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Voluntary 4 (V4) Program Lead Teacher

Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, Dubuque, IA


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Licensed Child Care,  the V4 Lead Teacher will be responsible for the day to day management of the 4-year old classroom within the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA childcare program, providing an appropriately safe, caring and enriching environment for the children enrolled. The V4 Lead Teacher is responsible for compliance with Iowa Department of Human Service licensing standards and the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA policies and procedures. The V4 Lead Teacher is responsible for conducting themselves in a professional manner and for overseeing the professional conduct of program staff.


  1. Responsible for the daily operation of the Voluntary 4 Preschool Program
  2. Prepare lessons that meet educational requirements in an age-appropriate manner, and teach in a manner suitable for the ages of all participating students.
  3. Manage a busy classroom environment, and provide the structure and discipline require for successful learning for everyone in the classroom.
  4. Help children meet educational milestones through personalized instruction and other supplementary assistance.
  5. Collaborate with other teachers, instructors, and staff members to create an optimal learning and care environment.
  6. Provide helpful feedback to parents and guardians on a regular or as-needed basis.
  7. Work with diverse populations of children and adults from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
  8. Prepare lesson plans for students according to the age, developmental maturity, and needs of the children being taught, while including fundamental vocabulary, simple shapes, basic colors, letters, and numbers into the curriculum.
  9. Address basic interpersonal skills such as sharing, taking turns, and asking permission in the classroom.
  10. Organize and decorate classroom.
  11. Inspect and rotate materials.
  12. Acknowledge children’s arrival and departure.
  13. Publishes a monthly calendar and newsletter to parents.
  14. Presents self in a professional manner; dresses appropriately.
  15. Attends staff meetings and any additional required education by DHS or the Department of Education.
  16. Conducts pre-school year visits and any other duties required by DHS or the Department of Education.
  17. Completes required DHS licensing continuing education annually.
  18. Other Duties as assigned

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required
to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education. The degree must include completing a teacher prep program and include an approved human relations component.
  2. State of Iowa teaching license for elementary education with an early childhood endorsement.
  3. Ability to develop lesson plans that meet educational standards.
  4. Familiarity with classroom management skills.
  5. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Must receive a negative Criminal Records Check Report
  7. Must provide a physical report with a negative TB test
  8. Must either be certified or can be certified in CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions and Blood borne Pathogens. Training in Mandatory Child Abuse provided.
  9. Demonstrates dependability and a positive attitude
  10. Respects the confidentiality of childcare matters.
  11. Demonstrates good communication skills with children, parents and other staff.
  12. Completes required DHS licensing continuing education annually
  13. Must work well with others and be willing to accept responsibilities and directions from supervisor.
  14. Projects a positive attitude about the Y childcare programs, as the site of choice, for the community.
  15. Promotes the Y mission and core values in their behavior and in the development of children’s programs.
  16. Participates and assists with other Y programs. Becomes involved in Y volunteer opportunities.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  •  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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Job Details

Req Num --
ID 697447
Dubuque, IA
Positions 1
Full Time
Pay --
Child Care/Day Care/Personal Care
Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Plan
Paid Vacation
Paid Sick Leave
Paid Holidays

Preferred Candidates

Years of Experience --
Education Bachelors

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