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Primary Function/Purpose: 

The Lead Teacher is accountable for ensuring that the Child Care Program is a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment for each child, where safe concepts are enhanced, independence is encouraged and individually respected.  The Lead Teacher will function as a team-leader, responsible for Teachers, Senior Teacher assistant and Teacher assistants.  This person, in the absence of the Child Care Director is responsible for the program operating on a sound basis, meeting legal and practical standards and objectives.


The Lead Teacher reports to the Child Care Director and in the Child Care Director’s absence, the Executive Director. 


1.      Train new staff.

2.      Responsible for assisting the Childcare Director in ongoing training of staff through in-service training, staff meetings, and other so designated programs.

3.       In the absence of the Director, plan and direct staff meetings.

4.      In the absence of the Director, supervise personnel to carry out the daily activities of the program.


1.      Plan, implement, and monitor curriculum that meets the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs of the children.

2.      Give leadership to curriculum, evaluation and updating.

3.      Stimulate staff with new ideas, resources, and materials.

4.      Ensure that curriculum is in keeping with Icahn House childcare philosophy.


1.      Provide handbook and relevant program updates for parent information.

2.      Develop and maintain communication links with parents.

3.      Encourage and provide a variety of ways for parents-volunteers to participate in the program.

4.      Ensure that families are appropriately oriented into the Childcare Program. 


In the absence of the Childcare Program Director will:

1.      Keep records of staff attendance and time clock corrections.

2.      Supervise and delegate responsibilities to staff as deemed necessary.

3.      Maintain individual folders for child containing health records, emergency numbers, and all personal information.

4.      Maintain escort and volunteer lists.

5.      Establish and maintain an attractive, clean, and safe physical environment.

6.      Observe health and development of children, and report illness within the Program to the nurse.

7.      Complete necessary record keeping and reporting to contracted food service program.

8.      Utilizing the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) - Client Assistance and Re-housing Enterprise System (CARES) complete incident reports as needed. 


1.      Promotes Icahn House Childcare Center’s philosophy and education objectives.

2.      Supports the Center’s code of ethical conduct.

3.      Engages in promoting professionalism amongst staff and parents.

4.      Engages in ongoing staff development to improve personal and professional skills.

5.      Supports the professional growth and development of colleagues by sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement.

6.      Attends staff meetings, workshops, and in-service training provided by Center.

7.      Demonstrates a commitment to excellence in professional development.


1.       Must obtain Department of Health Food Handler’s Certification within four (4)              months of being employed.

2.      Must be available to rotate shifts and classroom assignment at Director’s                      discretion, and/or as needs of the business require.


BS Degree in Child Development / Kindergarten Education or related fields.  Should also have at least two (2) years experience working with young children in a Child Care Center.  The following skills are required:

·                     Supervising others, preferably in a child care setting

·                     Program Management

·                     Effective leadership and communication

·                     Team Building

·                     Strong organizational / administrative skills

Location: Bronx, NY
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