For 165 years, the YMCA of Greater Springfield has provided youth development, fostered healthy living, and promoted social responsibility in the 14 cities and towns that it serves. We take pride in being one of the largest non-school educators in the state, one of the top 120 YMCAs in the U.S., and the second oldest Y in the country.
We are currently looking for a Teacher Preschool to join our team. Whether you are interested in joining a leading non-profit or looking to advance your Y career, this is your opportunity to help make our community better together. The Y. ™ For a better us. ™
Please note that any and all offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a background check, reference check, and new hire packet. In roles where driving is required as an essential function, a driver history check must also be successfully completed.
This person will play an important part in the work that we do each day. In addition to all other duties as assigned, this role will:
• Lead in the implementation of daily programs with attention to the needs of the children, including quality, health, safety, and cleanliness of environment beyond minimum regulations and requirements.
• Ensure the health and safety of all children and staff assigned by understanding and following the provisions in the Health Care Policy, Procedure Guide, and Staff Handbook, which also includes oral health programs.
• Inform the Director of Early Education immediately when social, mental health, educational or medical services appear necessary for any child in the classroom. Complete all required referral paperwork.
• Conduct any child guidance issues in a confidential manner and in strict compliance with established policy outlined in the Family Handbook and Staff Handbook.
• Work with other staff members in a positive and respectful manner to ensure coordination of all classrooms and programming.
• Supervise, coach, and mentor volunteers, substitutes, assistant teachers, and teachers.
• Maintain positive nurturing and responsive interactions with children as a group and on a one-to-one basis.
• Maintain positive open parent communications including individual or group meetings.
• Share all environmental maintenance duties with fellow staff members and inform Director immediately of equipment needs, maintenance needs or safety concerns.
• Research for new ideas and/or trainings to improve your creativity, your ability to understand child growth and development and enhancement of quality programming.
• Prepare and maintain all required records and reports in accordance with established procedures (Lesson Plan, Family Communication Documentation, Screenings, Observations, and Assessments).
• Allowing flexibility in your position and schedule to ensure quality care.
• Plan daily curriculum with teacher in accordance with all state and national requirements.
• Be prepared to participate in all children’s activities, which include but are not limited to classroom activities, field trips, outdoor play, swim, gym, and family or special organizational events, including volunteer events.
• Provide enriched educational opportunities for children by drawing on community resources for additional programming.
• Attend mandatory trainings and meetings.
• Complete all trainings required on IPDP (Individual Professional Development Plan) and all required EEC or NAEYC trainings and training hours as required.
• Know, understand, and implement Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, along with new policies, procedures, and initiatives.
• Know, understand, and implement the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and guidelines.
• Know, understand, and implement the Creative Curriculum and Assessment protocol, and the ASQ Screening Tool.
• This list of responsibilities is not meant to be all-inclusive and may be adjusted to meet the operational needs of the agency and the Learning Center Program.
The requirements and preferences (where indicated) for this role are listed below. Please review them carefully to ensure that you apply for the role that best matches your qualifications. Additional years of professional experience or a Rank of E-5 or better may be used in lieu of education requirements where permitted.
• Must minimally meet Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Regulation 7.21(c) for Teacher Certification.
• Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education or other related field for a full-time role or an Associates’ Degree for a part-time or substitute role.
• Must have, or be willing to earn, and maintain First Aid and CPR training.
• Comply with health requirements for staff according to EEC regulation 7.08(1) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
While each of our leadership competencies plays a role in the success of our staff members, for this role we will be paying especial attention to the areas of:
• Developing Others
• Decision Making
• Project Management
• Quality Results
• Self Development
• Change Capacity
• Emotional Intelligence
• Functional Expertise
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. We are proud to be a champion of diversity and an equal employment opportunity / affirmative action employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to:
o Sit, stand, or reach for extended periods of time;
o Move around the work environment independently;
o Communicate via computer, multi-line phone, and smartphone; and,
o Push, pull, or lift up to 25 pounds for short periods of time.
• The noise level in the work place is usually moderate, but may vary based on a number of external factors.