Job Classification (Exempt or Non-exempt): Non-exempt
Reports To: Early Childhood Program Director
Job Summary: Performs child care activities including lesson plan development, group activity leadership and supervision, positive interaction with children and co-workers, and adherence to safety and program practices. Provides a safe and effective learning environment for children in accordance with the philosophy and mission of the Nebraska Children’s Home Society.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops weekly lesson plans for children.
- Identifying individual skill and academic strengths and deficits;
- Assists in the development of special care plan as needed;
- Implements and/or adapts special care plans and action plans as needed;
- Completes Parent Daily Report;
- Prepares updates and maintains documentation as needed;
- Communicates updates and concerns with parents, staff and supervisor.
- Creates, organizes and leads structured activities.
- Implements academic curriculum lesson plans.
- Teaches daily-living and pro-social skills.
- Supervises crafts, recreational activities and field trips.
- Interacts with children professionally and positively.
- Participates actively.
- Creates enthusiastic and service-committed atmosphere.
- Prepares and serves meals, monitors mealtime behavior, and assists clean-up.
- Assists toilet training and clean-up.
- Interacts and gives emotional and physical guidance.
- Uses positive guidance and discipline techniques.
- Directs eating, resting, and toileting.
- Maintains a safe environment.
- Recognizes potential safety hazards and acts to minimize safety risks.
- Keeps premises and equipment via vacuuming floors, dusting/scrubbing surfaces, washing dishes/toys, etc.
- Assists with minor maintenance of premises and equipment.
- Dispenses medicine when authorized and follows procedure requirements.
- Assists adherence to program philosophy, policies, and procedures, as well as to State standards on discipline, ratios, safety and health habits.
- Displays good social and communication skills
- Supports co-workers.
- Communicates effectively with children, co-workers, supervisor and parents.
- Answers telephone and walk-up inquiries professionally and appropriately.
- Participates in staff training.
- Completes program-orientation within 60 days.
- Completes the State’s required in-service training satisfactorily.
- Completes First-Aid and CPR training, and maintains certification.
- Attends all staff meetings.
- When asked, completes job position evaluation with Child Care.
- Demonstrates respect, appreciation, and sensitivity for diversity.
- Participates within Continuous Quality Improvement.
Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Early Childhood Program Director.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Minimum education and experience:
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, education or child/youth development;
- Hold an associate degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, education or child/youth development;
- Have a Child Development Associate Credential; or
- Have a high school diploma or GED; and 1500 verified clock hours of experience in organized group activities for young children as indicated by a positive reference from a former employer or supervisor; or written plan for Department approval to acquire at least three credit hours or 45 clock hours of training in administration, early childhood education, education, or child/youth development, in a period not to exceed six months.
- Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Knows issues related to early childhood development;
- Able to follow regulations and procedures;
- Able to read, discern, and interpret client information;
- Able to handle situations with sensitivity and objectivity
- Displays strong interpersonal skills and communication;
- Utilizes basic computer skills and able to learn program-specific applications;
- Able to work independently toward goal achievement
- Possesses driver’s license and personal vehicle
- Physical demands:
- Walk, sit climb, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate, handle or feel objects and equipment.
- Operate office equipment
- Lift objects up to 75 pounds.
- Schedule demands (travel, adjustments to accommodate clients, weekends/evenings, etc.):
- May be required to adjust normal work schedule to meet client needs.
- Site factors (work location, environment, travel, etc.):
- Office in Omaha.
- Will spend small amounts of time outside year round.
- May travel locally to accommodate client needs, obtain supplies, etc.
Note: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of those that will be encountered by a person performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should visit https://www.nchs.org/careers, locate this position, and click on "Apply Now" beneath the job description to complete the online application form. The application must be completed in full and submitted by the specified closing date for consideration.
Please contact Tagan Newbill at 402-451-0787 ext. 231 or at 3549 Fontenelle Blvd Omaha, NE 68104
Nebraska Children's Home Society