Lead Teacher

Washington, D.C
Sep 17, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


The incumbent serves as a Lead Teacher (Infant classroom) and 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 the Director and Age Group Coordinator. The position has direct supervisory/managerial responsibilities.

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1. Responsible for the day-to-day delivery of child care services in assigned 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. Participate in special limited term and long-term projects and initiatives. Participate in after action reviews and provide feedback as appropriate. 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.

3. 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. Develop and maintain familiarity and compliance with, and established systems for meeting all applicable legal requirements, House Rules, Committee and CAO policies and procedures, as well as specific House Child Care Center practices and procedures. These include, but are not limited to: The Personnel Policies and Procedures for the Officers and Inspector General, as well as the supplemental policies and procedures thereof; CAO Work Schedule Policies; and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.

7. Use materials and resources effectively. Inform administration of unusual problems and unanticipated constraints of resource requirements in a timely manner. Monitor usage and inventory levels of all supplies and materials, and advise Administrators of related needs and issues. Return relevant items to designated storage areas and maintain organization throughout the classroom and Center.

8. 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.

9. Seek and attend ongoing professional development and demonstrate an attitude of continual growth.

10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional local travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

**To be employed by a House office in a paid position in the continental United States an individual must:
A. Be a U.S. citizen;
B. Be lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
C. Be (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
D. Owe allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., qualify as a non-citizen U.S. national under federal law).

Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing a criminal history records check (or other applicable security clearance) and a pre-employment drug-test (pre-identified position only).


Education or higher (or equivalent).

•Minimum 3 years experience and continued interest in working with young children and their families in an early childhood setting.

•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.


Academic degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Special Education or higher (or equivalent).

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Highly qualified candidates will be evaluated based on a structured interview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Resume submission.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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