Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

Lead Teacher

Spartan Child Development Center is taking applications for a Lead Teacher Position in a Preschool Classroom (3-4 year olds). Start date: October 2nd. Competitive salary, benefits (health, dental, vision), and paid leave time (vacation, sick, personal)

Job Summary
The lead teacher is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Center curriculum and children’s program in the toddler classroom. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for maintaining the health and safety of all children under their care.

Lead Teacher is a full-time permanent position; salary and benefits are included (health, dental, vision, pay for holiday closures, and accrued paid vacation, sick, and personal leave time). The selected candidate will care for and interact with children and their families. Aside from general care-giving activities, the candidate will:
o Create a safe environment designed to promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of each child;
o Work cooperatively to develop and implement classroom activities and curriculum;
o Manage classroom and lead transitions from one activity to another;
o Guide children through interactions and foster children’s use of language and conflict mediation skills;
o Engage/supervise developmentally appropriate activities inside and outside, participate in children’s play, and foster creative use of materials

Job Requirements
o Bachelor’s degree or higher, from an accredited institution, in Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education or related field;
o At least 30 college level credit hours in coursework related to early childhood
o Some teaching experience is strongly preferred
o Physical and mental stamina; including repeated lifting (30 lbs or more), ability to move quickly from sitting on the floor to standing position repeatedly, and the ability to run if needed
o Knowledge of teaching and activity methods used in an early childhood setting and the principles of child development, the behavior of young children, positive discipline and redirection techniques.
o Knowledge of materials and equipment used in group settings of young children
o A philosophy of early childhood education that is compatible with the center’s
o Some knowledge and/or experience with HighScope Curriculum and Online COR is preferred
o Ability to establish warm supportive relationships with the children, recognize illness symptoms, accept and profit from supervision and constructive criticism, develop and maintain working relationships with parents and staff, and thrive in a team-oriented environment.
o Experience with planning lessons and activities that support an emergent learning environment
o Basic computer skills including ability to access the internet for research, send and receive emails, and experience using Microsoft Office to create documents
o Ability to lead and supervise support staff members

Interested candidates need to submit a letter of interest and resume to

Liz Lauren, Executive Director, in person or by email, children@msu.edu.

The position will be posted until filled.

Infant Room Teacher Assistant

The Teacher Assistant is assigned to work in an infant classroom (children 2 weeks-12 months) and is responsible for supporting the lead teacher in the implementation of the center curriculum and children’s program. This is a part-time position, working 35 hours per week.

Teacher Assistants are under the direct supervision of the Lead Teacher and assigned to a specific classroom. It is expected that all employees will maintain a professional attitude and exhibit a commitment to the field of early childhood.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma required
    • Prefer completion of a higher degree and some education and/or experience working with infants
  • Physical and mental stamina; including repeated lifting (30 lbs or more), ability to move quickly from sitting on the floor to standing position repeatedly, and the ability to run if needed
  • Knowledge of teaching methods, materials, and equipment used in group settings of infants
  • A philosophy of early childhood education that is compatible with the center’s
  • Ability to establish warm supportive relationships with the children, recognize illness symptoms, accept and profit from supervision and constructive criticism, develop and maintain working relationships with parents and staff, and thrive in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to lead and supervise support staff members

Responsibilities

This list may not be all inclusive; specific duties may vary according to the needs of the children in the classroom.

  • Create a safe environment designed to promote the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional growth and development of each child.
  • Supervise the children’s activities inside and outside, be engaged with the children, ensure the safety and well-being of the children while under the center’s care, and intervene to support children when necessary.
  • Participate in problem solving related to classroom management issues.
  • Interact directly with children during all parts of the day including indoor and outdoor play, meals and naptime.
  • Ensure that children with allergies are not exposed to materials which may be harmful to them
  • Create a pleasant mealtime atmosphere which encourages healthy eating habits and social interactions
  • Carry out experiences which promote global awareness and sensitivity to the likenesses and differences among people of all cultures.

This position pays $9.50/hour. Interested candidates need to submit a letter of interest and resume to

Liz Lauren, Executive Director, in person or by email, children@msu.edu.

The position will be posted until filled.

Office Aide

The Office Assistant is responsible for general office functions along with answering the phone and greeting families and visitors. The Office Assistant provides support for the Office Manager and all staff as needed. The Office Assistant must be knowledgeable about the Center’s policies and procedures, communicating them to parents and the public when called on to do so. The Office Assistant reports directly to the Executive Director and/or Assistant Director.

