Diversified Community Services

Diversified Community Services

Lead Teacher

Position Overview

The Lead Teacher is responsible for maintaining the daily operations of his/her assigned classroom and the supervision of children and support persons.  There will be occasions when the application of duties for this position will extend beyond the normal physical structure of the center. There will be times that some lifting of objects and children may be necessary. This position requires the person to perform written documentation of activities, incidents/accidents, as well as, conversations with parents and student behavior.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively engage with the children in order to provide guidance as they learn and process information.
  • The teacher cares for the children in his/her assigned group in order to meet their physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs.  
  • The teacher is responsible for the daily operation and management of the classroom. The supervision of assigned staff persons and volunteers, writing of lessons plans and assessments of children and the completion of reports in accordance to predetermined schedules.
  • The teacher must insure the maintaining of standards in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Human Services, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Pennsylvania Keystone Stars and any other governing bodies.
  • The teacher creates, implements, and executes lesson plans based on the developmental needs and assessments of children.
  • Provide lesson plans and activities that allow choices that stimulate creativity in children.
  • Keeps the classroom clean, neat, safe and inviting.
  • Maintaining separate anecdotal records in each child’s folder along with their L.A.P., IPP/IEP and any other pertinent information.
  • Communicate with parents, children, co-workers and community persons in a cordial and professional manner.
  • When applicable, make home visits with parents.
  • Provide routine information to parents concerning their children (accidents, activities, problematic concerns and health issues).  Discuss unusual/severe concerns/problems with Center Management.
  • Participate in monthly meetings in order to discuss concerns about a child’s developmental growth and to develop a prescriptive plan.
  • At semi-annual parent-teacher conferences, information will be exchanged in reference to the child’s progress.
  • Map out a schedule for distribution of the classroom duties and schedule for breaks.
  • Maintain the daily roll book and food forms according to established rules and procedures.
  • Keep Center Management abreast of all needs, concerns and issues regarding the children, parents and staff.
  • Supervise and mentor Paraprofessionals within their space.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned by Center Management.

Professional Development/Training Requirements:

  • 24 PQAS hours per school year
  • Competition of the following trainings are required:
  1. Health & Safety
  2. Mandated Reporter
  3. CPR & First Aide
  4. Fire Safety

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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. We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Other related skills: The ability to communicate with all levels of the organization and with other service providers is essential.

Minimum Education and Experience

BA or BS in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related field along with two years of experience teaching young children.

Work Location

Dixon Learning Academy
2201 Moore St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to Patricia McClay at pmcclay@dcsphila.org or mail to 1529 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.