The Cyert Center was founded in 1971 by working parents, for working parents. Since then, we have grown to a program that serves 125 children. The Cyert Center has always been a community committed to the highest quality care and education for infants, toddlers, and young children. We believe that all children are thinkers, researchers, and problem solvers. Our program revolves around valuing the development of relationships, open dialogue, and collaboration, which we believe supports the development of strong relationships between all members of this community--children, parents, and educators and the communities beyond these walls.
The Early Childhood Educator (two opportunities available) has a passion for early childhood education, is a lifelong learner, demonstrates commitment to the Center's philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Approach and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, and upholds the NAEYC code of ethics. You will be responsible for providing a nurturing, consistent, developmentally appropriate environment that meets the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of young children. You will develop and maintain parent relationships, and collaborate effectively with colleagues.
Core responsibilities will include:
Child Education and Care - Along with the educational team, educates and cares for young children, fostering their individual growth and development
Program Development and Curriculum Delivery - Organizes a cohesive program and communicates the Center's philosophy (Reggio Emilia Approach and Developmentally Appropriate Practice)
Team Building and Collaboration - Values collaboration and teamwork to co-create a curriculum that uses inquiry-based teaching strategies with an emphasis on collaborative learning
Compliance and Safety - Adheres to The Department of Public Welfare licensing regulations and The National Association for the Education of Young Children's accreditation standards.
Family Engagement - Develops regular, on-going, two-way communication with parents about children's experiences, development, and learning, and participates in planning, organization and dialogue/presentation for parent meetings.
Professional Development - Commits to best practices and continued professional development and growth, earning twenty-four (24) hours of required professional development annually.
You will demonstrate a passion for early childhood education and love of learning; ability to collaborate with other early childhood educators and accept feedback; respect for children and families and ability to show authenticity in all relationships; high energy level; ability to be creative, flexible, and enthusiastic; effective interpersonal skills necessary to work with young children, parents/guardians, other staff, and the campus community.
Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology, Elementary Education, or Special Education required
One (1) or more years' experience in a full-day early childhood program
Teaching Certificate preferred
Knowledge of Reggio Approach through classwork, workshops, and/or seminars; participation in workshops and seminars on Early Childhood Education; and experience presenting at conferences, workshops, and seminars preferred
Background clearances as required by Pennsylvania Act 153
Full range of body motion needed and change positions/have the mobility to interact with young children
Must be able to provide supervision and monitor safety visually and auditory in the classroom and on the playground, without breaks in consciousness
Must be able to lift and carry children up to 40 pounds, as well as move light furniture and play materials, and push a group stroller carrying 4-6 infants and toddlers
Must be able to stand for long periods of time and sit on the floor
Must pass a pre-employment physical exam for clearance to meet the physical requirements listed above
Act 153 Certifications
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Job Function: Early Childhood Education
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: High School/GED
Internal Number: 2014337
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