Early Childhood Group Teacher - #495099

YMCA


Date: 10/14/2021 13:01 PM

City: Montclair, New Jersey

Salary: $17 / hour

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

At the YMCA of Montclair, we strive to be the Employer of Choice, provide World-Class Service, and be the Charity of Choice
Job Description

The Early Childhood Group Teacher serves as a member of the Montclair Y staff team and therefore should maintain the qualifications for teacher status as listed in the Department of Child Care Licensing policy and through the Montclair Y’s standards. Under the direction of the Early Childhood Head Teacher and/or Director and in harmony with the mission and purpose of the established policies and goals of the Montclair Y, the Early Childhood Group Teacher is responsible for a variety of instructional, clerical and/or classroom tasks, providing a safe, fun and positive environment for participants. The Group Teacher leads in the education, health, welfare and safety of the members enrolled in their classroom and the center as a whole. The Early Childhood Group Teacher must demonstrate a commitment to the YMCA’s four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.


Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years old or older

  • Must possess a CDA, and/or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood and 2 years classroom experience as an aide or other suitable experience with children.

  • Must maintain certifications as required by the Department of Child Care Licensing

  • Must possess, maintain and renew CPR for the Professional Rescuer, EPI, Asthma and First Aid within 90 days of hire

  • Must have the ability to take charge of a group of children, and come up with activities/games in a moment’s notice, if need be.

  • Must have the stamina and physical flexibility (walking, sitting, standing, bending, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, running, stretching, reaching, climbing, lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs.) to participate in children's activities and communicate with children face to face

  • Must be able to accompany children up and down stairs in order to supervise activities such as, outdoor play, and fire drills

Essential Functions

• Greet each child and parent upon arrival.


  • Visually scan each child upon arrival and check for illness, disease, or any physical impairment. Note in daily report.

  • Demonstrate warmth toward children and set positive example by always using a pleasant and calm speaking voice.

  • Comfort children when needed

  • Plan and execute instructional lessons

  • Accompany children (to playground, and exterior of building) in order to supervise activities such as, outdoor play, and fire drills

  • Must be able to set up cots/mats in classroom.

  • Reinforce skills by using puppets, flannel boards, manipulative etc. on a one-to-one or small group basis.

  • Select appropriate songs and stories

  • Read and sing with class on a daily basis

  • Supervise fine and gross motor activities indoors and outside

  • Plan free play activities/afternoon activities

  • Use positive reinforcement

  • Assist children in maintaining proper personal hygiene

  • Prepare materials for lessons

  • Prepare learning center and bulletin boards

  • Serve snacks and meals.

  • Maintain classroom (i.e. cleaning toys twice a week, keeping toys, books, games in an orderly fashion).

  • Record and evaluate children's progress

  • Communicate with parents and director any issues regarding child's daily problems/concerns.

  • Attend all required meetings

  • Complete and maintain of all classroom records.

  • Mentor and supervise assistant teachers

  • Provide for professional growth by attending workshops and reading

  • Perform other duties as requested by Director and/or designee.

  • Be fully aware of policies of Geyer Early Learning Center and adhere to such guidelines daily

  • Maintain a loyalty to the Y, conduct self with professional integrity, respect the confidentiality of families served, and be an appropriate role model for the children/parents at all times

  • Maintain a safe & healthy environment at all times

  • Risk/Facility Management: All Staff are responsible for assuring the safety of Y members/participants and for the care, maintenance and safety of the all Y facility/program environments. In addition, all staff are required to report accidents/incidents/emergencies, immediately to Director and/or designee. Staff must also adhere to YMCA confidentiality requirements related to all reported incidents.

  • Quality Assurance: All staff are expected to plan, deliver, and maintain quality programs, facilities and program environments. Staff will be expected to follow YMCA best practices for their program/membership discipline and to meet or exceed YMCA of Montclair’s expectations.

  • Trainings/Staff Meetings: Attend all mandatory trainings and staff meetings, risk management trainings within the specified timeframes. Keep abreast of current trends in facilities and risk management.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • Communication & Influence
  • Developing Self & Others
  • Functional Expertise
Required Certifications

  • Must possess a CDA, and/or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood and 2 years classroom experience as an aide or other suitable experience with children.

  • Must maintain certifications as required by the Department of Child Care Licensing

  • Must possess, maintain and renew CPR for the Professional Rescuer, EPI, Asthma and First Aid within 90 days of hire


Pay rate:
$17.00 per hour



Company Benefits:



Benefits include complimentary YMCA membership; accrued PTO; paid Holidays; enrollment in the Y’s retirement program (must complete 1000 hours within 2 years of service) with 10% of salary contributed by the Y; a rewarding career with professional growth and advancement opportunities; a challenging and fun work environment with creative and talented individuals.

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