Early Childhood Education Teacher - $1000 Sign On Bonus
Lutheran Services Florida
Teacher I for Duval Head Start
Located in Jacksonville, FL
**Plus $1000 Recruitment Bonus!
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant. Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:
- early childhood education
- refugee and immigration
- mental health and substance abuse
- juvenile justice
- child welfare
LSF is looking for a talented Teacher I who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.
Purpose & Impact
Serves as lead worker in a Head Start or Early Head Start classroom. Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for pre-school aged children or infants/toddlers in the Head Start/Early Heart Start Program that comply with federal performance standards. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts
- Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for pre-school age children or infants and toddlers that meet federal performance standards.
- Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.
- Screens and assesses children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.
- Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.
- Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory.
- Documents children's progress or lack of and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.
- Initiates referrals on children to the Center Director by submission of a variety of formal documents.
- Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.
- Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.
- Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, and telephone to apprise them of child's progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.
- Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice and other health conditions, and reports to appropriate Health Coordinator.
- Ensures lessons and classroom activities align with the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Standards.
- Conducts Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten assessments as required.
- Ensures that at least 80% of the children are kindergarten ready.
- Performs quality staff-child interactions resulting in a CLASS scores greater than the lowest 10% of the threshold in each domain.
- Uses active supervision techniques and maintains positive classroom behavior.
- Receives a satisfactory or higher score on the Teacher Success Rubric.
- Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child's work, and a developmental assessment.
- Uses home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
- Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.
- Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.
- Orders supplies and equipment to be used by special needs children in the classroom.
- Assists in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.
- Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.
- Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports.
- Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Head Start/Early Head Start staff.
- Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education; or an Associate’s Degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-aged children. Coursework equivalent to a major related to Early Childhood Education includes but is not limited to the following:
Coursework: No less than 18 semester credits in courses that focus specifically on child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical development, mathematics, science and children’s literature. These courses may have been taken in various departments such as Education, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others, and must specifically address young children.
Completion of State Childcare Training required including Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschoolers or Infant/Toddlers Course; and proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course. In addition all state mandated courses for the Voluntary prekindergarten required.
Two years of experience teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.
Also required: Certification in First Aid and CPR within 90 days from the date of hire and successful completion of a Level II background screening, health, TB and drug screening prior to hiring.
- Working knowledge of brain development and its impact on early learning.
- Working knowledge of child development birth to age five for typical and atypical children.
- Working knowledge of culture and practices for early childhood.
- Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.
- Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to early childhood development.
- Working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to early childhood development.
- Skill in the application of supervisory techniques.
- Skill in making presentations to groups.
- Skill in verbal communication with infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children.
- Skill in resolving conflicts between pre-school age children.
- Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
- Ability to plan, organize and conduct early childhood education programs.
- Ability to implement routine care for infants and toddlers in a responsive environment.
- Ability to assume a seated position on the floor, or a bent or kneeled position for extended periods of time.
- Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.
- Ability to handle confidential information.
- Ability to use a computer and related software.
- Ability to follow established procedures.
- Ability to administer CPR and First-Aid.
- Ability to implement safety procedures.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Other: Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
- Team player with co-workers and central service office staff.
- Cost effective program operations.
- Adherence to agency policies and management practices.
Effective staff management and leadership
Why work for LSF?
Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas
LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.
A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.
People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.
Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.
Amazing benefits package including:
- Medical, dental and vision
- Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Long-term disability
- Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
- Health and dependent care FSA
- Paid holidays
- Generous PTO policy
- 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
- Tuition reimbursement
- Additional voluntary benefits:
- Short-term disability
- Group life insurance
- Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
- Legal Shield coverage
Lutheran Family Services embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in all business practices. LSF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services
3027 San Diego Road Ellis Building Jacksonville, FL 32207
About the Company
Lutheran Services Florida
Organization Overview: Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is an organization that is guided by big ideas and these guiding principles create an imperative to serve that compels LSF to build on organizational strengths, overcome weaknesses and create effective programs in response to human suffering and need. The mission, values, vision and ends polices guide the work of LSF. These guiding principles also shape the advocacy and promotion efforts of the organization, which focus on the needs of the vulnerable, overcoming barriers to service and positioning LSF to effectively respond to opportunities.
The LSF business model responds to a rapidly changing service landscape with an aggressive growth strategy. That growth is predicated on methodical pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities and the maintenance of a new program "pipeline." Established more than 30 years ago, LSF provides value by developing and competently deploying efficient organizational structures; effective operating policies and procedures; accountable management systems and processes; and expertise in the form of personnel, strategic alliances or purchased services.
We have over 60 Programs throughout Florida, an operating budget of over $210 million dollars and 1,400 employees. Head Start was established by the Federal government in 1966. LSF is a Head Start grantee. Our Head Start Programs are in multiple counties throughout Florida providing multiple program options including center base, family childcare, home base, pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers.
“Ready for School, Prepared for Life”
To educate, equip, and empower children, families and staff through partnership and efficient data driven systems to close the achievement gap.