YMCA of Central Ohio

Lead Teacher

At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.  That’s why our child care, afterschool and Child Watch programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do their homework.  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves.

Our full time staff receive great benefits package that includes:
- Vacation, sick, and personal time
- Health, dental, and vision insurance
- Participation in the awesome Y-Retirement Fund
- Long term disability & Group Life Insurance fully paid by the Y
- A free family membership - and so much more!

POSITION SUMMARY: Provides a safe, caring and learning environment for infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:
Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors and healthy living practices.
Prepares classroom for children daily by arranging and maintaining a safe and age appropriate learning environment; keeps classroom space clean and organized; maintains classroom supplies; conducts annual classroom environment assessment with designated tool (ECCERS, ITERS, ELLCO, etc.) as required. 
Greets each child and parent daily; communicates often and professionally with families, children, and staff.
Conducts informal orientation (including transition meetings) for children new to the classroom.
Assesses each child’s developmental needs both formally and informally using designated assessment and screening tools. Establishes and monitors individual goals for all children.  Documents evidence to be used for curriculum planning and assessment including ongoing, systematic observations on each child. 
Conducts parent/teacher conferences utilizing assessment results.
Writes and implements lesson plans and follows daily schedule; plans must reflect a well balanced, varied program for children following designated curriculum and program guidelines as well as incorporating Ohio, SUTQ and NAEYC standards.
Offers children appropriate affection, verbal praise, and acceptance while providing clear, consistent, and developmentally appropriate expectations for behavior; sets firm limits with positive phrasing and actions when necessary.
Assists in ensuring center’s compliance with all YMCA, ODJFS licensing, SUTQ and NAEYC requirements.
Collects, records and maintains all necessary information/documentation for student records, funding and other projects; enters data into appropriate systems in a consistent and timely fashion.
Contributes to staff projects, organizes and communicates with supervisor, parents, host, and staff. Takes a leadership role when applicable in special events.
Attends all staff meetings, and appropriate child care workshops; maintains training hours needed for SUTQ and NAEYC.
Maintains prompt hours, follows procedures for absences, and provides staff with lesson plans in the case of absence.
Assists in the training of other staff.
If applicable, complete duties as required by the Child and Adult Care Food program for your program.

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in child development, elementary education, or related field from college or university; previous experience in a early care and education setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Career Pathway Level as determined by Program’s SUTQ requirements
Must submit medical statement as required by ODJFS standards. Must obtain and keep current training certifications in first aid, communicable diseases, child abuse recognition & prevention required by ODJFS.
Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.
Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.
Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations.

Branches for Application Submission:

YMCA Early Learning Center
Hilltop YMCA
YMCA Hilltop Educare
Pickaway County Family YMCA
KIPP Early Learning Center
Future Scholars Community Learning Center