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  • 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 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 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 equivalent) or Bachelor Degree (or equivalent) 
  • A minimum of one year 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
  • Complete required fingerprinting and TB test (out of pocket cost)

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.


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COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.