Position: Head Teacher, Preschool Program
Reports to: Site Supervisor or the Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Salary: $25/hour or Based on Education, Permit Level and experience
Benefits: Generous benefits package
Work schedule: Full time,/40 Hours per Week, Monday through Friday
Child Development Preschool: The TEL HI Child Development Preschool provides a State-licensed, full-day preschool program for children 2 ½ to 5+ years of age. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development through a developmentally age appropriate curriculum. Our philosophy is child-centered, rather than adult directed. The curriculum is realized through structuring the environment into interest areas, the planning of program activities to meet each child’s individual needs, and the opportunity for active participation rather than passive observation. Children participate in developmentally appropriate activities that are designed to develop their social skills, enhance their fine and gross motor skills, encourage creative learning, and teach pre-literacy skills and Kindergarten readiness.
Position Requirements: Minimum qualifications for Head Teacher position include: 24+ units ECE/CD, 16 General Education units, 2 Adult Supervision units and a minimum of 2 years work experience in a preschool setting; AA Degree in Early Childhood Education with supervised field experience. This position requires at least a Site Supervisor Permit or higher or the ability to obtain one during the 90 days probationary period and the clearance of fingerprints and other required paperwork. The candidate will have the ability to manage all aspects of a preschool classroom and to organize a curriculum to meet the developmental needs of the children served. They also need the ability to work well with a diverse population of children, families, staff, and volunteers. Bilingual English/Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.
Desired qualifications: 30 units ECE/CD, 16 General Education Units, 6 Specialized Units, 2 Adult Supervision Units and 2 to 3 years work experience in a preschool setting, or BA Degree with 12 ECE/CD, 2 Adult Supervision Units, 3 units supervised field experience.
- The Head Teacher works under the supervision of the Site Supervisor/ECE Program Director and in collaboration with the Education Coordinator and other Head Teachers to design, implement, evaluate and enforce a culturally and developmentally appropriate program for children ages 2 ½ to 5+.
- Provide a safe environment for children both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Direct and provide close supervision for staff and volunteers.
- Develop and implement a personalized educational curriculum for each child.
- Interacts with children in a warm and positive manner and is able to develop their trust and rapport.
- Nurture social-emotional growth and socialization (Teaching Pyramid Training desired).
- Prepare daily learning areas that meet the standards of the curriculum and ECERS/ CLASS requirements.
- Develops and provides inclusive, developmentally and culturally appropriate activities.
- Design the display for children’s work and rotate displays on a regular basis.
- Maintain and update all children’s files in regards to attendance, assessments, permission forms, and all required paperwork for parents.
- Serve as the primary contact person for parents on matters relating to their child’s attendance, development, and progress in the preschool.
- Observe and document each child’s development through Screenings, DRDP Assessments/Observation/Portfolios and discuss with staff and parents.
- Timely completion of requirements and paperwork, including but not limited to: weekly lesson plans and newsletters, parent-teacher conferences, and maintain student documentation (portfolios).
- Develop, maintain, and review a daily system of classroom communication to staff and parents to ensure clarity and consistency.
- Lead the classroom staff/floater/volunteer in creating a warm, nurturing, and respectful atmosphere for the children to be encouraged to learn and grow.
- Create, support and promote a team environment by encouraging and facilitating problem-solving.
- Works with classroom staff to set goals and implement methods for improving classroom functioning during bi-weekly team meeting.
- Organize all equipment storage areas and maintain educational supplies and equipment.
- Maintain cleanliness of all inside and outside classroom areas.
- Practices and ensures that food service guidelines, including nutritional components of meals served, meet all established written plans.
- Serve as a liaison with other classroom leaders to support TEL HI fundraising events.
- As needed, serve as a resource for parents and make referrals to outside organization as necessary.
- Assist in the monitoring of all licensing requirements and, when directed by your supervisor, take action to ensure requirements are met.
- Additional responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
Professional Performance Standards:
- Maintains an awareness of TEL HI’s mission and strives to promote the individual and social change goals it embodies.
- Performs tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with TEL HI’s policies and standards and conforming to the scheduling requirements of the job.
- Maintains a creative, team-building approach to job performance and seeks to bring a constructive, problem solving orientation to all tasks.
- Actively seeks opportunities to develop skills and creates opportunities to teach co-workers.
- Exercises professional judgment and discretion at all times in keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by TEL HI for the care and welfare of the youth, families, and seniors served.
- Ability to work well with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.
- Creates a work environment where employees feel respected and appreciated
- Works closely with the ECE program director to create a cohesive teaching faculty that enjoys their work and the children under their care, as well as supports the organization’s mission of “enhancing the lives of people in our community”
Organizational Description: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (TEL HI) is a nonprofit organization which provides services and advocacy for residents of San Francisco. Founded in 1890 by Alice Griffith and Elizabeth Ashe, TEL HI provides opportunities for individuals and families to enrich their quality of life. Focusing on children, youth, families, and seniors, we create and strengthen community bonds, provide health and wellness programs, and broaden education and cultural experiences. Our programs include an infant care (3 – 18 months), toddler care (18–36 months), Preschool (2 ½ -5+ years), After School Academy (K-5th grades), Expanded Learning Program (6th-8th grades), Futurama (9th-12th grades), Senior Program, and more.
Please send your Cover Letter, Resume, Degree, CTC Permit and a copy of unofficial transcript to Connie Luu, ECE Program Director at CLuu@telhi.org