Posting #: 
425
Location: 
Springfield
Typical Work Schedule: 
M-F 40 hours a week
Base Salary: 
$15.37hr
Bargaining Unit Position
Job Description: 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Department of Early Education and Care Teacher Preschool certificate. 
  • Obtain and maintain current certificate in Emergency First Aid and CPR within three (3) months of employment.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience working in a Preschool program setting required.
  • Computer Literacy: Word processing and Database skills
  • Bi-lingual preferred.
  • Knowledge of or training in the following preferred: CLASS, TSG, ECCER’s, EEC QRIS, EEC regulations.
  • Strong communication, verbal, writing, effective problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a diverse workplace.
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to child care issues of low income, at-risk children and families.
  • Effective and strong classroom/time management skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
  • A strong commitment to quality childcare programs.
  • Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Teaching, role modeling and functioning of the classroom.
  • In the Lead Teachers absence, overall supervision of the classroom.
  • Must continuously stoop, crawl, kneel, and bend in order to speak to children at the child’s eye level; to play with children indoors and outdoors, and to pick up toys from the floor.
  • Continuously maintain visual and auditory supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety in the classroom, playground and field trips. 
  • Meet with parents at parent conferences four (4) times a year or more often and establish positive and productive relationships with families.
  • Communicate any questions, problems, or concerns to supervisor.
  • Other duties and responsibilities assigned by management.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with PEG partners, including SPS, and support staff.
  • Develop a relationship and maintain communication with community organizations and other external individuals and organizations of influence for the Agency and your role i.e. early intervention, public schools and healthy families.
  • Maintain strong relationships with each child assuring supports are in place as they become increasingly competent and independent.
  • Attend training and professional development opportunities.

ADMINISTRATION:

  • Monitor the classroom to maintain a safe and healthy environment.
  • To work as a member of a team with others in the classroom and the program.
  • Maintenance of children’s records.
  • Participate in classroom team meetings.
  • Responsible for completing all reports and forms.
  • Maintain both daily written and verbal communication with parents/guardians as applicable.
  • Monitor attendance and documentation
  • Input all QRIS PQR data into system regularly.
  • Newsletters and parent notices as well as plan and attend parent meetings.

COORDINATION:

  • Participate in planning and implementation of a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate curriculum in accordance with State Core Competencies, Early Learning Framework, and Big Day Curriculum. PEG classroom staff are required to receive training and fully implement the Big Day early education curriculum, in tandem with the Springfield Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Reading Corp early literacy intervention program, in cooperation with the AmeriCorps program from Signified College.
  • Public relations with the community by bringing the community into the classroom.
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families.
  • Assist in maintaining adequate supplies and equipment for the classroom.
  • Encourage parents to take part in all appropriate aspects of the program.
  • Attend regular agency staff meetings and Professional Learning Community meetings with PEG partners.
  • Monitor ongoing progress of children through observation, portfolios and assessments using Teaching Strategies GOLD.
  • In the Lead Teachers absence, responsible for guidance and direction of teaching techniques and behavior management techniques of other classroom teaching staff, as well as guidance of other auxiliary personal assigned to the classroom (volunteers, interns, foster grandparents, student teachers etc.).
  • Guidance and involvement in center activities as needed.
  • This list of responsibilities is not meant to be all-inclusive and may be adjusted to meet the operational needs of the agency and the PEG program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Occasionally required to lift or move average weight material in the classroom.
  • Occasionally required to lift, carry and hold children 20-70 pounds.
  • Flow of work and character of duties involve normal mental and visual attention much or all of the time.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Background Record Check as required.
  • Complete new employee orientation.
  • Every employee is expected to respect and interact in a positive manner with coworkers, program, participants and the public at large. 

Please apply in person or by mailing in your resume and cover letter to Square One, 1095 Main Street 2nd Floor; Springfield, MA  01105. 

You may also e-mail your resume or cover letter to llopez@startatsquareone.org

Square One is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Employer.