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Responsibilities*

  • Provide a safe, healthy learning environment for children birth to twelve years
  • Effectively manage a classroom by maintaining consistency and having high expectations for children while keeping a global vision
  • Communicate and promote family involvement within classroom
  • Mentor undergraduate students and interns who are fulfilling their  graduation requirements through supporting their development & facilitation of lesson planning of developmentally appropriate practices through observational feedback and evaluations
  • Supervise 1-5 full/part-time student/temporary staff while managing & interacting with children
  • Plan & facilitate a developmentally appropriate curriculum guided by the Reggio Emilia Approach or Montessori which promotes physical, social & cognitive development
  • Be a team oriented leader who works and collaborates with co-teachers and assistant teachers in order to provide quality care for children & families, as well as establish a quality program
  • Maintain proper paperwork for families, children & staff accurately & in a timely manner
  • Represent the quality of programs offered at UM-Flint or Cummings Great Expectations by providing tours, enrollment information, & community outreach opportunities
  • Participate in research & training activities by continuing education in areas of development, curriculum & classroom methods
  • Provoke ideas and scaffold children’s knowledge through problem solving, representational work and conflict resolution
  • Observe, document & evaluate children on an on-going basis through the use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires, assessments and portfolios for family/teacher conferences
  • Conduct meaningful & engaging small/large group activities/projects
  • Organize & supervise field trips or outside of classroom experiences
  • Ability to work with a tolerant classroom which promotes diversity, thus enhancing social-emotional development of children
  • Promote a welcoming & nurturing classroom & program environment for children, families, students, faculty & other campus or community members
  • Administer first aid and medication within policy guidelines
  • Perform every aspect necessary to insure excellent child care
  • Build community partnerships & make community outreach efforts in order to strengthen programming, marketing & referral services for families
  • Exhibit a commitment to the mission & philosophy of the Center and its Administration

Required Qualifications*

  • CDA, Associate or Bachelor Degree in the field of education, psychology or social work 
  • A minimum of one year of full-time teaching at the infant, toddler, preschool or early primary level
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, including effective supervisory experience
  • Excellent attendance
  • Maintain certification in infant/toddler/adult CPR and First Aid
  • Adhere to the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers
  • Be willing to work off site from the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor Degree or higher in early childhood or education with at least two years of experience teaching at the infant, toddler, preschool or early primary level
  • Experience with Great Start Readiness Program and/or Early Head Start Standards
  • Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach or Montessori Practices
  • Knowledge of Accreditation through NAEYC
  • Experience with Home Visiting
  • Knowledge of  Looping
  • Experience working with children with special needs
  • Experience in sign language or foreign language

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.