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 YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina  

Early Head Start Teacher: Full-time, non-exempt

Title: Early Head Start Teacher
Department: Early Learning Program (ELP)
Reports to: Director of Early Learning Program
Effective Date: June 2016  

Position Summary: Provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for toddlers while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips). Develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into Head Start or other pre-school settings. Support parents in their role as primary caretakers and educators of their children and encourage their involvement in all aspects of the program. Maintain ongoing contact with families and work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, special services, parent education and resource/referral) to integrate services into the family setting. Ensure the program is meeting goals of excellence set by the Director of Early Learning Program. The position is full-time, year-round, benefits eligible and non-exempt.

The YWCA fosters a team environment and seeks employees who are dedicated to promoting our mission: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Child Contact Time
Meet the needs of all children; including those who are at risk, those with special needs, those who are gifted, and those who are culturally diverse.
Integrate all EHS components into classroom time.
Develop and utilize daily plans, which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of EHS children.
Individualize one-to-one and group activities to reflect the unique needs and strengths of all children in the classroom.
Follow consistent routines, which include feeding, diapering and toileting, napping, planned small and large group experiences, choice time, activities such as music and movement, large and small motor activities, and effective transitions between activities.
Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, and choice-making.
Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement.
Work with appropriate agencies in developing specialized planning for children/families as needed.
Coordinate special needs staff in the classroom and develop a collaborative approach that benefits all children in the classroom and meets needs as specified on the individual plans.
Supervise and monitor children at all times.
Respond to crisis or emergency situations that may occur. Provide first aid or CPR, prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, and access emergency services as needed.

Written Documentation

Maintain accurate written/electronic records; including assessments, special education documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, documents for transition to public school and parent/teacher conference and other required forms.
Collaborative Service Delivery/Home Visits
Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all components.
Meet regularly with parents, and other staff regarding each child's status and progress.
Conduct regular home visits for purposes of assessment and support, and to share information on parenting, educational strategies, and classroom progress.
Plan and conduct regular parent meetings with team members.
Communicate frequently with other parents and other staff; serve as liaison among medical and social services in the community; act as advocate for Head Start families.
Do two parent/teacher conferences yearly.

Curriculum Development
Assess individual and group needs, attending to special needs, specific interests, strengths and concerns.
With parental involvement, develop balanced daily plans, which are developmentally appropriate, and address each child's specific strengths and needs.
Establish daily and weekly goals, which will promote individual and group educational plans and include other EHS components.
Prepare classroom materials and supplies to support daily plans; change materials in learning centers as needed.
Adapt curriculum to address and meet individual goals for children as identified in their individualized education plans.

YWCA Administration:
Provides excellent customer service, ensuring that all members and participants at the YWCA are welcomed, provided with accurate and complete information, and shown respect and appreciation. Willingly and responsibly facilitates solutions to problems presented by staff, members, and participants.
Attends trainings and meetings as required by the YWCA administration.
Assumes other responsibilities appropriate for the position as requested by the YWCA administration.
Will work with a culturally and economically diverse population of YWCA members, participants, and staff members.
Is responsible for knowing all conditions of employment, including the contents of the YWCA staff policy manual.
Maintains confidentiality at all times regarding information about participants and colleagues.

Minimum Requirements:
Minimum of an Associate’s Degree (AA) in Early Childhood Education, an Infant/Toddler CDA (Child Development Associate Certificate) OR Infant Toddler Certificate, in addition to current SIDS certification and experience working with children ages 0-5.
Individuals with a related degree and at least 18 semester hours in infant/toddler coursework will be considered.
Must have flexible schedule to accommodate family needs, may include some evening or weekend hours.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.
Must have a valid Driver's License and proof of insurance and must provide own vehicle for home visits. Regular driving for home visits sometimes in outlying areas is required.
Within 30 days of employment must be Pediatric CPR & First Aid certified.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Frequent significant decision and problem solving abilities.
Ability to work as a team member collaborating with staff, parents and community resources.
Ability to supervise and monitor children at all times to ensure a safe environment. This includes the physical ability to monitor and move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to insure their safety or the safety of others.
Ability to apply Early Childhood Development (focus on infant/toddler) theory in daily activities, and adapt to the individual needs of children
Ability to respond appropriately to an emergency or a crisis situation.

