Lead Teacher

Full-time Lead Teacher position with benefits at our South County branch.
Job Description

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)

Qualifications
  • 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. 
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • Engaging Community-Builds bridges with others in the community to ensure the Y’s work is community-focused and welcoming of all, providing community benefit.  
  • Inclusion-Values all people for their unique talents and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as cultural competence.  
  • Communication & Influence-Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause.  
  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making-Makes informed decisions based on logic, data, and sound judgment.  
  • Program Management-Ensures programs or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.  
  • Emotional Maturity-Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations.  
  • Developing Self & Others-Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations. 
Required Certifications
  • 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.