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Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Position Number: 5194304
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Position Type: Education - Teacher Education - Early Childhood

Lead Teacher, Child Development Center

To provide a model classroom environment, maintain a high-quality program based on developmentally appropriate practices, and mentor and supervise student teachers, teacher assistants and volunteers.

Work Location: Doheny Campus (Downtown Los Angeles).

Start Date: Immediately

Applications Deadline: Open until filled

Position Hourly Rate: $21.36

Hiring salary can be above the posted pay range if candidate's qualifications are determined to be above the minimum requirements of the position description.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, and provide appropriate guidance for children in order to facilitate a safe, challenging and comfortable learning environment.
  2. Promote open communication and trusting relationships with parents, while maintaining confidentiality and demonstrating a sensitivity to cultural differences and diversity.
  3. Comply with community care licensing regulations and NAEYC Accreditation standards. Comply with the California Department of Education requirements including "Desired Results" developmental profiles for children, parent/teacher conferences, environmental rating scales and participation in center self-study.
  4. Supervises, trains and evaluates student teachers, teacher assistants and volunteers.
  5. Engage in staff development opportunities to improve professional and personal skills (e.g.,Early Childhood Education or Child Development courses, workshops, conferences and visitsto other centers).
  6. Performs other job duties, as assigned.

Job Requirements:
  • Solid working knowledge of current principles and practices in early childhood development and education
  • Good working knowledge of supervision principles and practices
  • Sufficient workingknowledge of computers and software applications used by the Department

Abilities and Skills:
  • Effectively organize, prioritize and handle multiple tasks to meet established deadlines
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the needs of children and adults in a diverse child care community
  • Manage classroom efficiently by using appropriate child guidance techniques
  • Communicate effectively with adults and children, and work well as a team player
  • Exercise sound judgment and decision making
  • Detail-oriented and flexible
  • Strong planning, organization and prioritization, interpersonal, oral/written communication, teaching/training, public relations and supervisory skills
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English is preferred

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Development or related field is required
  • Child Development Teacher Permit required

  • Two (2) years of teaching experience with children under the age of five.
  • TB and fingerprint clearance required upon employment.

Additional Information:
Mount Saint Mary's University's commitment to equity, diversity and justice (EDJ) is steeped in the tradition and legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), our Catholic identity, mission and values. We are unwavering in our pursuit of inclusion, belonging and antiracism. We aspire to achieve our love of dear neighbor without distinction, which permeates all forms of social identities and human experiences.

We honor and celebrate our similarities and differences. We are committed to the full inclusion of the entire Mount community. Due to historical legacies of exclusion, we offer particular care for underrepresented populations. We define diversity in the broadest sense, including but not limited to, age, differences in culture, citizenship status, disability, family status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, generational history, genetic information, geographic origin, language, political perspectives, mental and physical ability, military service, national origin, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, size and socioeconomic class.

Welcoming individuals from a variety of backgrounds improves and enriches our learning, living and working environments. Any breach of these values harms our community. Mount Saint Mary's University transforms its culture through the radical pursuit of institutionalized change. We strive for a campus where students, staff, faculty, alumnae and all whom we encounter feel welcomed, valued and are supported to reach their full potential.

As we pursue our never-ending journey toward a more equitable, inclusive and antiracist campus in our richly diverse community, we welcome you.

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