The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) provides operations support services and business solutions to the community of 10,000 House Members, Officers and staff. The CAO organization comprises more than 650 technical and administrative staff working in a variety of areas, including information technology, finance, budget management, human resources, payroll, child care, food and vending, procurement, logistics and administrative counsel.
The House of Representatives Child Care Center (HRCCC) has been providing full-day, year-round, quality childcare for children of the Members of Congress, staff, and House support personnel since 1987. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the HRCCC is a developmentally based childcare program where staff work as partners with parents in the development of the whole child, including their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Our mission is to provide exceptional quality care and developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a safe, nurturing, and diverse environment to support the children and families of the House Community.
We are seeking multiple incumbents to serve as a Lead Teacher in a Toddler classroom (1 to 3 years). The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of exemplary child care services to the House Community. The duties and responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of an Age Group specific Assistant Director. The position has supervisory/managerial responsibilities.
1. Responsible for the day-to-day delivery of child care services in a toddler classroom. Ensure quality and continuity of care in the classroom at all times. Provide and coordinate care for children including changing diapers/toileting, feeding, and comforting. Ensure all children's physical, cognitive, and emotional needs are met.
2. Be a leader in the classroom, Child Care Center, and CAO team. Show initiative towards the improvement of provided services by sharing ideas and participating in meetings.
3. Coordinate and oversee all aspects of classroom operation. Train, coach, and mentor staff, providing tools and resources. Model high quality work, and demonstrate and promote ongoing reflection and growth. Hold regular classroom team meetings and manage work-time schedules of team. Appropriately address employee conflicts and disciplinary actions.
4. Prioritize health and safety; includes, but not limited to: conduct daily child health and safety checks, maintain child to staff ratios, provide active supervision of children, be aware of all special health and dietary needs, monitor and respond appropriately to illness & injury and emergency situations, follow cleaning & sanitation guidelines, and utilize universal precautions. Immediately raise/bring to Directors' attention any relevant information or issues concerning or related to staff, children, and/or families.
4. Coordinate and oversee developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum and assessment planning, implementation, and documentation. Prepare for and hold Parent-Teacher Conferences, orientation meetings, and other parent meetings as needed. Support children and families through transitions including enrollment and withdrawal, between classrooms, to and from home each day, and between activities throughout the day.
5. Maintain accurate records and logs in a timely and organized fashion. Create and keep up-to-date classroom handbooks, child portfolios, and NAEYC Classroom Portfolio.
6. Treat all children, families, and staff with dignity and respect, allowing for individual differences. Establish positive relationships with each child, family member, and coworker. Communicate effectively and professionally orally and in writing. Maintain confidentiality. Continually remain calm in challenging situations. Utilize developmentally and situationally appropriate behavior management techniques.
7. Seek and attend ongoing professional development and demonstrate an attitude of continual growth.
8. Perform other duties as assigned.RequirementsConditions of Employment
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• Academic degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Special Education or higher (or equivalent work experience). Active CDA preferred.
• Minimum 5 years experience working in child care with a minimum 3 years experience working in a toddler classroom.
• Minimum 1 year working in a lead or other supervisory role including providing a nurturing environment for toddler development, curriculum planning, communicating and supporting families, fostering a team collaboration and community, and providing feedback and coaching immediate classroom team strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated knowledge of basic child development as well as the ability to understand the developmental progress and identify the needs of all applicable children.
• Ability to understand child care educational research and/or best practices, and convert/apply to the classroom.
• Ability to organize and plan effectively. Detail oriented with the ability to work under stress, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with tact, as well as the ability to exercise judgement and discretion.
• Ability to sustain a high level of energy and a positive, professional attitude.
• Proficient in using varied information and automated office systems to include computers and mobile devices, MS Office, web-based systems, copier, phone, etc. Ability to use such systems to provide professional and engaging newsletters and other communications.
• Ability to acquire and maintain Infant/Child/Adult CPR Certification. Required within 30 days of hire date.
• Ability to acquire and maintain First Aid Certification. Required within 30 days of hire date.
• Ability to successfully complete an annual physical, maintain required vaccinations and tuberculosis test (current documentation may not be older than 12 months).
• Ability to maintain consistent and reliable attendance required. Flexibility with scheduling and availability to work additional hours as needed.
• Ability to meet minimum physical requirements:
· lift (from floor) and carry up to fifty pounds
· push a crib/cart/stroller with up to 6 children for potentially long distances
· carry Classroom Go-Bag and other emergency supplies
· utilize fine and medium hand manipulations.
· assume postures in low level positions such as bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling and sitting on the floor
· agility to move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to emergency situations
· possess hearing and visual capabilities necessary to monitor the environment and children's well-being
· be outdoors for regular, prolonged activities in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
• Must be able to secure and maintain applicable security clearances.