Instructor I - Early Childhood Program

  • Westminster, Colorado
  • Westminster, Colorado
  • May 21, 2019
Full Time Education and Training
  • Salary: $11.10 - $14.00 Hourly

Job Description

POSITION PURPOSE / IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Instructor I - Early Childhood Program is responsible for assisting the lead instructor in providing a safe and developmentally appropriate preschool program in accordance with state guidelines. This position interacts with children between the ages of three and five in licensed preschool classes that are educational and recreational in nature. Classes range from two to three hours per class. Recreation staff have the primary responsibility of ensuring the safety of program participants. This position is classified as safety-sensitive due to the nature of the work. Employees in this position may be subject to random drug testing and/or heightened supervision per the personnel policies and rules.

Hours for this position will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.and sub other times as needed.

The full salary range for this position is stated above. The starting range of pay is dependent on qualifications and experience of each individual candidate. The City of Westminster offers a bonus of up to $1,500 per year depending on the employee's fluency in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Laotian.

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES AND CULTURAL VALUES/GENERAL COMPETENCIES

The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City's core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.

This position supports the goals of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, which enhances the quality of life for all Westminster citizens by providing diverse leisure, recreational, and informational services and resources; and acquiring, developing, and maintaining first-class parks, facilities, open space, and trails. This position works toward the accomplishment of the department's mission: Together we create exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy.

GENERAL COMPETENCIES
Job Specific - Every employee in this position must be able to:
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions
  • Relate well with children
  • Respond calmly, quickly and effectively to emergency situations
  • Effectively use emergency techniques for standard first aid and CPR
  • Provide proper authority to children
  • Demonstrate knowledge in educational/recreational curriculum development
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with coworkers, participants and recreation facility guests
  • Provide effective, courteous customer service
  • Demonstrate creativity
  • Demonstrate self-motivation
  • Maintains a safe recreational atmosphere for participants
  • Follow the City's policies, rules and regulations on conduct and safety at the recreation facilities
All employees are expected to provide excellent customer service, communicate in an effective manner both verbally and in writing, display professionalism and integrity, work efficiently, effectively and accurately, work independently and as part of a team, take initiative, solve problems, display good judgment, take ownership for delivering a high quality product or service, have regular and punctual attendance, and effectively handle emergency situations.

JOB SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS

Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks
  1. Assists in planning and organization of class activities to develop fine/gross motor skills through games and educational means
  2. Complies and enforces the State rules and regulations of the Colorado Department of Human Services
  3. Provides a safe environment for preschool-age children
  4. Assists in maintaining and updating children's files on an as needed basis
  5. Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as answering the telephone, running errands, picking up supplies as needed, conducting activities and helping set-up tables and chairs
  6. Provides good customer service to parents of the children in class
  7. Monitors participants and enforces rules, regulations and safety precautions to prevent accidents
  8. Maintains regular and punctual attendance
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Attends staff meetings and trainings
  2. Ensures facility, materials and equipment are clean, well-maintained and safe at all times
  3. Administers first aid and CPR as necessary
  4. Promotes City of Westminster Early Childhood Program in a positive aspect to participants, parents, guests, and the community
  5. Reviews instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination
Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job, and other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS/PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses, and Certifications
Required :
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • First Aid, CPR and AED certification within 30 days of hire
Preferred :
  • At least 18 years old and older
  • Three (3) months of previous job experience in a preschool class or similar setting
  • Experience working in a Colorado Shines program and have an up to date PDIS account with Colorado Shines
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
This position requires a moderate degree of physical stamina and strength, including the ability to:
  • Frequently sit, stand and walk through a multi-level facility
  • Occasionally squat, bend, kneel, twist, climb, balance and reach over head
  • Occasionally lift, carry, push or pull items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Frequently use hands and fingers for fine manipulation; occasionally use light and firm grasp
  • Frequently see objects up close to perform office tasks and far away to observe activity for safety hazards or problems
  • Constantly use hearing to interact with guests and staff and recognize trouble outside of view
  • Occasionally use sufficient physical strength, stamina and agility to perform emergency work in various capacities

WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is constantly performed indoors with occasional outdoor activity. Indoor and outdoor work is performed in a high public use, multilevel recreation facility where loud noise and multiple events and activities at one time may cause a distraction. Exposure to periods of high activity and stress under demanding conditions. The position requires a great deal of communication with City employees, the public, and outside agencies.
Required Materials and Equipment
Preschool supplies, furniture and sports equipment kept at City recreation facilities.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
Candidates must be legally entitled to work in the United States and must successfully pass a criminal background check, reference check, and substance screen. There may be additional pre-employment requirements depending on the nature of the position.

We are a caring, courteous, team-oriented organization committed to public service excellence. Employees thrive in a culture that is respectful, professional and diverse. Our work culture encourages passionate, positive and enthusiastic employees. Westminster is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Closing Date/Time: 7/22/2019 8:30 AM Mountain