JOB DESCRIPTION: Lead Teacher (Download .pdf)
Revised: November 26, 2013
Scope of Position
The Lead Teacher is responsible for general administrative duties
as assigned, for supervision of subordinate staff, and for
planning, preparing, and implementing daily activities, monitoring
children’s progress, and maintenance of related records for
The Lead Teacher promotes the center’s philosophy and
educational objectives. The Lead Teacher supports the NAEYC Code of
The Lead Teacher reports to the Director.
The Lead Teacher, with the assistance of support staff, shall
develop developmentally appropriate curriculum for her/his assigned
classroom and work together with the Director and other staff
members to foster an atmosphere of goodwill, open communication,
and teamwork. The Lead Teacher is responsible for all other duties
as assigned by Director or other in‐charge person.
The Lead Teacher is responsible for knowing and following
current UBCCC policies and procedures, OCFS regulations, and all
The primary responsibility of the Lead Teacher is the safety and
well‐being of the children. It is therefore the obligation of
the Lead Teacher to report to the supervisor and/or Director any
action or behavior by any person which might be detrimental to a
child or group of children within the Center.
• Assumes responsibility for operation of the Center in
the absence of the Director, as appointed.
• Assists in the design and implementation of education
programs, including in‐service staff training programs.
• Assists in planning and attending special programs and
activities related to the center.
• Attends and engages in staff and parent meetings, including
biannual Parent/Teacher conferences.
• Attends and engages in ongoing professional development to
improve personal and professional skills.
• Keeps current with all credentials and degrees in accordance
with all accrediting and regulatory bodies.
• Conducts regular team meetings with support staff.
• Monitors and supervises daily activities of assigned support
• Supervises and assists assigned support staff with special
problems or situations involving staff, families, or
• Supports the professional growth of colleagues by sharing
materials and information and providing helpful feedback and
• Responsible for annual performance evaluation of assigned
• Supervises and guides student interns and work study
students in classroom, including required evaluations.
• Maintains child‐staff and group size ratios at all
• Uses and promotes positive guidance techniques.
• Communicates with children on their developmental
• Establishes routines with smooth transition periods.
• Encourages children to be independent.
• Designs appropriate room arrangement to support goals of the
• Maintains a safe & healthy environment and notifies the
administration of maintenance issues.
• Maintains classroom inventory and assists in the purchase of
equipment and supplies in accordance with classroom budget.
• Provides a balance between child‐initiated and
• Provides a developmentally appropriate and integrated
curriculum that meets the needs of individual children.
• Plans and implements culturally diverse experiences that
• Maintains and posts written curriculum plans.
• Eats all meals with children and assists in development of
good nutrition habits and socialization skills.
• Assists children in establishing good habits of toileting
and personal hygiene.
• Assesses children’s needs and developmental progress
on an on‐going basis.
• Involves classroom team in formal observations and
• Uses assessments to plan curriculum.
• Meets with individual parents as required on matters
involving child or Center policies.
Minimum: Two years of teaching experience in child
care and early education, or related educational programs.
A Bachelor’s degree including 12 credits in early childhood
education or a Bachelor’s degree plus 12 credits in early
childhood education; or an Associate’s degree in early
childhood education or directly related fields and four years of
teaching experience in a child care center or related educational
program for young children.
Preferred: A Master’s Degree in Early
Childhood Education or related field; plus two years teaching
Strong computer skills. Ability to learn and use specialized
software, websites, and databases. An ability to communicate
professionally verbally, in writing, and through email.
Physical requirements: The essential physical
requirements for this job include:
• Must be able to bend, stoop, reach, sit on the floor and
rise from the floor without adult assistance.
• Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.