Careers

Manchester Early Learning Center is an equal opportunity employer and will recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender orientation, gender, age (except where there is an occupational qualification as defined by law), or disability.

Please use this link to submit an application online for our open positions:

http://www.melckids.org/

Position Description: Executive Director

Application Timeline: July 20, 2019 – Until filled

General description:
The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the Manchester Early Learning Center (MELC) in accordance with the policies and procedures as described by the by-laws and policy manuals. This person is responsible for the administration of the day to day operations, while working with the Board to plan for the growth and future of the organization.
Accountable to: The Board of Directors

Minimum Qualifications:
• B.S. or B.A. in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with a kindergarten endorsement, or
• Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education supplemented by a minimum of three years’ experience
• Meet Executive Director qualifications of Level Four Paths to Quality

Knowledge and Skills:
• Ability to manage staff by providing a structured yet welcoming environment
• Ability to lead and train staff members
• Ability to envision, set, and execute long- and short-term goals
• Willingness to expand knowledge base and engage in new ideas
• Ability to network with appropriate agencies and resource providers
• Awareness of developmentally appropriate practices as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• Demonstrate the ability to manage the business operations of the Center
• Organizational skills
• Basic computer knowledge (specifically using Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks and Pro-Care)
• Oral and written communication skills
• High level of interpersonal skill
• Stress management skills

Primary responsibilities:

Administration
• Ensure program is in compliance with federal, state, local and Paths to Quality rules and regulations
• Reporting to appropriate agencies for supplemental aid programs
• Oversee the inventory and order supplies, groceries, and equipment as needed

Staff
• Ensure adherence to MELC personnel policies and practices
• Interview, hire, and terminate staff
• Train, manage, support, and supervise all personnel, including volunteers
• Manage the scheduling of staff
• Provide in-service, monthly staff meetings, and training opportunities for staff

Programming
• Approve developmentally appropriate practices for care and education of young children based on Foundations (Academic Standards)
• Maintain high level of expectations for quality programming from all staff
• Advance programming by pursuing self-regulation and standards such as Paths to Quality

Finances
• Oversee finances
• Maintain communication with Community Foundation regarding our endowment
• Create and maintain an annual budget
• Oversee finances and financial status
• Oversee adherence to in-house accounting policies

Development
• Present to local organizations such as Kiwanis, Tri-Kappa, and Rotary
• Produce quarterly newsletters and an annual report for stakeholders
• Report major budget, staff, or other issues to the board in a timely fashion
• Actively pursue grants
• Actively raise funds and develop donor relations
• Participate in fundraisers, networking events, and personal development

Parents, Children and Community
• Be an advocate for children’s rights
• Support parents with resources for early learning and intervention
• Increase community’s awareness of MELC

Tasks may include but are not limited to:
• Monitor children’s progress and provide children and teachers with assistance in resolving any problems.
• Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities and policies and children’s behavioral or learning problems.
• Set educational standards and goals and help establish policies, procedures, and programs to carry them out
• Plan, direct, and monitor instructional methods and content of educational, vocational, or children’s activity programs
• Direct and coordinate activities of teachers, administrators, and support staff
• Prepare and maintain attendance, activity, planning, accounting or personnel reports and records for officials and agencies, or direct preparation and maintenance
• Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate all staff
• Provide direct care to children as needed
• Determine allocations and approve expenditures of funds for staff, supplies, materials and equipment
• Determine the scope of educational program offerings and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing requirements
• Review and evaluate new and current programs to determine their efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance with state, local, and federal regulations as well as Paths to Quality, recommending any modifications
• Review and interpret government codes and develop procedures to meet codes and ensure facility safety, security, and maintenance
• Prepare and submit budget requests or grant proposals to solicit program funding
• Collect and analyze survey data, regulatory information and demographic and employment trends to forecast enrollment patterns and the need for curriculum changes
• Write articles, manuals and other publications and assist in the distribution of promotional material about programs and facilities
• Inform businesses, community groups, and governmental agencies about educational needs, available programs, and program policies


Position: Lead Teacher

Job Description: Lead Teachers are responsible for the developmentally appropriate care and education of children enrolled in the center, in accordance with both the state regulations for childcare and the policies and mission of Manchester Early Learning Center.  These teachers accept responsibility for planning and executing duties as directed by the director/assistant director.         

Job Status:  Hourly, Full-time, Benefits as stated in Personnel Policies

Hours of work and schedule are determined weekly, based upon program needs.

