Lead Teacher – Child Development Center

Chemeketa Community College welcomes applications for a full-time Lead Teacher in our Child Development Center.


Position Summary


The lead teacher at the Child Development Center provides and models a developmentally appropriate child care program which includes lesson planning, guiding children and preparing the environment. This position ensures all aspects of classroom teaching align with Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program's constructivist coursework and philosophy. Works with ECE faculty to provide information, feedback, and support to practicum students, families and other staff in a manner that contributes to an inclusive environment in which diverse points of view are respected.


Closing Date: Friday, July 05, 2019


Why Chemeketa?


You would be challenged to find a college that matters more to its community than Chemeketa means to the residents of Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. If you can affirm our mission to provide opportunities for students to explore, learn, and succeed through quality educational experiences and workforce training, then Chemeketa will be a rewarding workplace to fulfill your potential and contribute your expertise.


The Community We Serve


Chemeketa Community College is the third largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, with approximately 29,000 students enrolled from a diversity of backgrounds. Chemeketa has seven locations, Salem campus, Yamhill Valley campus, Brooks Regional Training facility, Woodburn center, Polk center, Center for Business & Industry and Viticulture at Eola. Chemeketa's district encompasses nearly 2,700 square miles of the Mid-Willamette Valley and includes all of Marion, Polk, and most of Yamhill counties with a small portion of Linn County. About 465,000 citizens live in the district, with Salem, the capitol city of the state of Oregon, comprising the largest single concentration of citizens.


We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.




The successful candidate will have:

Associate degree from an accredited institution in early childhood education, human development, or a closely related field
One year of experience in paid positions working with young children and families
Food handlers and first aid certifications (or ability to obtain these certifications prior to beginning work)

Core Competencies:

  • Knowledge of child development
  • Ability to implement a developmentally appropriate constructivist approach
  • Ability to communicate in an empathetic manner that respects and values diverse points of view of children, parents and college students
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with families, staff and college faculty

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Two or more years of classroom teaching experience with children ages 0-5 years
  • Reflects the cultural and language background of the community college students served in the ECE program
  • Experience with college lab school or practicum as a staff member or student
  • Experience working or learning with people from a variety of cultural, social, economic, and educational backgrounds
  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution in early childhood education, human development, or a closely related field


Application Process


To be considered for this position, a complete online application is required. For complete information on this and other job opportunities, please visit our web site at http://jobs.chemeketa.edu.  


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