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Infant Teacher



Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Department: Early Education Centers
Posted: 05-11-2018
Location Name: Dorchester
Wage: Depends on Experience

Job Title:         Teacher- Level I

Reports To:     Lead Teacher

Status: Full time, non-exempt position

Location:        Boston, MA

Company Information

Horizons for Homeless Children is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality services to homeless children and families throughout the state of Massachusetts. We have three NAEYC-accredited early education centers located in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain which serve a total of 175 children aged 0-6. We provide a friendly, trauma-informed teaching environment with high teacher-child ratios to allow for individualized support. The agency is committed to career growth and encourages promotion from within once teachers are ready to take the next step.

Overview

The Community Children’s Center 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 Teacher is responsible for the constant supervision of children in their classroom. A Teacher reviews important decisions with their Lead Teachers and the Director, as appropriate. A Teacher supports and follows all Community Children’s Center and Horizons for Homeless Children policies and procedures.

Responsibilities

Curriculum

  • Display knowledge of early childhood development
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a dynamic, creative, age-appropriate and multi-cultural curriculum
  • Practice positive behavior management techniques in guiding the children’s behavior
  • Inform parents of classroom curriculum plans (e.g., posting lesson plans)

Communication

  • Communicate with children in a positive way that demonstrates genuine interest and respect and exhibits sensitivity to children as individuals
  • Communicate positively with parents on a daily basis to inform them of their child’s ongoing development and activities
  • Assist in the design and implementation of other classroom parent communication systems (i.e. bulletin boards, monthly newsletters, etc.)
  • Complete children’s progress reports and participate in parent conferences
  • Assist in plans for and attending Parent-Teacher functions
  • Communicate openly and effectively with classroom team including participation in weekly team meetings
  • Work closely with Family Advocates to promote healthy family relationships

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
  • Organize classroom schedule to allow for child initiated and teacher directed activities as well as individual and small group learning
  • Coordinate transitions of children to and from classrooms
  • Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair and inform Lead Teacher when supplies are low
  • Submit all records and reports in a timely and accurate manner including attendance sheets, accident reports, progress reports and time sheets

 

Required Experience and Competencies

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Ability to collaborate and solve problems using a team approach

  • Ability and willingness to handle all sensitive information confidentially

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Priority will be given to individuals who have had previous experience working with homeless children and their families, multi-ethnic urban families or with children-at-risk

  • Basic computer skills and knowledge to effectively use MS Office applications and other relevant ECE software applications

     

    Educational Requirements

  • BA Degree, preferrably in Early Childhood Education or a related field, 15 credits ECE
  • Minimum of 1 year relevant work experience

  • Department of EEC Teacher Certification

  • IPDP that reflects mentoring/coaching/supervision, curriculum, etc.

Professional Development:

  • Maintain current certification in First Aid/CPR.
  • Attend all HHC Professional development trainings.
  • Complete 20 workshop hours per year to meet EEC requirements.

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.