Early Childhood Lead Teacher @ Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel

Early Childhood Lead Teacher

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), a conservative synagogue located in Center City Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse area, is searching for a full-time Lead Teacher for our Early Childhood Education program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Our early childhood philosophy embraces the importance of play as the essential vehicle for how children understand their world. We provide opportunities for learning, exploration, creativity, and self-expression based on the idea that children have the interest and potential to construct their own knowledge with the support of educators who collaborate, nurture, and inspire them. We seek to impart a lifelong love of learning and to illuminate a deepening sense of Judaism as a joyful and meaningful experience in our children’s lives.

The Lead Teacher inspires and mentors the team to promote the healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of each child by providing an enriched and developmentally appropriate early childhood experience guided by Jewish values and culture with an understanding that collaboration among children, teachers, and families is a key element of our program.

The Lead Teacher reports to the Director of Early Childhood Education.

-Embrace the role of the teacher as a learner, along-side the children, to co-construct the learning experience and explore together
-Provide leadership to ensure that the teaching team adheres to the program philosophy, licensing guidelines, policies and procedures, and complete required tasks
-Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that the curriculum is based on the observations and interests of the children, including individual and collective educational goals
-Collaborate with colleagues and Jewish educators to infuse Jewish culture, values, language, and experiences into the daily life of the children with specific attention to holidays, havdalah, and Shabbat
-Model behavior and language that respects and values individual differences of children, families, and colleagues
-Share responsibility in maintaining materials, classroom space, and indoor play space that inspires meaningful learning and that adheres to health and safety guidelines
-Ensure that the team collaborates to share observations, curriculum development, and contribute to the preparation of Parent’s Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences
-Ensure that planning time is utilized efficiently to prepare for classroom experiences and projects, documentation, and parent communications
-Create an environment that is void of stereotyping, labeling, and diagnosing children
-Attend, support, and actively engage in all required meetings and events, as defined by the administration, including team and staff meetings, professional development, parent meetings and conferences, school-wide events, and family programs including Havdalah, Chanukah, and Purim events
-Respect children as having preparedness, potential, curiosity, and interest in constructing their own learning and be responsive to the individual and developmental needs of each child
-Maintain visual and auditory supervision of children always
-Engage with children in a positive, supportive, and open-minded manner
-Promote self-esteem, and encourage children’s independence and self-help skills with appropriate expectations
-Support children to resolve and negotiate conflicts and sets appropriate behavioral expectations aligned with the program’s philosophy
-Embrace families as essential partners of our school community
-Respond to parent communication via email, phone, or other electronic platforms in a timely manner
-Write and send families weekly email newsletter and/or regular and as-needed updates and pictures through our childcare management app
-Communicate all parental concerns to the teaching team and/or administration in a timely manner
-Be a role model to emphasize how collaboration, trust, confidentiality, and mutual respect with colleagues is key to our program’s success
-Uphold the mission, vision, and educational philosophy of the BZBI Early Childhood Education program
-Attain required professional credentials and/or educational requirements as outlined in the employment contract

Comply with all protocols related to COVID-19 (based on CDC and DOH guidelines) and adapt to changes in protocols in line with fluctuating levels of risk, as determined by the administration. This may include, but is not limited to:
-Mask wearing and other PPE, as needed
-Cleaning and disinfecting practices
-Completing a daily health screening
-Social distancing/maintaining cohorts
-Following travel guidelines
-Following quarantine requirements in the case of potential exposure

-AA, BA, or MA in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related field preferred
-Minimum of 12-24 ECE units from an accredited college or university in courses designated in the following areas: Child Development; ECE Special Education; Child and Family
-Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a teaching assistant in a preschool classroom
-Familiarity and/or interest in working in a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool setting
-Willingness to engage in Jewish learning around culture, holidays, and values with colleagues and children
-Willingness to obtain and maintain the required certificates: Mandated Reporter, Infant/Child CPR, and First Aid, Health and Safety Training, Fire Safety Training, and 12 Professional Development Hours each year
-Proficiency in verbal and written communication including basic computer skills
-Ability to lift and carry children up to 70 lbs

-$22.50-$27.00/hr commensurate with degree and experience
-Health benefits for full-time employees
-School holidays and Jewish holidays
-Paid sick leave

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical
  • Other Benefits: School Holidays and Jewish Holidays
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-03-18
  • Times this job has been viewed: 173 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Lead Teacher
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Synagogue
Job Location
Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel
300 South 18th Street Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19103


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