in option C AND nine (9) credits and three (3) years of experience OR six (6) credits and four (4) years of experience.

Option E:  Teaching certification from the NJ Department of Education AND nine (9) credits and three (3) years of experience OR six (6) credits and four (4) years of experience.

Option F:  An endorsement for Head Teacher from the NJ Registry for Childhood Professionals, Professional Impact New Jersey.

[Note:  The credits specified in the options above shall be college credits in early childhood education or child development. These credits may be part of the bachelor's or master's degree or constitute additional credits beyond the degree(s).  The years of experience specified in the chart above shall be full-time experience in a group program for children under six years of age. This experience may include supervised practice teaching or student teaching.]

 

  • Team-oriented, collaborative management style with a proactive, can-do, helpful attitude; ability to inspire collaboration among staff members, and coach and build teams to achieve mutual goals

  • Fluent verbal Spanish would be a plus and is not an essential requirement

  • Learning agility and demonstrated passion for personal growth, including software (data collection and reporting).

  • Exhibits a genuine nurturing, caring attitude to all children

  • Knowledge of child development & early education theories / practices and relevant legislation, policies and procedures

  • Licenses / Certifications:  Driver’s license, CPR basic first aid Certifications

  • Ability to attend and participate in extracurricular events, meetings and training sessions

  • Ethically sound, consistent and fair

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools

  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing), and work effectively with a wide range of diverse constituencies

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds (weight of a small child).  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The ability to interact appropriately in interpersonal situations is a requirement.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

Better Beginnings Child Development Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. Applications are encouraged from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion or national origin.

                                                                           

 

Assistant Group Pre-School Teacher

POSITION SUMMARY

Works within the framework of Better Beginnings and carries out its functions, policies and procedures, observes the schedules in the center and adheres to its established policies and practices, as well as requirements of funding and regulatory agencies.

The preschool teacher will be responsible for planning and implementing a program to teach young children.  This position provides a safe and developmentally appropriate preschool program in accordance with all relevant educational conventions as well as policies and procedures. The preschool teacher is respectful of children and parents, and ensures that equipment and facilities are clean, safe and well maintained.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Teaches basic skills such as color, shape, numbers and letter recognition, personal hygiene and social skills.

  2. Plans and implements activities to meet the physical, emotional intellectual and social needs of the children in the program.

  3. Develops culturally appropriate programs and activities.

  4. Develops activities that introduce math and literacy concepts.

  5. Adapts teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.

  6. Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, and communicate those objectives to children.

  7. Establishes and enforces rules for behavior, and procedures for maintaining order.

  8. Maintains understanding of and adherence to all emergency procedures.

  9. Ensures children are supervised at all times.

  10. Establishes routines and provide positive guidance

  11. Provides a safe and secure environment for children to feel comfortable.

  12. Clearly and effectively communicates in a manner that children understand.

  13. Integrates special needs children in a positive and respectful manner.

  14. Keeps parents informed of program expectations, program activities and their child’s progress.

  15. Maintains accurate, confidential and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

  16. Enforces all administration policies and rules governing students.

  17. Monitors the classroom budget.

  18. Supervises, evaluates, and plans assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.

  19. Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

  1. Ensures children are supervised at all times

  2. Develops daily activity plans

  3. Provides a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use both in learning activities and in imaginative play.

  4. Provides various experiences and activities for children including songs, games and storytelling.

  5. Observes children and make note of progress using Teaching Strategies/Creative Curriculum.

  6. Observes and evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

  7. Ensures equipment and the facilities are clean, well maintained and safe at all times.

  8. Implements positive discipline when required.

  9. Participates in community activities as required.

  10. Administers tests to help determine children’s developmental levels, needs, and potential.

  11. Prepares reports on students and activities as required by administration.

  12. Discusses children’s development with parents.

  13. Meets with other professionals to discuss individual students’ needs and progress.

  14. Attends professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence.

  15. Attends staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The ability to interact appropriately in interpersonal situations is a requirement.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School diploma or equivalent;

  • One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Three years+ experience working with young children (birth-8 years);

  • Exhibit a genuine nurturing, caring attitude to all children;

  • Knowledge of child development and early education theories and practices;

  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and procedures;

  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.

  • CPR certification and basic first aid Certification.

  • Must be able to attend and participate in extracurricular events, meetings and training sessions.

 

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

  • Lesson planning skills;

  • Supervisory skills;

  • Compassion and understanding;

  • Consistent and fair;

  • Good interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to use electronic devices necessary for the efficiency performance of duties. 

  • Ability to work with children and families to bring about positive behaviors. 

  • Ability to speak Spanish an asset.

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