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Lead Preschool Teacher

Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Department: Early Education Centers
Posted: 10-01-2017
Location Name: Dorchester
Wage: Depends on Experience

Position Overview

The Community Children’s Center in Dorchester provides full-time early care and education services for homeless children and support services for parents in an atmosphere of safety, nurturance, and stability.  A Lead Teacher is responsible for the general management and supervision within a classroom, reviewing important decisions with the Center Director, and supporting and following all Horizons for Homeless Children policies and procedures.


Responsibilities & Duties


  • Serve as a role model for all staff in interactions with children and their families
  • Orient new team members to classroom routines and curriculum implementation
  • Supervise performance of classroom Teachers and Assistant Teachers and contribute to their performance reviews
  • Conduct monthly observations of teaching staff
  • Participate in decisions regarding probationary action and termination of employment


  • Supervise and lead team members in designing and implementing Community Children’s Center curriculum
  • Supervise and model the implementation of positive behavior management techniques in guiding children’s behavior
  • Orient and support new parents with classroom routine, curriculum, and communication systems


  • Model positive and professional interactions with parents
  • Supervise and lead team in daily positive communications between Teachers, children, and their families
  • Supervise team in designing and implementing additional classroom communication systems( i.e. bulletin boards, newsletters, etc.)
  • Oversee children’s progress reports and parent conferences
  • Supervise and plan parent-teacher functions
  • Work closely with Family Advocates to promote healthy family relationships
  • Guide and model effective communications among classroom teaching team including planning weekly team teachers’ meetings
  • Advise Center Director of classroom teacher and parent issues and work with Director and team members to resolve these issues
  • Attend regular team meetings

Classroom Management

  • Maintain appropriate standards of health and safety in accordance with state regulations and Horizons for Homeless Children policies and procedures
  • Understand and implement emergency procedures
  • Develop and maintain interesting environment for children to encourage appropriate play and learning
  • Organize classroom schedule to allow for child initiated and teacher directed activities as well as individual and small group learning
  • Coordinate the transitions of children to and from classrooms with teachers and parents
  • Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair and inform Center Director of any issues
  • Monitor use of and coordinate the ordering of classroom supplies as needed
  • Schedule classroom teaching team for any long and short term staffing shortages
  • Ensure that all classroom records and reports are submitted in a timely and accurate manner


Education & Experience

  • BA Degree in ECE or related field
  • Minimum of 1 year work experience in an NAEYC Accredited program or 3 years’ experience in a program not accredited by NAEYC
  • Department of EEC Lead Teacher qualified

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence in supervision, communication and problem solving skills
  • Ability to collaborate and solve problems using a team approach
  • At least one year supervisory experience
  • Ability and willingness to handle all sensitive information confidentially
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have had previous experience working with homeless children and families, multi-ethnic urban families or with children-at-risk
  • Bilingual capacity preferred
  • Proficiency in using MS Office applications and other relevant ECE software applications

Must be able to embody the values of Horizons for Homeless Children:

Collaborative – “We get more done together”

Inclusive – “We are culturally responsive”

Innovative – “We ask, what would it take?”

Passionate – “We are inspired by our mission”


Horizons for Homeless Children offers a competitive salary and a highly competitive benefits package.  Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Horizons for Homeless Children is an AA/EEO employer.