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Teacher, Renaissance Children’s Center (Lakewood, CO)

JOB TITLE:

Teacher

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT:

Renaissance Children’s Center

REPORTS TO:

Renaissance Children’s Center Director

SUPERVISES:

N/A

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION:

1797 Kendall Street, Lakewood CO 80214

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION:

Non-Exempt

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE:

Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm

LAST REVIEWED:

3/28/2016

REVIEWED BY:

Manager

Coalition Mission

The mission of The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, wellbeing, and stability of those it serves.

Our Philosophy of Service

We believe all people have the right to adequate housing and healthcare. We work to remove the barriers that restrict access to these rights. Society benefits when adequate housing and healthcare are available to everyone.

We create lasting solutions to homelessness by:

1. Honoring the inherent dignity of those we serve, affirming their capabilities and fostering their hope that a better life is possible;

2. Building strong, caring communities through the integration of housing, healthcare and supportive services;

3. Advocating for social equity and challenging the status quo on behalf of the individuals and families we serve;

4. Achieving excellence through continuous quality assurance, innovation and professional development; and

5. Using resources judiciously and effectively.

Job Summary

Works as part of a team in the center to provide for the educational, physical, social, and emotional needs of the children within a specific classroom.

Essential Job Functions

1. Maintains positive and respectful interactions with others by greeting parents and sharing positive information about his/her child, by refraining from making negative comments about parents, children or other staff members and by providing support for fellow team members and other Renaissance Children’s Center (RCC) staff.

2. Plans and provides an environment, which is, both age and developmentally appropriate for the children in the classroom using the Creative Curriculum.

3. Works to build children’s social and emotional skills using Second Step and the Bucket Fillers curriculum.

4. Interacts frequently with children showing affection, interest, and respect, as well as remains available and responsive to them. This includes the playground as well as the classroom.

5. Plans and implements activities that stimulate the children’s higher-level thinking skills.

6. Serves as a facilitator and co-researcher to the children’s acquisition of skills and knowledge.

7. Utilizes guidance techniques which will not only provide for a safe and orderly classroom but allow the children to develop problem-solving skills and responsibility for their own behavior. Involves parents through documentation of activities as well as encourages parents to participate in curriculum development and other classroom activities.

8. Participates in parent-teacher conferences at least twice per year.

9. Maintains and oversees documentation of children’s progress through regular observation, anecdotal records, and collection of children’s work into a portfolio. Makes entries into Teaching Strategies GOLD throughout the year and completes checkpoints quarterly.

10. Works with administration to provide a safe and sanitary environment for the children in the room. This includes hand washing and using Universal Precautions when dealing with bodily fluids.

11. Monitors the numbers of children present in each classroom and remains aware of every child’s whereabouts at all times.

12. Monitors the condition and supply of materials within each classroom; replaces supplies as necessary.

13. Rotates materials with other classrooms to provide a challenging and exciting environment.

14. Provides weekly lesson plans, which reflect flexibility and sensitivity to the formulation of activities based on the children’s questions and interests.

15. Provides a print-rich environment, which fosters children’s growth in reading and writing.

16. Takes and uses pictures in the classroom to provide documentation of children’s activities for them as well as their parents.

17. Shares control of the direction of curriculum and activities with the children as appropriate.

18. Participates in at least 15 hours of staff development each year.

19. Maintains knowledge of and can meet criteria for high quality programs as presented in either the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale or the School-Age Care Environmental Rating Score, depending on the assigned classroom. Classroom must receive and maintain at least a 5.0 rating on the appropriate scale.

20. Maintains knowledge of and can meet criteria for high quality programs as presented by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation criteria.

21. Participates in ongoing in-services, training and professional development, program development and regular team meetings.

22. May be required to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certification.

23. May be required to receive training on administering medication to children.

24. Maintains a work environment that is marked by respect for others; that values inclusiveness and builds workforce diversity; and that fosters cooperation and teamwork.

25. Performs other duties as assigned by management.

Education and Work Experience

1. Must meet NAEYC Teacher Qualifications and have experience working with the age group applied for.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Knowledge of homeless issues and demonstrated sensitivity to underserved populations.

2. Knowledge of Social Service rules and regulations for Child Care centers.

3. Knowledge of NAEYC’s Developmentally Appropriate practices.

4. Skill in oral and written communications.

5. Able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

6. Able to organize and prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously.

7. Able to participate as part of a productive work team.

8. May be required to pass automobile insurance carrier’s motor vehicle record investigation.

Physical Requirements

Percentage of work time spent on activity –> 0% to 24% 25% to 49% 50% to 74% 75% to 100%
Seeing: Must be able to read computer screens and printed documents. x
Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with employees and others. x
Standing/Walking x
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling x
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing x
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to type and use telephones. x

Working Conditions

Works in climate controlled office environment with frequent interpersonal interactions.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature of work performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for employees performing this job. Furthermore, this job description does not establish a contract of employment. The Coalition may change job descriptions at any time, with or without notice, as service needs require.

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is committed to delivering services, making employment-related decisions, selecting volunteers and selecting vendors without regard to age over 40, race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, or any other applicable status protected by law.

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