Certified Preschool Teacher

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Job Description

In partnership with the state funded Morris School District Preschool Expansion Program, the F.M. Kirby Children's Center of the Madison Area YMCA is seeking a full-time lead teacher with a P-3 certification. 

The lead teacher will be responsible for planning and implementing curriculum, the health and safety of the children, communication with parents and supervision and evaluation of classroom staff. 

This is a school year (August 2024 - June 2025) contract position, and the hours required for this position are 8:45am-4:00pm and will follow the Morris School District calendar. 

  • New Jersey State P-3 certification required.
  • Curriculum planning experience is preferred.
  • Previous experience with supervisory experience.
  • Possess at hire and maintain CPR, First Aid, & AED certifications. Will train.
Essential Functions
  • Prepare and carry out developmentally appropriate curriculum and daily activities for the children. 
  • Supervise, mentor, and guide assistant teachers.
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment for optimal growth and development.
  • Be responsible for recording and maintaining all required paperwork. 
  • Attend professional development days and staff and parent meetings.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve
others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and
perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s
point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning;
speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to
another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience.

Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an
openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


All YMCA staff is accountable for understanding the organization’s charitable status and mission to assure access for all through active participation in fundraising and philanthropy efforts. 

·         Work with the Development Team, HR and key philanthropy volunteers to increase your understanding and skill set.

·         Build strategic relationships with members for year round member cultivation to increase the number of member campaign volunteers and donors.

·         Assist in achieving your department annual support campaign goal by directly and personally participating in campaign efforts and ongoing fundraising by identifying new volunteers and potential new donors.

Required Certifications

New Jersey State P-3 certification required.