Child Development Center Lead Teacher

Salvation Army USA Saint Paul , MN 55102

Posted 2 months ago


The Lead Teacher's role is to provide a well structured environment for children 15 months through 5 years old. Foster a classroom that is at all times: 1) safe, 2) in compliance with Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division Rule 3 for Child Care Centers, 3) warm, friendly and sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, 4) maximizing opportunities for developmental growth, 5) dedicated to providing the best possible care.


This job description is not all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential duties of the position.

Other duties, responsibilities and tasks may be assigned by the Child Development Center Director and Corps Officers. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relationships with co-workers and supervisors. This would include but not be limited to such actions: resolution of conflicts in a professional manner; courteous treatment of staff, children and families; respect of others' property and person and professional and appropriate communication to and about co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates.

Support the mission of The Salvation Army by treating every child, family and colleague with individual respect and dignity, and without discrimination of any kind.Classroom Management Develop weekly plans and implements age appropriate curriculum to nurture and stimulate all domains of children's development. Provide a safe, clean, developmentally appropriate classroom environment that fosters the children's learning and growth. Perform on-going developmental evaluations and progress reports of children as required by funding sources and develop lesson plans and curriculum adaptations that address the individual needs of each child.

This includes the completion of DRDP and ITERS/ECERS with childcare team. Continually plan, evaluate and improve the physical environment in the classroom to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing child. Provide responsive care to all children by adapting daily care giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group.

Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the child's background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into childcare program and lesson plans. Completes child transition and orientation of the classroom with parents by acting as a liaison to ensure smooth transitions from home to childcare, from toddler to preschool, and from preschool to kindergarten settings. Maintain ongoing, open and supportive communication with parents and caregivers.

Ensure that each family receives an opportunity to participate in their child's development by build strong relationships with their children, other families and the teaching staff. Plan parent conferences to discuss children's developmental progress, needs and interests. Completes daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety, and overall well-being of the children.Program Compliance Meet weekly with Center Director and team for planning, supervision and goal setting.

Maintain accurate, complete and timely client and agency records. This includes meals and food service, attendance, behavior logs, emergency forms, curriculum plans, individual child development profiles and other records as needed. Support Child Development Center Director by enforcing policies regarding payment, late fees, safety, and behavior expectations.

Completes yearly performance evaluations. Exchange information and serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary intervention/prevention team. This includes completing reports regarding any symptoms of child abuse to supervisor and/or child abuse hotline.

Provides functional training and guidance to staff, interns, substitutes and volunteers assigned to the classroom. Reports all staffing and classroom concerns to supervisor in a timely manner. Reports family changes in schedules and excessive absences to administration in a timely manner.

Participate in on-going in-service and educational development opportunities provided. Participate in ongoing development and evaluation of center's goals and objectives.

Act as a team player by assisting with tasks, communications and planning as needed. All other duties as assigned.


  • Associate Degree or 24 credits in Child Development or Early Childhood Education including core courses in Child/Human Growth and Development; Child, Family and Community and Program; Curriculum and Assessments required. Two years of teaching experience preferred.

    Must meet the qualifications of Rule 3 as mandated by the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services - Licensing Division. Support The Salvation Army Mission Statement. Early Child Development knowledge and experience.

    Knowledge in Desired Results, Developmental Appropriate Practices. Knowledge of State Subsidized Program Requirements for Center Programs. Warm, friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well with young children, and be willing to fulfill job responsibilities in accordance with the program plan and objectives.

    Ability to work with and communicate with children and families of diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups. Ability to make independent and effective decisions. Be a team player as well as able to work independently.

    Ability to accept supervision and guidance. Ability to communicate and work with groups of varying age and skill levels, provide necessary instruction to children and information to families. Ability to observe and assess children's behavior, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.

    Good organization, problem solving, and priority setting skills as well as the ability to maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude /disposition. Ability to use the computer to input developmental data. Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities.

    Ability to make decisions on behalf of children and protect their well-being. Must be able to manage confidential information. Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40 pound child.

    All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and adolescents who are served by our agency. Therefore, each employee must at all times be emotionally stable and able to function effectively with children, adolescents and adults who may have mental or behavioral health problems. The staff must be able to demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, as well as appropriate role modeling.

    Hostility, aggression and unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions as well as inappropriate emotional expression are not acceptable. Model exemplary values, attitudes, expectations, beliefs and choices that will ensure program excellence. Must pass The Salvation Army and DHS background checks.

    Must become certified in CPR and First Aid training. It must be understood by the incumbent that the provisions of Safe From Harm will apply upon commencement of employment and also understood that the required Safe From Harm training be satisfactorily completed within the first thirty (30) days of employment.
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Child Development Center Lead Teacher

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