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Job Summary

The UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center is looking for three individuals that will be responsible for providing a high-quality developmentally appropriate program to the children in the classroom including assessment of children's development and individual needs, curriculum planning utilizing the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and building relationships with families, children, interns and colleagues. This position, referred to as Mentor Teacher, is responsible for all operations on a daily basis including supervising and coaching teachers, teacher assistants, student staff, and interns. This position is responsible for the safety and well-being of children at all times. 

This is a grant funded position. The grant is expected to end 9/30/2019.



  • Provide a safe, healthy learning environment for children birth to twelve years which includes the ability to:
  • walk, stand, sit (on chair and floor) and talk for varying periods of time. 
  • utilize "child sized" furnishings and materials.
  • run or move at a brisk pace.
  • travel both indoors and outdoors on both commercial and natural surfaces.
  • use hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity for hands to finger movement, and to handle, feel, open, close or operate objects, tools, computers or controls; and reach with hands and arms. 
  • occasionally climb or balance; squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • frequently lift and/or move 10-25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move 35-50 pounds. 
  • exercise constant awareness by accounting for children and maintaining safety at all times.  
  • respond quickly as outlined in the emergency protocols.
  • Effectively manage a classroom or support the management of multiple classrooms by maintaining consistency and having high expectations for children while keeping a global vision
  • Foster the connection between home, school and community
  • Communicate and promote family involvement within classroom
  • Mentor staff including: teachers, teacher assistants, student staff and interns. Mentor teachers may be assigned one classroom to lead or multiple classrooms to work with and support
  • Assist in coaching and supervising teachers, teacher assistants, student staff and interns
  • Plan & facilitate a developmentally appropriate curriculum guided by the Reggio Emilia Approach which promotes physical, social & cognitive development
  • Be a team oriented leader who works and collaborates with 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 adult’s and 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
  • Perform opening and closing procedures of the center as needed
  • Assist in professional development planning as needed throughout the program
  • Active participant in Michigan Inspirations: A Reggio Inspired Learning Community
  • Participate in monthly leadership meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field within six months of date of hire proven by official transcripts and expected course completion.
  • A minimum combination of five years of full-time teaching experience working with infant, toddlers, preschool or early primary level
  • At least two-year’s experience working in a professional mentorship capacity
  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to the Licensing Rules for Child Care Center
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attendance
  • Excellent organizational skills, including effective supervisory experience
  • Maintain certification in infant/toddler/adult CPR and First Aid

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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
  •  Supervising Experience
  • Experience working with children with special needs
  • Knowledge and experience with PQA

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posted period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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