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WHAT MAKES VOA SPECIAL
Volunteers of America Colorado believes unique challenges require unique and thoughtful solutions. VOA creates specialized programs to meet the critical needs of the communities we serve—our programs across Colorado look different because each community is distinct. Volunteers of America recognizes the senior who needs assistance with her grocery shopping in Fort Collins, and the student in Aurora who has never been to summer camp. We support Denver’s homeless veterans who have been underserved and prepare preschoolers challenged by poverty to be successful in elementary school and beyond. Wherever we go we engage faith, relationship-building, and volunteers to lift up and support Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens.
Responsible for the planning, organizing, implementation, and delivery of the preschool program (ages 3-5) based on the individual and group’s educational, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of the children enrolled by utilizing an ecological model that focuses on the child and family. Service modalities include Trauma-Informed Care, Conscious Discipline, Motivational Interviewing, utilizing the domains of CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System), Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, Creative Curriculum, and Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG). Job Duties include the responsibility for working alongside the Teacher Associate, Teacher Assistant, and Foster Grandparents in managing the classroom’s physical and educational environment, partnering with families to support whole child development, collaborating with all team members and partners to consistently improve individual, team, and children’s learning outcomes, preparing and maintaining documentation in compliance with federal, state, and agency performance standards, creating a positive classroom climate to benefit the social-emotional and academic development of students and welcomes families.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Ensures that the family’s voice is heard, and their ideas play a prominent role in programming.
Plans and implements a high-quality, trauma-informed, large group, and individualized lessons that align with Head Start, CLASS, and TSG performance standards.
Organizes classroom environment to support top ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised) and CLASS ratings and creates a welcoming and warm environment for all students and their families.
Utilizes lessons and studies from the Creative Curriculum and Conscious Discipline to guide children’s education.
Engages inconsistent data gathering, documentation, assessment, and analysis of students’ performance. Plans lessons to support growth in all areas. Maintains a portfolio of children’s growth and assessments using the Teachings Strategies GOLD platform.
In conjunction with the Teacher Associate, conducts two Home Visits and at least two conferences with families to build relationships and helps guardians learn they are always the child’s first teacher.
Ensures that children with disabilities are identified early and served in an inclusive environment.
Discusses children’s ongoing development in collaboration with the Education Coordinator, School Nurse, Mental Health, and Developmental consultants. Provides thorough documentation when referrals are made for students in need of further evaluation.
Maintains accurate records of students’ daily and hourly attendance and Meal Counts.
Aides in the organization and maintenance of the classroom, kitchen, and other school-related materials.
Creates and maintains a predictable schedule and routine for the classroom, including arriving to work on time and refraining from frequent absences.
Regularly maintains classroom sanitization practices in accordance with licensing and best practices.
Attends orientations, training, education programs, staff meetings, community meetings, conferences, and workshops as requested and applicable to meet the needs of the position. May provide training and mentorship to team members and community stakeholders regarding best practices in relevant service models and practices.
Completes a minimum of 15 credit hours of continued education per licensing requirements.
Performs all duties in a professional manner, adhering to the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Code of Ethics, and maintaining the confidentiality of all information.
Predictable, consistent attendance.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field; or Associates degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field and 2 years of related experience with verifiable hours of eligibility letter.
Two years of teaching in a classroom environment with verified hours of eligibility letter.
Experience working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Previous Lead Teacher Experience
Experience with Teaching Strategies GOLD, CLASS, ECERS-R, Trauma-Informed Care, and Creative Curriculum.
Monday through Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm or 7 am to 3:30 pm or 9 am to 6 pm. (Occasional weekends: Saturdays).
$22.45/hr., $46,696.00/yr. – $25.00/hr. $52,00.00yr. (based on experience)
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Teaching Early Childhood is a physically demanding job with frequent standing, walking, squatting, bending, sitting on the floor and in small chairs, running, lifting, and reaching.
Physical demands require constant movement for up to 6 hours daily.
The classroom environment or outside and gym play can get noisy.
Teachers must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Respond quickly and appropriately during emergency situations.
Work indoors and outdoors during all seasons and weather conditions.
Emotional/mental stability and ability to auditorily and visually supervise students in care.
Benefit eligibility is based on job type/status
- Paid Holidays
- Paid Time Off
- Volunteer/Wellness Day
- Tuition Assistance
- Pension and 403b Retirement Plan
- Health, Dental, Vision, Pet Insurances
- Life Insurance (Including Accidental Death & Dismemberment)
- Accident Insurance
- Short Term & Long Term Disability
- Employee Assistance/Work-Life Balance Program
- Employee Discount Program
- LifeLock with Norton
- Company Paid Unlimited Mental Health Benefits for Employees on the VOAC Health Plan
Volunteers of America is an EEO/AA Employer
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