Position Title: Early Childhood Educator
Department: Early Childhood Engagement—The Early Learning School
Reports to: Early Childhood Engagement Assistant Director
Our Approach to Early Learning: At our Early Learning School, we recognize each child’s unique and special abilities and encourage appreciation and acceptance of all. We develop a warm, nurturing relationship with children and their families, which is how we show them that we care deeply about them. We express joy in who they are, helping them to feel safe and secure. Sheva (which is the Hebrew word for the number seven) outlines a vision of excellence in Jewish early childhood education, allowing JCCs to capitalize on their leadership in the field. It serves as a guidepost to position JCC Early Learning Schools as centers of excellence in their communities, binding them together across the continent.
There are 7 core elements of the Sheva Framework:
- Children as constructivist learning
- Educators as professionals
- Directors as visionaries
- Environments at inspiration for inquiry
- Parents as engaged partners
- Discover CATCH
- Israel as the story of the Jewish people
POSITION SUMMARY: The JCC Early Learning School is seeking educators to work full-time Monday- Friday for the 2017-2018 school year. Candidates who are Early Childhood Education qualified are preferred, but being a qualified teacher is not required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To collaborate regularly with co-teacher(s), colleagues and director to develop a high-quality program around a base of observations which support the intellectual, social/emotional, moral and physical development of each child
2. Health, safety, and security of all children
3. Communication and documentation of children’s interactions and experiences
4. Providing a positive, nurturing environment
5. Observation, play-based assessment, and written evaluations of all children
6. Best practice incorporating Colorado Shines and State Licensing protocols
7. Maintain at all times the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality about school and agency
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To help each child develop a positive self-image.
2. To facilitate the child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and development.
3. To encourage child’s independence leading to a sense of competency
4. To respect child’s right to be an individual.
5. To assist child’s awareness of her/his own needs and the rights of others
6. To facilitate each child in the verbalization of feeling and emotions.
Teaching: 1. To provide a positive climate for learning, growth, and development
2. To comply with Colorado Shines and State Licensing Protocols
3. To offer a wide variety of provocations, materials, and experiences which encourage the child to learn about her/himself and her/his environment
4. To maintain classroom and school environment in order to promote the health and safety of all children as well as an aesthetically pleasing and organized environment.
5. To set consistent limits using positive language and providing emotional safety for each child
6. To work with and incorporate suggestions from the Pedagogical Leader and Inclusion Coordinator
7. To assess the developmental stages of children and maintain records, including writing conference forms based on work samples and observations.
8. To document children’s learning as instructional/curriculum tool through portfolio, observational checklist, play-based assessment, digital camera, journals or other methods as determined by the administrative team
9. To review files of all children in your classroom and extended day groups, noting allergies or special traits pertinent to the maximization of child’s potential
10. To be familiar with and use computer, internet and digital equipment for curriculum development, implementation, and related school activities
11. To meet for supervisory direction as appropriate
12. To attend all staff meetings and professional development opportunities including learning communities and cohort learning
13. To participate with co-teacher(s) in regular planning to reflect on the program and to forecast future projects in the emergent curriculum.
14. To support an emergent curriculum approach.
15. To utilize the environment as the third teacher in the room.
16. Meet regularly with pedagogical team to incorporate specials into existing classroom learning
17. Create classroom practices that are developmentally appropriate for all children
18. Establish positive, interactive relationships with families through informal conversations, feedback, and conferences.
19. To aid parent and child in the adjustment to school
20. To inform parents about developmental stages of young children and about developmentally appropriate curriculum
21. To participate in scheduled parent conferences several times a year
22. To communicate daily with parents of each child and weekly in writing through a digital format
23. To be professional at all times, and embody the principles of good customer service in work with parents
24. To be empathetic to the parent’s experience and their relationship to their child.
ORGANIZATION COMMITMENTS: To understand and adhere to the mission and philosophy of the Denver Jewish Community Center and to participate in agency-wide meetings, when needed.
DECISIONS MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH: The director of the JCC Early Learning School, and when appropriate, other Early Learning School Central Team.
QUALIFICATIONS/BASIC JOB REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate will hold a B.A. Early Childhood Education or related field (i.e. elementary education, social work, psychology) or A.A. in Early Childhood Education. Must be ECE certified or willing to become certified within one year of hire. Knowledge of best practices, a strong image of a child as a competent and capable learner. Good classroom management skills, oral and written language skills and excellent communication skills with parents, children, and colleagues. Must be welcoming and warm toward children and must enjoy working with young children and their families. Must be able to multi-task and juggle competing priorities while keeping child safety at the forefront at all times. Must be interested in continuing professional development and view yourself as a life-long learner.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: Responsible for the emotional and physical care of young children. Fast paced, high energy working environment. Requires daily outside playground duties. Ability to climb stairs or hill to outside space for a variety of activities. Must be able to climb stairs with children between floors or in an emergency situation. Ability to continually bend, kneel and reach. Lift and carry young children, 30-40 pounds, on a regular basis and up to 50 pounds occasionally. Frequently stoop or squat to be at child’s eye level. Frequently sits on floor or in very small chairs. Must work during professional development weeks and must coordinate with ELS Assistant Director to schedule vacation periods. Usually no vacation can be taken in September, and there may be other periods when time off is not granted due to school needs.
Please include your resume and/or letter of interest, outlining your education and experience in order to be considered for this position. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title in the subject line.