Location and Job Title:
JCC of Stamford
1035 Newfield Ave
Stamford, CT 06905
Reports to: Director
Main Role: To provide a comprehensive, experience based early childhood program for children with special needs between two to three years of age. Under the guidance of the Director ensuring that the children practice acquired and emerging skills of development through targeted therapies and play experiences within the classroom and throughout the JCC.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Create productive, play sequences, projects, and activities to enhance child's experience.
- Set tone in the classroom by monitoring lights, sounds, and any other distractions.
- Conduct circle time and other classroom activities, such as obstacle courses.
- Review curriculum with Director, as appropriate , to ensure it is optimal.
- Facilitate in the adaptation of activities by breaking down steps to give each child a sense of pride, accomplishment while working towards independence.
- Manage staff in the classroom by providing them with guidance on interactions with children.
- Act as a teaching model and role model for play.
- Lead in staff meetings.
- Complete weekly electronic newsletter.
- Create and manage hallway and classroom bulletin boards in a timely manner as related to books/songs/activities and be able to define purpose of theme.
- Participate in virtual sessions and the creation of videos.
- Participate in organizing events with other JCC departments to provide insight into the needs of children with special needs or other sensitivities.
- Assist in organization of quarterly events such as the Fall Festival, Mother's Tea, and Field Day.
- Liaise with JCC staff to coordinate gymnasium, Kidzone, playground, conference room schedules.
- Manage budget for the following line items: food and related, program supplies, professional development, and staff travel.
- Conduct midyear and annual performance review with staff.
- Set and monitor adherence to policies such as phone usage, eating/drinking, maintaining orderly, tidy, inviting classroom space and office area.
- Assist with development and creation of transition books.
Create Individualized Instruction
- Encourages all to give high priority to individualizing child's experience.
- Anticipates child's challenges and can resolve them effectively.
- Seeks opportunities to help child improve mastery of skills and to provide a high-quality classroom experience.
- Demonstrates a desire to improve the quality and effectiveness of work that is individually produced.
- Takes personal pride in achieving standards.
- Meets and exceeds expected and agreed standards consistently.
- Considers the "big picture" when assessing issues.
- Steps back from situations to consider the different perspectives held by others that are affected by the problem or issue.
- Creates innovative "breakthrough" approaches and ideas to resolve problems and issues.
- Compares alternatives in terms of their impact on the interests of different parties involved.
- Ensures that the views and ideas of people in other departments are obtained when dealing with issues affecting them.
- Shares information with other teams about key learning's, successes and "best practices".
- Encourages team to support others when problems or issues occur.
- Resolves any issues, conflicts, or disagreements with transparency and respect.
Staff and Self Development
- Supports and provides encouragement to colleagues who undertake learning and development activities by providing opportunities to practice new skills and competencies in the workplace.
- Encourages a climate of giving constructive feedback within the team.
- Creates a program of continual professional development for self and others.
Leading by example
- Demonstrates the ability to "make things happen" and shows confidence in the success of proposed actions.
- Motivates, and gets commitment from others by reinforcing positive achievements.
- Expresses confidence in the capability of others to achieve.
- Instills pride in the team or work group and what it is trying to achieve.
- Encourages open and honest and inclusive discussions.
- Changes own style and approach if the communication is not at first successful.
- Uses relevant illustrations and practical examples to ensure clarity and understanding.
- Maintains flexibility in communication and management style to achieve desired results.
- Encourages the need for a co-operative team approach to problems and issues.
- Encourages the team to share information, best practices, ideas, and feelings with colleagues.
- Gives credit for good ideas and achievement from others in the team.
- Identifies and acts on opportunities to improve performance levels, a child's experience, and JumpStart excellence.
- Ensures progress, improvement, and JumpStart/Inclusion effectiveness.
- Takes corrective action and develops contingency plans to keep JumpStart/Inclusion on course.
- Shows a personal commitment to improve the quality, effectiveness and service that is produced by self and others.
55,000 - 65,000