Sonoma State University
Job ID: 104905
Location: Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
The Children's School
Salary and Benefits
The anticipated starting salary placement depends on qualifications, experience and salary budget, and will not exceed $2,800 a month.
This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, retirement (CalPERS), vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.
A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available by request from SSU Human Resources.
This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on September 9. Please refer to the Application Process section of this posting for additional details.
Conditions of Employment
This is a full time, temporary, non-exempt position. Reappointment to this position is dependent upon the individual's performance as well as administrative and budgetary considerations. The university reserves the right to terminate this appointment earlier than the scheduled expiration date.
Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.
The Children's School is a laboratory demonstration school for the Department of Early Childhood Studies at Sonoma State University. The Children's School is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and is a Sonoma County Quality Counts Tier 5 rated program. Reporting to and under the general supervision of the Director of the Children's School, the Early Education Teacher (Teacher) is responsible for constructing a sound early childhood educational environment in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the Children's School. The Teacher's responsibilities include working with the Master Teacher and/or Director to plan and implement a dynamic, developmental, inclusive program for children, working with families, therapists, and supervising University undergraduate and graduate students.
There are three key areas of responsibility in this position: Children and Families, Work Direction, and Environment. Within these areas of responsibility, major duties of the position will include, but are not limited to, the following:
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:
- Develop and implement an integrated curriculum, including providing experiences that reflect and respect the diverse cultural, racial, and familial structures of the children and families in the program.
- Construct a learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, that promotes the optimal growth of each child's developmental needs: intellectual and imaginal, social and emotional, kinesthetic and physical.
- Connect daily with families and communicate information about children.
- Supervise children at all times with the assistance of the student assistant teachers, modeling responsibility for the environment, and health and safety of all children.
- Integrate children with special needs.
- Comply annually with California Department of Education's Desired Results for Children and Families including: Developmental Profiles for assigned children, Summaries of Findings based on child profile data, Parent Conference Forms and Parent Conferences 2-4 times a year and other instruments for annual program evaluation.
- Participate in special events that are a part of the program such as parent potlucks, fundraising events, or other events on campus, may include some weekend or evening hours.
- Train and work direct student assistant employees; provide support, guidance, and feedback for evaluation of performance.
- Develop and lead weekly student staff meetings within the classroom, participate and present area of expertise in student staff trainings.
- Attend and contribute to weekly staff meetings with other Professional Staff members.
- Provide Child Development Laboratory experiences: directly lead and mentor participant observers.
- Complete annual self-evaluation and goal setting for Director.
- Understand and implement the following policies: CSU and SSU policies, Community Care Licensing Regulations (ntle 22), State Department of Education Regulations (Title 5 and Desired Results for Children and Families), CACFP, Child Abuse Reporting Regulations (Penal Code 11161), public health sanitation codes, and The Children's School staff manual.
- Model responsibility for all environments, including outdoor classrooms and gardens. Adhere to health and safety standards, including compliance with Title 5 and Title 22 regulations.
- Daily set up of large motor equipment in the outdoor classroom, use of office machines and facility equipment.
Performs other secondary duties as assigned.
Duties take place mostly in the Children's School located at Sonoma State University, including work performed both indoors and out and in hot, cold and wet weather. This position requires prolonged periods of standing and lifting of up to 50 pounds is required throughout the workday. Noise level may become loud as children play with high levels of activity. The normal work schedule is Monday through Friday aligned with regular campus hours. As a non-exempt employee, any request for overtime will be specified and pre-approved by Appropriate Administrator. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator.
This position requires an associate's degree in child development; bachelor's degree in Child Development or related field with emphasis in Early Childhood Education highly preferred. Consistent with the state Child Development Permit Matrix, incumbents who do not have a degree must have completed at least 24 units in child development or early childhood education plus additional general education requirements. Must have verification of submission of Teacher Child Development Permit (or higher), issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Incumbents who possess an associate's degree or higher must have completed the required units of supervised field experience. Incumbents without a degree must meet the specified days of experience within the last four years, roughly equivalent to six to twelve months of experience. Three years' experience teaching in an early childhood education classroom, with one year with infants and toddlers, within the last seven years preferred. Incumbent must maintain current certifications in: Pediatric CPR, First Aid; in addition, new employees are required to attend safety training, including information about Blood Borne Pathogens.
Incumbent must demonstrate a solid understanding of how to plan and implement an age appropriate curriculum and must be knowledgeable in pertinent state and federal regulations relating to the daily operations of an early childhood education center including licensing regulations, education regulations, child abuse reporting requirements, and public health and sanitation codes and requirements. Incumbent must also possess excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to facilitate group discussions, write and present daily evaluations and reports as assigned; ability to problem solve, using good sound judgment when precedent is not available and adhere to professional growth requirements as defined by the CTC for the Child Development Permit, Teacher level.
Incumbent must demonstrate the ability to interpret complex policies and procedures and communicate them effectively to staff and the public; and independently prioritize multiple projects with conflicting timelines and complete them as assigned. Ability to hear and speak to exchange information with children, staff, and parents; bend at the waist for lifting children and/or equipment up to 50 pounds; stand for extended periods of time; move quickly and easily from sitting to standing; work outdoors on a daily basis, including in hot, cold and wet weather; and possess the ability to visually scan large rooms and play yards to ensure child safety indoors and out. Physical requirements include daily set up of large motor equipment in the outdoor classroom, use of office machines and facility equipment, ability to lift 50 pounds.
This position requires successful completion of a preplacement physical exam.
Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents. Must be able to accept constructive feedback and work cooperatively in group situations.
Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Click the "Apply Now" to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.
Sonoma State University is proud to be a smoke-free campus, where smoking and other uses of tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, are prohibited.
Sonoma State University's Jeanne Clery Act Annual Security Report is available at http://www.sonoma.edu/ps/about/jeanneclery.html; Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at http://www.sonoma.edu/housing/general-info/emergency-prep/fire-safety.html.
Sonoma State University
Main (707) 664-3100
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1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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