Teacher, Center for Early Childhood Education

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 13, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Job Description


The Center for Early Childhood Education enrolls children from eight weeks to five years old. Teachers participate fully in the daily life of a Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood classroom. Smith College provides twice-weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for all staff, and the CECE abides by all health and safety regulations set forth by the MA Department of Early Education and Care. Multiple, benefited, limited term positions are available.


Supervising and Teaching Children : Supervise children individually or in small groups in the classroom, in common areas, on the playground and on field trips. Responsible for knowing individual children’s needs, ensuring the health and safety of children and promoting the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of children. Serve as a positive role model for children and families and anticipate and respond to children’s needs for guidance by implementing the philosophy of the CECE in all interactions with children. Facilitate daily activities and transitions to ensure smooth classroom operations and maintain a positive, respectful environment for children and adults. Support children’s investigations and explorations in a team-based environment. Assist with instruction and evaluation of children as assigned by the supervising teacher. This includes working with individuals or small groups of children on activities and projects, reading to children, promoting healthy sleep and nutrition habits, sharing observations of children with the supervising teacher, and assessing children’s work as designated by the supervising teacher.

Maintenance of classroom environment: Prepare and maintain a high standard of cleanliness and an orderly physical facility. This may include cleaning surfaces, inventory and stocking materials, preparing food, laundering, setting up napping or playground areas, creating displays, organizing materials, setting up activities or areas, record-keeping, documentation of children’s learning and experiences, etc.

Collaboration and communication: Attend classroom team meetings and participate in team discussions to support a high quality education and care program for children infancy – preschool. This may include individual children’s needs and development, curriculum planning and evaluation, family involvement, resources, policies and procedures, etc. Interact with families on an informal basis concerning their child’s daily school experience. Attend CECE events as requested.

Assume teaching responsibilities: Assume the duties of the supervising teacher during short-term absences. Back up other staff needs as necessary. Perform related duties as required.


Education/Experience: Background Record check, including fingerprinting; Coursework and/or experience in early childhood program or related field preferred. Eligibility for appropriate Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care teacher certification within one year of employment, first aid and CPR within first two months of employment.

Skills: Commitment to supporting an environment of trusting relationships, enjoyment and learning for children and staff in a laboratory early childhood education and care program; operate with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality; collaborate with team members to assess complex and sensitive child, family, staff and programmatic issues, identify and implement solutions. Interact with all levels of the CECE. Communication, literacy and interpersonal skills. Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of early childhood education principles and practice. Commitment to supporting family and staff diversity in the CECE. Ability to regularly lift and carry up to 10lbs., frequently lift and carry up to 25 lbs., and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 lbs., communicate with children at eye-level, climb stairs, push a stroller with up to 6 toddlers and supervise children on walking trips. Ability to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods of time in varied weather conditions. Nurturing, patient, appreciative of children’s capacities, flexible and adaptive to changing situations, value observation, risk-taking and reflection; clerical and organizational skills, appreciative of the importance of environment in children’s programs, responsive to and appreciative of individual temperaments, knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice. Interact in collegial and professional manner with families, children, and staff.

Please include in your cover letter or resume a list, with details, of all educator certifications and licenses you currently hold. Please include Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensure, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care certifications, or similar credentials issued by states other than Massachusetts. We will fill multiple, limited-term teacher positions.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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