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Children's Center Lead Teacher, Multiple Positions - 18331 - EXTENDED DEADLINE

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 12, 2022

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The Children's Center in the diivision of Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is seeking two (2) Children's Center Lead Teachers (Early Childhood Education Teacher, TL019)

Academic staff positions are provided fixed term appointments with annual renewals unless otherwise noted. Reappointment for subsequent terms is dependent upon performance, university funding and external forces. One position is commensurate with continued grant funding.


This Lead Teacher is responsible for providing care for children in a child-initiated learning environment for children ages 12 weeks to five years. The teacher will implement the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) through a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach and Emergent Curriculum, work with diverse groups of children/families, and utilize developmentally appropriate practices set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The applicant needs to be able to physically work with young children. This includes bending, kneeling, reaching, sitting/standing on the floor, and lifting children when necessary. Lead Teachers provide general supervision and management for a classroom of children, supervision of university student employees and students in practicum experiences. The Lead Teacher plans and facilitates developmental activities as part of a comprehensive program for children's physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth, so children can reach their highest potential. The Children’s Center follows a looping model where teachers are the primary caregiver for a cohort of children from infancy through 4K


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, or related field with teaching experience in an NAEYC accredited, play-based, early education program
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with children, family and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership within a team-teaching model
  • Certified in infant/child/adult CPR/First Aid/AED, blood-borne pathogen, the Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Must meet requirements of Wisconsin Licensing Rules for Group Daycare Centers (DCF 251) for physical exam and criminal background check
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

Programming Responsibilities:
  • Plan and facilitate a daily program of care and activities for the assigned classroom (ages infant – 4-year-old Kindergarten)
  • Contribute to the effective operation of the overall early education program
  • Responsible for the arrangement of space, setting, and materials in the classroom and outdoor play equipment
  • Ensure a safe, clean, orderly child-centered and nurturing learning environment
  • Implement a consistent daily schedule for children's calm, comfortable and successful participation in the program
  • Individualize programming according to children's interests and developmental goals
  • Document and assess the children’s individual progress and the progress of the group as a whole using learning stories, documentation panels, classroom portfolios, in conjunction with authentic assessment and artifacts (photographs, work samples and anecdotal observations)
  • Communicate regularly with families through day to day conversations, Kaymbu app and a Family Resource Board in the classroom
  • Support Encourage family participation in the educational process
  • Promote a multicultural and anti-bias approach to learning and to the center environment. Show respect for each child’s culture, background, and personal uniqueness
  • Oversee operational procedures within the classroom and in common areas as assigned
  • Monitor center sanitation procedures and promptly report any maintenance concerns to the Director
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Maintain regular communication with parents/guardians, teacher assistants, volunteers, student teachers and the Children’s Center Director
  • Practice emergency evacuation procedures monthly and maintain Fire and Safety checklist
  • Hold Formal Family-Teacher Conferences once a semester and provide informal communication opportunities for families
  • Assist in center compliance with all regulatory requirements, including childcare licensing requirements, USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations, NAEYC accreditation standards, University of Wisconsin System and UWW policies
  • Arrange for own substitute whenever possible and arrange for Teacher Assistant substitutes when needed
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with Center Director and University Faculty and staff in the supervision and training of Teacher Candidates in the Early Childhood Education program
  • Monitor student teachers progress in all areas of their performance
  • Monitors teacher assistants and volunteer’s progress in all areas of their performance
  • Evaluate teaching assistants in writing once each semester and hold at least 1 1:1 review meeting each semester
  • Keep Teaching Assistants informed with clear and regular communication about classroom routines / needs through regular posts on WebEx teams
  • Participate in regular staff meetings
  • Assist in leading training and orientation sessions
General Responsibilities:
  • Ensure the safety and physical well-being of the children
  • Provide recommendations and referrals of children with special needs
  • Maintain a professional working atmosphere and confidentiality of information in relation to staff, children, and families
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of the Children’s Center
  • Participate in Division of Student Affairs and University committees and programs when appropriate

Founded in 1868, UW–Whitewater is one of eleven comprehensive universities in a public higher education system that also includes two doctoral institutions and a statewide Extension. UW-Whitewater’s main campus is located in Whitewater, with a branch campus in Rock County, in the city of Janesville. Together, these campuses form a preeminent academic institution driven by the pursuit of knowledge, powered by a spirit of innovation, and focused on transforming lives. UW-Whitewater’s campuses are located conveniently near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, and thus offer the advantage of beautiful small-town environments with easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas.

The Warhawk family — led by caring faculty and staff — is devoted to student success within a broad range of academic programs offered at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. These include both on-campus and online programs, and span the disciplines, from the theoretical to the applied, and encompass study in the arts, business, education, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and professional and interdisciplinary programs.

UW-Whitewater has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the nation. The campuses have more than 200 student organizations and UW-Whitewater’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division-III level. UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a salary commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources. UW-Whitewater is not an e-verify employer, therefore STEM extensions are not options for work authorization.


This position is open and applications are accepted until it has been filled . The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1072 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Erica Schepp
Childrens Center Director


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
This Job ID is 18331.

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