Sulzbacher Center-Lead Teacher – ELC

Posted Jun 20, 2024 Jacksonville, Florida

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Expires Jul 31, 2024


Job Title: Lead Teacher
Department: Crawford Early Learning Center
Reports To: Early Learning Center Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Hours: Full-Time

Responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, which may include infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children, developing partnerships with parents/caregivers to engage and encourage participation in program, and assuring compliance with licensing and other contracting agencies.

Resident, Guest and Internal Customer Focus
The Lead Teacher is sensitive to emotional, spiritual and practical needs of resident, families, guests and staff members in all interactions. Provides positive feedback and comments about the quality of work and effort that have been offered by residents, families and coworkers. Adjusts priorities and schedules to meet specific customer needs. Reports and/or corrects problems related to safety, cleanliness and comfort of resident and work areas. Universal Precautions and Infection Control techniques are followed. Understands own role facility safety plans and procedures related to fire, weather and other disasters is demonstrated. Always strives to ensure best possible outcome for each resident.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Supervisory Responsibilities None Essential Duties and Responsibilities Leadership Responsibilities Orientates and mentors new teachers in their classroom Works with the Center Director to schedule breaks, planning time, team meetings, and multidisciplinary meetings Assist in delivery of training to staff and child development training to parents when needed Works with the Center Director to prioritize ordering of materials and equipment for the classroom Assists the leadership team to plan and implement the parent engagement activities in the center including Curriculum Nights, parent orientations, parent teacher conferences, home visits, and other opportunities to engage families in their child’s education Works with the therapist on implementing classroom strategies, coordinate therapeutic activities for the classroom, and attend collaboration meetings as appropriate Instructional Creates weekly lesson plans, to assure they are meeting the fidelity requirements of the curriculum and are individualized appropriately Includes updates for IFSPs and IEPs to be included in the review process Attends IEF and IFSP meetings Responsible for recording and maintaining a child portfolio to include information required to document the growth and development of children Provides a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects active learning and growth Performs on-going developmental assessments Completes daily health checks regarding the overall well-being of the children Evaluates and improves the physical environment in the classroom to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing child Provides responsive care to all children by adapting daily care giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and small groups Works with the families to encourages on-going family participation Conducts home visits Demonstrates cultural competency and respect for each child’s background by incorporating linguistic and familial values and beliefs into the childcare program and lesson plans Conducts on-going parent conferences and assists families with children’s transitions from infant to toddler to preschool to kindergarten Conducts supervision, training and guidance of Associate Teachers and Program Aides to include team meetings Participates is multidisciplinary meetings as needed for families Reports staffing, attendance, and classroom concerns to Center Director Addresses family concerns to Center Director Participates in on-going professional development opportunities Maintains at a minimum of 10 clock hours of annual training (July through June) Ability to establish cooperative working relationships with residents, colleagues and volunteers Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities Attends all required training opportunities as provided by the childcare center Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing All other duties as assigned


Knowledge of State and local regulations as relate to early childhood centers Knowledge of and experience working with a diverse, at-risk children, and their families Knowledge in developmentally appropriate practices for birth to five, brain development and its impact on early learning, and creating an inclusive classroom for all abilities. Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid certified Excellent customer service skills Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment Ability to pass a Level II Criminal Background Screening (includes Child Abuse Registry and Sexual Offender Registry checks) and drug screening VPK credentials Preferred Skills and Qualifications DCF Staff Credential and the 45 Hours required by Child Care Licensing Knowledge of CLASS observation tool Operational knowledge of The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a and responsibility to maintain confidentiality PC compatible computer knowledge; proficient in MS Word, Internet e-mail, Internet usage

Education and Experience

Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s degree with a major in early childhood education (birth-age 4) OR Bachelor’s degree with specialization and professional preparation requirement completed for the early childhood education certification OR The equivalency to an early childhood baccalaureate degree, defined as a baccalaureate degree in any discipline with at least 36 credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or early childhood special education AND 2 years of experience as an early childhood teacher or similar position in an early education setting

How to Apply


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