Teacher - Preschool

Irvine, Orange County
Apr 29, 2014
Department: Child Care Services
Req No.: 2014-0386
Location: UCI Campus - Irvine

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the director, incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the classroom. The teacher shares responsibility for establishing an effective environment for the children. The teacher is knowledgeable of the Center's philosophy, policies, goals, and objectives. Duties include: planning and supervising the classroom activities and providing an environment for 2 1/2 to 5 year old children that promotes safe, healthy and free exploration. The teacher is responsible for providing an environment where the children feel safe and comfortable.


Salary: Hourly $18.63

Work Schedule: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM Sept-June

Career Position, 75% time.

This is a part time position. Months of employment would be September-June (academic school year) Candidate must be available from the hours of 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM with the opportunity to work full time if desired.

Final candidate subject to background check.

As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

Please attach your resume.


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View Job Description for the position requirements. 

Job Description
Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 95%
Coordinates with the director to plan and develop the overall program and implement, on a daily basis, a curriculum relevant to the needs, abilities and interests of the children.  These activities should promote social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.
Plans, implements and supervises age-appropriate activities in the areas of art, language, cognitive development, physical development, science, nutrition, music, social development, emotional development, dramatic play and multi-cultural awareness.
Insures that individual learning experiences and the total curriculum are congruent with state regulations, NAEYC Accreditation criteria and the philosophy and goals of the center.
Creates and maintains and emotional climate that is accepting.  Acknowledges and respects the integrity of each child and encourages the development of positive self-image to allow the child to comfortably and successfully explore and learn.
Acquire and prepare materials to support and enhance specific curriculum themes and activities in the classroom.  
Assist the children acquiring and gaining confidence with basic self-help skills.
Reviews each child's enrollment materials in preparation for the child's entrance and transition into the program.  Reviews development and health history to prepare for a smooth transition and open communication between the school and the family.  Therefore, she/he knows each child's dietary and medical restrictions and ensures that they are observed.
Prepares required lesson plans.  Documents any changes and/or situations that warrant specific observation and/or intervention.  He/she consults with director and advises team members .
Facilitates, with Director's assistance, referrals when necessary.  Applies guidance in a positive, non-judgmental manner that sets clear and appropriate limits.  
Open communication and a good rapport are maintained with parents.  Regular parent-teacher conferences are scheduled.
Assists director in promoting an ongoing parent participation program, by encouraging involvement and by supporting parent activities.  He/she is also sensitive and responsive to parent concerns.
Informs parents of policies and procedures, upcoming events, current issues and information in the form of announcements, reminders, articles, newsletters and parent education meetings and workshops.
In conjunction with the director, conducts parent orientation to familiarize parents with goals, philosophy and day-to-day operations of the center.
Provides training, guidance and direction to aides, substitutes, and volunteers.
Assists the director in selecting and evaluating teaching assistants, assists in determining work assignments and training assistants, volunteers, substitutes, and practicum students.
Welcomes, informs, and conducts tours to Center visitors, as required.
Documents accurate attendance records, correspondence, child observation notes, lesson plans, accident reports and assessments.
Open and/or closes the center on a daily basis depending on work schedule.
Attends regularly scheduled Child Care Services staff meetings.
Promotes a constructive working relationship with the team through positive conflict resolution, direct and complete communication, and group problem solving.
Is current on new developments in childcare, information on child development and curriculum planning.
Assists in maintaining equipment in proper working order.
Conducts morning health checks, documents and informs parent of accidents, takes appropriate steps to isolate children who become ill while at the Center and makes proper notification of exposure to contagious illness.
Insures that the physical plant is well maintained.  Is alert to and removes hazards to health and/or safety and notifies proper authorities when necessary.
Oversees clean up of classroom, yard and equipment.
Follows basic health safety rules posted in classroom.  Assists children in understanding and observing rules.  Encourages good health and nutritional habits.
Knows procedures for responding to a variety of emergencies.  Assists in conducting drills to train staff and children.  Supervises clearing of building in case of fire or other emergency.  Initiates procedures in the event of illness or emergency.
Maintains first aid kit and supplies.
Administers medication and treatment as authorized by or prescribed by a licensed physician.
Job Essential Function 2
Percent of Time: 5%
Other duties as assigned
A minimum of 3 years experience working with preschool children in a center setting.  Candidate must possess a valid Child Development Teacher permit at the teacher level or higher or show the ability to qualify for a permit.  A BA degree in Early Child Education or combination of education or experience working with preschool children.  Active First Aid & CPR cards and a clear TB test.
Ability to work effectively as a member of child development team, with children, parents, staff members, and community representatives in providing a quality educational program. Thorough understanding of child development and the philosophy and methodology of early childhood education, as well as changes taking place in the field.  Ability to work with and be sensitive to a culturally diverse community.  Ability to relate to children as individuals and in small and large groups.  Ability to plan, organizes, and directs a challenging developmental and instructional program for preschool age children.  Familiarity with federal and state health safety regulations applicable to a child care facility.  Knowledgeable of NAEYC Accreditation Criteria.  Effective communication skills, both with children and adults.  Ability to use sound judgment.
Master Teacher Permit
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.
In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.
Bend: Frequently
Squat: Frequently
Crawl: Occasionally
Climb: Frequently
Kneel: Constantly
Handle Objects: Constantly
Push/Pull: Constantly
Reach Above Shoulder Level: Constantly
Sit: Frequently
Stand: Constantly
Walk: Constantly
Use Fine Finger Movements: Constantly
Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Constantly
Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Frequently
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Occasionally
Read/Comprehend: Constantly
Write: Constantly
Perform Calculations: Constantly
Communicate Orally: Constantly
Reason and Analyze: Constantly
Chemical/Biological Agent: Frequently
Construction Activities: Occasionally
Contact with Water/Liquids: Constantly
Drive Motorized Equipment: Occasionally
Confined Spaces: Occasionally
Elevated Work Location: Occasionally
Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable
Temperature Variations: Frequently
Gas System: Not Applicable
Other Working Conditions:
Final candidate subject to Department of Justice fingerprint scan.  Applicant must have current negative TB test along with a valid First Aid and CPR certificate.PI76534613