infant teacher

DEPARTMENT

Center of Excellence

REPORTS TO

Center of Excellence Directors

TYPE OF POSITION

Full-time

WAGE

$16.00-$17.25/hour

EDUCATION

Required: 4 to 8 college credits and a year experience in a childcare or school setting. Preferred: BA or BS in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child Development or related field.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Infant Teacher manages the infant classroom based on a philosophy of trauma informed principles and culturally responsive care.  The Co-Teachers work together to provide a warm, loving, atmosphere, and support the development of children ages 6 weeks – 18 months and their parents/family.  Must be able to work and plan in a team setting, with patience, enthusiasm and respect for children, as well as parents and fellow staff. The ability to plan, follow, create, and teach the center’s age appropriate curriculum is required. Teachers must be willing to support other classrooms at our off-site child development program located in our emergency shelter.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

  • Understands child development and milestones and helps children reach and surpass them
  • Understands how trauma can affect children at an early age
  • Understands that the center operates as one team for the betterment of all children, families, and staff
  • The ability to care for children with a trauma informed and healing approach

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Infant Teacher supervises the volunteers, interns and practicum students.

COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care principles and models.
  • Knowledge of the developmental and emotional needs of young children.
  • Knowledge of the methods and procedures used in a child development center.
  • Knowledge of basic health and first aid techniques.
  • Skill in coping with a variety of behaviors.
  • Skill in working with children, their families and the public.
  • Skill in evaluating situations.
  • Ability to determine the needs of children.
  • Ability to teach developmental, social, and emotional skills.
  • Ability to establish a warm and supportive relationship with the children and their parents or guardians.
  • Ability to keep accurate records.
  • Ability to articulate program goals and philosophy and apply it to working in the Early Childhood Development Program.

Child Guidance Skills – awareness of and sensitivity to particular problems of disadvantaged children and the specific needs of families and children who are homeless and in crisis.

Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.  Has the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with a wide variety of people including staff, clients and service providers.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.  Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time.  Follows instructions, responds to management direction;

Communication – Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.  Writes clearly and informatively.  Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.  Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Shares expertise with others.

Adaptability – Is able to adapt to changes in the work environment.  Manages competing demands.  Changes approach or method to best fit the situation.  Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Stress Management – Possesses the capacity to maintain personal control and a balanced approach to stressful conditions.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft applications. Experience with iPads and apps.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • One or more years of experience working as a lead or assistant teacher in a Child Care Setting.
  • One or more years of experience serving multi-cultural, socially diverse population desired.
  • First Aid and CPR certified or willing to be certified within 90 days of employment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell.  The employee must lift and/or move 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can be loud at times.

People Serving People is an EEO employer fully committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting the most qualified individual without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing and maintaining an inclusive work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity.  Individuals who have experienced homelessness are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Please mail or email cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources
614 3rd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

employment@peopleservingpeople.org