Lead Teacher - Infant/Toddler

Puget Sound ESD   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 7, 2023
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Lead Teacher - Infant/Toddler

August 31, 2023

Puget Sound Educational Service District seeks a highly qualified Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher to join our team of educators and lead a classroom unit working in a strong collaborative partnership with the Teacher and Assistant Teacher.  Job duties include designing and leading children’s learning, documenting children’s outcomes, and working with families.  The Educare lead teacher develop and implements academic, behavior, developmental, health and nutrition plans for the purpose of maximizing students’ outcome, achieving program objectives and encouraging home school connection. The lead teacher and the teaching team implement diverse experiences that support global learning focusing on the child’s back experience and heritage.

To learn more about the Lead Teacher, Infant/Toddler position, please click here for a detailed job description with essential functions, and skills, knowledge, and abilities.

At Educare, you will join a community of learners focused on providing high quality care and early childhood education, while working closely with families to support the growth and development of their children.  Educare is a research-based early learning program implementing best and most promising new practices. We hold high expectations for achieving child and family goals and offer reflective practices so that teachers reach and sustain those goals.  We are part of a support system that enables personal and professional growth within an intentional culture of inclusion and diversity.  We encourage you to join us in achieving a vision of excellence, innovation, creativity, and equity for the children and families we serve. 

PSESD is one of nine regional educational agencies serving school districts and state approved charter and private schools in Washington. Serving over 39% of Washington’s K-12 public school students, our agency provides critical services designed to ensure that our students are ready to enter school, achieve at high levels in the K-12 system, and succeed in postsecondary endeavors. We are committed to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization driven by equity in education. To learn more about PSESD, visit www.psesd.org/about-psesd.

Early Learning Program Hiring Requirements

  • Portable Background Check: All Early Learning Program hires must have a cleared PSESD fingerprint background check (Washington State Patrol and FBI clearance) and a cleared Portable Background Check (PBC) before their hire date, and every three (3) years thereafter as a condition of continued employment.  Applicants without a current PBC should consider completing a PBC during the application phase. Please click here for instructions, and please click here to start the process.
  • Required Health Documentation to be completed within 30 days of official start date for all Early Learning staff, including:
    • Completed Medical Release Form
    • Tuberculosis clearance (if not included on Medical Release Form) 
    • MMR vaccine documentation (if not included on Medical Release Form)

Minimum Qualifications

  • AA or higher in a related field with Infant toddler coursework; OR Current Infant/Toddler CDA; OR Current Preschool CDA credential from the Council for Professional Recognition with infant/toddler coursework; OR ECE initial certificate with infant/toddler coursework
  • 2+ years of professional experience working with children 0-5
  • Early childhood oversight experience in a childcare center, child development center, or preschool program

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a lead teacher in Head Start, Early Head Start, or other comprehensive child development/family support program
  • Experience supervising early childhood classroom staff
  • Experience working with children birth to 5 who are from diverse backgrounds

Other Conditions of Employment

  • Must obtain Food Handler's Permit within 30 days of employment, and CPR/First Aid Certificate within 90 days of employment.

Job Specific Competencies

  • BOUNDARY SETTING: Maintains professional relationships between self and others by establishing parameters regarding interpersonal interactions. Engages in discussions about work constraints while maintaining positive relationships. 
  • CLASSROOM GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP: Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-based classroom leadership practices that create a climate for student learning. 
  • CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT: Demonstrates knowledge and expertise related to State and Federal learning standards and curriculum adaptation and implementation. Utilizes evidence-based research regarding teaching strategies to advance practices that meet the needs of all students.

Applicants are required to include the following attachments within the online application in order to be considered:

  • Cover Letter: Clearly reflect how you meet the minimum qualifications (and preferred qualifications if applicable).
  • Resume: Provide complete chronological resume including all work history along with dates of employment (month and year) and job responsibilities,  education, and certifications.
    • Please note that salary placements for selected candidates will be based on related experience detailed in the resume provided via the application process
    • Additional Documents: In some cases, additional documents may be required and will be specified in the job opening announcement/advertisement.

Location: Educare Early Learning Center, Seattle
Job Type: Full time, 40hrs/week
Hiring Salary Range: $54,749 – $71,836 (Salary Band C)
Full Salary Range: $54,749 – $79,293 (Salary Band C)
Department: Early Learning

We attract, retain, and motivate exceptional people with an equitable and competitive compensation package. Salary offers consider candidate qualifications and relevant experience. 


We offer comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • 24 annual leave days per year
  • 12 sick days
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Participation in Washington State Department of Retirement System
  • Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
  • Subsidized ORCA card
  • Free parking
  • Electric Car Charging Stations (Renton office)

Open until filled; for best consideration, submit complete application by September 17. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for September 26 at Educare.

Jobs are listed here for information only. To apply for a specific open position, you must be a registered applicant in the Fast Track Application System and apply specifically for each position for which you wish to be considered.

PSESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and encourages all candidates meeting the minimum qualifications to apply.

800 Oakesdale Avenue SW Renton, WA 98057