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  • Lead Teacher

    Posted: 02/22/2022

    Full time teachers who are hired between April 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022 are eligible for a $5,000 sign on bonus!
     
    Established in 1834, Children’s friend is Rhode Island’s oldest child welfare organization. We are an innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. Join the Children's Friend family, where we offer excellent benefits and work culture!
     
    Job Summary: Under the direction of the Child Development Supervisor, the Lead Teacher will deliver high quality education programs to our community of children and families. Work with the Supervisor to implement curriculum based on best practice standards while ensuring that your classroom meets DCYF standards and Head Start education performance standards as well as other standards as appropriate. Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with all staff and consultants providing services regarding the individual needs of each child. Responsible for the integration of services for families in the classroom, home, center and community.  

    Essential Functions:
    1. Work with the child development supervisor to implement a curriculum based on best practice standards.
    2. Ensure that the classroom meets DCYF standards and Head Start education performance standards as well as other standards as appropriate.  This includes performing tasks necessary to maintain a high quality educational and childcare facility. 
    3. Maintain progress notes and electronic data as appropriate on the emotional, physical, social and intellectual development of assigned children. 
    4. Responsible for integration of services for families in the classroom, home, center and community.  Coordinate and communicate on a regular basis with all staff and consultants providing services regarding the individual needs of each child.
    5. Hold a minimum of three center-based family/staff conferences per academic year.  Actively participate in the preparation of this conference through regular care coordination with family development staff as well as health, nutrition, mental health, and disabilities staff.
    6. Provide home-based services to families as required to meet the needs of the individual families and program guidelines; with a minimum of four home visits occurring each month for a minimum of two home visits to each family occurring throughout the academic year.  These visits should occur with the family worker whenever possible. 
    7. Actively participate in all agency, program, and center meetings.
    8. Make constructive use of individual and peer supervision on a weekly basis.
    9. Provide training and supervision to the teacher assistant in the classroom. Demonstrate reflective supervision practices and build an environment of guidance and support where teaching assistants are comfortable discussing challenges and areas of growth.  
    10. Mentor on site to ensure the implementation of all best practice standards and Head Start performance standards and to apply sound early childhood theory and practice. Model best practice in curriculum and classroom design.
    11. Serves as a peer mentor to newly hired Lead Teachers. 
    12. Complete 30 hours of relevant training and on-going professional development in child-development and education related topics, including but not limited to completion of RIELDS 2.  Develop a plan for completion of no less than 24 semester hours of coursework in Early Childhood Education in each of the following areas: child growth and development, curriculum and methods, reading readiness, health and nutrition, family and community relationships, and service to special needs children.
    13. Provide leadership in ensuring that all individuals are treated respectfully and that diversity in backgrounds and life experiences is supported and valued throughout the agency.
     
    Qualifications:
    • Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development OR a Bachelor or Master degree in related field.
    • RIDE certification preferred.
    • Ability to organize and plan activities, establish warm, supportive relationships and provide a wide variety of stimulating and developmentally appropriate experiences for children.  
    • Basic computer skills required for data input and use of email.  
    • Candidates must have a can-do spirit in regards to flexibility. Incumbents must be flexible and have the ability to move from site to site as directed and needed.
    • Proven ability to interact with members of the community representing diverse backgrounds and interests is required.
    • The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
    • Reliable automobile, valid driver's license and auto liability insurance.  
    • Must maintain CPR and first aid training.  
    • Must provide documentation showing proof of all medical clearance and immunization requirements, and be able to lift up to 40 lbs.  Must provide all required DCYF licensing forms within 30 days of hire.
    • The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
    • Under general supervision from the Child Development Supervisor.
     
    Children’s Friend is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at talent@cfsri.org

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