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Job Title: Child Care Lead Teacher
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
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- Bennington Recreation Center - 665 Gage St., Bennington, VT
Reports to: Child Care Director
This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Lead Child Care Teacher of Berkshire Family YMCA intentionally fosters a cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing, and determined while positively fostering the development of youth in the Child Care department.
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.
- Create a safe and healthy environment social-emotionally, physically, and mentally for effective youth development in a Child Care setting
- Foster healthy relationships between children and staff appropriate to the child’s development and level of understanding
- Identify any child issues and behaviors and respond in a positive and effective way.
- Plan developmentally appropriate activities based on the creative curriculum using positive guidance techniques
- Provide daily and weekly lesson and programs for supporting staff to follow and facilitate
- Integrate the Y Character Development materials into all lesson plans.
- Provide children with opportunities to develop language and literacy
- Know and enforce all rules and safety guidelines associated with Child Care programs
- Report all incidents and accidents, and fill out applicable forms and paperwork
- Provide daily communication with parents and staff
- Attend all staff meetings and in-service training
- All other duties assigned by management
- ADP Workforce® for personal time clock management
- Microsoft OneDrive & Teams for Scheduling and document access
- Must be at least 21 years old
- A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related area of study preferred.
- Must have a minimum of 9 months of supervised childcare work experience
- Must possess and qualify for applicable Early Education and Care (EEC) Certification credentials and Professional Qualifications and/or possess a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
- Current CPR/AED & First-Aid certification
- Ability to communicate and get along with people of diverse backgrounds is required
WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- The physical demands 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.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is often required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, climb ladders, walk, lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
- Must be able to manage a group of youth and appropriately deal with disruptions and behaviors of children from different backgrounds and identities.
- The worker will be subject environmental conditions, activities occur both indoors and outdoors.
Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies
Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them.
Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Employee will take the initiative to assist in aiding development in others.
Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.
Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
Berkshire Family YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.