Smart Start Learning Center Lead Teacher

DIVISION: Community Living Connections

LOCATION: Colville

REPORTS TO: Assigned Education Manager

SUPERVISES: Assistant Teacher, Classroom Aid, and Volunteers

DATE OPEN: 10/27/2022


STATUS: Non-Exempt

Regular Full-Time, Hours Per Week, $19.87-$21.49


Oversees the daily operation of the classroom. Plans, coordinates and implements educational,
child directed activities for school age children including the integration of trauma invested
practices that support social-emotional learning and self-regulation in the classroom. Provides
supervision, technical assistance, support, training, mentoring and guidance to other teachers,
staff and volunteers and provides input into the development of the Learning centers systems
and programs.

Examples of Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the supervision of educational classes, including planning and conducting
    classes; meets compliance with all classroom objectives outlined by program standards;
    oversees the collection and organization of appropriate materials; assures that physical
    environment meets developmentally appropriate standards for school age children; develops
    daily lesson plans, which meets developmentally appropriate educational opportunities in all
  • Is able to apply trauma invested practices that support social-emotional learning and
    self-regulation in the classroom.
  • Supervises, manages, and monitors work of assigned staff to promote smooth operations in
    the classroom; guides and trains volunteers, provides for the ongoing guidance and training of
    staff, including preparing them for future promotion opportunities; responsible for the immediate
    discipline of subordinate employees, with support from their assigned supervisor.
  • Communicates with families through a variety of formats, including written, verbal, & approved
    communication platforms.
  • Monitors systems and records required to evaluate and document assigned services;
    manages files, tracking sheets and reports; oversees the preparation of reports and
    correspondence as required.
  • Will document, organize, and enter child and program data, using a variety of data base
  • Promotes the Learning center in the community, including speaking to community groups, as
  • Works with the public schools, various social services agencies, and the business community
  • Has initial accountability to resolve problems or emergencies affecting the quality of program
  • Responsible for basic classroom maintenance, including sweeping and vacuuming after
    messy projects, to assure classroom meets safety and health standards.
  • May travel to other centers to provide support, technical assistance and guidance to peers
    through observations and feedback and informal mentoring; provides other teachers with
    information and shares expertise to promote their growth.
  • Attend staff trainings and meetings as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of the developmental and educational requirements of young children, to
    include developmentally appropriate practices, group management, behavior management,
    current theories of early childhood development and theories of special education for school age
  • Knowledge of social service delivery principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of program policies and procedures and federal, state and local regulations
    governing the program.
  • Solid knowledge of modern principles and practices of management and supervision.
  • Ability to establish professional relationships with co-workers in a team environment and
    remain calm during moments of high stress.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with children, families, and the
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate child needs using a research based assessment tool, and
    develop and implement goals and action plans to respond to needs.
  • Highly skilled in oral and written communications, including writing professional reports,
    completing all program documentation and other correspondence.
  • Ability to supervise and monitor staff and volunteers in an organized and effective manner
    including promoting growth of staff which readies them for promotion within the program.
  • Ability to independently make sound decisions affecting classroom operations, both long range
    and immediate.
  • Ability to type a minimum of 40 wpm.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in Microsoft Suites and various database programs.

Required Education or Experience

AA or BA Degree in Early Childhood Education
Must have a current Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or ECE State
Must be enrolled in a college program leading to an AA degree or BA degree
Must be enrolled in a CDA credential or ECE State Certificate program to be completed
within two years of hire.

Required Certifications & Licenses

Preferred Certifications & Licenses

• Valid driver’s license in the state of residence.
• Access to reliable transportation.
• Auto insurance in the amount required by the State of Washington.
• Physical examination within three weeks of employment.
• First Aid & Infant/Child CPR card within 45 calendar days of employment.
• Food Worker’s Card or acquire within 30 calendar days of employment.
• Acceptable completion of a criminal history check.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand for long
periods of time; sit, including on the floor and small furniture; talk, hear, and use hands and
fingers for fine manipulation and to operate a computer and telephone, and keyboard reach; and
reach with hands and arms.
• The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, squat, crouch or crawl.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close (due to computer work), distance and
peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus and the ability to observe the safety of
the classroom.
• Light to moderate lifting is required. Ability to lift up to 45 pounds.
• Ability to uphold the stress of traveling.
• Regular, predictable attendance is required.

The work environment characteristics described are what is encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Moderate noise (i.e., classroom noise, children talking, yelling).
• Ability to work in a confined area.
• May be required to have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period.
• The employee is occasionally exposed to wet, snowy or hot outdoor weather conditions.

• TB test and proof of test results to employer prior to the start of employment. New employees
do not need a TB skin test if they have written proof of one of the following:

  • A negative Mantoux TB test in the 12 months prior to hire,
  • A previously positive Mantoux TB test with documented proof of treatment;
  • A recent negative chest x-ray and a statement from a health care provider that the
    employee does not pose a risk to others;
  • Medication therapy to treat TB
    • Documentation of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunization:
  • An immunization record indicating that you have received at least one dose of MMR
    vaccination (Immunization record card is acceptable only with doctor’s signature/initials
    or stamp).
  • Lab evidence of immunity to measles disease (also known as a blood test or titer).
  • Documentation from a health care provider that the person has had measles disease sufficient
    to provide immunity against measles.
  • Written certification signed by a health care practitioner, licensed in Washington State— a
    medical doctor (MD), naturopathic doctor (ND), osteopathic doctor (DO), advanced registered
    nurse practitioner (ARNP) or a physician’s assistant (PA)—that the Measles, Mumps, & Rubella
    vaccine is, in the practitioner’s judgment, not advisable for you.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination, HR will need a copy of your vaccination card (if not provided already)

Resume Required

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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