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Lead Teacher, Child Development Center
Tracking Code: 40270
Work Type: Part-time, Full-time
Categories: Administration, Professional and Technical (APT)
Thirty percent of our student population at Pikes Peak Community College identify themselves as persons of color. Pikes Peak Community College is looking for applicants who are culturally competent and can demonstrate evidence, understanding, and a commitment to the concepts of diversity, multiculturalism, and their application in the workplace.
Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is committed to serving the good of the community. We do this by educating people. We provide open access to higher education and a high quality learning environment in which students can realize new opportunities and gain critical, 21st century skills they need to succeed in the workforce or in further education. Teaching people how to work effectively with others, across boundaries, is central to our mission.
This begins with welcoming and valuing people for who they are and for the unique contributions each person adds to our campus. It also requires our faculty, staff and students to encounter, explore and understand a broad range of ideas and cultures. Our community college mission is inseparable from the ever-increasing diversity in our society.
Diverse and inclusive learning and working environments promote a free and open exchange of ideas, improve critical thinking, civic engagement and leadership skills, and deepen empathy and respect for those unlike ourselves. Our campus is enriched by a variety of voices and experiences.
Attracting, hiring and retaining a highly engaged workforce that reflects and supports the diversity of our student body are of central importance to our work. Other essential factors are expanding and strengthening opportunities for students to learn and succeed through culturally responsive instruction and diversity-infused course offerings. We ensure that diversity represents a process of continual learning and improvement by developing, cultivating and sustaining an organizational culture based on mutual respect, inquiry and civility.
Please visit the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site for additional information.
The Lead Teacher provides a high-quality nurturing environment for a diverse population of children ages six weeks to five years. This position is responsible for the function of the early childhood classroom including planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum activities for young children. This position also exists to ensure compliance with State licensing requirements and NAEYC Accreditation standards and criteria.
While performing as a Lead Teacher, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk, to sit and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, to use hands to finger or feel, and to reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift materials up to 10 pounds in weight and occasionally lift children up to 50 pounds in weight. Specific vision abilities required by this job are distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. The work includes indoor and outdoor supervision of children.
Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree and Colorado Department of Human Services Early Childhood Teacher qualifications including both the degree or course and experience requirements.
Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts Degree with a minimum of 30 hours of ECE credits and Colorado Department of Human Services Early Childhood Teacher qualifications including both the degree or course and experience requirements.
Associate of General Studies degree with a minimum of 30 hours of ECE credits and Colorado Department of Human Services Early Childhood Teacher qualifications including both the degree or course and experience requirements.
- Ability to pass a Colorado and Federal criminal background check and a central registry search as required by state child care licensing regulations.
- Medical examination including chest x-ray or tuberculin test as required by state child care licensing and NAEYC criteria.
- Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain as required by CO child care licensing and/or NAEYC Accreditation.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field (early childhood education, child development, child and family studies, elementary education, or early childhood special education).
- Colorado Director of a Large Child Care Center certification.
- Two years of experience as a teacher in a child care program.
- Work in a child care program that served a diverse population of families.
Salary is $16.24/hour. Work schedule is Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Application Instructions: Please submit electronically a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and the names and contact information of three recent job-related references who can address your expertise and background for this position. The cover letter must specifically address each of the qualifications listed under Minimum Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications in the exact same order in which they are listed in this announcement. Incomplete applications may not receive full consideration.
This position may be eligible for a variety of employee benefits. Pikes Peak Community College participates in the Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) contribution rates.
Note: Prior submission of application materials will not be considered.
- Supervises and interacts with children in a classroom setting. Plans, implements and documents developmentally appropriate activities and curriculum to support children’s development and learning in all domains including cognitive, social emotional, physical and language. Aligns teaching methods, classroom practices, guidance techniques and indoor and outdoor environment with CDC philosophy and NAEYC standards and criteria.
- Develops positive relationships with parents. Communicates effectively with parents about children’s development and classroom experiences by discussions at arrival and departure times, written communication, telephone calls and at parent/teacher conferences.
- Maintains effective working relationships with parents, children, staff, and community by demonstrating willingness to give and receive constructive feedback, effectively resolving issues, being accessible to others and contributing to positive morale and motivation.
- Responsible for all aspects of the classroom compliance, function and practice. Communicates status of all aspects of the classroom to the CDC Coordinator on a regular basis and as needed.
- Observes and records children’s behavior and development. Enters information into the selected CDC assessment program (TSG) meeting set deadlines. Reports any concerns about children to supervisor. Shares information with parents at regularly held parent teacher conferences, other conferences as needed and on a daily basis as appropriate using verbal and written communication.
- Responsible for development and implementation of plan for children’s primary groups in classroom in collaboration with the teacher.
- Trains, supervises and evaluates student support staff and practicum students in CDC program policies and procedures.
- Mentors and evaluates practicum students in their growth as Early Childhood professionals working collaboratively with the ECE faculty.
General Duties, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Cultural competence and demonstrated evidence, understanding, and commitment to the concepts of diversity, multiculturalism, and their application in the workplace.
- Follows all CDC policies and procedures, Colorado Child Care Licensing Rules and Regulations and National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation standards and criteria.
- Meets regularly with the CDC Curriculum Specialist and implements program improvements as needed.
- Meets regularly with the ECE Mentor Teacher Coach and implements changes in practice with practicum students as needed.
- Documents required information for the food program, health and safety checklists, accident and incident reports, attendance records, ID notes and notes to parents.
- Provides a safe classroom and outdoor learning environment for children in compliance with all regulatory agencies by: monitoring and inspecting indoor and outdoor equipment, following health and safety guidelines and checklists, implementing cleaning protocols and schedules, recommending necessary supplies and equipment to the Coordinator.
- Participates in and supervises assigned classroom staff and students in meal service to children to ensure compliance with USDA CACFP and CDC policies and procedures.
- Informs and enforces health and safety rules with parents, children, practicum students and support staff.
- Communicates classroom issues to supervisor.
- Plans, implements and participates in CDC parent and family activities.
- Attends required staff meetings, trainings and special events.
- Registers in Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System and maintains a current credential.
- Participates in ongoing professional development by attending workshops, in-service meetings, conferences, PDIS on-line training and college classes.
- Completes special projects as assigned.
- Acts as delegate in the absence of Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.
This job description reflects Pikes Peak Community College’s best effort to describe the essential duties and qualifications of the job. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.
EEO Statement: Pikes Peak Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act institution. We value diversity, strive for a more unified campus where all people are valued, treated fairly, and possess a sense of belonging. Pikes Peak Community College encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.
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