Preschool Director/teacher

Municipal Corporation Cambridge City Of Cambridge
Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: October 8, 2020

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Preschool Director/Teacher
Job Code: M855-702
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 40 hours per week


Overall on-site responsibility for the smooth function of one quality preschool classroom serving 17 children - ages 2.9 to 5. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Support and implement the Childcare and Family Support division’s educational philosophy around child-center play based curriculum which enhances the social, physical, and intellectual development of children enrolled in the program while engaging their families as partners.
  • Provide leadership for a preschool teaching team in the following key areas: curriculum, classroom management, behavior management, child assessments, and family involvement. In each of these areas, set clear goals and expectations that are clearly communicated to staff.
  • Lead, supervise, and develop staff comprised of one Lead Teacher and two Teachers in a manner that builds a cohesive teaching team. Provide monthly supervision and observations to all teaching staff. Support staff by modeling desired behavior and providing clear feedback to help staff meet modeled behavior. Provide written annual evaluations for all staff that sets performance goals for the coming year.
  • Teach in the classroom as part of coverage to meet DEEC regulations and to model and support staff in working with children.
  • Design and arrange classroom space, in accordance with EEC, NAEYC and QRIS criteria which allow for a large variety of activities that promote children’s growing independence in using classroom resources and materials.
  • Establish clear and age-appropriate behavioral expectations for the group and each child that sets the tone for the classroom. Ensure that staff provide nurturing and socially responsive care to all children.
  • Identify children who may benefit from additional services and work with Preschool Manager to communicate observations to families and coordinate referrals to third parties as needed. Attend IEP meetings and follow-through to achieve goals, objectives and accommodations that specialists have written into the child’s plan.
  • Organize observation, and documentation of children’s developmental progress using the Work Sampling Online System as well as classroom displays of children’s work. Ensure quality assessments are completed in timely fashion and shared with families at conferences. Use classroom profiles to modify or adapt curriculum to support children’s development across all domains.
  • Develop annual parent engagement plan that encompasses: parent orientation, update on children’s daily experiences, communication about curriculum, weekly home reading program, 3 conferences per year, regular newsletters, and 3 family education workshops/year. Foster family involvement and leadership in program through a Family Council.
  • Ensure the safety of enrolled children at all times whether in or out of the classroom. Develop and maintain emergency plan for program and maintain logs for fire drills and "code blue" on a monthly basis. Plan and coordinate safe and developmentally appropriate field trips that connect curriculum topics to world outside the classroom.
  • Complete annual NAEYC reports and prepare for NAEYC accreditation visits as well as bi-annual DEEC licensing visits. Using this data, provide annual program improvement plan to Preschool Manager.
  • Responsible for program enrollment. Work in conjunction with the Enrollment Coordinator to enroll children for all program vacancies in a timely manner. Conduct parent tours and answer questions about all DHSP preschool programs.
  • Coordinate all administrative aspects of the program. According to department and state guidelines, maintain and oversee program records: children’s files, daily attendance sheets, timesheets, weekly food orders, menu plans, parent meeting minutes, and various required logs.
  • Initiate good relationship with host public school personnel (custodians, principal, and teachers) as well as other DHSP after-school program staff regarding use and maintenance of facility.
  • Participate in all program-related meetings such as: individual supervision meetings with Preschool Manager, Teacher/Director meetings, meeting with program consultants and with specialists serving children in the classroom.
  • Maintain professional knowledge through participation in in-service training workshops as well as meeting educational requirements established by DEEC, NAEYC and the City of Cambridge.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • DEEC Pre-School Lead Teacher/Director qualified. 
  • Strong organizational, supervisory, curriculum and communication skills required. 
  • Strong working knowledge of NAEYC and DEEC guidelines for quality programming. 
  • Previous experience working with children with special needs preferred.


The noise level is moderately to very loud.  It includes classroom, outdoor playgrounds, and occasional field trips.


The physical expectations described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

  • Be agile in their movements; moving quickly from sitting on the floor to standing, to kneeling so as to be at the child’s eye level. Employees may have to run after children, both in play and to respond to an emergency.
  • Be able to hear children who speak in a soft voice or mumble words when distressed.
  • Be able to use their hands and arms to move, reach, handle, and manipulate objects in the classroom. This includes moving furniture once a year when room is re-organized.
  • Be able to occasionally lift and/or move a child.
  • Vision abilities are required for the supervision of children.

RATE: $52,065-$62,872 annually + excellent benefits


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or go to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resumes and letters of interest requested by 11/07/20Position will remain open until filled. Applicants may also apply at by applying for Job ID# 3379787 or go to

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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