PreSchool Group Leader - MSES

POSITION:
GROUP LEADER – PRESCHOOL

LOCATION:
MANITOU SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
110 PAWNEE AVE.
MANITOU SPRINGS, CO 80829

REQUIREMENTS:
Must complete a fingerprint/background screening

Group Leader qualified through the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Associates Degree in Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Credential Level III Version 2.0 or higher as defined by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
7.25 hours per day

DESCRIPTION:
Help us educate and enrich the lives of small children while spending your days engaged in sensory activities, art, science, cooking and more. Our goal here is simple: hire the best staff and create a place where we all love to work and play. Come experience the difference by joining our dedicated, fun-loving team and play a significant role in shaping the next generation of amazing individuals!

Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for the general supervision and management of a single group of
preschool children
- Work alongside and be comfortable under the supervision instructing teacher
- Manage the daily operation of a preschool classroom including daily preparation
and clean-up
- Plan and execute high-quality, age-appropriate curriculum in accordance with the
Program’s mission and philosophy
- Plan and prepare the learning environment according to weekly lesson plans,
including but not limited to setting up interest centers and preparing needed
materials
- Maintain upkeep of all educational equipment and materials in classroom,
including storage and organization of shared materials
- Assist in creating weekly parent newsletters effectively describing classroom
activities
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with children, parents and families in
the preschool programs
- Demonstrate positive and constructive written and oral communication skills at all
times
- Treat all children with dignity and respect
- Help children establish good eating habits and personal hygiene; assist with toilet
training
- Assist in program evaluation, student observation and documentation, parent
involvement and family conferences
- Assist in preparation and execution of parent/teacher conference records and
Individual Development Plans if necessary
- Work with parents to promote understanding of their child’s growth and
development, school adjustment, classroom behavior and developmental progress
- Provide administrative support to the Preschool Director and assist with special
projects as assigned
- Attend meetings, conferences and trainings as directed by the Preschool Director
- Maintain a professional attitude at all times

Qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age and meet all general requirements for All Personnel and
Early Childhood Teachers as stated in Section 7.702.5 in CO licensing standards for
Rules Regulating Child Care Centers
- Minimum of two years’ experience working with children ages 3 to 5 years of
age desired
- Have experience in and knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices in
early childhood
- Have experience managing the safety and supervision of groups of preschool
children aged 2 1⁄2-5 years
- Flexible and positive in an intense, dynamic and sometimes stressful environment
- Enjoy working and playing both on the floor and outside in a variety of weather
- Have a warm and friendly personality, a positive attitude and be sensitive to the
needs and feelings of others
- Ability to work independently and as a team member
- Have excellent organizational and planning skills
- Ability to exercise excellent judgment and make quick, rational decisions in
Situations affecting the wellbeing of children in the program
- Ability to exercise tact, discretion and confidentiality among all constituents
- Have strong communication skills with young children, families, and co-workers
- Ability to exercise proper safety precautions for all work performed and in
supervision of all children in the program at all times
- Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. repeatedly

Summary:
In collaboration with Early Childhood Certified Teacher develop and implement
developmentally appropriate curriculum for children 3 to 5 years of age. Handle various
individual needs including special education, general education, CLD, migrant, and low
income families.


SALARY: See paraprofessional salary schedule (on website)

SITUATION: Preschool

POSTING DATE: April 13, 2020

INTERVIEWS:  August, 2020

CLOSING DATE: Upon placement of suitable candidate


Manitou Springs School District 14 is an equal opportunity educational institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, or disability in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title I, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Dr. Elizabeth Domangue, Superintendent of Schools, Manitou Springs School District 14, 405 El Monte Pl., Manitou Springs, CO  80829, (719) 685-2024, or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S Dept of Education, 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294, (303) 844-2991.

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