Working Conditions:
Works in direct proximity with children and will be exposed to childhood illnesses.
Will spend a part of each day supervising and participating in outdoor play at all times of the year.

Physical Demands:
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:
Will stand for long periods of time; may occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects or boxes;
Will be expected to participate in the demands required when working with children under the age of 6 such as bending, lifting, diapering, floor play, leading fitness activities.
Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.

Accepting applications through June 30, 2016. 



 YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina  

 Primary Enrichment Pre-K Counselor: Part-time, non-exempt

Title: PEP Pre-K Counselor
Department: Primary Enrichment Program
Reports to: Director of Primary Enrichment Program
Effective Date: June 2016

Position Summary: Primary Enrichment Counselors create a safe, supervised environment for children during out-of-school time while parents are working. Counselors provide academic support, enrichment, and opportunities for recreation and act as role models for children in the center. Counselors follow all requirements for maintaining the program’s star rating, as explained by the Director of Primary Enrichment Program. The position is seasonal requiring an afternoon commitment during the school year and an all-day commitment during the summer months. The position is part-time, year round and non-exempt.

 

The YWCA fosters a team environment and seeks employees who are dedicated to promoting our mission: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Creates an atmosphere of trust, safety, respect, and care in the assigned classroom by becoming familiar with each child’s condition and special needs.
Participates in transporting children from school to the YWCA. Will be asked to drive a mini-bus on bus routes or to act as a monitor on the bus. Will also participate in transporting children on field trips, mainly during the summer months.
Maintains constant supervision of assigned children in the center, at activities outside the center, and during transport.
Continually communicates with the Director of Primary Enrichment Program and the Primary Enrichment Coordinator regarding changes in children’s conditions or special issues in the classroom.
Knows and implements all sanitation and safety rules as described and explained by the Director of Primary Enrichment Program.
Works in a team with other counselors to plan activities for children during all periods of the day when the program is open.
Provides academic support for children who need to use out-of-school hours to work on homework or study for tests.
Supports the YWCA’s commitment to addressing childhood obesity by modeling enthusiasm for outside play, indoor physical fitness, and good nutrition.
Interacts with parents professionally, keeping parents informed of all aspects of their children’s after school or summer camp experience.
Works to resolve conflicts among children in the spirit of non-violence.

Program Administration
Records information about each child’s participation, as required, in an accurate and timely way, using the forms provided by the Director of Primary Enrichment Program and the Primary Enrichment Coordinator.
Immediately reports all accidents and incidents to the Director of Primary Enrichment Program and the Primary Enrichment Coordinator.
Attends all staff meetings called by the Director of Primary Enrichment Program.
Contributes to the class and program newsletters.
Keeps track of equipment needs for the classroom and reports these to the Director of Primary Enrichment Program.

YWCA Administration:
Provides excellent customer service, ensuring that all members and participants at the YWCA are welcomed, provided with accurate and complete information, and shown respect and appreciation. Willingly and responsibly facilitates solutions to problems presented by staff, members, and participants.
Attends trainings assigned by the Director of Primary Enrichment Program.
Assumes other responsibilities appropriate for the position as requested by the Director of Primary Enrichment Program.
Will work with a culturally and economically diverse population of YWCA members, participants, and staff members.
Is responsible for knowing all conditions of employment, including the contents of the YWCA staff policy manual.
Maintains confidentiality at all times regarding information about participants and colleagues.

Working Conditions:
May be asked to attend events during occasionally during evening hours or on weekends.
Will be in direct contact with school age children and may be exposed to childhood illnesses.
Works with a culturally and economically diverse group of children, parents, and colleagues.

Physical Demands:
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: will stand for hours at a time, move about the classroom bending to engage with school age children; may occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects or boxes; must be physically able to perform CPR and basic first aid. Will be required to supervise outdoor activities, and may be asked to participate in physical fitness activities appropriate to children. Will ride in school bus or mini-bus, sometimes for long distances.

Certifications and skills:
Credentials in the field of School Age Child Care are desirable, and, if not brought, must be obtained during the first year of employment. A minimum of an Associates in Early Childhood Education and ECC credentials is required.
Will be trained in CPR and basic first aid.

Send resume, application and cover letter to humanresources@ywcaofasheville.org