Zoot Adventure Learning Academy is now accepting applications for an Early Childhood Lead Teacher for the Toddler Room. The Early Childhood Lead Teacher is responsible for collaborating with the director to plan, create, and implement a program that fulfills children’s educational, developmental, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. The Early Childhood Lead Teacher will develop long and short term lesson plans based on the Creative Curriculum and philosophy of ZALA. She or he is responsible for assessing the developmental progress of the children. Daily communication with families is an essential responsibility of this role. Early Childhood Lead Teachers have the opportunity to arrange their classrooms to reflect their personality and ZALA’s approach and curriculum.
Zoot Adventure Learning Academy (ZALA) is a company based child care center in Bozeman, Montana passionate about offering an environment where families thrive. Serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, ZALA believes in an innovative, play-based approach. Promoting a healthy family bond is the heart of ZALA’s mission and employees will find a unique partnership with the Centers’ families. We’re seeking individuals to ignite child-centered learning experiences in a safe, nurturing, and responsive environment.
Through our play-based approach, ZALA emphasizes self-worth, capability, problem-solving, and school readiness. We work hard to assist children in developing the social-emotional skills needed to work and play cooperatively. Our goal is to help every child realize their greatest potential. We encourage children to be self-directed in our safe, trusting, and responsive environment. Before children can master formal academic skills in a meaningful way, they must have a solid understanding of how the physical world works. In order to build that understanding, children need to see, touch, smell, hear, taste, and experience the world through direct interactions and experiences!
- This position will be scheduled for 40 hours per week Monday - Friday.
Essential Job Functions
- Plan activities in accordance with curriculum objectives, developmentally appropriate practice, and program philosophy.
- Meet the emotional, social, physical, and cognitive needs of each child.
- Encourage Assistant Caregivers to contribute to curriculum planning.
- Provide guidance to instructional staff to help resolve issues with children when necessary.
- Coordinate and supervise field trips.
- Prepare monthly plan charts.
- Complete annual assessments of children's development and needs.
- Report progress of children to parents in annual reports and through parent-teacher conferences.
- Maintain daily open communication with parents.
- Organize and maintain accident reports.
- Maintain anecdotal records.
- Ensure the confidentiality of all records of the children, families, and staff.
- Report any suspect abuse to the supervisor immediately.
- Arrange and maintain a classroom environment in accordance to program goals and philosophy.
- Maintain a safe and healthy environment per program goals and state regulations.
- Inspect and replace damaged or lost materials.
- Attend in-service and staff meetings.
- Keep all appropriate records such as attendance and timesheets.
- Meet and maintain all applicable licensing regulations.
- Achieve a service-focused culture with an emphasis on delivering on-time, high-quality products, and services to internal and external customers.
- Other duties as assigned – it is understood that this list of major duties and responsibilities is not an inclusive list and that other duties and responsibilities, which may include helping others in the same or different departments, may be assigned by supervision.
Education, Training, and Experience
- Two years’ experience in an early childhood program such as a daycare center, a family or group daycare home, Headstart, Early Headstart, or another recognized preschool program and 32 hours of ECP approved training OR
- Level 2 or higher on the MT Practitioner Registry.
- Bachelor or Associate Degree in Education or a related field preferred.
- Have sufficient language skills to communicate with children and adults.
- Provide a current record of the following immunizations:
- Tetanus (within the past 10 years)
- MMR (measles/mumps/rubella)
- Obtain Infant/Child/Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED Certifications within 30 days of hire.
- Ability to successfully pass state-regulated background screening including criminal record, Child & Adult Protective Services, FBI fingerprinting, motor vehicle records, and sign a health attestation.
- Willing to complete 16 hours of annual, approved training.
- Valid Driver License with a clean driving record.
- All positions at ZALA require the ability to move about inside a classroom environment which includes the operation of computers and other office productivity machinery in addition to standard classroom materials, frequent written and verbal communications, and interactions with children, parents, caregivers, other employees, clients, vendors, and visitors, and time spent outdoors.
- This position specifically requires the ability to bend, stoop, and kneel, walking, standing, sitting on the floor, and lifting up to 40lbs, and participating in all variety of physical activities that take place in a child care setting.
- Medical, Vision, Dental Insurance, & Life Insurance
- MDLive (Teledoc Services)
- Paid Short Term & Long Term Disability
- Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, & Holidays
- 401(K) with Company Match
- On-Site Cafeteria
- On-Site Fitness Gym & Private Disc Golf Course
- Underground Parking
- Espresso & Snack Bar
- Fun, Friendly Work Environment
For consideration, all applicants must upload his or her current resume and a cover letter discussing the candidate's interest in the role during the online application process.
Additionally, all candidates must send three (3) letters for recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoot Adventure Learning Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, affirms the right of every person to participate in all aspects of employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for this posted position, contact our Human Resources Department via phone at 406-586-5050 or e-mail at email@example.com.