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Lead Teacher

As the first settlement house in the nation and for over 130 years, University Settlement has been empowering New York residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

Early Head Start offers comprehensive child development services, family support services and advocacy to low-income pregnant women and families with children under three years of age. The program provides developmentally appropriate care and home visits to families in the Lower East Side, NY. As the Teacher, you will provide a nurturing learning environment for children by developing appropriate lesson plans and learning about the needs of your students- educationally, emotionally, developmentally, and physically. You will not only teach children but you will also be a mentor and coach to staff.

What You Will Also Do:

  • Develop consistent, stable and supportive relationships with families and children
  • Develop goals for children in the classroom based on developmental assessment
  • Develop knowledge of services available to families in the community
  • Maintain proper documentation on children, classroom and program activities
  • Conduct home visits to at least twice per program year
  • Track attendance and Child and Adult Care Food Program records
  • Conduct parent meetings and parent teacher conferences
  • Attend professional development conferences and training as required

What We are Looking For:

  • You have a NYS Certification in Early Childhood Education
  • You have 2+ years working with children ages 2-4 in a classroom setting
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Willingness to be an advocate for your program, participants and community
  • You have a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Why You Should Join Our Team:

  • You're part of a mission-driven organization that empowers and advocates for the community
  • 20 vacation days, 2 personal days, and 12 sick days
  • Comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 403b retirement plan with up to 6% match

Hours: 35 hours per week 

Salary: Mid 40's with generous benefits

Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to APPLY


We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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