Location and Job Title:
Preschool Assistant Teacher, Palm Beach Gardens
Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches, Boynton Beach
8500 Jog Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is looking to hire an experienced, dedicated Preschool Assistant Teacher for the Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens.
The Assistant Teacher is responsible for working with the Lead Teacher in their assigned class of children in planning and implementing the curriculum, working with parents, and assessing the needs of individual children under the guidance of the Lead Teacher and Director of Early Learning. The curriculum must meet the emotional, physical, cognitive & social needs for both the individual child and the group. Work is supervised by the Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Director on a limited basis, as necessary. Work schedule is generally full-time 30 - 40 hours during each work week Monday - Friday or part-time, less than 30 hours during each work week Monday - Friday, during the months of August - June each school year.
- Greets each child in a warm and friendly manner;
- Provides and supervises activities which promote the emotional, social, intellectual and physical development of each child;
- Provides and maintains a neat, organized classroom, with a learning center focus ensuring classroom is set up prior to arrival and cleaned up after dismissal daily; take responsibility for upkeep of all educational equipment and materials;
- Attends to children's play, engages in reflection and discussion about children's growth and learning, respond to children's play themes and developmental themes;
- Documents children's play and learning, including daily reflections, journey binders, blog, newsletters and other vehicles implemented by the school;
- Reads each individual child's files in his/her class and is knowledgeable about their medical and developmental histories;
- Provides an environment of acceptance in which children can grow with a positive self-concept;
- Provides care, protection, consistency and guidance to the children;
- Interacts with the children and encourages their involvement in activities;
- Attends to children's physical and emotional safety by providing a warm, safe, and caring environment that is kept orderly, clean, and appealing. The environment should allow the child to grow and explore;
- Nurtures physical, spiritual, emotional, social, cognitive and literary growth and development of each child;
- Maintains ongoing developmental records for each child, including keeping records of all developing skills (physical, spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive and literary);
- Monitors growth and development of each child and communicates progress and concerns with parents and Director of Early Learning;
- Maintains a continuing dialogue with families including conferences as needed;
- Fosters and develops the teaching and leadership ability of your colleagues finding ways to make their jobs as rewarding and stimulating as possible; making your expectations clear, following through to see that expectations are met and that you are utilizing their abilities and input;
- Collaborates with other teaching staff to create a learning community;
- Plans, prepares and implements all daily activities (indoor/outdoor) as they relate to the curriculum;
- Cares for classroom environment and aesthetics;
- Provides overall supervision of toileting and bathroom time;
- Oversees all mealtime/snack time activities and related record keeping;
- Completes accurate reporting as directed (i.e. attendance, accidents/incidents, illness, medication administration, identification checks, individual child meals and diaper record keeping when applicable, etc.);
- Keeps a "portfolio" of each child's progress, including photographs, samples of their artwork, writing, etc.;
- Communicates regularly with supervisor including all concerns regarding a child's progress.
- Maintains good communication with parents on a daily basis through the use of communication notebooks and verbally;
- Supervises, trains and constructively utilizes assistant teacher's (and volunteers') skills and abilities;
- Works with other staff members to form a positive, supportive team atmosphere;
- Protects the rights and privacy of children and families by maintaining strict confidentiality of privileged information;
- Maintains adherence to all company policies and procedures, including agency safety requirements;
- Abides by the policies and procedures of the school as written in the Staff Manual;
- Works the days and hours scheduled to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks, be punctual and timely in meeting all performance requirements, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines;
- Performs additional program duties as assigned by the Director according to the school and agency needs.
