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At Central Synagogue

Education Department

Early Childhood Head Teachers for Twos and Threes

Posted on April 23, 2018

Our Vision at the May Family Nursery School:
Early childhood is a magical time of discovery for children and their parents. At Central Synagogue, one of the largest Reform congregations in North America located in Midtown Manhattan, we provide children with rich learning and growth experiences that establish them as lifelong learners and celebratory experiences that connect them to the joys of Judaism through an exploration of values, traditions, and rituals.

Description:
Early childhood is a magical time of discovery for children and their parents. At Central Synagogue, one of the largest Reform congregations in North America located in Midtown Manhattan, we provide children with rich learning and growth experiences that establish them as lifelong learners and celebratory experiences that connect them to the joys of Judaism through an exploration of values, traditions, and rituals.

The Head Teacher is a member of the Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School teaching team who shares in the education, care, and well-being of his or her assigned group of students. Under the guidance of the Nursery School administration, the Head Teacher is required to implement planned curriculum, maintain written plans, provide a developmentally appropriate classroom environment, determine classroom and individual student goals, mentor colleagues on the teaching team, participate in team meetings and to uphold the objectives and overall philosophy of the Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School. The Head Teacher reports to the Early Childhood Director.

Reports to: Early Childhood Director

Department Hours:Full-time, Exempt and not eligible for OT
Your hours of employment will be as follows: Monday through Thursday 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM and until 2:30 PM on Friday

Essential Functions:

  • Manage all aspects of daily classroom life, including health and safety of all students, establishment of comfortable classroom routines and transitions, and implementation of child-centered, developmentally appropriate, emergent curriculum that excites children about learning and prepares them for the next step in their education.
  • Plan and implement activities to support and foster positive self-esteem, social skills, developmental growth, and independence for all students.
  • Observe and record children’s progress, behavior, growth, and development on a regular and ongoing basis.
  • Work collaboratively with teaching team, administrators, specialists, and consultants.  Meetings with NS administrators are held weekly.
  • Commit to meeting weekly (minimum one hour) with your teaching team to plan, reflect, and discuss children, curriculum, parents, and day-to-day classroom experiences.
  • Incorporate Shabbat, Jewish holiday celebrations, and Jewish values, customs, traditions, and rituals into the classroom.
  • Manage any classroom allergies, coordinate with service providers such as OT, PT, or speech (as applicable), and address other individualized needs of students.
  • Communicate effectively with parents through written daily and weekly, and monthly communication, in-person discussions at drop off and pick up, email correspondence, and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Actively participate in all team meetings, staff meetings, professional development days, teacher trainings, and workshops.

Contractual Agreement:

  • Full time, 10-month position.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include: paid vacation time in correspondence with school and religious holidays, paid sick and personal days, medical coverage, paid Maternal/Paternal leave, retirement plans, and group life insurance.
  • Learning/growth opportunities.

Communication:
Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related education degree
  • Current New York State Teaching Certification for Early Childhood
  • Teaching experience in early childhood classroom (minimum three years teaching experience)
  • Meet standards for licensing requirements (finger printing, child abuse and other relevant training, etc.)

Application Process:
To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, New York State Teacher certification documentation (where applicable), and three references addressed to Cindy Grebow, Early Childhood Director, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference the job title, Head Teacher, in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.