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JOB TITLE: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher


Reports to: Children and Youth Development and Education Department Director

FLSA Classification/Job Grade: Exempt Grade 6B
Hiring Salary: $35,000/year
Department: Children and Youth Development and Education Department

JOB SUMMARY:

A Pre-Kindergarten Teacher works as part of a team made up of the Children and Youth Development and Education Department Director, Group Leaders, Assistant Group Leaders, Aides, Van Drivers, Cook and clerical staff. She/he ensures the coordination of quality program (PA Pre-K Counts, NAEYC and OCDEL requirements for accreditation) for 3 to 5 year old children in the Children and Youth Development and Education Department.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• A Bachelor’s Degree and ECE certification from an accredited college or university in early childhood education or child development. OR
• A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education or child development with proof of teacher plan to achieve ECE certification.
• Act 33/34 clearances, fingerprinting and criminal background checks.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

Demonstrate knowledge of PA Early Learning Standards, PA Keystone Stars, NAEYC and /or NAA standards and requirements.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Assists Children and Youth Development and Education Supervisor and Director in completing requirements for accreditation including coordination of surveys.
• Ensure that all staff learn and follow standards and requirements.
• Keep Children and Youth Development and Education Department supervisor and Director informed of decisions made.
• Maintains ratios and room capacities.
• Communicates with parents.
• Always informs Children and Youth Development and Education Department Supervisor or Director when a parent must be contacted regarding any serious matter.
• Works with the Children and Youth Development and Education Department Supervisor on goal area after the completion of the ECERS evaluation of program.
• Implements the Creative Curriculum with demonstrated progress in producing and implementing the curriculum.
• Drives van as deemed necessary.
• Plans and executes appropriate activities for the children each day and assists teachers to complete weekly activity plans and safe, child-centered environments.
• Monitors and files weekly lesson plans, including the Before School program, makes corrections as necessary and gives to Children and Youth Development and Education Supervisor.
• Ensures that each group is participating in developmentally appropriate activities.
• Observes and evaluates each child’s progress and provides written reports to the Children and Youth Development and Education Department Supervisor.
• The incumbent maintains compliance with standard DPW health and safety regulations.
• Must show progress towards learning and implementing DPW licensing guidelines.
• Supervises Assistant Group Leaders, aides and volunteers in the assigned group area; works cooperatively with all other staff.
• Attends staff and parent meetings.
• Completes all required reports in a timely fashion.
• Administers medications in accordance with DPW regulations and Association policy.
• Ensures children’s safety observing and executing preventative measures.
• Maintains high levels of consumer satisfaction.
• Must maintain a high level of confidentiality when working with sensitive and personal client, vendor, employee and contract information.
• Must effectively deal with sensitive information and occurrences.
• Displays consistent professionalism and courtesy when interacting with internal and external customers.
• Promotes and supports the mission, imperative, values and goals of the YWCA maintaining high performance standards.
• Participates in YWCA professional development opportunities successfully implementing new skills, knowledge and procedures.
• Performs other such duties assigned within the scope of the Children and Youth Development and Education Department.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Ability to lift, carry and otherwise move up to 40 pounds on a regular basis.
• Ability to sit, stand, bend, kneel, reach, push, pull or walk for various lengths of time throughout the day.
• Ability to utilize computer equipment to complete daily work responsibilities.
• Ability to operate fax/copy machines, telephone, calculator and general office equipment on a daily basis.
• Daily work in an office environment with occasional exposure to weather conditions while attending off site meetings.
• Available to work 8 hours per day and/or 40 hours per week or more as necessary to meet Association objectives.
• Ability to travel for meetings, agency trainings and other miscellaneous work assignments within or outside of Allegheny County.

The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. This document should not be considered a fully detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh may change the specific job duties with or without prior written notice based on the needs of the organization.

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