YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Lead Teacher, Early Learning

    Job Locations US-WA-Auburn
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Auburn Valley YMCA - Lea Hill
    Early Childhood Education
    12832 SE 312th St
  • Overview

    Who are we?

    At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

    At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.

    • 13 branches
    • 2 overnight camps
    • 10 swimming pools
    • More than 200 program sites


    What you’ll be doing…

    Every day hundreds of children are welcomed into our fun and engaging YMCA early learning child care programs. Be part of an amazing team of staff who provide a learning environment for children in which they feel secure, comfortable, and important. You will be a part of providing a nurturing child-centered environment through enrichment and activities while also supporting the children as they grow and learn. The Lead Teacher is responsible for classroom leadership, supervising a group of children, in addition to overseeing the activities of other groups.  We are currently hiring Teachers for age groups, 6 weeks-12 months, 12-23 months, 24-36 months and Preschool/PreK 30 months- 5 years.


    Where you’ll work…


    The early learning programs at the Greater Seattle YMCA are based out of one of our 13 branches that offers programs ranging from health and wellness, to family programs, to child care, to aquatics (access is a staff benefit - swim a few laps before work, take a yoga class, do some laps on the track before you go home if you like!).  The location for the early learning programs are typically located in a facility off-site from the branch in the local community that the branch serves. 

    These current openings are located in the Lea Hill Center in Auburn. Seeking Teachers with availabilty Monday-Friday between 6:30 am- 6:30 pm. 



    1. Plans and implements culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate activities within the curriculum in accordance with the Youth Development goals of the YMCA. Ultimately responsible for the quality and completion of all classroom plans, including lesson, behavior and event plans. 
    2. Supervises a group of children to ensure their health and safety, and to provide for a positive experience for each child.
    3. Provides guidance to staff/volunteers overseeing the activities of groups of children.
    4. Professionally communicates day-to-day, confidential and evaluative information with parents/guardians including newsletters, individual parent communication and parent/teacher conferences.
    5. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergency procedures.
    6. May fill-in for the Program Supervisor during short-term absences.
    7. Maintains a developmentally appropriate classroom including, appearance, décor and cleanliness of site.
    8. Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
    9. Other duties as assigned.

    Who are you?

    If you're the right candidate for the job, you are excited to spend your time impacting the lives of children.  You thrive on the energy of children and are ready to jump in and lead activities.  You are always looking for ways to offer support.  You are comfortable with individual youth and groups of children, can talk to and partner with parents and other adults, and have an interest in and aptitude for learning new ways to work with kids. You have an eye for quality programming and can build a sense of belonging with the groups you work with.



    You should have:

    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • 2 or more years of experience with children kindergarten aged and younger.
    • Ability to model and demonstrate Y values; caring, respect, responsibility and honesty.
    • Experience planning and implementing group activities.
    • Prefer CDA, AA or BA or 15 credits of early childhood education.

    You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y and the Child Care Team if you:

    • Thrive in a youth centered environment where all children feel that they belong
    • Are adaptable and flexible, and like that every day is a little different
    • Are excited to see youth growth and thrive
    • Truly enjoy being of service to others
    • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
    • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

    The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.\



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