Early Childcare Supervisor/Lead Teacher

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Early Childcare Supervisor/Lead Teacher
The Town of Kittery has an immediate opening for an Early Childcare Supervisor/Lead Teacher. Office hours are generally Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm. The pay rate for this non-exempt union position is $19.78 per hour. This position is eligible for medical, dental, vision, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life insurance, short-term disability and retirement plan benefits.
The purpose of this position is to plan, organize, implement and coordinate the services of the preschool childcare program. The Early Childcare Supervisor is the head teacher and operates the childcare program in conformance with department regulations and State of Maine day care licensing provisions. Responsibilities include the overall management of the early childhood program and its operation, facilitating, planning and coordinating the children’s educational programs and activities for 2 to 5-year-olds. This position supervises the full-time, part-time, and volunteer preschool staff. This position reports to the Kittery Community Center Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
• Serve as Head Teacher for the nature-based early childhood educational program
• Plan and implement a developmentally-appropriate nature-based preschool program for young children utilizing both outdoor and indoor classroom space
• Ensure children are safe and supervised at all times
• Ensure that the preschool program conforms to federal, state and local rules, regulations and licensing requirements
• Hire, train and provide direct supervision to preschool staff; ensure staff maintain all necessary certifications; maintain background check, and training records; implement positive discipline in compliance to written policy
• Develop staff schedules, ensure ratios are maintained, schedule substitutes, serve as floating teacher to fill in for absent teachers as necessary
• Assist teachers with planning for outdoor learning activities, communication with parents, and development and implementation of student behavior improvement plans
• Ensure adherence to policies and procedures; propose revisions and improvements to policies
• Provide adequate equipment, supplies and activities for all classrooms; ensure equipment and the facility are clean, well maintained and safe at all times
• Effectively communicate with parents and members of the community; respond to questions and concerns in a timely and helpful manner
• Assist in the development of the annual budget; provide information and input on capital and operational spending plans for the benefit of the preschool
• Plan and attend prescheduled special events to promote and advance the needs of the preschool
• Respond to new-student inquiries, maintain a waiting list, assist with tours, orientation, and registration of new students
• Prepare and submit reports, forms, and other documentation as needed and requested
• Perform other related duties as assigned
Essential Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities
• Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and three years of teaching experience or comparable combination of education and experience
• Ability to effectively manage time to be productive, efficient and meet deadlines
• Supervisory experience
• Understanding of the needs, effective care, and suitable activities for toddlers and pre-school aged children
• Experience in nature-based early childhood education programs
• Ability to be alert, observant, active, and able to use good judgement and initiative
• Excellent verbal skills, ability to communicate effectively and in an appropriate manner, and to convey or exchange information with children, parents, and staff
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, parents, co-workers and the public
• Ability to utilize mathematical formulas, and to understand a variety of professional, technical and administrative documentation, directions, regulations, instructions, methods and procedures
• Ability to produce reports that are accurate and complete
• Ability to cope with situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and with respect for the rights of others
• Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action
• Ability to use computers effectively for general office work, including Microsoft Office Suite, internet research and e-mail
• Possess CPR for Toddlers and First Aid Certification
Physical Requirements
The physical abilities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Position requires ability to be outdoors regularly, in heat, cold, and inclement weather
• Must be able to lift and carry children up to 40 lbs
• Must be able to operate a variety of machines and equipment, including, but not limited to, computer, telephone, facsimile machine, and adding machine
• Must be able to move or carry job related objects and materials
• Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, pull, push and spend long periods standing
• Must be able to sit and stand for long periods
• Must be able to physically traverse a site with potential uneven terrain, and/or limited to no handicap accessibility
Please complete the application located on our website at www.kitteryme.gov under employment opportunities and submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to:
Town of Kittery
Attn: Human Resources
200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904
Accepting applications until Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Town of Kittery is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to excellence through diversity in its staff. We strongly encourage all qualified individuals to apply.