Preschool Teacher/UPK - Center Director

Preschool Teacher/UPK - Center Director

This position is the lead in a daycare classroom of Head Start children.  Will facilitate team planning, implementation, and supervision of classroom activities. Provides supervision to Assistant Teachers and Program Aides working in the classroom. Works with typically developing children and children with disabilities. Serves as the representative and liaison between the classroom team and case management team.

Center Director duties include primary responsibility for daily center-based program functioning.  Will assist the Region Manager in providing leadership and implementation in the areas of child and family services, facilities, food services, inventory, child safety, transportation/vehicles, technology, fiscal responsibility and human resources in order to provide reliable, healthy and safe services to children and families. Evening and weekend work may be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works with classroom staff and parents to implement curriculum that is meaningful and meets the individual and program needs.
  • Directly supervises all classrooms staff and conducts on going supervision.
  • Responsible for the weekly preparation of daily lesson plans, including objectives to be posted for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom.
  • Develop an individual plan for each child to include goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established school readiness goals and outcome goals.
  • Schedule and arrange meetings, and documents parent-teacher conferences and home visits as required. Complete a minimum of two home visits per year and as needed.
  • Ensures the site and its programming are in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and NY Pre-K regulations and standards and acts as lead for coordination and oversight in the following content areas: Child Safety; Facilities, Materials and Supplies.

Candidates must send a cover letter along with a resume reflecting NYS Teaching Certification in a preschool category.

Position starts at $17.96 per hour, $18.47 if candidate holds required teaching certifications and a Master's Degree. A higher rate of pay may also be considered based on previous relevant teaching experience.  Will also offer an additional .25 for center director duties.

REQUIREMENTS    

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Valid NYS Teaching Certification in a preschool category.
  • 1 year of staff supervision experience along with successful and proven techniques for management of staff.
  • 1 full year teaching in an early childhood program/daycare/classroom. 
  • Must be willing to obtain and maintain Basic First Aid, CPR certification and MAT (Medication Administration Training) within the initial probationary period and maintain certification. Required to be MAT trained and certified to pass medications as needed.
  • Experience with safe and thorough basic cleaning and sanitation practices.  Knowledge of facilities operations is helpful.
  • Some evening work may occasionally be required for events such as home visits and Parent Committee Meetings.
  • Basic computer skills including Word applications, data entry programs, word processing and email helpful.
  • Above average organizational and communication skills, ability to work as a member of a team, good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain professionalism with staff and clientele.  Ability to work under pressure and exercise good judgment. Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse social and economic backgrounds.
  • Must have a clean driver’s license and be insurable to operate agency vehicles.
  • Acceptable tuberculosis screening results. Clear criminal records check. Initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment

BENEFITS

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement
  • Paid Vacation, Paid Personal, Paid Sick Time
  • Paid School Breaks

Saratoga County EOC is a private, nonprofit community action agency serving Saratoga County. We are the designated anti-poverty agency, dedicated to providing and promoting opportunities for individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency. We are an advocacy organization assisting families and individuals in developing solutions to promote healthy, thriving families and caring community partners. We provide services coordinated at our main office as well and in the county schools. Services include Head Start, WIC, Energy Services/Weatherization, Crisis Intervention, Latino Community Advocacy, Vita Tax Services, Food Pantry, and a Soup Kitchen.
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