“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” - Solomon Ortiz.
Clayton Early Learning is an innovation hub that fosters thriving, equitable communities by partnering with families to nurture a whole child, whole family approach to the early years, discover what works, and advance systems change.
Clayton Early Learning is a hub for Colorado’s innovative work in early childhood development. Committed fiercely to the belief that healthy early childhood development offers one of the most powerful levers for ending inequality, Clayton plays a leadership role in demonstrating what’s possible in the early years, and the positive impact that has for children and families over time. Clayton’s 20-acre campus in the heart of Denver is the home of Colorado’s only Educare school, a nationally recognized model supporting children from birth to age five and their families. We also impact systems change in Colorado and beyond through our research and evaluation services, professional development for teachers and leaders throughout Colorado, and policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level. Our direct service and systems change work impacts 20,000 children throughout Colorado every year.
- Plans, organizes, implements, and delivers an infant, toddler or preschool program based on the enrolled children’s individual and group’s educational, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs.
- Manages the classroom environment and works with the parents directly and as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
- Provides direct supervision for the classroom team including all areas of personnel actions.
- Partners with the Lead Child Family Educator to manage center activities.
- Performs administrative functions to support effective “neighborhood” and program functions in compliance with state regulations, Head Start performance standards, and standard operating procedures.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In accordance with Early Head Start/Head Start performance standards, ACF, licensing, NAEYC, Qualistar and organization guidelines, implements an infant, toddler, or preschool program based on parent input and individual children’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs and strengths.
- Develops written plans, with classroom team, for daily activities based on children’s needs and interests which stimulate learning in all developmental areas (physical, social, emotional, and intellectual) for a class of 8 to16 children which may involve some children with disabilities.
- Organizes classroom materials and equipment to provide a safe, supportive age appropriate environment for children. Conduct an annual inventory of existing classroom materials and equipment and future needs. Is responsible to perform administrative functions to support effective “neighborhood” and program functioning. Tasks include: scheduling and facilitating team and classroom meetings, identification of team resource needs, ensuring planning and accurate completion of program projects, and in accordance with established deadlines tracking and monitoring team data, and adherence to quality standards. Audits files, portfolios, lesson plans, etc.
- Provides direct supervision for classroom team. Initiates personnel actions such as hiring, appraisals, and disciplinary measures. Supports and directs employee development by determining training and technical needs, coordinating training, accessing resources, analyzing and solving problems, staying abreast of current issues and theories within the field, and other related matters.
- Promotes positive employee relations through coaching, open two-way communication, reflective supervision, team-building and prompt resolution of employee issues. Communicates program’s objectives and promotes understanding and support of same.
- Along with others, provides new employee orientation for newly hired staff.
- Provides direct educational services to children and families as a contributing member of the classroom team.
- In collaboration with Child Family Educators, assists with supporting families in the Colorado Child Care Assistance program, conducts family conferences and home visits with each child’s family to develop rapport, advise parents of child’s progress, and gain parental input into the child’s education plan.
- Plans and participates in the preparation, setup, and clean up of meals and snacks. Eats the meal/snack together “family style” with the children.
- Prepares, submits, monitors and tracks internal and external reports/documents in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations/guidelines, and standard operating procedures which includes but is not limited to screenings, assessments, enrollment, attendance, etc.
- Demonstrates responsible professional behavior by participating effectively within and across teams, i.e. emails, effective communication using skilled dialogue, etc. Works effectively with the management team to ensure smooth program operations.
- Operational knowledge of performance standards, licensing and quality standards, and initiative design.
- Supervisory skills to include ability to impart knowledge, monitor, and coach to achieve organizational objectives and initiatives.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Minimum education: BA in ECE or BA plus 36 ECE Credits required. ECPC Level IV Credential; bilingual in English/Spanish preferred
Certificates or licenses: Pediatric first aid, CPR and Universal Precautions certification (as required). Valid driver’s license with evidence of vehicle insurance.
Special professional and/or job-related requirements: Current PPD-TB and physical examination, background check, and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.
Special training or experience: Knowledge of the culture, including food preferences, and conditions inherent within the surrounding community. Training and experience in teaching methods and classroom preparation. Experience in managing and relating to small children in groups and individually, and interacting with parents and others who represent various backgrounds. Experience in supervising, observing, assessing, and evaluating situational and behavioral circumstances. Training or experience in working as a functional member of a team.
