Job: INFANT ROOM TEACHER

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Job Description

Central Arizona Shelter Services’ (CASS) mission is to empower men, women and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services.

Since 1984, our shelters and programs have been serving the community’s most vulnerable, who often face nearly insurmountable barriers in ending their homelessness. Our programs empower our clients to not only end their homelessness but to rebuild their lives.

We have a  full time job opportunity for an infant room teacher to provide quality care and education to infants ages newborn to 12 months so their parents can focus on identifying, obtaining and maintaining housing.

Essential Functions:

Provide quality care and education:

  1. Establish and maintain a positive, nurturing learning environment;
  2. Engage infants in 1:1 interactions at feeding and diapering times and throughout the day;
  3. Encourage floor time as appropriate;
  4. Develop and implement lesson plans in keeping with developmental milestones of each assigned child.

Support child development:

  1. Use a formal assessment tool to monitor and record individual children’s developmental status and progress;
  2. Inform parents of child’s activities, behaviors and progress during the time in care;
  3. Discuss any developmental concerns identified in a child with Program Manager and participate in plan for follow-up with parents;
  4. Report suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the Program Manager and Child Protective Services as prescribed by Department of Health Services (DHS) Licensing;
  5. Ensure nutritional needs of children are met, per Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines;
  6. Engage infants in socialization opportunities during meal times;
  7. Have knowledge of basic safety and sanitation procedures;
  8. Ensure personal hygiene needs of children are met.

Perform administrative and cleaning duties:

  1. Maintain daily attendance, meal count, diapering log, medicine log, Sunshine Reports, emergency contact information and other records as required by DHS Licensing;
  2. Ensure parents complete daily sign-in/sign-out sheets;
  3. Ensure diapering, feeding, play and sleeping areas are cleaned and sanitized after use and are free of hazards;
  4. Maintain clean daily environment that includes fresh bedding, clean bottles and sanitized toys.

Other Duties:

  1. Participate in staff training sessions, meetings, and programs;
  2. Coordinate efforts of teacher aides, community volunteers, and parent volunteers assigned to the classroom;
  3. Assist in planning, shopping, preparation and serving of meals and snacks in accordance with CACFP guidelines;
  4. Provide transportation in agency vehicle as needed;
  5. Perform other duties as required.

 

Skills / Requirements

Additional Attributes:

  1. Commitment to a solution-focused work environment and the clear intention to meet children’s and parents expectations;
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  3. Warm, fun-loving and engaging personality; dedicated to teaching and learning;
  4. Able to remain clear-headed when emergency situations arise; able to physically and mentally respond appropriately and immediately to unexpected circumstances.

Physical Activities and Working Conditions:

  1. Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, moving about the building and grounds;
  2. Able to climb stairs;
  3. Duties are performed in the classroom and on the playground;
  4. Ability to stand for up to 90% of day to accomplish tasks;
  5. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and stoop and bend to interact on child’s level throughout the day;
  6. Manual dexterity in order to use keyboard and mouse;
  7. Visual acuity to maintain logs and spreadsheets.

Qualifications                  

Required:

  1. Associates degree in early childhood education or child development plus a minimum of one-year of experience working with infants;
  2. Intermediate proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook calendaring; highly accurate data entry skills;
  3. Valid Arizona driver license, insurance and a satisfactory 39-month driving record;
  4. State of Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card or the ability to obtain one;
  5. Food Handlers Card or the ability to obtain one.

Preferred                           

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development;
  2. Bilingual in English and Spanish;
  3. Experience working with at-risk children.

Important Notes

CASS is and Equal Opportunity Employer

CASS offers a complete benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long term disability benefits, a retirement plan with employer match and a generous paid time off and holiday benefit.

Hours are Monday - Friday 7:45am-4:30pm.    Must have current TB test.  WE DRUG TEST