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Early Childhood Teacher

Apply now Job no: 508252
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Center for Early Educ and Care
Union: PSU
Categories: Professional Staff Union (PSU), Student Affairs & Services, Educator

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 

Job Summary

Under supervision of the Early Childhood Supervising Teacher, develops and implements curriculum, classroom environment, behavior guidance, and parent partnerships according to Center for Early Education and Care guidelines, state licensing regulations and standards, and national accreditation criteria.  Provides a nurturing, safe environment for children which facilitates the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of all children assigned to the classroom.  Responsible for supervision of student staff assigned to the classroom. 

 

Essential Functions

  • Keeps the safety of the children as a first priority.  Uses positive and constructive methods of behavior management, and emphasizes personal safety and emotional well-being with the children, families, and other staff at all times.
  • Maintains awareness that classroom and playground environments comply with Center for Early Education and Care (CEEC) guidelines and state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensing standards pertaining to health and safety and record keeping.  Utilizes universal healthcare precaution protocol to prevent exposure to and spread of childhood diseases, infections, human body fluids and wastes.  Maintains and trains teachers in maintaining a safe, clean, and attractive classroom environment and instructs children to use health and safety practices.  Notifies Director of unsafe facility issues. 
  • Plans and implements developmentally appropriate emergent curriculum based upon observation and assessment of individual children and goals developed with parents.  Ensures that curriculum complies with CEEC guidelines, state Department of Education (DOE) standards, and national accreditation criteria.  Incorporates a culturally sensitive approach to early childhood programming and a respect for the diversity of the children’s families.  Designs and maintains classroom and outdoor play environments to include clearly defined, well organized activity areas.  Documents children’s learning and accomplishments through anecdotal notes and portfolios and trains classroom teachers in documentation of children’s learning.  
  • Communicates appropriately with children during group activities, routines, and individual interactions.  Trains and supervises teachers in positive behavior guidance techniques according the licensing policy and CEEC practices.  Oversees schedule and content of twice annual child assessments, documentation materials, and referrals of children for diagnostic services.  Individualizes the classroom program to meet special needs of children. 
  • Follows CEEC and EEC protocol for reporting suspected child abuse and/or neglect. 
  • Develops a partnership with parents and invites input from parents regarding their child’s care.  Communicates verbally with parents daily.  Ensure parents receive curriculum information via Daily Curriculum Summary and newsletter articles.  Conducts parent/teacher conferences to discuss the child’s development, goals for the child, unusual incidents, concerns, or sensitive information regarding the program and/or the child as needed.  Coordinates bi-annual classroom community and other parent involvement activities.  Maintains confidentiality of child and family information. 
  • Participates in implementation of classroom orientation and supervision of student employees and interns assigned to the classroom.  Involves student employees in curriculum planning and implementation as possible.  Provides interns with opportunities to maximize their learning objectives. 
  • Assumes duties of the Early Childhood Supervising Teacher in her/his absence. 
  • Respects and adheres to staffing schedules which may be adjusted as program needs change and which may include working in other classrooms.  Participates actively in team teaching through communication and collaboration in curriculum development and implementation of classroom activities.  Communicates directly and works to resolve team conflicts as they occur.  Maintains confidentiality of colleague information.  
  • Continually updates knowledge of child development, early childhood curriculum, and staff development through appropriate publications, trainings, and courses.    
  • Is committed to CEEC departmental goals of culturally responsive programming.  Understands and implements affirmative action and non-discrimination regulations, policies, and procedures. 

 

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties, as assigned or required, to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery, and other compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students, and contribute to student success.
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life.
  • Understands responsibilities, with respect to conflicts of interest, and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace, defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to the implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public University related information only in the performance of responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field.  
  • One year full-time supervisory experience in a licensed early childhood classroom including planning and implementing curriculum and writing developmental assessments.  
  • Must be EEC Teacher qualified for Infant/Toddler or Preschool.  
  • Must hold current CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 

 

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Infant/Toddler and Preschool EEC certification. 
  • Lead Teacher qualification for Infant/Toddler and/or Preschool.
  • Experience with ethnically diverse populations and/or bilingual fluency.

 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Able to lift, move, and hold children and objects up to 40 pounds. Able to engage in full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in classroom activities. Able to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods of varied weather conditions.

 

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm; 52 week position; some evenings and weekends

 

Salary Information

PSU Level 25

PSU Salary Chart

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

 In order to ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references prior to the priority deadline of June 11, 2021. The position may remain open until filled. 

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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