Teacher



STATUS/HOURS: Full-time, Monday – Friday, 7:30am - 6:15pm. Schedule may or may not include summer hours depending upon center enrollment and schedule. Schedule may vary according to departmental and Academy needs.

Position Purpose

Co-teaches in planning and implementing early childhood instruction in accordance with the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The successful candidate will develop a well-rounded curriculum that meets the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of each child.

Key Accountabilities
  • Implements developmentally appropriate and creative curriculum according to the Harris Family Children’s Center (HFCC) Mission, New Hampshire Child Care Licensing (NHCCL) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Ethical Code of Conduct.
  • Assesses plans and curriculum based on children’s individual needs and levels of development.
  • Prepares and distributes classroom newsletter.
  • Maintains attendance records.
  • Assists in planning of weekly enrichment programs.
  • Assigns tasks and sets appropriate guidelines for assistants and ESSO volunteers.
  • Plans activities in advance in order to assure that needed supplies and materials are prepared.
  • Maintains a clean, safe, orderly classroom environment, which contributes to the physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth of children.
  • Ensures that children are supervised at all times. Monitors clean-up times and transitions in order to assure the safety and security of all children. Positions self in classroom and on playground in order to interact with and guide children.
  • Monitors children’s behavior and development and reports concerns or unusual behaviors to Director
  • Participates in and contributes to staff meetings, parent/teacher conferences and opportunities for professional development.
  • Promotes and maintains confidentiality with respect to information related to children, parents, and co-workers.
  • Interacts with children in a warm, nurturing way while providing an appropriate adult role model, articulates and encourages cooperative behavior among the children.
  • Communicates with parents regarding their child’s activities during the day.
  • Resolves problems or concerns that may arise with children or parents in conjunction with the teachers and Director.
  • Changes diapers and clothing following center protocol.
  • Supports the teaching team and the childcare center in a caring and professional manner.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of the HFCC Staff Handbook.
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent works under the guidance of the Director of Harris Family Children’s Center, but is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports

None

Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff. External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.

Position Requirements

Education

  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree with at least twelve credits in education/development, including three credits in human growth and development.
  • Must have CPR and First Aid training or be willing to obtain certification.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.


Experience

  • 3 years’ experience with infants, toddlers and/or pre-school age children required.
  • Experience working with adolescents in an educational setting preferred.


Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities frequently.
  • Ability to teach in a team atmosphere with high energy, flexibility, and patience.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate well with children, parents, and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies is required.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficient in MS Office.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.


Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work and will require the ability to remain standing for extended periods of time, go up and down flights of steps, lift children in carriers and push/pull heavy strollers and wagons as well as stoop, kneel, and crouch.
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 50lbs without assistance.
  • Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing multiple tasks under stressful situations and able to function in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communication skills using the spoken and written word.
  • Ability to see with normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.
Additional Requirements
  1. Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years).
  2. Clean Driving record (reviewed annually).
  3. Successfully complete a pre-employment physical/health screening examination, which may include a drug screening (position dependent).

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