Truckee River Child Development Center - Toddler Classroom Manager

Full time | Child Care
Location:Reno Service Center, NV

Job Title:              Infant/Toddler Classroom Manager

Reports To:        TRCDC Program Manager

Location:              Reno, NV

Date:                     March 25, 2019

General Summary  

The Preschool Classroom Manager in a mixed Infant/Toddler age classroom is responsible for all aspects of teaching for children ages 8 weeks to 36 months, and overall management of the classroom. Responsibilities include: physical caregiving; child development assessments; implementation of age appropriate, individualized curriculum; facilitating supportive relationships with children, parents and colleagues; mentoring and managing 2-3 people on the classroom teaching team; assisting in classroom parent communications such as newsletters and activity calendars; and general classroom organization.

Essential Job Functions: the responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to the following:

Manage the Classroom

  • Ensure a high-quality, developmentally appropriate classroom exists in accordance with Patagonia’s policies/philosophy and Department of Social Services licensing standards.
  • Ensure the completion of classroom administrative responsibilities in a timely manner such as: managing child files, communicating changes to enrollment projections, maintaining daily staff: child ratios, and manage and document emergency practice drills.
  • Lead the onboarding and training of teachers who work specifically in the classroom with the support of administration
  • Manage teachers in the classroom on an ongoing basis with the support of the TRCDC Manager which includes the classroom teams schedule for breaks and lunches, goal setting, and continuous performance review.
  • Evaluate the supply and material needs of classroom and track expenses against the annual classroom budget.

Create a High-Quality Classroom

  • Infuse the classroom with rich language and facilitate learning through intentional teaching, multi-sensory learning provocations, songs, games and activities throughout the day according to the RIE ( Resources for Infant Educarers) Method.
  • Co-create and organize a stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning environment suitable for all of the children enrolled in the mixed aged classroom which is typically 8 weeks to 36 months.
  • Ensure visual supervision and child safety at all times.
  • Create an instructional curriculum that meets the needs of each child with concern for his/her interests, individual learning style and pace of learning and allows for plenty of child directed learning and “free” play.
  • Form relationships with parents, children, and co-teachers that are respectful of individual differences, family styles and cultural/socioeconomic diversity. 
  • Plan and implement the Infant-toddler program in accordance with the policies, philosophy, and Cornerstones of the Patagonia.
  • Offer guidance and direction to support staff.
  • Observe children on a regular basis and record observations.
  • Complete routine assessments of children’s development and share the information during regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences.
  • Create the highest quality program for Patagonia children, employees and teachers. 
  • Ensure a structured routine that allows for scheduled meal and rest breaks for the teaching team and maintains a flexible yet consistent daily schedule and routine for the children and parents.

Interact Positively with Children

  • Communicate with children, families and teachers in a positive manner.
  • Create a language rich environment to foster language skills.
  • Treat each child with dignity and respect.
  • Guide children in becoming responsible integral members of the group and community.
  • Facilitate for children to become actively involved in problem solving in the environment.
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate guidance practices for preschoolers in a multi-age program.
  • Encourage children to be responsible for their actions.

Work with Parents

  • Establish regular communication with parents about the child’s progress in the program, the child’s development, special moments that happen throughout the day, or specific issues as they occur on a day-to-day basis. 
  • Partner with parents to create an easy transition into the classroom.
  • Create an environment that embraces open communication with parents.
  • Coordinate and prepare for parent teacher conferences in a timely manner.
  • Provide Early Childhood/community resources and share information through a variety of mediums: bulletin boards, newsletters, emails.

Support Positive Staff Relationships and Administrative Functions

  • Be courteous and respectful of peers.
  • Create an environment that embraces open communication between staff to ensure a high quality environment for children and families.
  • Contribute to classroom administrative tasks as requested such as newsletters, activity calendars, daily information sheets, daily attendance, shopping lists, daily staff-child ratios, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Assist in providing appropriate support and fostering skill development in substitute and support teachers as well as fieldwork students.
  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings and in-service trainings.
  • Direct issues to the appropriate persons in a timely manner.

Physical Requirements

  • There are significant physical aspects to this job. Before applying, please review them carefully to ensure you are qualified to perform all job duties and that any accommodation issues you have could be addressed.
  • Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
  • Continually able to lift 1-40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
  • Continually able to kneel down to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
  •  Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
  •  Continually be able to react to a child that is 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
  •  Continually able to carry a child (1 to 40 pounds), up to 50-100 feet.
  •  Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
  • Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents and co-workers.
  • Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents and co-workers.
  • Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulation.    

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • High school graduate.
  • Two years’ experience working with young children.
  • Twelve (12) units in Early Childhood Education (Growth and Development, Child-Family & Community, Infant Development and one other program class).
  • Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and able to obtain a Washoe County Sheriff Card. It is a job requirement to have a successful criminal background check.
  • Negative TB test.
  • Successful completion of the hiring packet.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of such programs as Word, Excel and Outlook.
  •  Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
  • Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
  •  Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
  • Able to complete core training classes: Child Abuse and Neglect, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, CPR/First Aid, Nutrition, Communicable Diseases and Child Development. Core classes need to be completed within 90 days of employment.
  • Able to complete 24 hours of continuing education within center licensing year.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • AA or BA in ECE or related field
  • Understanding of RIE, CLASS and the Pyramid Model
  • Spanish speaking

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.