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Job Posted
10 days ago
Job Type
Education, Nonprofit, Teacher

Job Description

Lead Teacher

Mission Neighborhood Centers

San Francisco, CA

It is an exciting time to join Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC)!

MNC is seeking full-time Lead Teacher, this is a unique position that will primarily provide children with a positive learning environment and varied experiences that will help them develop in all areas in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. The Lead Teacher works in collaboration with the other teachers and site team to enhance the parent’s role as the principal influence on the child’s education and development. Promotes health, safety, nutrition, social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of preschool children enrolled in the program.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities 

Interacting with Children

• Instruct children and parents (e.g. nutrition, self-care, social, motor skills, language skills, etc.) for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills. Uses English language in order to assist ESL learners to acquire English language skills and to expand the language skills and vocabulary of the English-Speakers.

• Implements academic, behavior, family events, health and nutrition plans (e.g. literacy activities, stories, songs, math/science activities, art, etc.) for the purpose of achieving program objectives.

• Role-model and ensure center team support for the provision of specialized services for children with identified special needs in the classroom.

• Assists children with hand washing and tooth brushing for the purpose of modeling appropriate personal hygiene.

• Helps to carry out small groups’ activities for the purpose of providing classroom activities and routines that support individual/group needs and/or delivering services in compliance with established guidelines.

• Use positive discipline techniques in guiding children’s behavior. 

Assessing Children

• Observe children in all developmental domains and document observations according to policy and procedures within the identified timelines.

• Monitors conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, etc. for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior.

• Demonstrates awareness of entire group, including number ratio while working with primary care children. 

Curriculum Preparation

• Organize indoor/outdoor, quiet/active and field trip activities appropriate to age group for the purpose of actively participating in the learning activities with children.

• Conducts home visits and parent-teacher conferences (ILP’s) in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and program policies and procedures.

• Develop Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) for each child based on observations, screenings, parent input and the DRDP-2015 assessment results.

• In collaboration with the Master Teacher/Site Supervisor, develop developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on children’s strengths, interests, and needs reflected in observations, screenings and the DRDP-2015 assessment results.

• In collaboration with the Master Teacher/Site Supervisor, prepare documentation to support referrals for further evaluation and specialized services for children with suspected special needs.

Communication with Parents

• Acts as a support and resource person for families for the purpose of assisting the teachers in case managing specific needs with families, advocating for parents and encouraging parent involvement in the program.

• Inform parents about daily classroom routine, expectations, policies, field trips and volunteer opportunities.

• Communicate with parents about incidents that have been observed and recorded on-site regarding their child.

• Encourage and motivate parents to participate in all levels of the Head Start Program (e.g. classroom center committees, PPC, Policy Council and other district and/or city wide committees), in accordance with Program Performance Standards.

• Obtain all required classroom parental signatures such as on all incident reports and field trip permission slips. 


• Assist volunteers and parents in working with children in the classroom with proper health practices, food handling and interactions/supervision of children.

• Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.

• Responsible for assisting that all adults in the classroom follow schedules, routines and policies of the classroom, the center and the agency. 


• May assume coverage in the absence of the Master Teacher/Site Supervisor and remain flexible about staffing schedule which may be adjusted as program needs change and may include working in another classroom.

• Ensure the maintenance and filing of appropriate forms and documents in children’s files.

• Work with other teaching staff and parents to ensure that required dental exams, physical exams and screenings are completed for each child in accordance with Program Performance Standards and Plan of Action.

• Maintain flexibility in changing planned activities according to children’s interests.

• Conduct 45-day developmental screenings and three developmental assessments (DRDP-2015) for each child.

• Ensure that the timelines of 30, 45, and 90 days are met upon enrollment dates (e.g. homes visits, mental health notes, developmental screenings, ASQ-3, ASQ-SE, vision & hearing screenings).

• Assist in performing height and weight measurements of the children twice a year according to policy and procedure within the designated timelines.

• Complete monthly meal counts and monthly records of daily attendance for the Childcare Food Program according to MNC’s policies and procedures.

• Complete and track Department of Education Attendance Register, 801-A Form (monthly), Best Interest Day Forms (daily/monthly), if applicable to facility.

• Assist Master Teacher/Site Supervisor in organizing center parent committee and electing officers and representatives to PPC in accordance with Program Performance Standards and PPC bylaws. 

Classroom Maintenance

• Maintains classroom equipment, work areas, student files/records for the purpose of ensuring availability of items, providing reliable information and/or ensuring a safe and sanitary environment.

• Carries out Health & Safety Checklist; corrects and identifies deficiencies. Perform minor repairs and maintenance in classroom, as needed. Report major repairs to the Site Supervisor / Master Teacher.

• Cleans facilities, equipment, refrigerator and playground area for the purpose of ensuring a safe and sanitary environment.

• Assist in keeping labeled classroom areas and objects.

• Responsible to take the initiative to rotate a variety of materials on low open shelves for children to use independently.

• Set-up and serves meals and snacks for the purpose of meeting nutritional needs of students. Checks and signs for food and food service supplies when they are delivered, if assistant or floater teacher not available.

• Check temperature of food delivery, log temperature and follow procedure for heating and storage of food according to MNC’s policies and procedures.

• Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution. Assist in the maintenance of equipment and emergency supplies.


Education: AA Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; must be enrolled in college education working towards an BA degree in Early Childhood Development, ESL and/or General Education in accordance with an individualized Staff Development Plan developed with the Education Mentor Coach.

Experience: Must have a 16-hour certification in training and experience in the principles of child health, safety and nutrition. In addition, must have 1 + year(s) experience in preschool setting and meets the California Community Care Licensing requirements, including 12 ECE Units including core course as listed on the Child Development Permit Matrix; which include Core, 2 Units in Adult Supervision and 6 Units in Administrative Units. Current or Previous Head Start Parent, preferred.


• State of California Child Development Site Supervisor Level Permit

• Current Physical Health Screening (every 2 years thereafter)

• Fingerprinting Clearance (DOJ)

• Current Immunizations (TB, Influenza, MMR, Pertussis) (every 2 years thereafter)

• Clearance Child Abuse Index

• Current CPR & First Aid Certificate (every 2 years thereafter)

• Must be register with the Early Care & Education Workforce Registry

• Must attend trainings that are required by funders (might be an evening or Saturday)

Language(s): Bilingual, bi-literate preferred; English/Spanish or other language ability based on program needs.

If you are seeking an organization that values, promotes and develops leadership by delivering culturally sensitive, multi- generational, community based services that empower families to build strong, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods with the vision of a strong, healthier and more vibrant community that respects and celebrates its many rich, cultural traditions, please apply.

How to Apply: If you are qualified and interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter with Lead Teacher in the subject line to

Please do not contact us by phone. Please visit our website for additional information on our Company website at:

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome diversity in the workplace. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

About Mission Neighborhood Centers

MNC delivers culturally sensitive, multi-generational, community-based services focused on low-income families. We develop and promote leadership skills that empower families to build strong, healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

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