Posted 4 weeks ago

Lead Preschool Teacher Job Description (full-time)

UTEC seeks an experienced and caring early childhood educator to teach in our new Early Education Center. Our center is designed to serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers whose parents are enrolled in our Workforce Development and Social Enterprise program. You would be part of an innovative, big-thinking organization whose mission is to help young adults and their children attain social and economic success.

As a classroom teacher, you will work with a co-teacher to implement effective educational practices. The center promotes developmentally-appropriate, constructivist, and play-based learning with a focus on socioemotional, cognitive, physical, and communication development.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and implement developmentally-appropriate and culturally-responsive curriculum that engages children
  • Work with co-teacher in developing and implementing lesson plans and daily activities
  • Welcome families into the classroom and promote family engagement
  • Maintain a safe and positive program, which includes:
  • Exhibiting a warm, engaged attitude toward the children in the classroom and their parents
  • Taking a prosocial approach to working with individuals as well as groups of children
  • Implement assessment tools for the purposes of evaluating individual child progress, as well as the effectiveness of different teaching strategies
  • Encourage problem-solving and self-help skills in children
  • Use redirection, logical consequences, and natural consequences to guide children
  • Offer reminders and choices to children to foster their positive self-esteem development
  • Maintain program equipment, supplies, and physical environment, including daily clean up and proper use of materials
  • Implement special event programs for parents and school community
  • Respond immediately to the individual needs of children and families
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Participate in at least 25 hours of professional development trainings annually
  • Maintain current first aid and CPR certification and ensure equipment/kits/materials are maintained and available
  • Follow all company and state policies and procedures

 Qualifications and Competencies

  • Must be “Lead preschool Qualified” by EEC
  • Must have at least 2 years successful experience teaching in a toddler or preschool classroom
  • Must have Bachelors Degree and 30 or more college credits in ECE
  • Flexibility: Thrives in a collaborative and fast-paced environment; understands that the process is just as important as the end
  • Perspective Taking: Comfortable working in a diverse environment and considers divergent opinions
  • Coachable: Open to feedback and actively seeks out personal and professional improvement
  • Commitment: Genuinely cares about children’s and families’ success
  • Controlled Response: Remains calm and objective when confronting difficult situations; tolerates stress
  • Relationship Builder: Values and nurtures relationships between oneself, children, parents, and colleagues
  • Drive: Hunger to do an excellent job; a passion to own one’s work; proactively comes up with ideas to enhance children’s educational experiences
  • Team Player: Upholds UTEC’s mission, values, and vibe; collaborates well with others; willing to provide reflective feedback
  • Organized: Prepared for every day; maintains organized files, physical space, and lessons
  • Child-Focused: Makes curricular and operational decisions centered on the children’s interests and needs
  • Family-Focused: Truly believes that guardians and parents are partners in children’s learning and demonstrates warmth, friendliness, and care toward families
  • Sense of Humor: Ability to laugh at oneself a must!

Benefits:

  • 3 weeks paid vacation
  • 7 paid sick days
  • health/dental benefits (50-85% subsidized)

To Apply :

Strong candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter that describes your experience and pedagogical philosophy to jobs@utec-lowell.org. Please use  “Lead Preschool Teacher” as the subject line of the email. Please no calls about this position.