La Peninsula is a community-based, multi-site Head Start organization located in the South Bronx. Our mission is to provide quality, comprehensive services to children and families, to help them achieve a greater degree of social competence in dealing with their present environment and their later responsibilities in school and life.
La Peninsula Community Organization is seeking a highly energetic and motivated Early Childhood Pre-School age. Teacher for its Head Start Program. The successful candidate will be professional and able to work in a collaborative, high paced and dynamic environment; have experience in Early Childhood education; and be willing to grow within our professional learning environment. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Engage children in learning activities and play that stimulates their development
Teach and assist children with activities of daily life (including diapering, toileting, hand washing, toothbrushing, etc.)
Appropriately supervise children while keeping them safe at all times
Engaging families daily and building relationships that support the healthy development of students.
Development of weekly lesson plans aligned with the approved Curriculum.
Student assessment and progress monitoring
Conduct and facilitate parent teacher conferences, meetings and/or workshops.
Individualized goal setting & learning activities for children with IEPs or other learning difficulties.
Teaming with consultants and professionals across support areas including Family Service, Mental Health and Nutrition.
Maintaining, developing and creating an engaging classroom environment
Providing oversight, direction and collaborative working opportunities to support educational staff.
Prepare monthly parent newsletters and other informational packets as guided by Policy and Site Director.
Engage in professional development and learning opportunities as mandated by the Agency and a willingness to engage in opportunities as presented.
IF CERTIFIED: A certified teacher may be asked to step up in the absence of the Site/Education Director when the need arises.
REQUIRED EXPECTATIONS include but are not limited to:
Ability to establish a professional level of rapport with each family in order to provide quality care and friendly service
Ability to implement effective teacher practice, enforce Agency policy and procedure and communicate each clearly.
Attend and engage in occasional Agency parent participation events and other events that may be on nights and/or weekends
Maintain a professional self-image and project the values of the organization at all times.
Be a positive role model at all times for Staff, Families and Children.
Have 2-3 years’ experience working in an Early Childhood Classroom of children aged 3-5.
Possess a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, child development or a child related field.
Possess a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. If Master’s degree in another content area, must possess a minimum of 60 credits in Early Childhood Education.
Possess NYS Initial Certification in Early Childhood Education Birth to Grade 2 or be engaged in a study plan to complete.
Submit to various background checks including those completed through the NYC Department of Education & Department of Health. Have completed the following certifications: Mandated Child Abuse Reporter; CPR & First Aid, Infectious Diseases
Provide a recent physical complete with immunizations, TB and MMR
Be mentally and physically capable of caring for young children
Possess a strong work ethic, be punctual, and have minimal absences
Have an awareness of the unique needs of young children and have appropriate expectations of their abilities
Be able to kneel, bend, squat, lift, push, pull, and carry children up to 70lbs
Be available for full time employment and available to work as late as 6:30 pm
Have dependable transportation
Head Teachers will report directly to the Site/Education Director at their assigned work site and look to them for guidance regarding questions or concerns. Please keep in mind that the job description above is a guideline of responsibilities and does not list all duties expected of the position.
La Peninsula Community Organization Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer
PLEASE NOTE: Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
Interested candidates should submit their letter of interest and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com