Job: GSRP Lead Preschool Teacher

Dow Bay Area Family YMCA Job Description

Job Title: Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Lead Preschool Teacher                                                                                                                                 

Reports to: Early Childhood Director and Youth & Family Programs Director

Status: Full Time Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday daytime hours

*Year-round position working as Summer Day Camp Coordinator during summer months

Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

*Eligible for full time employee benefits package


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The GSRP Lead Preschool Teacher is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and supervising all GSRP classroom activities, goals, and objectives. This position will be year-round and serve as the Summer Day Camp Coordinator when preschool is not in session during summer months.


GSRP Preschool Lead Teacher:

  • Plan and execute a program of activities in conjunction with the GSRP Associate Teacher that meets the individual needs, interests and abilities of preschool children.
  • Manage student behavior for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal environment that is conducive to learning and is developmentally appropriate for preschool children.
  • Assist in the ongoing program evaluation using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
  • Create meaningful program quality improvement goals and objectives using the CLASS and other program data.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the classroom program and child screening(s) & assessment(s).
  • Evaluate students’ abilities and achievement for purposes of assisting in the diagnosis of learning disorders, developing remediation plans, and reviewing student progress.
  • Establish positive relationships and collaborate with school personnel, parents, and various community agencies for the purpose of improving the quality of student outcomes, developing solutions and planning curriculum.
  • Assist in daily operation of the program including certain clerical and record keeping duties to ensure daily/weekly activities for the classroom licensing requirements are met.
  • Development/implementation of interesting, stimulating, and challenging indoor and outdoor daily activities.
  • Works with the GSRP Associate Teacher to provide child and parent/family support through completing 2 home visits per year and 2 parent/teacher conferences per year as well as other activities and resources.
  • Follow and implement the policies and procedures of the Great Start Readiness Program grant, DHHS and State Licensing guidelines.
  • Work with Early Childhood Director to collect, analyze, and prepare data for purpose of interpretation and reporting to the school, district, state and federal agencies as necessary.
  • It will be the Lead Teacher’s responsibility to play with children; this will often mean getting down on the floor to interact with them.
  • Practice emergency procedures 4 times per year to ensure safety of all children.

Summer Day Camp Coordinator:

  • Lead daily operation of summer day camp program including certain clerical and record keeping duties to ensure daily/weekly activities for state licensing and grant requirements are met.
  • Coordinate and implement program planning for weekly day camp sessions, including preparing daily and weekly schedules and frequent communications to families.
  • Plan field trips including scheduling site visits, arranging transportation and payments as needed.
  • Familiarize staff, children, and parents with camp policies and procedures when necessary.
  • Complete staff scheduling to ensure appropriate staff to camper ratios.
  • Hire, train, and supervise camp counselors, ensuring that total staff-camper interaction is achieved during all camp activities, field trips, and aquatic activities. Prepare and teach specific skills as they relate to the goals of camp.
  • Discipline children when needed by using appropriate methods as defined by YMCA policies and procedures. If inappropriate behavior persists, inform the Youth & Family Programs Director and discuss with parents.
  • Document, respond and report any accidents or incidents to the Youth & Family Director and Early Childhood Director
  • Ensure cleanliness and safety of all camp program spaces and equipment.


  • Interact with the children and families in a way which conveys respect and nurturing.
  • Support the social and emotional development of children.
  • Meet YMCA and Licensing guidelines for annual professional development and trainings.
  • Collaborate with additional YMCA staff (i.e. Early Childhood Director, CEO) to ensure policies and procedures are being followed.
  • Provide accurate documentation of children’s personal files, attendance, emergency information, and other reporting criteria necessary for proper programming or licensing guidelines and maintain confidentiality of all information for the purpose of protection of students, staff, parents and the YMCA.
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings.
  • Participate in yearly self-assessment, evaluation, and goal setting.
  • In the absence of the program director, deal with special situations which may require outside agency involvement, parental support situations, etc., consulting with Dow Bay Area Family YMCA CEO.
  • Be present in the program with regular and continued attendance and punctuality.
  • Maintain professional, ethical and responsible attitudes and practices when dealing with children, parents, community members and other staff, serving as a representative and role model for the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support all aspects of the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA in the spirit of teamwork.


  • A valid Michigan teaching certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement (ZA) or (ZS) OR Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development with a specialization in preschool teaching. The transcript will document a major in child development or early childhood education
  • Two or more years of working with preschool children preferred
  • Experience working with persons from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • A teaching/learning philosophy compatible with the YMCA vision and mission
  • Experience working in a Peer Coaching Relationship
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of curriculum planning and child assessment
  • Displays strong problem-solving skills as well as time management skills
  • Experience using Creative Curriculum and TS Gold System preferred
  • Knowledge/Implementation of Conscious Discipline preferred
  • CPR/First Aid Certification or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire
  • Criminal Background Check/Comprehensive fingerprinting and acceptable TB test results as required by State Licensing and YMCA guidelines
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal, written, and oral communication and relationship building skills
  • Must be an energetic, motivated, team player committed to a high-quality program


Email resume and cover letter including salary requirements to Rachael England at


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