Day Care Center Teacher I

Alexandria, Virginia
$39,663.31 - $66,105.10 Annually
Oct 16, 2021
Oct 30, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Located at the Head Start Gum Springs Center in Alexandria VA, the Teacher I Floater position is under the supervision of the Head Start Education Manager.

Ensures developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum are implemented and creating a play-based learning environment to meet children's individual needs. Adheres to all policy and procedures regulated by Virginia State Licensing and the Head Start Federal Standards to prevent health hazards and ensures the safety of children. Responsible for completing and reporting on developmental screenings/assessments through family conferences, home visits, and staff meetings. Assist with the preparation of documentation for local agency, state licensing and federal Head Start Performance Standards, as well as, collaborates with county staff, citizens, and members of the childcare community.

The Teacher I Floater may work in several capacities depending on where their services are needed. The term “Floater” indicates that the teacher is not assigned to a single classroom and may be utilized in multiple rooms. Teacher Floaters may work a fluctuating work schedule and in a long- or short-term assistant capacity, or even in a lead role. The Teacher I Floater should be flexible and able to adjust to different environments in order to support the needs of the program.

Note: Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Illustrative Duties

  • Plans, coordinates and presents a program of appropriate experiences for children with special needs;
  • Develops systems to safeguard the health and safety of the children;
  • Plans and prepares nutritious daily snacks;
  • Develops room arrangements to facilitate a variety of experiences to meet the needs and interests of the children;
  • Plans activities to involve parents in the center's program;
  • Participates in orientation, staff development sessions and teacher meetings;
  • Writes newsletter articles and prepares a calendar of activities involving a particular group of children;
  • Determines supply and equipment needs for their program.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of individual behavior and the growth and development of children and youth, and the impact of group relationships;
  • Knowledge of how cultural patterns, socioeconomic differences and/or physically and mentally handicapping conditions affect the behavior of children;
  • Knowledge of health, safety and first aid methods, and the ability to assume administrative responsibility for assigned areas of a health and safety program;
  • Knowledge of the factors which cause problems in children;
  • Ability to establish warm and supportive relationships with children, on a group and individual basis.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: completion of two years of study and training at an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in early childhood or elementary education, nursing, recreation, or a related field plus one year of related work experience. (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

CPR/First Aid (Required within 3 months)

The appointee must complete a criminal background check and a Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer and get a tuberculosis (TB) test prior to appointment. For special assignments/deadlines, alternate/flex schedule or comp time may be an option.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in the field of early childhood or any discipline that is directly related to the instruction of children.
  • Knowledge of preschool Head Start standards and Creative Curriculum/TS Gold.
  • Three or more years' experience in a classroom setting.
  • Knowledge of VA DSS regulations in child care facility.
  • Spanish language proficient.

Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Ability to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, and move quickly in order to respond to unsafe situations. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.