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Lead Teacher - California State Preschool Program

Posted: January 19, 2022

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Position Type

Full-Time Employee

Job Description

PROGRAM: State Program

STATUS: Full Time - Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Child Development Coordinator


TERM: 12 Months

Human Services Association requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.


Under the supervision of the Child Development Coordinator the Lead Teacher, assumes the responsibility for the daily operation of a center where care is given to young children, ages three to five years and services are provided to their families. This position is responsible for the daily activities of the center staff, the daily program for children, their families, and interacts with parents and volunteers including center meetings and facilitating interactions among staff.


• Develops and maintains a plan to ensure the safety of the children when supervising the indoor and outdoor center facilities (Zoning).

• Reports and monitors maintenance problems to the Child Development Coordinator.

• Ensures the health and safety of all children at all times.

• Records and notifies parents and administrative office of illness and accidents of children and staff members immediately.

• Reports any suspected incidents of child abuse to Child Development Coordinator.

• Conducts daily health checks of each child.

• Conducts monthly fire and emergency drills and records results.

• Conducts and coordinates small and large group activities.

• Ensures that the daily activities of center staff are in support of best practices.

• Maintains appropriate adult-child ratios, substituting for teachers during breaks and lunch time and as necessary.

• Ensures that all children are signed in and signed out daily.

• Selects and orders appropriate classroom materials as needed and requested by Child Development Coordinator.

• Ensures the maintenance of a safe, nurturing, interactive and orderly environment for children.

• Designs and plans the daily program with teaching staff.

• Monitors classroom activities and actively participates in all children activities.

• Individualizes planning and lesson plans per child.

• Implements nutritional and healthy activities for children.

• Implements and plans activities using assigned curriculum that supports school readiness.

• Records and monitors children’s educational files including daily observations and assessments of children.

• Maintains compliant with documentation deadlines (child assessments, observations, parent conferences, etc.).

• Plans and coordinates home visits and parent conferences.

• Makes necessary adaptations in program to meet the individual needs of children including disabilities, cultural backgrounds and home languages.

• Assists children with physical, emotional needs and overall development.

• Attends Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings.

• Attends Case Management meetings, as scheduled.

• Maintains records for all children in the classroom assigned.

• Attends and prepares material for parent center meetings.

• Trains and coordinates parent and community volunteers, completes any required documentation necessary.

• Establishes and promotes daily positive interactions with parents, in order to increase the program’s ability to help parents meet their child rearing responsibilities.

• Involves parents in educational activities in the classroom and at home.

• Ensures there is communication between Teacher and parents.

• Records and totals the meal count, milk count and children’s attendance records.

• Facilitates center team meetings.

• Remains at center to supervise children for late pick-ups.

• Participates in staff conferences, including conflict resolution.

• Provides children observations, ASQ/ASQ/SE, DRDP-R, etc.

• Provided input into evaluation of support staff.

• Ensures the center classroom area is clean and the bathroom is clean for the children’s use by cleaning up, sweeping, wiping, throwing away trash and preparing classroom.

• Ensures that all appropriate documents are completed and submitted in a timely manner, including Incident Reports, Child Abuse Report, Case Notes, Meal Counts, etc.

• Other duties as assigned, including out-of-state travel and working evenings & weekends required.


• Child growth and development.

• Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

• Principles of Supervision, Training and Performance Evaluation.

• Be knowledgeable in the implementation of education program policies and procedures.

• Work effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, and those with disabilities and special needs.

• Prepare and maintain detailed records accurately and in a timely manner.

• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

• Organized and able to successfully meet daily objectives; have the ability to lead team atmosphere; have mediation and negotiation skills; possess effective conflict resolution skills.

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing using correct English (spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation).

• Preferred Bilingual (English/Spanish); effective oral and written communication.


• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in related field with 24 units of ECE, + 3 units supervised field experience and possession of a Site Supervisor permit or qualifying Teaching Permit.

• Two years’ experience in an instructional capacity in a child development program with at least one year in a supervisory role preferred.

• Experience in a Federal or State Child Development program.


• Occasional driving is required. Must provide own vehicle, valid California driver license and proof of full insurance coverage.

• First Aid certification, Child CPR certification.

• Health screening.

• Negative tuberculosis screen (TB) (required).

• Must pass criminal background check.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job or that an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The State Lead Teacher work location can be in any one of the following cities: Bell Gardens, Huntington Park or South Gate, CA. As needed, the Lead Teacher will drive to different site locations and training sites (this includes HSA’s main office, the Fun Center, Clarendon office, or location to be announced). The majority of the job duties are performed within a classroom setting which includes but is not limited to the following: classroom set-up (in-door & out-door), preparing lesson plans, required child documentation (i.e.; ASQs, DRDPs, etc.), preparing meals, if needed, ongoing child supervision (by sight & sound), and conducting parent conferences & home-visits (twice per year). These tasks require the following physical demands which include but are not limited to: constant walking, bending; occasional lifting (25 pounds), pushing, squatting and climbing stairs (as needed). The employee will complete required teaching documentation (as indicated in the job description) in the office, a location with moderate noise levels, peanut free, and that is a non-smoking facility.

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Human Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. In addition, we complete criminal background checks via Live Scan method (fingerprinting) on all new hire employees.

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