Full - Time | Some Local Travel
United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties is seeking a skilled, talented, kid and teacher centered, Master Teacher to join our Community Impact team!
This mature organization, located in Leesburg, FL has been a mainstay of the community for over 50 years. Recent leadership transition and prior stagnant performance is now turning into a renewed and reinvigorated sense of excitement for our team, with our community partners, around our growth goals, and certainly, for the teachers and children we serve in our long-running and exceptional Master Teacher program.
We are seeking to expand our Master Teacher offerings by serving even more early learning centers in our two county area of Lake and Sumter. This service elevates both the learning of our instructors in these and builds confidence and skills in each of the children who look to these instructors for growth and guidance. This is where you come in.
If you are an individual willing to ensure that paraprofessional teachers have the necessary skills to teach pre-kindergarten students by providing them with coaching, training, and internships that will enhance the quality of early childhood education, improving school readiness for students, you have our attention.
The ideal candidate in this position will join the team as if he or she has been here far longer than it may show on paper, as well as, be ready to "hit the ground running".
This Master Teacher's primary role will be to initially support the existing Master Teacher, learning, shadowing, and understanding the process of this program and how it benefits so much of the community. In this full-time position, much of your roles and duties would be performed, after an onboarding process, in an off-site location from our Leesburg office. As we expand and serve more in our community, we are looking to provide the services of the Master Teacher program in both south and north Lake and Sumter counties.
Additionally, under general supervision, the Master Teacher will:
- Provide an on-site supervised internship for paraprofessionals working in childcare centers and family childcare homes
- Oversee the day-to-day internal and external operations of the pre-kindergarten classroom
- Provide training to promote the highest level of teamwork, which will lead to a measurable increase in the percentage of children actively engaged in age appropriate, school readiness activities
- Provide resources, as needed, on an individualized basis to improve teaching skills
- Promote a positive attitude and general awareness of nationally accepted quality standard for early education
- Conduct Peabody testing and report results to parents
- Collect data from Peabody testing and post evaluations of the classroom environment and teacher/child interactions
- Collect data from pre and post language assessments
- Plan and coordinate events to promote parent involvement
- Report findings to United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties and other agencies as determined is necessary in order to collaborate on processes to increase the quality of education and child development at childcare sites
- Assist partner agencies with Peabody materials and data entry as requested
- Follow all organization’s policies, practices, and procedures
- Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and organizational goals
- Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill
- Demonstrate speech and hearing sufficient for constant in-person and telephone communication.
- Maintain vision sufficient for use of a computer monitor, reading documents, and maintenance of a Florida State Drivers’ License.
- Possess manual dexterity to perform frequent use of a computer keyboard and other office equipment and for performing routine office functions, which may include the ability to stuff large quantities of envelopes or collate documents.
- Show a range of motion sufficient for unassisted movement within the UWLS office and at various public and private locations outside the UWLS offices.
- Have the ability to sit or stand at a desk for extended periods of time.
- Have the ability to lift and carry materials up to 25lbs to a work location or the ability to place such materials on a handcart or other mode of assistance.
- Perform other duties as assigned
Due to the leadership role United Way is called upon to play in the community, particularly during times of crisis, it is the expectation that all United Way staff will be fully engaged in the organization's crisis plan and response efforts, in addition to their current duties.
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field, preferred.
- Five years of progressively responsible work in the field of early childhood development to include demonstrated teaching, training, communication, management and interpersonal skills. Additionally or simultaneously, at least five-years of experience in a not-for-profit agency, including at least two years of agency management or supervision, is highly valued.
- Knowledge of the various public/voluntary human service organizations in the local community and their relationship to United Way and various funding/management sources.
- Demonstrated ability to carry out responsibilities with flexibility and independence while balancing the concerns and priorities identified by volunteers, staff, agencies and contributors.
- Knowledge of researching, writing, and managing grants, from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This knowledge will be relevant only to those grants supporting the Master Teacher program and services.
The Rest of the Story...
There are always traits that while they are not expressly listed on a job posting, are still expected. Rather than making you guess, let's just list some of those here, as well:
- Critical thinking and planning for finding creative approaches. Successful problem solving.
- Utilize planning, evaluation, and research skills. Detail oriented. Must be able to set priorities and meet deadlines.
- Understand and work with fiscal and programmatic information. Analyze and manage data.
- Strategic planning for short and long-term efforts. Ability to represent United Way and work with community colleagues and stakeholders on emerging needs.
- Demonstrated ability to train partner agencies with the skill of creating positive teamwork, staff empowerment and accountability. Motivation and team building with consideration for cultural sensitivities.
- Ability to work well as a member of a collaborative team and also able to work independently.
- Successful experience in managing and working with volunteers and volunteer committees.
- Excellent interpersonal skills for constant telephone and in-person communication.
- Strong oral and written English language skills for effective communication using excellent spelling, grammar and writing skills. Must be able to carefully proof own work.
- Proficient in MS Windows Word, Excel, and Access with activities to include e-mail, record keeping, routine database activities, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics. Must have the ability to learn new and/or customized software.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to operate a variety of office equipment.
This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities and skills. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable disabled individuals to perform the essential functions of this role.
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
● Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
● Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
● Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
● Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
● Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
The team of United Way Lake and Sumter Counties looks forward to learning of your interest and to hearing from you.