Job Classification and Compensation: This position is assigned to the pay plan based on credential or degree of the teacher.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Must have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or an equivalent or higher credential that addresses comparable competencies; or must begin the credential within 6 months of employment
  3. Willing to obtain training and experience necessary to develop consistent, stable, and supportive relationships with young children.
  4. Complete all employee records as required.
  5. Pass drug screenings and unlimited criminal history checks.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  1. Communicate effectively with children, their parents, and other staff.
  2. Provide quality, nurturing care to children enrolled in the program.
  3. Demonstrate skills to properly address developmental needs of young children.
  4. Conduct and document developmental assessments of children.
  5. Maintain effective, working relationships with children, parents, and staff.
  6. Ability to move quickly, sit on floor, and lift up to 40 pounds.
  7. Emotional and social maturity to act as a role model.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child and family.
  2. Promote feelings of security and trust in children.
  3. Talk, sing, and read to children frequently.
  4. Respect individual preferences and eating styles; sit with children and share family-style meals; model manners and good nutrition.
  5. Tend to children’s personal hygiene needs
  6. Organize daily activities to provide children with a variety of experiences and opportunities.
  7. Conduct ongoing developmental assessments of children.
  8. Complete timely documentation according to center policies.
  9. Maintain a safe, clean environment, as well as practice good personal hygiene and hand washing
  10. Maintain a cooperative attitude of working with other teachers, the center director, parents and volunteers.
  11. Protect children from physical punishment or verbal abuse by anyone and immediately reports such incidents to the center director or person in charge.
  12. Provide for the physical safety of each child from arrival time until departure.
  13. Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and reports these signs immediately to the center director or person in charge.
  14. Attend all mandatory training opportunities and staff meetings as provided and scheduled.
  15. Maintain professional code of conduct and work ethic.
  16. Promote early learning in all areas of development.
  17. Maintain a positive attitude during both emergency and stressful situations.
  18. Perform any other tasks deemed necessary by the center director.

Position:  Assistant Teacher

Job Description: Assistant Teachers are responsible for the developmentally appropriate care and education of children enrolled in the center, in accordance with both the state regulations for childcare and the policies and mission of Manchester Early Learning Center.  These teachers accept responsibility for executing duties as directed by the director/assistant director.  

Job Status: Hourly, full or part time. Benefits as stated in Personnel Policies. Hours of work and schedule are determined weekly.

Job Classification and Compensation: This position is assigned to the pay plan based on credential or degree of the teacher.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Experience working with children
  3. Willing to obtain training and experience necessary to develop consistent, stable, and supportive relationships with young children.
  4. Complete all employee records as required.
  5. Pass drug screenings and unlimited criminal history checks.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  1. Communicate effectively with children, their parents, and other staff.
  2. Provide quality, nurturing care to all children enrolled in the program.
  3. Demonstrate skills to properly address developmental needs of children.
  4. Maintain effective, working relationships with children, parents, and staff.
  5. Lift up to 40 pounds.
  6.  Emotional and social maturity to act as a role model.
  7.  Ability to move quickly and sit on the floor on a regular basis.
  8.  Ability to interact with children both indoors and outdoors daily

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child and family.
  2. Promote feelings of security and trust in and among the children.
  3. Talk, sing, and read to children frequently.
  4. Respond quickly in a soothing and tender manner to cries or calls of distress.
  5. Respect individual preferences and eating styles; sit with children and shares family-style meal; model manners and good nutrition.
  6. Tend to children’s personal hygiene needs, remaining especially attentive during routines such as diaper changing, cleaning, feeding, and changing soiled or wet clothes.
  7. Allow children to explore, manipulate and use materials, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
  8. Complete timely, neat, accurate documentation of attendance, feedings, daily activity logs for parents, and other documentation as may be deemed necessary for proving quality services.
  9. Maintain a safe, clean, care-giving environment, practice good personal hygiene and hand washing, and assure the well-being and safety of all of the children in that environment.
  10. Maintain a cooperative attitude of working together with other teachers, the center director, parents and volunteers in planning and implementing activities for the classroom.
  11. Protect all children from physical punishment or verbal abuse by anyone in any program activity, and immediately reports any such incident to the center director or person in charge.
  12. Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and reports these signs immediately to the center director or person in charge.
  13. Attend all mandatory training opportunities and staff meetings as provided and scheduled.
  14. Maintain professional code of conduct and work ethic.
  15. Maintain a positive attitude during both emergency and stressful situations.
  16. Perform any other tasks deemed necessary by the center director/assistant director.