Lead Teacher Job Opportunity, Toddler Program

  • Job Title: Lead Teacher
  • Department: Education
  • Reports To: Executive Director
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Schedule: Full-time


To plan and execute an education program that is reflective of the goals and philosophy of the Oberlin Early Childhood Center.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans and implements a high-quality learning environment that is reflective of the Center’s goals, philosophy, and curriculum
  • Documents children’s progress through ongoing screening and assessment, teacher observations, work samples, portfolios, documentation panels
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with parents through parent conferences, open houses, and other Center-related activities
  • Implements rules and regulations from the State of Ohio Child Care Licensing, Step Up to Quality program, the National Accreditation Commission, and USDA CACFP
  • Creates and maintains reports required by the Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education Food Program
  • Completes required reports
  • Creates and maintains a safe and nurturing learning environment
  • Participates in continuous learning by attending trainings and learning new techniques
  • Supports indirect supervisees in obtaining performance goals
  • Performs any other duties assigned by management

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Indirectly Supervises: Classroom Teacher(s), Volunteers (Student Teachers, Work Study Students, America Reads), and Support Staff (when in the classroom)


Ethical Behavior

  • Ethics refers to acting in ways consistent with what society and individuals typically think are good values. If you demonstrate ethical behavior you are honest, fair, have dignity in what you do, and treat others as you would want to be treated.


  • Working in a small non-profit early learning center means that you may need to “juggle many balls at the same time,” have multiple interruptions, and need to leave a task unfinished to move on to another task with little or no notice. You need to have the ability to adapt to this type of environment as it is critical to your success and the success of the organization.

Continuous Learning

  • You must make a personal commitment to continuously improve yourself by reflecting on successes and failures and actively seeking out ways to acquire new knowledge. Subject matter fades, strategies change, and new research is always modifying the work we do. Whether it is reading a book, experimenting with a new method/system, attending a training, seeking out feedback, employees need to continue to improve their skills in order to optimize their performance and impact the services provided.


  • Confidential information includes any identifying information about a family, child, or co-worker that is obtained inside or outside of the center. Parents instill their trust in you to keep information about them and their child confidential. You must recognize what information is confidential and what is not and know when permission is needed to share knowledge about them.


  • Communicating effectively involves understanding what is being said and how to say something, whether it is in written or oral form. A good communicator will communicate with clarity to children, parents, co-workers, and their supervisor (s) their goals, challenges, desires, and needs.


  • To have integrity means that you must make the right decision when faced with right or wrong, they commit to choosing the right thing to do before they find themselves in a situation that requires action, and to choose to share complete and accurate information with the right people in a timely manner.

Customer Focus

  • The families we serve are our customers. You must view yourself as having a role in providing excellent customer service and be dedicated to meeting the expectations of customers. To be customer-focused you must display courtesy and sensitivity and respond promptly to requests made.

Teamwork & Cooperation

  • To exhibit teamwork you will be seen seeking out support, giving feedback to others, providing ideas to other co-workers, volunteering on work groups or committees, accepting the delegation of tasks, are willing to “do what it takes” to ensure the smooth day to day operations of the center. To exhibit cooperation you must exhibit tact and consideration when working with others. Also, you must have a positive outlook and act in a pleasant manner with one another.


  • In the field of early childhood, the children and families count on you to come to work prepared and ready to perform your job on a daily basis. To be reliable you must come to work and meet any requests made of
  • you in a timely manner.

Leadership Skills

  • Leads by example, able to take charge in difficult situations, delegates as needed.


Education and/or Experiences

  • Associates degree in Early Childhood education or child development, Bachelor’s preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with young children
  • Understanding/Knowledge of Step Up to Quality and/or NAC Accreditation guidelines preferred

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. 
  • The employee is frequently required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 40 pounds without assistance andup to 60 pounds with assistance. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability, and physical demands required. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To Apply

  • E-mail Executive Director Tricia Harrel with Lead Teacher Application in the subject line.
  • Please include your cover letter in the body of the email.
  • Attach your resume as a PDF or Word document.