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Posting date


Closing date

Open Until Filled


Position Number


Position Title

Lead Teacher

Department this Position Reports to

Child Care Center

Hiring Range Minimum


Hiring Range Maximum


Union Type

Not a Union Position

SEIU Level

Not an SEIU Position

FLSA Status


Employment Category

Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year


Scheduled Hours per Week



Monday through Friday
*Rotating shifts within the hours of 7:15am and 5:45pm

Location of Position

Hanover, NH 03755
Dartmouth College Child Care Center
21 Reservoir Road

Remote Work Eligibility?

Onsite only

Is this a term position?


If yes, length of term in months.

Is this a grant funded position?


Position Purpose

Lead Teachers are responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a curriculum to meet the care, developmental and educational needs for children within the Center; guiding children’s behavior; communicating with parents; and recording children’s developmental progress. Lead teachers work with all Center staff to create a warm, caring and safe environment for the care of young children. Lead teachers supervise a teaching team consisting of an associate teacher, an assistant teacher, student/temporary child care staff and may supervise other employees.


Working at the Dartmouth College Childcare Center has several benefits, ranging from the careful design of our facilities to joining a friendly team and exceptional benefits and compensation packages. We offer a competitive hourly wage and a lump sum incentive retention package, paid out through specified periods over the first 24 months of employment.
The Dartmouth College Childcare Center has ample outdoor spaces (multiple playgrounds, access to walking trails, and offers walks through quiet neighborhoods) as well as large indoor play spaces.
We have a very low child to teacher ratio and teachers are grouped into teaching teams of three and have autonomy over their curriculum. This position is the leadership for a team of three in a classroom of two year old children.
Consider joining this amazing group of teachers in the heart of the Upper Valley!

Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

Associates or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Associate Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 18 credits in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Three plus years of experience in early childhood settings.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, particularly in relation to young children and their families.
  • Understanding of children’s developmental needs and how they may be appropriately met.
  • Warm, friendly demeanor.
  • Dependable with ability to work a flexible work schedule.
  • Ability to plan and implement an early care and education program.
  • Ability to supervise others.
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health and must have the physical capability to move quickly to supervise children, lift, carry and physically assist children, sit on the floor and child-sized furniture, see and hear at a distance and close range.
  • Experience supervising others.
  • Completion of required training including training in universal precautions, water safety training and fire safety.
  • Maintains pediatric First Aid/ CPR training certification.
  • Maintains NH Early Childhood Credential.
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred, but not required: Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies from a regionally accredited college or university.

Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Sunnie McPhetres

Department Contact Phone Number


Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

Sunnie McPhetres

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, conduct review, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?

Not an essential function

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy.

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Key Accountabilities


Curriculum and Teaching
  • Directs well-rounded classroom curriculum planning and child assessment.
  • Develops a comprehensive curriculum promoting a program which focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of children.
  • Plans curriculum based on the needs, interests, and individual development of children.
  • Articulates program goals and selects activities which lead to achieving those goals.
  • Interacts with children during activities to support learning and provides materials and ideas to extend play.
  • Observes, assesses, and records children’s skills and maintains records on children’s progress.
  • Arranges special events including field trips and visitors.
Percentage Of Time



Classroom Management
  • Oversees the creation and maintenance of an attractive and well-organized classroom, assuring arrangements are functional for children’s use and encourages creativity and exploration.
  • Supervises the classroom, assists with transitions from home to school, maintains awareness of the whereabouts of each child, establishes behavior guidelines, and follows through with appropriate expectations for children’s behavior.
  • Converses with children, appreciating their individuality. Enables children to resolve their own conflicts. Assists children in managing their feelings positively.
  • Verifies individuals other than parents/guardians are authorized to pick up children.
  • Ensures that children are signed in and out.
Percentage Of Time



  • Coordinates meal and snack preparation, ensuring children have adequate nutritious food.
  • Models good eating habits and manners, and promotes a relaxing mealtime environment.
Health and Safety
  • Ensures the safety and well-being of children at all times, implements the health policies of the Center, including good hygiene including hand washing, toileting, and diapering procedures.
  • Reports accidents and injuries to parents and to the Director, and administers first aid as needed.
  • Ensures children are dressed appropriately for health and safety.
  • Dispenses and stores medications in accordance with Center policies.
Percentage Of Time



Center-wide Responsibilities
  • Collaborates with other classrooms on activities and events.
  • Assists in maintaining shared spaces.
  • Participates in standing and ad-hoc center committees.
  • Pursues on-going professional development.
  • Participates in children’s IEP, IFSP and other meetings.
  • Provides assistance to other classrooms as necessary.
  • Participates in the maintenance of equipment and supplies and informs the Director of needs.
  • Works with other staff members on center development and on resolution of center issues.
Percentage Of Time



  • Supervises Teachers, Assistant Teachers, other staff and volunteers. Mentors new employees.
  • Gives work assignments and provides guidance to staff.
  • Evaluates employee job performance and completes annual performance reviews.
  • Conducts regular team meetings.
Percentage Of Time



Family Relationships
  • Communicates with families to share information about daily activities.
  • Provides suggestions in response to families’ requests or concerns.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information about children and families.
  • Oversees and conducts regular family conferences, and schedules additional conferences as needed.
  • Communicates through bulletin boards, newsletters, and written notes and other means.
  • Posts lesson plans for families.
  • Arranges events and activities for children and families.
Percentage Of Time



Performs other duties assigned.

Percentage Of Time



Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned.
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