Job Description Summary: “Lead Preschool Teacher” is a full-time role for a mission-minded, compassionate caregiver who loves young children. Cookson Hills Christian Preschool operates year round and is a vital part of the overall ministry of Cookson Hills. The ideal candidate will ensure Cookson Hills is providing a loving, caring, Christ-based preschool experience for staff members’ children ages birth-5. The Preschool exists to serve the mission of Cookson Hills by providing preschool services to children of employees of Cookson Hills during typical business hours as they work to further the mission of Cookson Hills.
Minimum Qualifications: The qualifications listed below are required in order for an applicant to be considered for the role of Preschool Teacher.
Age - Must be at least 21 years of age or older per DHS requirements
Education and /or Experience:High school diploma or general education degree (GED) with 1+ years of related experience required, Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education from a four-year college or university, preferred.
Faith Beliefs: Demonstrate Christian faith and practice, agreeing with and abiding by the Cookson Hills Statement of Faith and Lifestyle Agreement provided on the employment application.
Computer Skills:Knowledge of, or ability and willingness to learn Internet software, specifically the Google Apps suite including Docs, Sheets, and Calendar, etc. Ability to utilize email as a reliable form of communication.
Work Environment: The work environment is representative of what a teacher typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job; i.e. preschool environment, and various locations for playing, teaching, and interacting with young children (school settings, outdoor settings, home settings, etc.).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and other duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Preschool Teaching: The preschool teacher will plan, prepare, and deliver basic preschool instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences for all the children in his or her care. S/He will create a consistent routine that includes indoor and outdoor playtime, crafts, snacks, games, naps, and age-appropriate academic opportunities.
Behavior Management: The preschool teacher will manage student behavior at the preschool by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures aligned with school and ministry policy. S/He will maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary procedures of the preschool.
Year-Round Availability: To create our trauma-informed environment and to support the overall ministry of Cookson Hills, all Cookson Hills school staff work on a 12-month basis. Each school year begins in July, and consists of six, 6-week terms, separated by 2-week student breaks. Each school year is separated by a 5-week summer break. The preschool is only closed on paid holidays and remains open during school break weeks.
Stewardship of Resources: The Preschool Teacher maintains the preschool facility in a clean and orderly manner. Additionally, s/he must be knowledgeable of OKDHS licensure requirements and maintain compliance with state regulations.
Competencies: These competencies, characteristics and aptitudes are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.
Adaptability: Demonstrates flexibility in the work environment; Manages competing demands and has tolerance for stress; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; Meets and honors commitments, uses time efficiently.
Dependability: Self-motivated and completes tasks on time or notifies others with an alternate plan.
Ethics: Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and high standards; Upholds organizational values.
Initiative: Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Interpersonal Skills: Connects with others using empathy and active listening rather than judgement; Manages conflict and de-escalates crisis moments; Uses a team-oriented approach to problem-solving; Regulates own emotions well; Maintains confidentiality; Growth-minded and teachable; Looks for strengths in others and uses frequent positive speech; Ability to be fair, discerning, and honest in all relationships.
Language Skills: Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to write clearly, concisely and informatively; Ability to effectively and age-appropriately present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations.
Organizational Skills: Ability to organize and plan in a timely manner.
Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values.
Physical Demands: Has high energy levels and will be regularly required to walk, talk, hear, lift and/or move up to 40 pounds; Utilizes vision capabilities for computer usage and paperwork.
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Professionalism: Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Reasoning Ability:Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out responsibilities; Ability to assess issues, apply critical thinking skills, and provide rational solutions to problems.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
Benefits of Preschool Teacher Employment: In addition to rewarding service and fulfilling ministry opportunities, Cookson Hills provides employees with a competitive compensation package.
Cash Compensation: Paycheck reflecting wage/hours worked is paid on a bi-weekly basis.
*Optional for Preschool Teacher Role* On-Campus Housing/Utilities: Employees contribute toward the cost of housing/utilities at a fraction of the value of the benefit. Details provided in compensation offer overview.
Paid Sick Leave: Awarded upon 6-month anniversary of hire date, and each 1-year anniversary thereafter, at a rate described in employee policy manual.
Paid Personal Time Off: Awarded upon 6-month anniversary of hire date, and each 1-year anniversary thereafter, at a rate described in employee policy manual.
Paid Holidays: Teachers are paid for 10 holidays throughout the calendar year, as described in employee policy manual.
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance: Employees contribute to the monthly premiums for this coverage.
Retirement Savings Incentive: Available upon 1-year anniversary of hire date, at a rate described in employee policy manual.
Private Christian School Tuition: 100% tuition scholarship provided for staff children in K-12th grades.
Since 1957, Cookson Hills has provided home, school, and therapy for kids who are at-risk. We are a children’s home in Northeast Oklahoma, serving kids ages 5-17 who want to write a better story for their lives and have experienced challenges with family life, homelessness, poor peer relationships, abuse, or neglect. Compelled by the love of Christ, our team works together to fulfill our vision – to raise up healthy individuals who are empowered to positively impact future generations.
It’s not fool-proof. It’s difficult. And, it’s worth it.