Senior Teacher – Austin & Fargo

Senior Teacher – Austin & Fargo

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program (JP) offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation – or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children, and communities.

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, Rochester-SE, MN, Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND.

In Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative nonresidential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children. Learn more at  Jeremiah Program.

Jeremiah Program was born from Minneapolis community leaders’ compassionate concern for the barriers facing the growing number of low-income single mothers in their community. Partnering with single mothers attending local community colleges, they identified safe and affordable housing, as well as education for both mom and child, as the most important tools for ending intergenerational poverty. Our downtown Minneapolis campus was built in 1998, followed by our St. Paul campus in 2007. With a 21-year history of inspiring post-secondary graduation rates and living-wage employment for single moms, and brighter futures for their children, JP continues to play a critical role in disrupting the impacts of poverty in all communities where we operate, bolstering equity so all families can build well-being and achieve economic prosperity.

 

Job Summary

The Senior Teachers serves as the  most senior leader among peers, reporting to CDC Director, with a focus on building the Child Development Center (CDC)’s capacity to deliver the best child development experience possible. As the number two in leadership and operations of the CDC, the Senoir Teacher plays a pivotal role in exemplifying culture, building relationships with families, providing administrative support to CDC Director, improving student learning and influencing practice among peers.

 

Key Responsibilities

Family Outreach & Relationship Building

  • Understand, explore and implement opportunities to build stronger relationships with Jeremiah families.
  • Engage in regular two-way communication with Jeremiah moms, recognizing moms as their children’s first teacher and creating space for feedback.
  • Builds relationships with all families enrolled in the Child Development Center to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.
  • Culture leader and champion, exemplifying positive, family and child-centered culture within CDC.

Classroom Leadership and Administration

  • Partners with CDC Director and Community Teacher to develop daily schedule, ensuring ratios are maintained and teachers get adequate time for required breaks.
  • Coordinates communication plan in the event of teacher absences and serves as substitute when needed.
  • Partners with teachers inside classrooms to demonstrate instruction, coteach, provide feedback or support teachers with implementation of new activities.
  • Supports teachers with set up of assigned classrooms, including required and recommended signs and postings.

Curriculum Support

  • Oversees submission quality of virtual curriculum plans for assigned center and sends report to CDC leader and national Campus Support Team (CST).
  • Ensures instructional resources such as websites, readings, unit plans, instructional materials, assessment tools or other teaching aids are available and shared.
  • Supports curriculum planning and use of assessments that ensure consistent implementation.

CDC Operations and Administrative Duties

  • Serves as second-in-charge to the CDC Director, providing ongoing peer leadership and providing back up CDC administration as needed.
  • Provides ongoing support and thought partnership to CDC Director in considering CDC decisions, implementation plans and communication plans.
  • Coordinates community partnerships including but not limited to SEL and trauma-informed resources for children.
  • Coordinates food services, in coordination with CDC Director and CDC Community Teacher
  • Partners with CDC Director to manage licensing requirements and compliance-related processes
  • Maintains commitment to continual improvement of the CDC and community of teachers.
  • Partners with CDC Director to identify teacher challenges and recommends strategies to address them.

 Peer Support

  • Assists with new teacher onboarding, helping new teachers acclimate to the CDC, navigate JP campus culture and learn about CST resources.
  • Creates a community of learning among peers, identifying professional development opportunities, leveraging individual strengths, and nurturing a team approach that creates a supportive environment while maintaining a mission-first focus.
  • Helps teachers manage parent relationships, working with CDC director to ensure interactions follow established standards.
  • Mentors teachers, supporting the CDC director in guiding teachers about instruction, curriculum, procedures and practices.
  • May represent the CDC on JP-wide task forces or committees.

Professional Experience/Qualifications

  • BA/BS (Master’s degree preferred) in education, human services, social work, or closely-related field
  • Must be experienced across all age-bands and be able to enter any classroom in a lead teacher role
  • Versed in licensure processes to aid in compliance related processes alongside the center leader
  • Experienced in conflict resolution and de-escalation
  • Experienced in building relationships with families from a range of backgrounds and life experiences
  • Strong instructional, classroom management and culture building skills
  • Team player who is excited about the idea of working within a broader network
  • Professional maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Excellent, clear, compelling, responsive and culturally competent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups and build trusting relationships
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to leverage those resources for the benefit of the CDC
  • Proven track record of leadership: meeting extremely high standards for student achievement and development through the leadership of adults
  • Team player who is excited about the idea of working within a broader network
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and data entry skills and an ability to learn new technologies that enable effectiveness in the role
  • Passion for the Jeremiah Program two-generational mission and belief in the role that its early childhood educational model plays in fulfilling that mission
  • Holds high expectations and deep beliefs in all children and families
  • Excudes development orientation and track record of seeking professional growth
  • Solutions-focused and resourceful approach to overcoming challenges
  • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with peers and other key stakeholders in person and remotely across local and national teams
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR

 

HOW TO APPLY

Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

We offer competitive compensation including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.