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Lead Teacher

Company: New River Community Action Inc
Location: Christiansburg
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Under the direct supervision of the Site Administrator, the Teacher is responsible for the daily operation of classroom.

1. Plans, coordinates and implements a developmentally appropriate classroom-based program for three to five-year-old children using the approved curricula.

2. Prepares daily lesson plans and provides activities and experiences that encourage questioning, probing, and problem-solving skills appropriate to the developmental and learning styles of each child.

3. Collects and enters data and utilizes computerized records to plan around the children's needs and interests.

4. Develops home and school goals for each child and completes required home visits and parent/teacher conferences.

5. Enhances the parent-child relationship and supports parents' roles as the first and life-long educators of their children.

6. Completes required screenings and ongoing assessments of young children's development according to established time frames. Follows policies and procedures outlined in Integrated Service Plans when making and following-up on referrals and planning for children with an IEP.

7. Adheres to state and federal guidelines and follows agency policies/procedures in all areas.

8. Acts as a member of a comprehensive services team (including NRCA staff, parents, and other community organizations), so that family service activities are coordinated and integrated throughout the program.

9. Actively recruits new families for the program.

10. Completes documentation, to include necessary data entry, and submits all appropriate paperwork and reports as required by deadlines.

11. Maintains confidentiality of family records and information.

12. Actively participates in opportunities that lead to completing their individualized professional development plan.

13. Assumes responsibility of filling bus monitor position as needed.

14. Professionally represents one's self, as well as NRCA, in the community by supporting the agency's customer services beliefs.

15. Personally reports to Department of Social Services all suspected child, aged or incapacitated adult abuse and neglect as required by law and document accordingly. The Commonwealth of Virginia mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect within 24 hours to the local DSS. Informs Site Administrator and Family Services and Community Specialist of all reports to Department of Social Services.

16. Supports the day-to-day operation of the center. Performs all other duties that advance the philosophy and goals of the program and NRCA as deemed necessary by the supervisor.

Supervisory responsibilities
Directly supervises the Assistant Teacher in the classroom. Supervises and trains other classroom staff, substitutes, and volunteers as needed. Conducts orientation, documents on-going performance and completes performance appraisals for all staff supervised by this position. Maintains confidentiality of staff information.

Knowledge, skills & abilities
Must be friendly, positive, responsible, and capable of exercising good judgment in dealing with children and adults.

Capacity to problem solve, handle crises, and work with families and children of various cultures from at-risk backgrounds.

Respects and responds appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family served in the community.

Willingness to work in the homes of families residing in high-risk communities.

Must maintain regular attendance and perform job duties and responsibilities in a satisfactory manner. Notifies supervisor by 6:00 am if unable to report to work. Is responsible for securing classroom substitute.

Prior to employment, the applicant must sign authorizations for NRCA to perform DMV and Criminal Record Checks. These will be used to demonstrate that a satisfactory driving record and no pending or found charges or convictions related to abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children or adults are present. This information can also be used to determine if any other felonies or misdemeanor charges which would conflict with the mission and philosophy of the agency are present.

Driving is an essential function of the job. Must possess valid driver's license and safe driving record. If currently holds a Commercial Driver's License, must maintain that license. Must be able to drive up to 4 hours per day, but may be required to drive more than 4 hours in a given day. Some night/overnight driving may be required for trainings or meetings.

If agency vehicle is unavailable, must have a vehicle with valid inspection and insurance meeting minimum state requirements available for transporting individuals and families within the New River Valley, and in pre-approved cases outside the New River Valley. Mileage reimbursed by NRCA.

Must pass a physical exam in which a physician documents employee's capability of transporting clients. The physical must also include a TB test and document that the employee is capable of performing essential duties specified in his/her job description.

Must be willing to abide by the following Code of Conduct :

Respects and promotes the unique identity of each child and family and refrains from stereotyping based on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, or disability.

2. Follows program confidentiality policies concerning information about children, families, and other staff members.

3. No child will be left alone or unsupervised while under the care of Head Start staff.

4. Uses positive methods of child guidance and will not engage in corporal punishment, emotional or physical abuse or humiliation. Will not employ methods of discipline that involve isolation, the use of food as punishment or reward, or the denial of basic needs.

Must be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds, walking, bending, and standing, occasionally lifting 80 pounds.

Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or another bachelor's degree with equivalent course work

Pay Scale

Wage, non-exempt position, full-time 40 hours/week. 10-month position (academic calendar).

This position is classified as grade 4 on NRCA pay scale table currently in force. Minimum pay rate is $16.23 per hour.


Keywords: New River Community Action Inc, Roanoke , Lead Teacher, Education / Teaching , Christiansburg, Virginia

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