Responsible for supporting lead teachers in teaching children ranging in age from 18 months – 5 years to enjoy the learning process and to be caring toward others while providing an environment in which young children can develop in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
- Attend to the care, safety and well being of children.
- Set and enforce limits that are related to the child’s level of maturity.
- Promote independence by allowing children to solve their own problems.
- Observe, evaluate, and discuss student progress, developmental milestones, and concerns with lead teachers.
- Identify and obtain appropriate learning materials.
- Listen to children with interest, answer questions, and maintain a receptive attitude.
- Open, close, set up, and clean up the classroom as needed.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this position title. They do not include all job duties performed by employees in this position, nor does every position necessarily require these duties.
RELATIONSHIPS AND ROLES
- Officially reports to Lead Teacher(s). Will also be supervised by the Early Education Director.
- Interacts with other KSC program staff, visiting educators, community service providers, transportation providers, special educators, and medical professionals.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to innovate and cooperate with others.
- Ability to be self-motivated, energetic and enthusiastic.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to communicate effectively with children, families, co-workers, people from collaborating agencies and the general public.
- Ability to problem solve.
- Ability to work with others in a team environment.
- Ability to work with diverse populations.
- Ability to take direction from supervisor(s) and co-workers.
Must be at least 18 years of age. Must be at least a high school graduate or have completed a GED. At date of hire or within the first twelve months of employment, candidate must complete a three college credit course in a related field or the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals course or equivalent.
Some experience in teaching in an early childhood program or working with children is preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF WORK
Work is conducted primarily inside, with daily outdoor playground activities as weather permits. Must be able to walk distances to neighborhood sites and participate in gross motor activities. Must be able to participate in children’s activities that involve sitting, standing, grasping, touching, pushing, pulling, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Must be able to handle the stress and tension that contact with children and parents bring every day. Potential for injury from physical interplay with children, and for illness passed along from children.
Occasional lifting of furniture, materials and children, weighing up to 50 pounds. Occasional interaction with children and families exhibiting some instability in their behavior. Some potential for risks to physical safety and security of facility.
Hours: M-F, option for full-time or part-time, full-time (7:30-3:30), part-time (9-1 or 11-3)
King Street Center, which serves predominantly BIPOC children from Burlington's immigrant and refugee communities is dedicated to equity, inclusion, and belonging and is currently working to build an equity lens across the organization in policies, procedures, and programs -- from revamping our recruitment and hiring processes to include an equity lens, to reviewing all salaries this year to ensure we are being equitable, to shifting to an inclusive decision-making model, and more. As a BIPOC led organization, serving BIPOC children and families, King Street is committed to centering equity, inclusion, and belonging in all facets of our work.