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Lead Teacher, Child Development, 126430

Apply now Job no: 494655
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Pensacola - Main Campus
Categories: Staff, Educational Research Center For Child Development (ERCCD)

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Position Number: 126430
Position Title (Classification Title):  Lead Teacher, Child Development, 126430
Working Title:  Child Development Lead Teacher
Job Summary: The Lead Teacher, Child Development position is responsible for the daily operation of an assigned age group program including pedagogy, classroom management, and direction of support staff. The incumbent is responsible for providing instruction and learning activities in a VPK classroom in accordance with all state requirements including administering the VPK assessment. The Lead Teacher, Child Development is responsible for one or more room assignments working with child development teachers, teacher assistants, or interns and for planning, developing, and supervising the programs for the classroom and outdoor environments.
Department Educ Research Ctr For Child Dev
FLSA: Exempt
Minimum Qualifications: Masters degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelors degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of relevant experience.
Position Qualifications: Completion of DCF 40 hours of mandated child care training.
Preferred Qualifications Successful experience as a VPK classroom teacher. Familiarity with NAEYC developmentally appropriate curricula for pre-kindergarten children.
Essential Functions / Job Duties:
  • 60% - Coordinate a developmentally appropriate planned program of activities for children to support growth and development; prepare and post daily schedules, weekly lesson plans and classroom specific handbook for parents; plan special parents events each semester, one Center wide and one classroom; communicate with parents in positive and respectful engagement; conduct bi-annual developmental assessments of children and engage in daily observations and meet check points through the online assessment software; conduct parent conferences to review assessments, one in Fall and one in Spring; review assessment data and carry out activities for school improvement plan - (Essential)
  • 30% - Attend staff meetings and annual staff professional development day; supervise all staff working with an age group; provide direction and supervision to practicum students placed in classroom; assist in the maintenance of supply inventory, equipment, and facility. - (Essential)
  • 4% - Oversee Center closing one day a week. - (Essential)
  • 5% - Assume other responsibilities as assigned by or in the absence of the Director or the Managing Lead Teacher. - (Essential)
  • 1% - Engage in activities, commensurate with their position, that advance multicultural competence. - (Essential)
Physical Demands:
  • Physical Requirements: Occasional and/or light lifting required. Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., but none to the point of being disagreeable. May involve minor safety hazards where likely results would be cuts, bruises, etc.
  • Impact of Deadlines: Routine deadlines. Usually sufficient lead time. Variance in work volume, seasonal, and predictable. Priorities can be anticipated. Some interruptions are present. Involves occasional exposure to demands/pressures from persons other than immediate sup.
  • Standing: Daily
  • Walking: Daily
  • Sitting: Daily
  • Reaching with hands and arms: Daily
  • Climbing or balancing: Occasionally
  • Stooping: Daily
  • Use of hands to handle objects: Daily
  • Lifting up to 10lbs: Daily
  • Lifting up to 25lbs: Daily
  • Lifting over 25lbs: Occasionally
  • Talking as express or exchange of ideas verbally: Daily
  • Hearing as perceive sound by ear: Daily
  • Vision as distinguish colors & depth: Frequently
Special Requirements or Considerations of the Job:

This position requires a Child Care provider security check

This position requires fingerprinting

This position requires a criminal background screen

This position requires licensure, certification, or other described in the Special Instructions

Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Monday-Friday
FTE 1.0
Salary Range 31,320 - 37,000
Pay Basis Annually
Preferred Response Date: 12/19/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates must apply online through the University of West Florida website: Applicants are required to attach a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references. *References will be contacted upon submission of this application. An opportunity to upload these documents will be provided during the application process. For assistance, please contact Human Resources at 850-474-2694 or email

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