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Square One Advanced Lead Teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: **Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. **Department of Early Education and Care Lead Teacher Preschool certificate. **Obtain and maintain current certificate in Emergency First Aid and CPR within three (3) months of employment. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: **Two (2) years' experience in supervision or in an administrative position preferred. (may not be necessary) **A minimum of two (2) years' experience working in a Preschool program setting required. **Computer Literacy: Word processing, Database skills, Outlook proficient. **Familiarity with Individual Educational Plans (IEP?s) **Bi-lingual preferred **Knowledge of and/or training in the following preferred: TSG, ECER's, Massachusetts StrongStart, EEC regulations, and CLASS. **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. **Comfortable with observation, for professional, classroom and agency growth. **Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements. DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: **Overall teaching, role modeling and functioning of the classroom and classroom staff. **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, on the playground and on field trips. **Meet with parents and establish positive and productive relationships with families. **Hold weekly classroom staff team meetings. **Communicate any questions, problems, or concerns to Center Director. **Other duties and responsibilities assigned by management. **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. **Monitor the classroom and classroom staff to maintain a safe and healthy environment. **To work as a member of a team with others in the classroom and the program staff by problem-solving and using effective communication skills. **Maintain both daily written and verbal communication with parents/guardians, as applicable. **Monitor attendance and documentation as required. *Input all QRIS PQR data into system regularly 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 co-workers, program, participants and the public at large.