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Head Teacher


Friends Center for Children
New Haven, CT 06513

Start Date: February 28, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Position Summary:

The Head Teacher is responsible for the general supervision and management of all the children and all curricula as related to the center. The Head Teacher will implement the mission of FCfC by providing best practices childcare using a cooperative model and the Quaker principles of simplicity, peaceful resolutions of conflicts, integrity, community and equality. The Head Teacher is responsible for the supervision of all teaching staff in their classroom.

Reports to: Director and Site Director
Classification: FTE-Exempt
Hours: 40 hours a week, some evenings, occasional weekend hours

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

In coordination with other teachers; plans, supervises and implements infant/toddler or pre-school curriculum. The curriculum will reflect the Quaker values as outlined above as well as best practices guidelines. The curriculum framework will be guided by children’s interests and developmental needs resulting in daily activities that are reflective of the mission of FCfC.
Meets physical, social-emotional and cognitive needs of all children in the center.
Provides center materials for children that are reflective of FCfC philosophy.
Keeps classrooms organized, clean and appealing including changing the materials on the center walls and/or bulletin boards on a bi-monthly basis based on developmental needs and interests.

Maintains a positive emotional attitude with the Executive Director, Site Director, families and other teachers.
Mentors all teaching staff and models best practices for parent cooperative volunteers.
Models child guidelines for teachers, assistant teachers, aides and parents.
Works to build positive relationships among staff/parents/guardians/volunteers.

Communicates with families and other teachers daily and documents children’s daily progress.
Conducts weekly meetings with teachers for the purposes of, including but not limited to; curriculum planning, student observations, and communication between teachers.
Supervises teachers, assistant teachers, parents/guardians and volunteers with the group.
Meets with Curriculum Supervisor weekly to discuss children, families and teaching team.
Provides feedback to the Site Director for formal observations of all teachers.

Participates in ongoing evaluation of assessment of children through, but not limited to; daily observations, collecting weekly work samples and 3 written assessments.
Conferences with families bi-annually, or as needed, and develops goals for each child with family.
In consultation with the Executive Director, Site Director and Emotional Well-Being coordinators, refers families as needed for evaluation and/or services.
Provides ongoing evaluation as needed to assess the developmental levels of the children.

Professional Development:
Attends all staff meetings.
Maintains required continuing education hours and knows current theory and best practices.
Participates in all required early childhood meetings, conferences and/or events.
Includes all continuing education certificates in personnel file.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS: to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and must possess the following minimum qualifications:
Must meet the state requirements for Head Teacher in a Group Daycare.
BA/BS, MS preferred in Early Childhood Development and/or education.
Minimum of three years teaching in ECE, including two years of supervisory experience preferred..
CPR (child specific) and First Aid Certification.
Excellent oral and written skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Computer literacy.
Other Qualifications a plus:
Cultural sensitivity and proven ability to work with a diverse population.
Experience in a cooperative model.
Fluency in Spanish and other non-English languages a plus.

Physical Requirements:
Vision and hearing within normal range so as to be able to provide sight and sound supervision.
Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs.
Ability to bend and sit on the floor for prolonged periods, and get up and down with ease.

Salary & Benefits

ST/LT disability, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Flexible Spending account, up to 7 sick days, 2 personal days and 20 vacation days (Depending on qualifications) in addition to 17 center closings (Holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s).

Salary Range: 32-45K depending on qualifications

Application Procedures

All interested candidates should email the Site Director,
Tracey Smith, at

Program Description

Friends Center is an early childhood education center providing year-round, full-time care for children ages 3 months to 5 years. We offer a child-centered, hands-on learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment. At the Center, children learn through creative play and a wide range of developmentally-appropriate activities. We are a non-sectarian organization whose value-based curriculum is guided and enhanced by its foundations in the Quaker principles of community, equality, peace, simplicity, integrity, and stewardship. As a cooperative organization, parents and teachers at the Center work together to create a diverse and supportive community. Our mission is: educate children, empower families, inspire teachers, engage community, embrace diversity.

Contact Info

All interested candidates should email the Site Director,
Tracey Smith, at

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