Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Start Date: February 27, 2023
The Cyert Center was founded in 1971 by working parents at Carnegie Mellon University, for working parents. The Cyert Center now serves 180 children in two locations. The Cyert Center is a community committed to the highest quality care and education for children ages infant through kindergarten. We believe that all children are thinkers, researchers, and problem solvers. Our program revolves around valuing the development of relationships, open dialogue, and collaboration, which we believe supports the development of strong relationships between all members of the community—children, parents, and educators and the communities beyond these walls. Hallmarks of our philosophy include negotiated curriculum, social constructivism, and the rich use of materials for self-expression and exploration.
The Early Childhood Educator will demonstrate a passion for early childhood education and love of learning; ability to collaborate with other early childhood educators and accept feedback; respect for children and families and ability to show authenticity in all relationships; high energy level; ability to be creative, flexible, and enthusiastic; effective interpersonal skills necessary to work with young children, parents/guardians, other staff, and the campus community. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
The Cyert Center for Early Education is a vital part of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). As a CMU staff member, you have access to many of the university’s resources and benefits programs. This includes offerings to support health and wellness, financial and other needs. CMU offers options for medical, prescription, vision, and dental plans. You will have access to many financial benefits like retirement savings, spending accounts, tuition benefits, family care benefits, free Port Authority usage, university discounts, and athletics facilities. Lastly, you will be granted a generous time away from work package which includes PTO, holidays, and floating holidays.
Core responsibilities will include:
Child Education and Care – Along with the educational team, educates and cares for young children, fostering their individual growth and development
Program Development and Curriculum Delivery – Organizes a cohesive program and communicates the Center’s philosophy (Reggio Emilia Approach and Developmentally Appropriate Practice)
Team Building and Collaboration – Values collaboration and teamwork to co-create a curriculum that uses inquiry-based teaching strategies with an emphasis on collaborative learning
Compliance and Safety – Adheres to The Department of Human Services licensing regulations and The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s accreditation standards.
Family Engagement – Develops regular, ongoing, two-way communication with parents about children’s experiences, development, and learning, and participates in planning, organization and dialogue/presentation for parent meetings.
Professional Development – Commits to best practices and continued professional development and growth, earning twenty-four (24) hours of required professional development annually.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Cyert Center for Early Education. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Qualifications and Requirements:
A bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology, Elementary Education, Special Education, or related field OR
A bachelor’s degree, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or related field and 1 year of experience with children OR
An associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children OR
An associate’s degree, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 3 years of experience with children
Full range of body motion needed and change positions/ have the mobility to interact with young children
Must be able to provide supervision and monitor safety through both sight and sound in the classroom and on the playground, without breaks in consciousness
Must be able to lift and carry children up to 40 pounds, as well as, move light furniture and play materials, and push a group stroller carrying 4-6 infants and toddlers
Must be able to stand for long periods and sit on the floor
Must pass a pre-employment physical exam (including TB test) for clearance to meet the physical requirements listed above
Successful Background Checks
Child Protective Clearances for PA and all states lived in prior five years
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