Lead Center Teacher
TITLE: Lead Center Teacher
HOURS: Determined by Program
Lead and supervise a team to provide a positive learning environment for 3-5year old children maximizing the involvement of families to support the learning process. Duties include providing classroom supervision on a daily basis, conducting two (2) Home Visit per child, and two (2) parent-teacher conferences for enrolled families. Supervisory duties include completing performance evaluations, acting as a liaison between the main office and the assigned classroom and maintaining the inventory of supplies.
A. Essential Functions
Adhere to and be able to articulate Program philosophy, Head Start Performance Standards, personnel and administrative policies, Agency Mission Statement, Blood Borne Pathogens Policy, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) Policy, and Data Privacy Policy; and utilize when performing responsibilities.
Support the mission of the Agency.
Be able to articulate and carry out appropriate emergency procedures.
Maintain confidentiality and professionalism in performing responsibilities.
Work cooperatively with Family Advocates and/or Agency Wide Advocates and Program Coordinators to assist families in accessing resources as needed.
Attend staff meetings, assist in planning and participate in training programs offered by the Agency.
Conduct initial center-based orientation and/or training of staff, volunteers and independent contractors.
Attend meetings specific to individual family service provision as needed.
Actively participate in Program recruitment activities.
Oversee and train all site volunteers.
Maintain all applicable required records, and submit all applicable reports, data entry, and paperwork in a timely manner as required.
Track/ensure all staff training files are up to date.
Contribute to and participate in ensuring all child records are up to date to meet licensing standards.
Be an active team member with co-workers and partners in accomplishing Program goals, objectives, and assignments.
Prepare classroom to be a conducive learning environment.
Responsible for the day to day operation and maintenance of the site.
Participate in Center activities.
Monitor classroom attendance and support families as needed to meet Program attendance requirements.
Role model appropriate adult/child interaction consistent with established Early Childhood Best Practices.
Reinforce and build a partnership with families to model best practices.
Ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receives a developmental and behavioral screening within 30 days of his/her entry into the Program. Ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receives a hearing and vision screening within 45 days of his/her entry into the Program.
Ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receives a nutritional assessment within 90 days of his/her entry into the Program.
Connect with families regarding the medical needs and licensing requirements.
Review with each enrolled family at conferences, the individualized Family Partnership Agreement.
Complete an ongoing assessment at conferences on a quarterly basis.
Provide in-kind follow-up activities for the home environment.
Maintain case notes documenting family changes/situations and make appropriate referrals to Family Advocates, Agency-Wide Advocates, or Coordinating staff and/or other agencies.
Provide opportunities for parents to be meaningfully involved in the classroom.
Implement activities/educational opportunities that provide for children’s individual achievement based on screenings and assessments.
Ensure ICCPP’s are on file for children as needed.
Ensure meals for each child meet the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) nutritional requirements pertaining to portions, food components and food safety temperatures.
Implement curriculum to fidelity.
Participate in developing written weekly lesson plans with the center staff.
Submit plans to the Education Coordinator post implementation with changes documented as necessary.
Assist in maintaining the required CLASS scores in each of the three domains, as determined by the Program.
Must complete an annual performance evaluation for each staff supervised.
Directly supervises the center staff within the assigned center.
Must complete a Professional Development Plan for each staff supervised.
Act as lead resource for center staff.
Complete a Professional Development Plan and review with supervisor.
Create and maintain an accurate electronic succession plan for your position.
B. Secondary Functions
Perform other secondary duties as assigned by the Manger of Early Childhood Development and/or the Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director.

Minimum Requirement of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate’s degree in a related field, with coursework equivalent to a major in Early Childhood Education.
Experience in working with preschool children.
Must have ability to work with parents and children in the classroom and home environments.
Must have ability to communicate verbally and in writing with adults and children.
Must be physically able to manage children on an individual and group basis.
Must possess flexibility to meet the ever changing demands of a classroom.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including occasional travel out of the service area for meetings, workshops, conferences, overnights, etc.
Is subject to a Criminal Background Check, the results of which are acceptable to the Agency.
Requires occasional light lifting up to fifty (50) pounds; display sound lifting and safety habits.
The Lead Center Teacher is directly responsible to the Education Coordinator who is responsible to the Manager of Early Child Development, who is responsible to the Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director and/or his/her designee. The Agency Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the overall conduct of the Agency’s programs.

Performance Evaluations are conducted after a six-month provisional period, and Performance Evaluations are done at least annually thereafter.
Performance Evaluations are based on observation of the Education Coordinator, analysis of the effectiveness of the Program, and through a Performance Evaluation.
Performance Evaluations will utilize the Agency’s and Program’s forms.
Factors to be considered during the appraisal are:
How well does he/she follow written and verbal instructions?
How well does he/she relate the concepts of the Head Start Program to enrolled families?
How well are lesson plans prepared and implemented?
Are reports completed accurately and in a timely manner?
How well does he/she communicate/work with other team members associated with the family?
Additional Information
Lakes and Pines CAC reserves the right to revise this job description and change job duties and responsibilities as Agency and program(s) needs arise. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment; and provides a general overview of expectations of the position holder.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Contractor
In accordance with federal and state laws, Lakes and Pines CAC is an equal opportunity employer, contractor and provider of services. The Agency will maintain a policy of non– discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment within the Agency will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, public assistance status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity,status as a parent, familial status, or in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

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Individuals are encouraged to complete an Employment Application form whether or not a vacancy currently exists. Employment applications will be kept on file for one year and will be considered for appropriate job vacancies.