- Conduct activities involving stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, crawling, twisting, and reaching on a frequent basis and substantial standing and walking , and moderate sitting.
- Sit on the floor or crouch at a child’s level. Lift a child weighing up to 50 pounds. Lift, carry, push, and/or pull a burden weighing up to 25 pounds.
- Grasp and manipulate office and art equipment and similar other tools and materials.
- Work with hands above shoulder height with a weight up to 5 pounds.
- Work with arms extended at shoulder height with a weight up to 20 pounds.
- Participate in routine conversation in person or via telephone, and distinguish telephone, radio/pager signals, alarms, and other auditory tones in a noisy environment.
- Distinguish small objects at near and far distances in conditions of bright or low light. Distinguish color and depth, and see objects in a wide field of vision.
- Respond to unanticipated situations involving activities of young children ranging in age from birth to three years of age.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS and ABILITIES:
- Interpret/understand intermediate information received as well as prepares and transmits it. Involves ongoing interaction with other employees, the general public, and children and parents within the community. May involve interaction with persons whose first language is not English.
- Develop, read and understand intermediate written materials, and compose information/instruction in written form.
- Apply intermediate level analytical skills for assessment and evaluation responsibility.
- Apply intermediate level problem-solving skills essential in developing solutions for unanticipated issues and challenges.
- Remain calm and calm others in an emergency, stressful and/or confrontational situation.
- Identify conflict and take the steps necessary to resolve the issues or inform those who can.
- Work with other people taking into consideration, among the dynamics, their needs, their personal style, and the requirements of their jobs.
- Understand, and apply intermediate level organizational theories and practices essential in the development and implementation of policies, practices, programs, and employee communications.
This position is classified as a Category I risk within the Clayton Educare work environment. The majority of this position's duties are performed within an indoor or a protected environment. Employees in Category I are those whose primary job responsibilities involve daily potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues, or potential exposure to spills or splashes of blood. Involves exposure to medical/health conditions of known and unknown origin. See exposure control plan for further details. The incumbent may be exposed to loud noises. The incumbent may be exposed to adverse weather and congested traffic conditions while traveling on Clayton Educare business. May be exposed to the threat of direct or indirect violence/conflict by other individuals, and other unanticipated circumstances associated with the profession.
Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. I understand I am to become familiar with its contents. If I have any questions regarding this job description, I understand that I should talk to my supervisor.
Hours of Operation:
Clayton's hours of operation for this position are between the hours of 7:00am to 6:00pm. Daily work schedules may vary and are determined based on family and program needs.
- $38,000-$40,000 annual salary; available benefits include health, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending account, STD, LTD
At Clayton we aim to create the beloved community. We work to foster a community characterized by trust, dignity, love, and justice, with our children and families, our team members, and other partners on our campus and beyond.
These values are foundational to Clayton’s beloved community. At Clayton we:
Value diversity, equity, and inclusion as our foundation. At the core of the beloved community, we leverage collective genius by nurturing and embracing differing perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. We seek to understand our differences, rather than pretending they don’t affect us. We challenge our own biases, and we actively work to ensure each of us can bring all of ourselves to our work. We intervene if someone is being marginalized. We look for ways to eliminate inequities inside and outside of Clayton.
Operate with integrity. We adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, personal responsibility, and accountability, worthy of the trust our community places in us.
Demonstrate bold humility. We courageously drive toward our vision, while embracing humility that favors substance over sizzle, that accepts feedback in the spirit of growth, views vulnerability as a path to truth, and seeks impact for our families, not for recognition.
Strive for excellence. Each day we bring our best selves and our best work to our community, creating a positive impact for our families and each other. We value continuous learning and improvement for ourselves and our work.
Innovate through collaboration. We energize the organization, enhancing the lives of those we serve, through the ideas and unique talents of each Clayton community member and those of our partners. We lead with “How might we?” and bring curiosity to discover solutions to hard problems. We discover new approaches through collective creativity and collaborative action. We welcome a steady flow of ideas, people, and partnerships that foster a thriving learning environment on our campus for changemakers.
Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We prohibit discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.