Childcare Center Teacher
Application Deadline: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Salary & Benefits: Starting Salary is $28,620.80 per the Santa Fe College Salary Schedule. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.
Classification: Full-time, Career Service, Pay Grade C1, Non-Exempt
Location: Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32606.
Overview: Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community colleges in the United States. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs. A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live. SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.
The Childcare Center Teacher provides a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate learning environment for children ages 1 year up to 5 years. The Childcare Center Teacher must maintain a positive attitude and be an enthusiastic team player. The Childcare Center Teacher also mentors and trains students who are enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes and internships.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Plans and implements weekly lesson plans based on age appropriate developmental and educational goals as outlined in the staff handbook and curriculum standards; provides individualized enrichment as appropriate.
• Helps children acquire the skills necessary for transition to either preschool or pre-k as outlined in the Objectives for Development and Learning for the specific age group, which may include but is not limited to potty training, self-help skills, and language skills.
• Demonstrates and models appropriate teacher-child interaction, including close supervision, with safety as the primary goal.
• Uses teaching strategies that build on and extend what children know.
• Facilitates child-child interactions with the goal of teaching and modeling problem solving skills as outlined in the staff handbook.
• Teaches and practices the violence prevention curriculum (empathy building, impulse control, and emotion management) throughout the daily program.
• Helps children gain self-control, self-confidence, and positive self-esteem by using GEMS (Genuine Encounter Moments) and other relationship building techniques as outlined in the staff handbook.
• Uses Teaching Strategies Gold Online Child Portfolios to record observational and developmental data for each child in each domain of development.
• Communicates well with parents both informally on a daily basis and formally in arranged conferences.
• Serves as a role model and guide to student and assistant teachers; provides training as appropriate.
• Informs Coordinator or Director of any concerns regarding children or parents.
• Participates in weekly staff professional development meetings as scheduled.
• Keeps the bulletin boards looking appropriately appealing, and classroom materials organized, clean and accessible to the children.
• Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible, and professional engagement.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Reports to: Director, Little School
Required: An Associate’s Degree or higher in a field appropriate to Early Childhood Education, with documented professional experience working with children in the field.
Preferred: At least six months of related work experience in an early childhood education center.
Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.
• Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
• Adaptability to Change – able to be flexible and supportive, react swiftly to and able to positively and proactively assimilate change in rapid growth environment.
• Ethics – able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.
• Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.
Application Process: All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of intent, an up-to-date resume, as well as college transcripts to be considered for this position. College transcripts should be submitted to confirm academic qualifications. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to any employment offer when academic credentials are the basis for meeting minimum qualifications. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes.