Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.
Plan and implement developmentally appropriate practice for assigned classroom
Provide consistent and responsive care; and create daily routines and meaningful experiences that are responsive to children's strengths, interests, and needs.
Ensure safety and security of children
SCOPE OF INFLUENCE
- Direct a class of infant/toddlers through daily activities
- Communicate with families about the children’s progress and work.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Planning, Preparation + Curriculum Development
- Construct curriculum with input from Assistant Teacher, providing activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels of the children; help to plan, prepare and develop various teaching aids for use in classroom and lead classroom activities.
- Share in documenting, analyzing and planning from observations
- Weekly planning meetings with teaching team
- Ensure that Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is being implemented in its entirety and meeting all regulatory mandated deadlines
- Responsible for the overall implementation of program policies and procedures, curriculum, and on-going communication with support and supervisory staff
- Responsible for maintaining statutorily required teacher-child ratios in classroom during program operation
- Using best early childhood education practices, create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of students with an emphasis on language development and emergent literacy skills
- Create a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome
- Organizing physical space and selection of materials in a way that is inviting and accessible for children
Interactions with Children
- Maintain primary care responsibilities for assigned classroom children and families; follow guidance and leadership of a Lead/Group Teacher.
- Model developmentally appropriate activities and positive behavior management techniques through daily contact with children and early childhood staff in the classroom.
- Conduct screening and preparation of children to fully participate in program services; ensure Assistant Teacher is appropriately screening children
- Assist with implementation of children’s individual development plans.
- Heat up/serve lunches, maintain a clean, safe and orderly classroom.
- Direct classroom procedures including transitions, routines and small groups
- Translating and coaching children through conflicts with problem solving
Relationships with Families
- Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families
- Communicating consistently with families
- Participate in home visits, parent meetings and developmental screenings.
- Share in documenting children’s work, development and progress, ensuring that all Head Start Performance Standards are met.
- Collaborative and professional relationship with colleagues
- Participate in weekly professional learning meetings as a whole staff
- Participate in all staff development programs and activities, and demonstrate a willingness to put new ideas into practice; attend all trainings and other required meetings, which may be held outside of regular schedule.
- Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct and decision making
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- *If applicable, provide Human Resources with proof of progress for every semester while on a study plan
- Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd grade) or related field required
- NYS Certification in Birth – 2nd Grade required
- 2 years experience in a classroom setting preferred
- Ability to lead class and provide loving, supportive and caring environment for children in a play-based, emergent curriculum early childhood setting
- Classroom management skills, ability to work within guidelines of a multi-service agency
- Team player, able to work with a co-teacher, interact comfortably with parents and co-workers
- Strong oral and written communication with parents, children and co-workers
- Must be able to meet the physical requirements of working with young children, including walking up and down stairs, sitting on the floor, and lifting a child
- Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin or Cantonese preferred
Educational Alliance “Perks”
Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance
Comprehensive health insurance
Free gym membership at the Manny Cantor Fitness Center and free family membership at the 14th Street Y
Generous paid time off throughout the year
Company-funded cash benefit pension plan and other retirement planning opportunities
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Job Type: Full-time
- teaching: 2 years (Required)
- Teaching Certificate (Required)