Qualifications:
High school diploma required, prefer additional education in Child Development or a related field. Knowledge of relating to young children, first aid methods and safety requirements.
Ability to work with children in a warm, responsible, and positive manner and to react calmly in a crisis situation.

Responsibilities:
o Phone support duties to include:
Answer incoming calls; greeting callers in a polite and friendly manner; answering callers’ questions to the extent possible; directing callers to the appropriate staff person when additional information is needed
o Reception duties to include:
Serving as the primary person to greet families and visitors when entering the building; greeting families and visitors in a polite and friendly manner; escorting visitors to their destination in the Center, maintaining a clean, welcoming front desk environment
o Public safety duties:
Monitoring those individuals entering the Center to ensure the safety of all; calling emergency response personnel in the event of an emergency; notifying the Director when emergency response personnel have been contacted
o Human Resource duties to include:
-Assisting with training and orientation of new support staff, new employee paperwork processing, providing back-up support as necessary regarding staffing, scheduling, and training
-Administering requests for drop-in care and informing teachers of all drop-in children
-Typing, copying and distributing information to parents, Board members and staff
o Classroom Duties
-Substitute as needed for classroom Aide Staff

YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON!

33 Crescent Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

Kitchen Aide

Spartan Child Development Center is taking applications for an individual to work as a Kitchen Assistant with the head cook, three times per week 8-1:30pm and must be able to work Fridays 8:30-1:30pm.

Job Summary:
The selected candidate will care for and interact with children and their families. Aside from general care-giving activities, the candidate will:
o Create a safe environment designed to promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of each child;
o Assist the Cook in planning and posting weekly menus
o Assist the Cook in ordering food online on a weekly basis
o Check all food orders against packing slips as they are delivered.
o Inventory food on a weekly and monthly basis
o Assist the Cook in maintaining an inventory of food on a weekly and monthly basis
o Assist the Cook in having breakfast, lunch, and snack prepared at stated meal times.
o Assist the Cook in preparing enough food so that the children can have a full serving plus extra servings as requested.
o Assist the Cook in ensuring appropriate substitutions for children who have food allergies, medical conditions and/or vegetarian food preference.
o Wash dishes after the noon meal, assist classrooms in sanitizing their dishes, and ensure that all food is properly stored after the meal
o Assist the Cook in maintaining the kitchen area in a sanitary manner at all times in accordance with state health regulations and DHS Childcare Licensing
o Assist the Cook in cleaning the refrigerators and freezers weekly, wash and organize shelves in the pantry, wash and organize kitchen cupboards, wash cupboard doors, clean ovens, stove top,           and burners, and wash dishes as needed.

Job Requirements:
o High School diploma required, prefer additional education in nutrition and/or food preparation.
o Experience with institutional cooking and/or child care, knowledge of DHS childcare licensing and USDA Food Program preferred.
o Ability to establish warm supportive relationships with the children, parents and staff
o Repeated lifting of up to 30 lbs. and/or more
o Standing for long periods of time
o Ability to run (as needed)
o Written and oral communication skills
o Basic math skills (specifically units of measure)
o Computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word and online purchasing
o Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
o Ability to effectively operate in a fast paced environment
o Ability to quickly move from sitting on the floor to standing position repeatedly
o Ability to be in an environment with bleach and other sanitizing agents
o There may be additional physical and/or mental requirements based on the needs of specific situations.

YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON!

33 Crescent Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

 

Teacher’s Aide

We are accepting applications. All applicants must go through an observation process. Observations may be done Monday-Thursday between 9:45-11:45am or 3:30-4:30pm. No appointment is necessary. Observations do not have to be done the same day applications are picked up. Preference will be given to those with afternoon availability.

This para-professional position requires work with children from two weeks to six years old. An employee in this position helps children in all program activities, interacts with them, guides their interactions with each other, and instructs them in the use of materials. The Teaching Aide is an integral and vital member of the teaching team in the classroom. Teacher’s Aides are hired to the center and may be assigned to any classroom as needed. The Aide’s duties are carried out under the close supervision of the Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers. A minimum of a High school diploma is required and must be at least 18 years old.

YOU MUST APPLY IN PERSON!

33 Crescent Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823