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Lead Teacher at Early Childhood Center

Posted: 11/16/2022

Lead Teacher
Department: Early Childhood Education Center
Reports to: ECC Director
Supervises: 0
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly)
Shift: Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm
Summary: To create a quality program and a class environment conducive to learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with students; to establish good relationships with parents and other staff members.  
Essential duties and responsibilities:  
  • Promote and support children's social, emotional, and physical development consistent with the philosophy of Head Start. 
  • Plan and develop a creative curriculum and opportunities for social and emotional development. 
  • Work in collaboration with classroom staff, specifically the Assistant Teacher.
  • Observe and document children's learning and development on an ongoing and consistent basis. 
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of early childhood theories of growth and development. 
  • Provide individualized learning opportunities to children to enhance their development of cognitive and language skills. 
  • Establish a quality early childhood learning environment, with attention to standards of health, safety, and organization, and maintain the policies and procedures of the program. 
  • Demonstrate and maintain required individual children assessments in compliance with Federal and State contracts with all early childhood affiliations. 
  • Ensure that the Assistant Teacher is kept updated in the classroom and program, i.e., Lead Teacher Meetings, lesson plans, policies & procedures, training received. 
  • Actively promote the professional development of Teacher assistants through modeling, mentoring, and inclusiveness in duty implementation.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with staff and families. 
  • Attend and complete required professional training, classes, meetings, and workshops.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood with 30 hours in Early Childhood required.
  • Valid driver's license required
  • Two (2) to four (4) years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field is required.
  • Official transcripts must include MO State Childcare Licensing, and Head Start required Early Childhood classes 
  • Bilingual- English-Spanish (oral/written) strongly preferred. 
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Zoom, and Google Drive.
  • Familiar with Apple products such as MacBook Air and IPad, preferred.
  • Ability to combine face-to-face interactions with remote learning.
  • Attentive and patient with a friendly and energetic nature. 
  • TB test is required
  • A physical examination is required
  • FBI and MO State fingerprint clearance required.
  • Knowledge of community diversity and cultural dynamics.
  • Ability to work in a non-judgmental way with a diverse range of people maintaining a respectful and inclusive culture.
Work Environment
This job operates in an early childhood school and professional environment. This role continually uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. Guadalupe Centers serves a diverse population, including children, adolescents, and adults, who may have mental or behavioral health problems. Consequently, all GC staff must demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, and appropriate role modeling.  Hostility, aggression, unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions and inappropriate emotional expression are not acceptable behaviors for our employees.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. 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, stand, talk, or hear. The employee is also frequently required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds. The employee must sometimes push items of 45 lbs. such as pushing children on a bike or moving/rearranging furniture. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. The employee is directly responsible for safety, wellbeing, and work output.
This job's specific abilities include close vision, such as reading handwritten or typed material and adjusting focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.
This job description intends to provide a representative summary of the essential functions required of the position given this title. It should not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular job.  Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring department.  Specific job-related duties assigned by the hiring department shall be consistent with the representative essential functions listed above and shall not be expanded in role or scope.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
GUADALUPE CENTERS, INC. conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, who fully and actively supports equal access for all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. 
Don't have a resume to apply with? Please email to get help with resume building. If you have questions about the position itself, please call 816-421-1015 and ask for the Human Resources Department.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999