- Completes a minimum of ten (10) hour or one (1) CEU in-service training per year starting July 1st and ending June 30th each year;
- Participates in Parent Orientation Night and Parent/Child Open House prior to the start of school;
- Attends the Early Childhood Orientation/Professional Training prior to the start of the school year (August) and available at year end for classroom preparation prior to preschool camp (June);
- Attends Camp Open House, held prior to the start of camp (applies to 12-month staff only);
- Participates actively in specialty classes/programs; attends special events during or after school hours (i.e. family Shabbat dinners, picnics, holiday programs, etc.) Dates will be communicated to staff approximately three (3) weeks in advance;
- Checks materials, equipment and supplies to confirm amounts are adequate and they are in good repair, assists with purchasing supplies according to individual classroom budgets; takes preventative measures against hazards to physical safety; care for and maintain equipment within the school;
- Documents and writes assessments, on a weekly basis, on the children in the classroom; work with parents to promote understanding of growth and development of their child; have a parent conference mid-year as well as an end of year assessment, if requested;
- Participates in learning by increasing knowledge and abilities in the field of early childhood education through attendance at workshops and courses, ready books or periodicals, conferences and any in-service training sponsored by the Early Childhood Center, the Jewish Community Center, and/or other educational organizations, as approved and instructed by the Senior Director of Early Childhood;
- Participates in Jewish learning opportunities as provided by supervisor and other Mandel JCC staff. Uses the Judaic curriculum as a guideline for Jewish learning in the classroom and in lesson plans;
- Attends all supervisory meetings, staff meetings, team planning meetings and curriculum meetings scheduled by the Senior Director of Early Childhood;
- Participates in self-evaluation and school evaluation process;
- Meets with parents upon request with a member of the ECLC Leadership Team present;
- Attends and assists with the Preschool Graduation;
MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
- Graduate degree in a child related field, a minimum three (3) years' experience in group education of children, Jewish education and observance, familiarity with community resources;
- Department of Children and Families approved 45-clock-hour introductory course in child care or the educational exemption granted by the training coordinating agencies, when applicable;
- Meet Florida Department of Health requirements for teaching in an Early Childhood Learning Center;
- CPR and First Aid certification or willingness to acquire it;
- Knowledgeable of Palm Beach County Health Department rules and regulations governing child care facilities;
- Working knowledge of the growth and development of young children and ability to utilize this information in the classroom. Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to work constructively with children and adults;
- Ability to supervise teacher assistants, support staff, substitutes, volunteers and utilize their skills and abilities working as a teaching team;
- Judaic knowledge or willingness to acquire this knowledge through study;
- Ability to relate to young children and adults in an emotionally responsive manner;
- Be sensitive to individual children's differences and needs, and be willing to adjust the program to meet those individual needs;
- Competent in various skill areas such as music, art, science, literacy, mathematics, language development and physical development;
- Competent in various skill areas such as planning, scheduling, record keeping, classroom environmental design and arrangement, classroom management, physical safety of children, and staff and parent communication;
- Be motivated to learn and grow in an educational environment and be willing to continually increase knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Education, including collaboration with specialists , coaches and consultants;
- Be willing to work in a team environment; willing to collaborate with colleagues and members of the community.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Young children are very active and move constantly throughout their day. To teach young children effectively and keep them safe the teacher must be physically able to keep up with children. Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate physical effort which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of moderate weight (up to 35 pounds), bending, stooping, stretching, squatting and sitting.
- Must possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of children;
- Must be able to run to reach a child quickly, protect a child during an emergency; participate in physical play with children to keep them engaged;
- Must be able to sit on the floor to interact with children on their level. Because young children play on the floor, explore and change activities frequently teachers must be physically able to sit on the floor, get off the floor and sit back down easily;
- Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds to move a child during an emergency, lift or carry a child to quiet areas during outbursts;
- Must have visual and auditory ability to keep track of multiple children and to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to activities;
- Effective and clear communication is essential between the children and staff;
- Must utilize naptime for preschool work, not personal business. Acceptable activities for staff working during naptime in the classroom while children are sleeping include: Newsletters, changing bulletin boards, cleaning countertops, toys, etc. Unacceptable activities for staff during this time include: Sleeping, dozing, meditating, use of personal data devices (including, but not limited to, texting, Facebook, twitter, etc.), and reading (Early Childhood Education (ECE) related reading acceptable) etc. NO NON EMERGENCY CELL PHONE USAGE (including texting & games) during work hours;
- Follow personnel policies of the Mandel JCC and represent the Mandel JCC as a professional educator maintaining a professional demeanor, neat and clean appearance;
- Maintain scheduled hours in a timely manner; notify preschool office in the event of absence;
- Submit all necessary forms and certificates related to licensing requirements in advance of the school year and on demand;
- Noise level can be moderate to loud;
- Frequent exposure to outside elements, such as sun exposure, heat, humidity and rain.
Position requires frequent internal interaction with employees, parents, supervisors, officers and board members, other agency personnel and community members. Responsible for maintaining positive, courteous and professional relationships with families and children enrolled in the preschool programs, all Mandel JCC staff, professional staff from other related agencies and the greater community.
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and approved fiscal year budget. Continued employment is dependent on successful performance evaluation and availability of funding resources.
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN US?
The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is committed to a passionate, member and community-centric culture where team members are encouraged to contribute and collaborate leading to a highly engaged JCC family.
Opportunities for growth
Internal mobility is highly encouraged and fully supported.
Benefits (Full-Time Employees)
- Health Benefits
- Life, AD&D, Short Term Disability
- PTO: Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
- Voluntary Benefits: Pet Discount Program, Financial Wellness, Identity Theft Protection, Accident and Critical Illness
- Staff Discount on our Programs (FT and PT employees!)
The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches does not discriminate against employees or clients on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status or any other characteristic protected by Federal and State law.A non-discrimination clause concerning employment opportunity is incorporated in the Personnel Manual.The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.