The Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities is a Christian ministry responding in faith to Biblical principles to serve those experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction in our community. We provide Christ-centered, discipleship-oriented pathways and programs that restore dignity and wholeness to men, women and children.
The Child Development Center provides a creative and supportive environment that nurtures a child’s spiritual, social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Utilizing a framework of biblical principles, cultural sensitivity and recognition of family differences, it creates a foundation for educational success and leadership. The Child Development Center is located downtown St. Paul and provides childcare for infant up to school age children.
Under general supervision prepares and implements Child Development Center (CDC) activities in alignment with UGMTC’s mission and values. Works closely with the Program Director and Lead Teacher implementing activities designed to develop a range of social, cognitive, and/or motor skills for individual and/or groups of children within a specified age range and assigned classroom at the Child Development Center (CDC).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Creates a welcoming and safe environment for children and their families.De-escalates and resolves issues that occur between children.
Lead, instruct, and successfully interact with children of various ages, creating a supportive and nurturing environment.
Prepares and implements learning and skills development plans for targeted population, on a weekly and/or monthly basis
Assists Lead Teacher in preparing and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning opportunities that meets the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of children according to pre-established protocol s and individual needs.
Supervises and guides children in the performance of developmentally appropriate activities
Understands Rule 3 and completes all required related training and in-services.
Instructs and monitors children in the development of proper health care and hygiene skills; as appropriate to position, performs nutrition and hygiene procedures as necessary for children too young or otherwise unable to provide for themselves.
Instructs and monitors children in the proper and safe use of facilities and equipment.
Prepares and supervises meals and snacks for children
Maintain confidentiality in accordance with all policies and state and federal laws
Maintains open and cooperative communication with parents and families that encourages their involvement in the program and supports the child's family relationships.
Assists Lead Teacher with administrative duties including but not limited to keeping student files up to date, organizing and planning field trips, and assists in evaluations and outcomes of the center.
Enters progress notes in ClientTrack (CTN); follows all CTN policies and procedures. Maintains other program records and reports for CDC licensure compliance.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Meet the Teacher qualifications as designated by DHS Rule 3
Child Development Associate credential and required 1,560 hours experience as assistant teacher, aide, or student intern, or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development or education
License from the Minnesota Department of Education for prekindergarten/nursery or for elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement preferred
Experience working with children with special needs, learning disabilities and IEPs.
CPR Certification required within 90 days of hire date
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Knowledge of child development theory and practice, including child cognitive, social, and skills development methods and techniques.
Knowledge of health, nutrition, and hygiene requirements of infants and young children.
Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
Demonstrate excellent self awareness, judgment, and professional boundaries in interactions with children, staff, parents, and the community.
Knowledge of basic food preparation and standards.
Intermediate computer skills in the operation of Microsoft Office software, ClientTrack and other software applications.
Read, understand and follow safety and other specific instructions and procedures.
Knowledge of issues impacting people experiencing mental health issues, homelessness, poverty, addiction and underserved or at risk communities.
Work with a wide range of constituencies within a cultural, ethnic, racial, and socio-economically diverse community.
Interpersonal and communication skills necessary to provide great customer service.
Working with staff in the coordination of children support activities.
Implement program guidelines and offer suggestions for improvement.
Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, evangelical Christian Ministry; as such, employees must share the Mission’s Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct, and adhere to the Mission’s employee handbook policy manual and guidelines set forth by the organization. This position requires satisfactory completion of DHS background study and drug screening.