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Early Childhood Educator

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Tucson, AZ

General Position Description:

Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum in a classroom setting for toddlers or preschool-aged children. Develops partnership relationships with family members to better meet the needs of the child. Maintains current and timely documentation of work in compliance with Center and other regulatory agenciesí standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete the Blake Foundation & Childrenís Achievement Centerís new employee requirements for employment: orientation and training requirements, reporting suspected child abuse, and health requirements as specified by the Office of Child Care Licensure.
  • Design and maintain a home-like classroom environment to enhance culturally sensitive learning based on the developmental needs of the children.
  • Develop curriculum considering the age and experience of the children, reflecting all areas of development including physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive skills.
  • Adapt the curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of the individual childís strengths, needs and interests.
  • Implement the Individual Family Service Plan or Individual Educational Plan for children with special needs.
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies to encourage learning, following the individual childís lead and preferred modality for learning.
  • Facilitate each childís curiosity and enthusiasm for learning by engaging in collaborative inquiry with them.
  • Foster interaction and cooperation among the children. Encourage children to lead their own small group activities.
  • Facilitate a sense of responsibility and self-regulation in children, intervening only when necessary in settling disputes or differences.
  • Establish partnerships with parents and families in order to achieve shared goals for children.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, colleagues and community organizations in best serving the childís needs.
  • Provide instruction and supervision for teaching assistants.
  • Share information with colleagues which facilitates continuity of care throughout the childís day.
  • Work with teaching team to implement program curriculum, following policies, procedures and practices that result in positive outcomes for children and families.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities by enrolling in higher education programs, conferences and trainings.

 

  • Attend planning, informational and quality assurance meetings.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality concerning children and families.
  • Maintain required documentation and reporting on each child.
  • Complete annual continuing educational requirements as specified by Office of Child Care Licensure.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development.
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate care and best educational practices supported by research and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Knowledge of methods to include children with differing levels of developmental abilities.
  • Ability to be self-directed when necessary, yet flexible when needs of the children change.
  • Ability to use principles of reflective practice with children, families and colleagues.
  • Ability to develop reciprocal, mutually respectful relationships with children, family members and colleagues.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of a team.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to use technology as a tool for record-keeping, documentation and investigation.

EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood or related field.
  • Bachelorís Degree in unrelated field plus 18 credit hours in early childhood education (may be completed within 18 months of hire); 6 months prior experience.
  • Associateís Degree in Early Childhood with an expectation of finishing BA within 2 years; 1 year classroom experience
  • 45 College credit hours toward a degree in early childhood education with an expectation of finishing AA within 1 year and BA within 3 years; 2 years classroom experience.
  • Must pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment.

Minimum Requirements: or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Clean criminal background check and the ability to obtain and maintain a level one clearance card.
  • Valid AZ Driver License
  • Must have a valid Arizona Driverís License, good driving record
  • Be at least 21 years of age as required by corporate fleet policy
  • Maintain current CPR, First, Aid, Article IX, Prevention & Supports certification, training

Physical requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position.
  • Must be able to operate a computer, phone and other office equipment.
  • Must be able to stoop, squat, reach, stretch, ascend and descend stairs.
  • May work in an office setting.

Psychological Requirements:

  • Must be able to remain calm, non-defensive with a supportive attitude during stressful, potential crisis, and crisis situations.
  • Must be able to work in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Must be able to manage high volumes and unpredictability of work.
  • Must be able to remain flexible and reprioritize according to the changing demands of the day.
  • Must be able to manage stress in a fast-paced, unpredictable, intense setting.
  • Must be able to adapt to diverse cultural environments and communicate in a culturally inclusive manner.
  • Must be able to represent Easterseals Blake Foundation in a professional manner in all situations.

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed. I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related. I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information. I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background. I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.

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