Date: 11/01/16
Rate: $26.00 per hour
Classifications: Regular full-time, non-exempt, union position
Schedule Work Hours: 40 per week
Benefits: Medical, dental, 401k, ancillary benefits, vacation, sick pay, paid holidays & float holidays
Hourly Rate: DOE

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Director of Early Childhood Development, the primary responsibility of the Master Teacher is to develop and implement a superior quality child development program that meets the physical, emotional, intellectual, health and nutritional needs of each child; and to ensure a safe, nurturing and educational environment for the children served in the Good Samaritan Child Development Center (CDC).

Specific Responsibilities:

Program Implementation and Oversight

  • Working closely with the CDC team, ensure that all program activities and interactions are aligned with program’s philosophy, curriculum and goals
  • Develop and implement a culturally appropriate curriculum consistent with the philosophies and standards of Good Samaritan
  • Ensure adequate supervision of the children at all times, as defined by California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing and California Department of Education
  • Report, in writing, all injuries or incidents incurred by children or staff, transmitting the proper forms
  • Using the Creative Curriculum, Dual Language Learner model, intentional teaching practices and other identified strategies; develop and document project base and weekly plans including teachers’ assignments, daily activities, fieldtrips and special events
  • Facilitate the development, implementation and success of the yearly Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and maintain effective communication with PFA coach
  • Conduct weekly curriculum planning meetings with teaching staff
  • Ensure the indoor and outdoor environments are arranged and updated weekly to stimulate children’s curiosity, exploration, and engagement in relevant themes
  • Ensure the environment promotes literacy through appropriate materials and print recognition strategies
  • Ensure classroom décor represents the participating students, promotes Pride of Place, and reflects the diversity of the children, families and community
  • Ensure teachers provide a balance between child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities and actively follow the children’s lead
  • Provide alternative techniques and learning opportunities for children with learning and behavioral challenges
  • Ensure children with advanced skills and easy-going temperaments receive as much attention as those with challenges
  • Assess the needs and progress of assigned children using the DRDP, using results to develop appropriate activities and interventions, and update documentation in COCOA system in a timely manner
  • Assess the children using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, and use results to identify and implement appropriate interventions and referrals
  • Maintain ongoing classroom records, including children’s files, attendance, etc. using appropriate forms
  • Participate in all trainings and in-service days as scheduled
  • Develop positive relationships and effective daily two-way communication with caregivers; inform caregivers of their child’s progress and strategies for supporting learning at home
  • Make appropriate family referrals to Good Samaritan services and other community resources and encourage/facilitate successful and continued access to those services
  • Promote the CDC’s philosophy and educational objectives to parents, service providers and funders
  • Assist in the calendaring of staff vacations and out-of classroom meetings, and with the scheduling of substitutes
  • Assist with ordering needed program materials
  • Assume responsibility for all program operations in the absence of the Director of Early Childhood Development
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Staff Support and Guidance

  • Act as a mentor/coach to an assigned Associate Teacher
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of yearly performance review of assigned teacher
  • Participate in weekly reflective meetings
  • Actively participate in Mental Health Consultation meetings; ensure appropriate children, families and situations are being discussed in a timely manner; and ensure other relevant Good Samaritan staff are invited to meetings as appropriate
  • Working with Director of Early Childhood Development revise the Lead and Associate Teacher job descriptions, delegating new responsibilities as appropriate
  • Assist in screening, interviewing and hiring applicants, substitutes and volunteers for positions in the classroom
  • Actively train and provide leadership to new and veteran teachers, student trainees and parent volunteers
  • Supervise all CDC staff while in the classroom and on fieldtrips
  • Support the professional growth and development of colleagues by sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement
  • Ensure that daily decisions, communication, interaction and activities incorporate the Good Sam Values (Respect • Trust • Integrity • Corazon • Participation • Innovation)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • California Department of Education Master Permit
  • At least 1 year experience working in an a licensed ECE program.
  • Certification in basic First Aid and Infant/Child CPR
  • Familiarity with reporting procedures for child protective services
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required (in reading, writing, and speaking), bicultural preferred
  • Strong understanding of relationship building, confidentiality and professional boundaries
  • Ability to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the program
  • TB Test & Fingerprint clearance required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA/BS In Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Supervisor experience
  • Experience working with Latino immigrant population and understanding of immigrant issues
  • Proven ability to promote and maintain a positive sense of teamwork

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Good Samaritan Family Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer