Lead Teacher

This postion is full time, expected hours 8:30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday
Job Description

You may be eligible for up to $3000 annual wage supplement based on education after six months of employment. (made possible through the Step Up to WAGE$ RI program) 

This position supports the work of the YMCA, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibilities. The Lead Teacher will maintain a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals, promotes the potential of all youth, and provides a quality experience to both youth and their families. They will be responsible for the development and delivery of a high quality, well-rounded, age-appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the RI Early Learning & Development Standards (RIELDS).  

  • R.I. Certificate in Early Childhood Education; or 
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development from an accredited or approved institution or higher education; and have minimum of three months supervised teaching experience; or  
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited or approved institution of higher education and have met the course work and experience requirements defined in the Rhode Island Early Childhood certification standards. 
  • Must be 18 years old and have a high-school diploma or equivalent.  
  • Certifications required before working with children: Child Abuse Prevention Training, New Employee Orientation, all RI DHS and MA EEC requirements.  
  • Certifications required within the first 60 days of hire: YMCA approved basic lifesaving skills such as CPR, First Aid, AED, and Emergency Oxygen, RI DHS Pre-service Health & Safety Training. This position must have the ability to respond to safety and emergency situations. 
Essential Functions
  • Develop and deliver a high quality, well-rounded, age-appropriate curriculum that is aligned to the RI Early Learning & Development Standards (RIELDS).  
  • Assure compliance with DHS and Bright Stars as they relate to program areas including ADA accommodations where appropriate. Ensures that YMCA program standards are met, and safety procedures are followed.  
  • Supervise classroom staff. Work in collaboration with the Program Director to review staff effectiveness and individual performance annually. 
  • Gear the program to the needs of individual children with concerns for their interests, special talent, diversity and individual style and pace of learning.  
  • Continually promote the values of inclusion and equity among all participants. Help children to become aware of their roles as integral members of a group.  
  • Responsible for supervising and demonstrating the ability to set and maintain limits for children using positive reinforcement. Treat all children with dignity and respect.  
  • Plan, implement and attend appealing and meaningful programs and events for parents and/or families on a regular basis; provide an ongoing network (formal and informal) of support for program parents including distribution of a monthly program newsletter/calendar. 
  • Conduct parent/teacher conferences on children’s school adjustment and classroom behavior. 
  • Be responsible for the ordered arrangement, appearance, décor and learning environment of the classroom, as well as maintenance of equipment and classroom supplies 
  • Act as a professional role model. Maintain good public relations with parents and the larger Y community. Understand that you represent the YMCA and maintain a positive disposition, demeanor and attire. 
  • To ensure the health and safety of all the children, i.e. caution regarding unsafe practices and conditions and perform rescue/first aid when necessary. Report accidents and injuries and complete incident reports.  
  • Promote a team concept through a positive approach to supervision, communication, and interactions with others. Maintain ongoing communication with supervisor and appropriate staff at all levels of the YMCA. Attend staff meetings as required. 
  • Keep abreast of the trends and needs in childcare and plan for ways to meet those needs. Continually enhance professional development through workshops, educational courses and/or appropriate reading material/ Licensing requires the completion of a minimum of 24 hours training per year relevant to the care of children 0-5. 
  • Other duties as assigned could include but are not limited to; staff scheduling, staff meetings, payroll, continuing BrightStars standards and qualifications of programs etc.