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Helping America's most vulnerable.

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.

JOB SUMMARY:

Works in the classroom as needed and assists in 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 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 other teacher and Foster Grandparents in managing the classroom’s physical and educational environment, partnering with families to support whole child development, and 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.

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.
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.
Long-term substitutes are required to collect data, conduct assessments, and maintain portfolios on students.
Long-term substitutes may be required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of continued education per licensing requirements.
Maintains classroom licensing ratios.
Adhere to the NAEYC (National Association in a professional manner for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethics and maintain the confidentiality of all information.
Predictable, consistent attendance.
Performs all other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and through writing to families, coworkers, consultants, volunteers, and community partners.
Good organizational skills.
Basic computer and tablet skills to input data and documentation.
Knowledge about human development.
Ability to use standard classroom office technology: iPad, copier, computer.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and through writing to families, coworkers, consultants, volunteers, and community partners.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Teacher Assistant: High School diploma or GED.
Teacher Associate I: Enrolled in an academic program to obtain an associate or baccalaureate degree, or Enrolled in a Child Development Associate (CDA) program or enrolled in such program within 30 days of hire, or Completion of Early Childhood Education 101 & 102 (ECE 101 &102) and 12 months (1820 hours) verified experience working with young children.
Teacher Associate II: Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field; or Ability to acquire the required Early Childhood Education college courses within two years of employment. Two years of paid working experience with young children.
Lead Teacher: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field; or Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field and 2 years of related experience with verifiable hours of eligibility letter. Two years of classroom experience with verified hours of eligibility letter.
Preferred Qualifications of Position
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.
Predictable, consistent attendance.
Other duties as assigned.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

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.
Ability to respond quickly and appropriately during emergency situations.
Ability to work indoors and outdoors during all seasons and weather conditions.
Emotional/mental stability and ability to auditorily and visually supervise students in care.

Position Type

Part-Time, Hourly/Nonexempt

Part-Time during Center hours – Monday through Friday: 7 am to 6 pm. The schedule varies as needed.

PAY RANGE: $16.00 – $19.20 per hour + $1.00 more per hour for bilingual (Spanish/English) competency (based on experience)

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
  • Unlimited Mental Health Benefits for Employees on the VOAC Health Plan
  • Volunteers of America is an EEO/AA Employer

To apply for this job email your details to dmeir@voacolorado.org