Preschool Teacher (2 Year Fixed-Term)

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Preschool Teacher (2 Year Fixed-Term)

Santa Clara University

Department: Kids on Campus

Part Year: Yes

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Standard Hours (hours per week): 40

Position Purpose:

This is a full-time eleven-month teaching position. The teacher is responsible for 16 children between the ages of four and six. This is a team teaching position and the Teacher works with the Director and other teachers to plan and implement an appropriate educational program by providing excellent childcare services to faculty, students, and staff of the university.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Essential Responsibilities:

• Classroom curriculum development, teaching, and assessment.

• Collaborate in a team teaching situation that includes administration, teachers, assistants, and student aids.

• Administrative, supervisory, and operational duties necessary to maintain a quality early childhood program.

• Supervise and mentor Assistant Teachers and student staff within the KOC environment.

• Communicate with parents, teachers, and administrators on a daily basis.

2. Specific Duties:


• Attend all faculty meetings/retreats/parent meetings/special programs

• Assist in complying with state licensing guidelines

• Attend pertinent KOC functions

• Support parent education and school/family partnerships

• Assist in planning and conducting KOC family/ teacher meetings

• Provide engaging environments for students

• Assist in the admissions process for students

• Participate in opportunities for professional growth and development. This includes professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops.

• Support the professional growth of an assistant teacher

Team Involvement

• Communicate and work cooperatively and respectfully with all team-members

• Participate in opportunities for professional growth and development

• Assist as needed in the process of hiring new KOC team-members

• Participate in the training, mentoring, supervision, and assessment of assistant teachers and student teachers including: Creating guidelines and determining the process for integrating assistants into an existing program

• Strive for classroom practices that are consistent with the KOC Program Philosophy

• Coordinate daily responsibilities with Assistant Teachers and Student Teachers

Classroom Practice

• Provide for the safety and well being of all children

• Provide a nurturing, engaging, and developmentally appropriate program for 8 to 16 students

• Uphold the philosophical guidelines of the KOC program including:

a. Documenting student work, classroom practices, developing portfolios, developing and supporting a child-driven curriculum, and providing consistent practice between classrooms

• Communicate regularly with parents through written messages, conversation, and documentation

• Establish and maintain an engaging classroom environment that supports emerging work of students and all areas of children’s development

• Create learning experiences that support an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum

• Partner and communicate effectively with parents

• Assess children’s progress and prepare progress reports

• Schedule and conduct parent / teacher conferences

• Coordinate responsibilities with a team of teachers to develop consistent

programming between classes

• Reflect on the work of children and teachers

Provides Work Direction:

Provide work direction to a part-time Teacher Assistant and students.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

Kids On Campus is a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community that is committed to our mission and core values. We are dedicated to providing an environment that acknowledges and supports each child’s ability to construct an understanding of his or her world in a creative and intrinsically motivated fashion. The successful candidate must demonstrate passion for working with young children; possess a nurturing teaching style, high energy, and a desire to work collaboratively with a team of teachers.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Working Conditions

The unavoidable, externally imposed conditions under which the work must be performed, including the frequency and duration of occurrence of physical demands, environmental conditions, demands on one’s senses and mental demands.

A. Physical Demands (The nature of physical effort leading to fatigue)

Caring for children can be physically demanding. The Teacher must be able to lift, push, pull or carry 50 pounds without assistance and/or have the ability to assess the weight in order to ask for necessary assistance or to determine a safer method of moving the load. Must be able to move with agility over and under children and objects; to get down to child’s level by kneeling, sitting, crouching or stooping. This position requires sufficient hand eye coordination (vision correctable to 20/20), manual dexterity, sufficient visual acuity to recognize words, letters and numbers; speech and hearing ability to carry on conversations in person or over the phone. The Teacher will be expected to move about easily throughout the community with children. This may require frequent lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, twisting, reaching, stooping and bending. The Teacher may come in contact with children who are ill and/or contagious, and must take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children, parents, staff and themselves.

B. Sensory Demands (The nature of demands on the incumbent’s senses)

The Teacher will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment, must be able to tolerate constant noises made by children such as crying, screaming, yelling and laughing. There may be a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the Teacher will have to supervise all children at all times. The Teacher may experience smells associated with toileting and children who are ill.

C. Mental Demands (Conditions that may lead to mental or emotional fatigue)

Caring for children can be stressful. The Teacher must ensure that children are supervised at all times, respond to children sensitively and appropriately, and ensure that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. There may be a number of situations happening at once, and the Preschool Teacher must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


Understanding of a Constructivist/Play Based Approach and NAEYC’s Developmentally Appropriate Practice for young children.


Communicate and work cooperatively and respectfully with all team-members.

Coordinate responsibilities with a team of teachers to develop consistent programming between classes.

Create learning experiences that support an emergent and inquiry-based curriculum


Attend all faculty meetings and pertinent KOC functions.

Follow the policies and procedures of the school as designated in the Santa Clara University Employee Policy handbooks and KOC Staff Handbooks.

Assist in the arrangement, cleaning, and upkeep of the KOC facility.

Provide positive guidance, redirection, and clear limits for children.

Ensure the safety of each child at all times.

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required.

Minimum of 12 early childhood education units.

California Associate Teacher Child Development Permit, or eligibility for a permit.

Degree in Early childhood Education or related field preferred.

Minimum of one year of teaching experience with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Candidates for this position should submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a philosophy statement; 3) a short description of a student project; 4) a resume; and 5) contact information for three to five references.

Salary Information: $23.69 per hour

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a fixed-term position with a possibility extension based on funding and business need.

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About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master’s universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website at To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

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