Position: Upside Preschool Asst. Director & Preschool Teacher
Reports to: Upside Preschool Director
Status: 20-32 hours, Non-Exempt, 12 month
The Upside Preschool (UP) is a non-profit associate of Park Collective, where we believe that good things can flourish. The school is dedicated to providing excellent quality preschool and daycare services to our neighbors in Prescott Valley at a reasonable cost. The school is a Christian Preschool and as such will reflect those beliefs through Biblical instruction, curriculum, activities, and the actions and behavior of the Staff. It is a place where children of all socioeconomic and faiths are welcome.
The Upside Preschool Asst. Director and Preschool Teacher’s responsibilities include: Assist the Director in day to day operations. Will Function and Qualifies as acting Director when Preschool Director is unavailable.
While in the classroom role, the Preschool Asst. Director and Preschool Teacher’s responsibility includes creating a safe, structured, loving and fun learning environment for young children. The teacher will be expected to follow the policies and procedures of the school and enforce the rules of their classroom. The teacher will be expected to collaborate with their aide and other preschool staff to educate and guide the young children in their classroom with the goal to prepare the children for kindergarten.
The Preschool Asst. Director & Preschool Teacher will be responsible for the following:
- Leadership of the Preschool Climate
- While in the director role, the Assistant Director will Lead Staff with Biblical Leadership principles, and model servant leadership.
- Is responsible for the closing and/or opening of the facility.
- Manage the classroom
- Interacts appropriately and positively with children and parents.
- Follows the policies and procedures of Upside Preschool which includes following state and licensing guidelines and upholding the standards of the Empowerment Program.
- Lead the children in their classroom with positive modeling of behavior.
- Work alongside the aide(s) to achieve classroom goals and ensure safety of the children in their care.
- Be involved in developing the schedule for their classroom which includes a schedule for curriculum.
- Keep the structure of the classroom by following the schedule and curriculum.
- Collaborate with their aide and other preschool staff to educate and guide the children in their classroom with the goal to prepare the children for kindergarten.
- Teacher will participate and lead classroom in emergency drills in a calm and professional manner.
- For afternoon care - Creates a safe, structured, loving and fun childcare environment.
- Manages the aftercare classroom and works alongside classroom aide(s) to ensure care and safety.
- Licensing and Compliance
- Should have proper experience and education as required for state licensing which should include one or more of the following:
- HS diploma or GED and 3+ credit hours in ECE
- HS diploma or GED and 30+ training hours in early childhood development
- Associates in ECE and 6+months experience
- Bachelors in ECE and 3+months experience
- NAC/CDA/CCP certificate and 12+months experience
- 24 credit hours (with 6+hours in ECE) and 12+ months experience
- Will be required to attend 18 hours of training per year
- Will be required to have a current first aid and CPR training card/certificate
- Will be required to pass a background check and have a level one fingerprint clearance card.
- Will be updated on her vaccinations and have a negative TB test ( within the last 6 months) .
- Program Development
- Will be encouraged to add to or modify provided curriculum.
- Curriculum should embody Christian beliefs and promote learning through fun and educational lessons.
- Curriculum should include a plan to teach the children age-appropriate critical language, social, and motor skills in preparation for kindergarten.
- Should plan, evaluate, and administer activities and lesson plans that promote developmentally appropriate learning
- Parent and Community Relationships
- Maintain positive and professional parent/guardian relationships and maintain open communication and personal interaction with co-workers.
- Attend planned Upside events to promote positive relationships with community and Upside families.
- Help promote and keep parents informed of activities, events, etc. at Upside
- Attend meetings with parents/guardians and director as needed to deal with situations to assist students in their learning and behavior
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
- Demonstrates a heart and passion for children
- Working knowledge of child care regulations and safety practices
- Demonstrated ability to be self-directed with entrepreneurial self-starting and disciplined attributes
- Must be versatile and collaborative team player with the ability to work independently
- Administrative and organizational skills with attention to detail
- Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks. Be able to prioritize effectively and immediately, as well as meet timelines
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students, parents/guardians, and co-workers.
- Ability to manage and resolve conflict with an attitude of humility
- Ability to lead in a positive, motivating and caring manner.
- Proven ability to use good judgement and ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to handle emergency situations with a professional and confident demeanor
- A personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Theologically and doctrinally aligned with Heights Church on important matters
- Demonstrates evidence of a Christ-like attitude in words and actions, with humility
- Must meet AZ State requirements for Assistant Director
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood is preferred
- An understanding of young children and their developmentally appropriate needs
- A clear background check, fingerprint and safety check is required
- 1+ years experience working in a Preschool is required
- Maintain CPR and First Aid certifications
- Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit both in a chair and on the floor. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The job requires being inside and outside of the building. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.