Acacia Network, the leading Latino integrated care nonprofit in the nation, offers the community, from children to seniors, a pathway to behavioral and primary healthcare, housing, and empowerment. We are visionary leaders transforming the triple aim of high quality, great experience at a lower cost. Acacia champions a collaborative environment to deliver vital health, housing and community building services, work we have been doing since 1969. By hiring talented individuals like you, we've been able to expand quickly, with offices in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Orlando, Tennessee, Maryland and Puerto Rico.
We are searching for a Head Teacher that, under the direction of the Education Director, develops and implements individual educational plans for children, which help them to develop socially, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their stage of development. The Teacher works collaboratively with the Teacher Assistant and aid/or volunteers.
Responsibilities consist of but not limited to:
- Participate in all pre-service trainings and workshops throughout the year
- Implement creative curricula in the classroom
- Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of the Head Start Performance Standards and the Core Curriculum and thorough knowledge and application of Developmentally Appropriate Practices
- Plan and implement learning experiences that promote all developmental areas, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing in all domains.
- Guide and facilitate activities of the children, including daily activities, choice time, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom
- Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children
- Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child's work, and developmental assessment completed as per ACS, and DOE.
- Experience with or knowledge of Teaching Strategies Gold for the implementation of #7.
- Conduct two home visits (for Head Start only) and two/three parent conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations
- Eat and assist children in the development of social and self- help skills, and sound nutritional practices
- Meet periodically with directors and family assistants to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities.
- Meet with the mental health consultant as needed to discuss the mental health needs of children
- Work with assistant and aide to use and develop staff's individual skills and abilities in planning and carrying out classroom activities
- Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assure that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored
- Use the park as an extension of the classroom and assure that the park is safe
- Assist in conducting the daily health and environment check list
- Assist in implementing children's I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan)seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood
- Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed.
- Complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g. lesson plans, assessments, attendance, meal counts and progress reports.
- Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Professional Development Plan
- Perform other duties as may be required.
- Successful experience working in a team setting
- Ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with a Teacher assistant and an aide: assisting them in increasing professional knowledge and skill
- Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community
- Ability to plan, organize and implement positon responsibilities
- Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges with correction if needed
- Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment including but not limited to the telephone, fax machine, copier
- Experience successfully working with a cultural diverse staff and clients
- A baccalaureate or advanced degree in any field, at least 18 credit hours in early childhood education and experience teaching children in the age range for which she/he is applying for. Or be in the process of completing an advanced degree and a NYS teaching Certification ” birth to grade 2”. Must be working towards Master's Degree in Teaching.
- Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start (or comparable child development programs), early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practices.
- Proof of a physical examination within the last 6 months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DOHMH licensing , DOE and ACS.
- Personal qualifications as required: Licensing Standards for Early Childhood Center based programs ,emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities
- Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children
- Must provide Mandated Reporter Certificate
- Must have Infectious disease certificate
- Must have CPR/BLS ( Adult-Child-Infant)
We offer to the chosen candidate a generous compensation package!
*Acacia network is an Equal Opportunity Employer*