Job Category: UC Merced Continuous Recruitment Unit: Early Childhood Education Center Position Code: SECEC9208A Status: Open Salary: $18.80 Location: Merced Background check: Background check is required
Description: The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
About the Job: Under the direction and supervision of the Director, assumes responsibility for planning and implementing a quality developmentally appropriate program for young children. Work cooperatively with other ECEC staff to coordinate and put into action an individualized program for the children in their assigned classroom and in ECEC activities. Participates in preparing and putting into practice age-appropriate language arts, social studies, cognitive arts, science, art, music, social and emotional development, nutrition, multi-cultural awareness and physical development experiences for the children in their group. Sustain with classroom team all required documentation and paperwork for the children assigned and classroom group, as per mandates and ECEC procedures.
Maintain program quality, adhering to Title 22 State Licensing regulations, National Accreditation Commission of Early Care and Education (NAC) and other best practices program standards and requirements that the ECEC adopts.
Promotes partnerships with parents and encourages parent participation in the classroom, the ECEC and during parent/teacher conferencing and activities. Promotes a constructive working relationship with the ECEC staff, children and families through conflict resolution, effective communication and participation in problem solving activities.
Continue professional development (minimum of 20 hours a year) in the field of Early Childhood Education/Child Development through further academic education or participating in conferences/workshops as an attendee or presenter.
In order to maintain teacher-to-child ratio as required by law, regular and consistent attendance is expected. Normal operating ECEC hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. These positions operate on a rotating-shift basis, with other occasional shift changes based on business need. An 8-hour work day with an hour lunch is typical.
*Note: This position will be filled as needed to maintain adult:child ratios.
Qualifications: Experience in an Early Childhood Care classroom for 3 years or better.
A minimum of 3 units in Infant/Toddler Development from an accredited college with a B grade or better. A.S./A.A. degree is required, or an appropriate combinations of education and experience in Child Development or related field.
Familiarity of PITC practices, NAEYC criteria, Title 5 program requirements and project approach/Creative Curriculum/emergent curriculum preferred.
Must have the ability to provide professional early childhood education services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, display a professional demeanor, and be able to maintain confidentiality of information and materials.
Must have a valid Child Development Teacher Permit or higher from the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing.
Meet all Title 22 requirements for employment.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.