Lead Teacher

Sunbeam Family Services
September 9, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK
Job Type


Position Description:

We are hiring for this position at multiple locations! Please check our website to determine which location you would like to apply to.

The ECS Lead Teacher provides daily care to children in HS/EHS classroom using appropriate child guidance techniques and building responsive relationships with classroom teachers, staff, children and families.

All employees and volunteers are expected to be sensitive to our client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics, reflect sunbeam family services core values and to perform as sunbeam’s standards of excellence at all times.

Our core values are:

Champion Spirit – We work like a champion every day: paying attention to details and performing with excellence

Servant Heart – We exhibit humility in serving everyone; no job is below anyone and we all pull together to get the work done.

Sunny Attitude –We bring a smile and a positive attitude. We treat each other with respect, ensuring an energized work environment.

Essential Functions:

The Lead Teacher will work collaboratively with the Assistant Teacher(s) to ensure the successful operation of the classroom by:

Promoting, encouraging and displaying examples of leadership for the agency in accordance with the agency mission driven, employee first culture.
Demonstrating capacity for providing developmentally appropriate and evidence-based practice, for exemplifying the values expected within the program, and for promoting the mission of the organization.
Serving as a leader of the Early Childhood Services program and as an effective role model for developmentally appropriate practice, for the values expected within the program, and for the mission of the organization.
Planning and providing a comprehensive program, including implementation of EHS/HS curriculum and Head Start /Early Head Start Performance Standards
Supervising classroom staff and ensure performance evaluation, goal setting and staff development plans are completed
Maintaining record keeping and reporting systems to ensure accurate information, with timely completion and follow-up
Planning and implementing ECS developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment for the classroom. Order supplies and materials as needed for effective service delivery
Overseeing supervision and management of children in the classroom in order to ensure a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment.
Conducting home visits for center children in accordance with Head Start performance standards.

Other Duties:

Provide support for other duties needed in keeping with our mission, vision and values.

Position Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood or a related field (official transcripts required). Minimum of 6 college credits in ECE or CD and 9 college credits in educ, psych, health care, nursing or another field closely related to child growth and development required. Teachers leading 4-year-old classrooms must have OTC.
PK teachers to have PK certification from OK State Board of Education at time of employment,preferred.

3 years of prerequisite related work experience
Effective experience in child care as well as training and supervising teacher assistants a plus
Skills and Knowledge:

Understanding of Head Start/Early Head Start performance standards and state and local child care license requirements
Excellent written and verbal communication to include intermediate knowledge of computer operations and applications and the ability to master other computer technology/software programs, as needed
Good organizational and time management skills
Previous knowledge and understanding of ChildPlus preferred
Advanced computer database and Microsoft Office software skills preferred
Previous knowledge and understanding of NAEYC preferred

Must work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
Exercise independent judgment
Communicate in a professional manner, demonstrating dignity and respect for our internal, external and community members
Process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials
Sustained concentration to detail and accuracy, along with the ability to prioritize workload
Willingness to work with high-risk, low-income communities
Must be able to travel and work some evenings and weekends as required by the job
Bilingual Spanish/English speaking preferred
Additional Job Requirements:

Clear background and drug screen
TB screen required
Physical required
Working Conditions:

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to physically interact with children, including talk, hear, sit, stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and lift and or move children and items of up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Frequent sitting, working at computer keyboard and desk, regular standing to file, train and perform other office functions. Must be able to clearly hear and understand telephone conversations.

Work Environment

The employee will work in an office environment, may work in close quarters with other staff and small children. The noise level in the work environment varies from moderate to loud; frequent chaotic situations will occur, characteristic to working with children ages 0 – 5 years. Employee must expect exposure to strong odors such as soiled diapers and clothes, and poor hygiene. May come into contact with childhood diseases and blood on occasion.


The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel or candidate and may be subject to change at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To Apply for this Job:

Please visit our website at https://sunbeamfamilyservices.org/careers/

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