ABOUT SOCIETY HILL SYNAGOGUE PLAYSCHOOL
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is a welcoming, inclusive school that embraces diversity in religion, ethnicity, race, and family structure. We currently serve children ages 2-5 and are excited to expand our program for children as young as 18 months old and to grow our enrollment across ages, as we move into our new learning center and add additional classes.
Our philosophy is child-centered and play-based. We believe that children learn through play in a safe and nurturing environment. We respect children as individuals and respond to their needs with compassion and dedication. Our curriculum integrates age-appropriate math, literacy, and science with free play and socialization activities indoors and outside in our large courtyard and at local parks, thematic projects, art, circle time and singing, and a celebration of Jewish values, holidays, and customs.
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool is seeking a dynamic, warm, and experienced preschool teacher to join our team in the 3-4-year-old class. The Assistant Teacher will participate in all aspects of the Playschool program and work closely with lead teachers and assistant teachers to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and to support the academic and social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care.
This position averages 34 hours per week, Monday-Friday, and will start on June 1, 2021. The compensation package is commensurate with experience and includes paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave
• Ensures and maintains a healthy, safe, clean, and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
• Models and supports consistent expectations for behavior and procedures for conflict resolution. • Attends to children’s physical needs, including feeding, dressing, diapering/toileting, and health and wellness as needed.
• Contributes input to weekly lesson plans that are developed by the lead teacher in order to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development.
• Uses creative approaches that engage children, appeal to multiple intelligences, and acknowledge individual learning differences.
• Communicates and collaborates regularly with parents, in person, and using a variety of media.
• Participates in staff meetings and professional development opportunities offered by Playschool.
• B.A. required, preferably in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.
• A minimum of one year of teaching experience in a preschool or other work with children as young as 3 years old.
• A passion for early childhood education and commitment to progressive educational philosophy.
• A collaborative work style and strong communication skills.
• Familiarity with Jewish values, holidays, and customs is preferred but not required.
PLAYSCHOOL OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Since reopening on July 13, 2020, Society Hill Synagogue Playschool has operated in person without interruption. Following three months of remote learning from March-June 2020 and after conducting surveys, more than 25 hours of Zoom conversations with families, and meetings with our staff, Playschool Committee, COVID-19 Risk Mitigation and Safety Committee, and Board of Directors, we reopened our Playschool Summer Camp in person in July, with an updated, comprehensive health and safety policy and strategic cohorting to mitigate risk and maximize safety.
We have invested significantly in air purification and ventilation systems, PPE, contactless thermometers, contactless hand sanitizer dispensers, and tents, and other equipment for even more outdoor activities. Sanitization, which has always been a high priority at the school, has been adapted for COVID-19 prevention. Everyone is required to wear masks, including all children age 2 or older, and a daily health screening is conducted in person prior to entry into the school.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your cover letter and resume as PDFs to Lilli Klotz Foster, Assistant Director of Education for Playschool, at email@example.com. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.societyhillsynagogue.org/playschool.