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Associate Teacher

Location:

Educational Alliance
New York, NY

Start Date: August 29, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center is a progressive early childhood center that welcomes families of all backgrounds, serving children ages 0-5. Teachers and children work collaboratively to co-construct a curriculum that draws inspiration from the children’s interests. Families are our partners, joining together with children and teachers to create a seamless connection between home and school. Exploration, play, open-ended questions, and beautiful spaces provide an excellent framework for learning.

JOB PURPOSE

Working within inspired and dynamic teams, our infant, toddler, and preschool teachers are helping to build a vision for progressive education on the Lower East Side. Inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, we believe that all children learn through inquiry, exploration and play in the context of strong relationships and a sense of belonging.

Our teachers create responsive, safe, joyful and nurturing learning environments for children that foster inquiry, exploration, learning & reflection; collaborate with co-teachers to plan an emergent curriculum based on observations of children’s interests and development; document children’s learning through photographs, anecdotes, panels and ministories; facilitate communication and collaboration between the family and the preschool.

SCOPE OF INFLUENCE

• Facilitate daily life and plan learning experiences in the classroom
• Build relationships with families and communicate about children’s learning and development in person and through documentation.
• Partner with the teaching staff and administration in the overall philosophy and direction of the preschool.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Planning, Preparation + Curriculum Development
• Co-constructing curriculum, based on children’s interests, questions and development
• Documenting, reflecting and planning from observations
• Participating in weekly planning meetings with teaching team

Classroom Environment
• Planning and creating a classroom environment with inquiry, exploration, learning and respect in mind
• Create a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome
• Organizing physical space and selection of materials in a way that is inviting and accessible to children
• Creating visual evidence of the narratives and curriculum occurring in your classroom

Interactions with Children
• Speaking and listening to children with respect and mindfulness
• Supervising the whole group, while giving individual attention
• Managing classroom procedures including transitions, routines and small groups
• Engage students in exploration and ongoing project work
• Scaffolding children through conflict and problem solving

Relationships with Families
• Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families
• Communicating consistently with families

Professional Responsibilities
• Documenting children’s learning, development and progress
• Maintaining collaborative and professional relationships with colleagues
• Mentoring Associate and Assistant teachers (applicable to lead teachers)
• Participating in weekly professional learning meetings
• Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct and decision making
• The candidate will be reflective, ask questions, be willing to take risks and make mistakes

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Required Knowledge

• Lead Teachers: MA in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education | New York State N-6 or PreK-6 certification
• Assistant Teachers: Bachelor’s Degree preferred
• Minimum 3 years of professional teaching experience in an early childhood setting preferred
• Available to work a mix of morning and afternoon shifts (8am-4pm or 10am-6pm) to cover extended day preferred
• Strong oral and written communication with parents, children and co-workers

Educational Alliance “Perks”
Competitive salary 
Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance
Comprehensive health insurance 
Free gym membership at the Manny Cantor Fitness Center and free family membership at the 14th Street Y
Generous paid time off throughout the year
Company-funded cash benefit pension plan and other retirement planning opportunities

EEO Info
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Salary & Benefits

Application Procedures

Please apply online:
https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=521581ec-9c96-4687-8176-53fd747c266c&jobId=278733&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

Program Description

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.

Contact Info

Your support will help us advance the quality of every child's one childhood.

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.