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Head Start Lead Teacher at YMCA OF CENTRAL OHIO in Columbus, Ohio

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Lead Teacher provides nurturing interactions and ensures the planning and implementing of a developmentally appropriate curriculum chosen by the program in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, ODJFS, and SUTQ guidelines.  The position may also be appointed as or act in various roles throughout the center as needed to ensure program compliance.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following, other duties may be assigned:

  1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.

  2. Maintains professionalism and integrity at all times in the classroom, staff/program meetings, trainings, and with any parts and partners of the YMCA Head Start program.

  3. Maintains confidentiality and adhere to the YMCA and Head Start Code of Conducts.

  4. Actively monitor professional development goals and annually required hours.

  5. Supervise and implement the program in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and the policies and philosophy of the YMCA.

  6. Completes duties as required by the Child and Adult Care Food program.

  7. Maintain prompt hours, follows procedures for absences, and ensure teaching team is aware of activities and roles and responsibilities in case of absence.

  8. May be assigned additional duties based upon program needs and areas of developing expertise.


  1. Responsible for creating environment and positive experiences that is inclusive for all children served based upon DAP, curriculum, head start standards, and state and local regulations. 

  2. Plan and provide individualized learning experience for the children using data collected from initial assessments, observations, and family input.

  3. Collect and analyze ongoing child assessment data to ensure children meeting and/or exceeding school readiness goals. 

  4. Provide and promote positive teacher-child interactions by offering children appropriate affection, verbal praise, and acceptance while  providing clear and consistent expectations for behavior; sets firm limits with positive phrasing and actions when necessary.

  5. Maintain clean and organized learning space.

  6. Meet the needs of children in all developmental levels, to include children with special needs and abilities.

  7. Communicate effectively and regularly with teaching team and ensure specific tasks  are completed accurately and timely to include designating roles and responsibilities in the classroom.

  8. Implement CACFP programing by acting as a role model to children to promote family style meals and healthy eating practices.


 Collects, records, and maintains all necessary information and documentation as prescribed.

Timely completion and input of all child outcome data into MTS on a weekly basis.

  1. On-going monitoring and record keeping of each child’s progress towards achieving School Readiness goals

  2. Complete documentation as required by the Child and Adult Care Food program.

  3. Monitor attendance daily and communicate any absenteeism concerns with advocate or center manager

  4. Complete all health, safety, and sanitation process is completed per standards and regulations

  5. Submit monthly reports as prescribed by center manager.

  6. Review home activities inkind forms for accuracy and submit to center manager

  7. Inventory supplies and materials needed in classroom and submit to center manager



  1. Promote parents as their child’s 1st teacher by sharing child’s developmental levels, establishing learning goals collaboratively, and provide home activities to extend classroom learning

  2. Build rapport with families through positive and professional interactions

  3. Promote volunteerism in the classroom and participation in family engagement activities

  4. Schedule and attend HV and PTC to gather information about the child needs and to share child’s progress to school readiness goals

  5. Collaborate with other content areas and community reps to refer, gather resources, and work collaboratively


  1. Work with teaching team to develop and provide consistent routines and transitions throughout each day

  2. Supervise all indoor and outdoor activities while maintaining ratio requirements at all times.

  3. Ensure each child is within sight and sound and accounted for at all times

  4. When center manager is not at the center, may be designated as person in charge to handle all emergencies and have access to all records according to ODJFS.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or related field preferred. Associate degree in ECE or related field and currently enrolled in a bachelor degree program will be considered.  Knowledge of Head Start and State Child Care Licensing regulations preferred.

  2. Experience working with children

  3. Career Pathway Level as determined by Program’s SUTQ requirements.

  4. Must submit medical statement and TB test results prior to 1st day work.

  5. Must complete a FBI and BCI criminal background check.

  6. Must keep current training certifications in first aid, communicable diseases, child abuse recognition & prevention.

  7. Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.

  8. Understanding of the nature and purpose of the YMCA and the respective roles of volunteers and staff.

  9. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.     

  10. Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.

  11. Ability to foster a collaborative team approach to solving challenging situations.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.