Women In Need, Inc. (WIN) - New York-based nonprofit organization that serves homeless and disadvantaged women and children
Under the direction of WIN's Director of Children's Services and the Program Director, the Head Teacher will work with Assistant Teachers to develop an age-appropriate child care program for pre-school infant/toddler children and after-school program. The Head Teacher will be responsible for day-to-day operation of a classroom, conducting educational activities with the children in the classroom.
Principal Responsibilities & Duties:
Child Care Programs
• Supervise and work closely with Assistant Teachers, including providing coaching, training and development, as needed.
• Develop and implement a twelve (12) month age appropriate child care program for pre-school infant/toddler and school aged children.
• Create a summer program reflecting the needs of all age groups.
• Create an environment in which school age children will receive daily assistance (tutoring and coaching) in completing homework assignments.
• Participate in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum which will encompass the social/emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the children and which reflects philosophy/goals of the program.
• Conduct an age-appropriate developmental assessment as soon as each child settles in the shelter.
• Develop knowledge of and monitor each child's needs and abilities in order to identify any early childhood impairments, developmental delays and other needs and make referrals to ensure that each child is receiving the appropriate therapeutic early intervention services.
• Ensure a safe, healthy, culturally diverse and attractive classroom environment.
• Communicate regularly with parents about the needs of their children and parental concerns and engage them in classroom activities.
• Conduct parenting workings for the heads of household residing at the shelter to cover such topics as child development; positive reinforcement of behaviors; setting limits; reflective listening; and problem solving.
• Provide continuous feedback to Program Director, Director of Children's Services, and Counselors/Job Preparation Specialists to ensure that the program meets children's needs.
• Actively participate as a member of the shelter's multi-disciplinary team to ensure that all child care programs and child development plans are effectively coordinated.
• Establish advocacy network with community resources.
• Prepare and maintain current attendance and individual health records on children's progress, personnel records, and other record keeping, as required.
• Prepare all reports as required by the program, agency or funding agency, as needed, in an accurate timely manner.
• Other special projects and responsibilities, as needed
Requirements BA or equivalent in Early Childhood Education or related field
Sound understanding of developmental theory and practice
Knowledge and skill relating to and planning for school-aged children
Ability to interact in a supportive and nurturing manner with children and parents
Must have knowledge of and sensitivity to needs of homeless families
Ability to organize and plan, both independently and cooperatively with others
Experience with at-risk or homeless families preferred
Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills
Bilingual – English/Spanish preferred
Knowledge of computer skills preferred
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