EHS Teacher

Arkansas Early Learning, Inc
Job Description
Company Overview
We believe every child deserves an opportunity to succeed. Arkansas Early Learning is a non-profit organization laser focused on breaking down walls of educational and other injustices that exists for children and families in poverty in contrast to their peers. We break down these walls by providing windows of opportunity using the Early Head Start model. In order to meet the objectives of our mission, we are looking for what matters most - people - who share our purpose and mission to help children and families who are at a disadvantage. Being on our team at Arkansas Early Learning means you are passionate about your career and helping your community. You can make a difference every day in a child's life here. Do you have the right purpose to make an impact on a child’s life and help them unleash their full potential while unleashing your own? Arkansas Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Title: EHS Teacher Admin: 0% FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Department: Education Programmatic: 100% Prepared Date: 6/01/2020
Approved By: Policy Council Date: 6/15/2021 Reports To: Center Director
Approved By: Governing Board Date: 6/17/2021 Employment Contract: No
Grants Allocated To: Local Pay Grade: 5 Employment Agreement: No
Job Summary
Uses the center indoor and outdoor environments to create rich learning opportunities that build on daily routines and supports each child’s individual development. Realizing that every word and action matters in the critical birth to three years of an infant and toddler, the EHS Teacher skillfully and intentionally creates a bond of care and attention enabling the children in their care to learn and develop appropriately.
General Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  1. Must have an interest in children and their development.
  2. Mandated reporter under the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Reporting Act.
  3. Responsible for establishing good working relations with parents, staff, professionals and the general public.
  4. Regular, consistent attendance.
  5. Must keep work area neat and clean.
  6. Lift 10-30 lbs regularly, up to 50 lbs occasionally.
  7. Perform other job-related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or administration.
Teacher Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  1. Establishes a well-managed, child-oriented learning environment that is safe, healthy, interesting and attractive, and promotes the social, emotional, language, and physical development of each child.
  2. Provides leadership through active direction and actual involvement in the care, teaching and training of children.
  3. Responsible for custodial duties of classroom including sanitation and cleaning of all furniture, toys, supplies and equipment
  4. Ensures compliance with primary care giving assignments for family goal setting activities.
  5. Inventories all classroom equipment and supplies as instructed annually
  6. Assists in parent involvement and mobilization of matching/in-kind funds on a local level.
  7. Maintains a positive, cooperative working attitude with all Early Head Start staff, parents, and volunteers.
  8. Assists in emergency or crisis situations.
  9. Administer Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment on all children in accordance with the agency’s schedule.
  10. Complete Individual assessment and outcomes as assigned by the Education Manager for the child’s file.
  11. Complete required screenings according to the agency’s timeline.
  12. Ensure progress in all areas of child development and early learning, outlined by the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.
  13. Enter child information and data into the agency’s child tracking systems.
  14. Participate in monthly tornado and earthquake drills and ensure children are participating and learning what to do in an emergency.
Better Beginnings Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  1. Work with center staff in maintaining accreditation.
  2. Participate in annual Quality Approval visits.
  3. Follow all regulations and requirements as stated in Better Beginnings (Arkansas Quality Rating Improvement System). 
  4. Participate in all required training regarding accreditation.
  5. Comply with any changes that result from a Better Beginnings monitor.
Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
  1. Will ensure that children are receiving guidance involving the three domain areas of “CLASS”
  2. Emotional Support
  3. Classroom Organization
  4. Instructional Support
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have met the following qualifications:

General Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  1. Must have a working phone.
  2. Must have a valid Driver’s License with immediate access to a legally insured vehicle.
  3. Must be able to drive an automobile, full size pickup, and a van.
  4. Must maintain a current TB Screening
  5. Must consent to and pass state felony, Central Registry Check, and/or FBI background check when applicable.
  6. Must consent to and pass agency drug testing
  7. Empathetic and caring
  8. Patient and kind
  9. Good at planning and organizing
  10. Creative and flexible
  11. Enthusiastic about learning
  12. Passionate yet pragmatic
  13. Able to have a sense of humor yet remain respectful of differences
Education and/or Experience                                                  
  1. High school diploma or General Education Development certificate (GED) and Child Development Associate (CDA) credential (Infant and Toddler) required.  Alternatively, a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching children 0-3 (preferred), a baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff, an associate degree in early childhood education or an associate's degree in a field related to early childhood education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching children age 0-3.
Language Skills                                                
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to parents, and employees of the agency.

Mathematical Skills                                                      
Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Continually participate in additional training related to the job as requested by immediate supervisor or administration.
  1. Attend training and/or conferences that may require overnight out-of-town travel for up to one week.
  2. Attend a minimum of 15 clock hours of professional development per year.
    • Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification, as applicable.
  3. Ability to apply new techniques of staff training, knowledge of human behavior and behavior modification
Physical Demands
  1. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  2. 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 and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move 10-30 pounds, and occasionally 50 pounds.
Work Environment
  1. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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