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Vanderbilt University Lead Preschool Teacher (VU Child & Family Centers) in Nashville, Tennessee

Lead Preschool Teacher (VU Child & Family Centers) (Job Number: 1801707)


About the Position:

Early Childhood Educators at the Vanderbilt Child & Family Center provide essential nurture to young learners and implement a play-based curriculum that informs a rich and vibrant learning environment for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. You will work with inspiring colleagues and engaged parents to support children's cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development; design hands-on, sensory-rich activities; document milestones in portfolios; and make their learning visible through classroom display. Our licensed child care center offers a program founded on social constructivist pedagogy, the important understanding that we construct our knowledge in relationship to one another.

About the Child & FamilyCenter:

The Child & Family Center offers quality early childhood education and care for the children of Vanderbilt Faculty, staff, and students. The program serves children age infants (6 weeks) to five years old. The Centers are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implements developmentallyappropriate curriculum and activities according to NAEYC guidelines, DOElicensing standards, and center policy

  • Maintains a clean, safe,orderly classroom environment which contributes to the physical,emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children. (Per NAEYC, DOE,OSHA, Risk Management, and Center policies)

  • Supervise personnel assignedto assist with classroom activities (including students, assistants, andvolunteers)

  • Assesses/prepares plans andcurriculum based on children's individual's needs and levels ofdevelopment

  • Prepares and distributesclassroom newsletter weekly or bi-weekly

  • Submits reports necessary forcompliance with licensing agencies, including attendance records and otherdaily reports

  • Monitors classroom andplayground for cleanliness and safety according to established policies

  • Supervise personnel assignedto assist with classroom activities (including students, assistants, andvolunteers)

  • Work with supervisors tomaintain an inventory of supplies and materials

  • Participates in andcontributes to staff meetings, parents meetings/conferences, andopportunities for professional development.

  • Promotes and maintainsconfidentiality concerning information related to children, parents, andco-workers


  • Bachelor's Degree in EarlyChildhood Education or similar is required

  • Early Childhood educationcredentials, such as a CDA is required

  • One year of early childhoodeducation experience is required

  • Ability to lift up to 40pounds is required

  • Experience working withchildren in a supervised setting is required

  • Strong communication skillsare required

  • CPR and First Aidcertification is preferred

  • Ability to interact well withchildren, families, and campus faculty and staff

  • Willingness and ability tolearn new skills and be flexible

  • Ability to be flexible tocenter’s needs and hours; hours required to work are 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

About Vanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.

For more information about VU's Child & FamilyCenters click here

VanderbiltUniversity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women,minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouragedto apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 36612 - Child Care: 18th Avenue

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action

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