Dallas Zoo Assistant Supervisor - Early Childhood JOB SUMMARY Under the supervision of the Early Childhood Manager, this position is responsible for working with the Wild Earth Preschool staff and early childhood program specialists to provide leadership and quality early childhood education at the Dallas Zoo. Equipped with a strong background in early childhood development or a related field and the ability to inspire children to connect with nature through play and exploration, the Assistant Supervisor fosters positive relationships with children, parents, and staff to benefit whole-child growth. Together with the teaching team, this position is responsible for providing support and leadership in all aspects of the preschool and other early childhood programs (Stroller Buddies, Wildlife Heroes Club, Thursday/Friday Safaris), including planning, implementing, and documenting learning; maintaining safety and regulation standards; administrative duties; and participating in nature-based activities with the children in all safe weather conditions. The successful applicant is organized, responsible, joyful, energetic, flexible, child-focused, safety-conscious, and enjoys being outdoors year-round for the majority of the day. This position will also take responsibility for the preschool center in the absence of the Early Childhood Manager. This is a year-round, full-time, non-exempt position with benefits. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Teaching and Curriculum: * Facilitate developmentally appropriate nature-based preschool programming.
* Serve as substitute for teachers when needed.
* Incorporate project-based learning in an emergent curriculum that follows National Association for Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines.
* Plan learning opportunities based on curricular guidance and child interests, including outdoor activities, play, art, music, dance and drama, language, math, science, technology, social/emotional, gross and fine motor.
* Help young children with self-help skills in dressing, grooming, bathroom activities, etc.
* Prepare environments and materials to support learning opportunities.
* Conduct formative assessments and document and track child development.
* Assist with routine support for children, parents, and staff.
* Provide leadership for all aspects of the programs, modeling best practices and offering training as needed.
* Support early childhood activities during specific times of day to allow teachers time for planning and preparation. Relationships: * Create and sustain a welcoming, peaceful and joyful program atmosphere.
* Develop children's emotional, social, and behavioral skills through connection with nature, positive guidance, conflict resolution strategies, and mindfulness approaches.
* Create a culturally responsive inclusive environment for children and their families. Physical Environment: * Assure children's physical and emotional safety, including following procedures in medication administration, allergy management, and authorized release.
* Maintain clean, healthy, safe outdoor and indoor environment. Ensure accurate and timely documentation of compliance logs. Assist with work order follow-ups.
* Respond to emergencies in a calm and responsible manner.
* Communicate concerns about the learning environment or children to the Early Childhood Manager. Families: * Involve families in their children's educational growth, and encourage families to fully participate in programming.
* Positively communicate child progress with family members and other teaching staff.
* Assist in recruitment and orientation of new families, including waitlist management. Administration and Operations: * Collaborate with parents, guardians, education staff, and other zoo departments.
* Maintain compliance with all relevant governmental, company, and departmental rules and regulations.
* Lead teachers, teaching assistants, volunteers, and aides.
* Assist in recruitment, orientation, and training of new staff.
* Assist in medication intake and administration.
* Complete regular data entry of child and family information.
* Coordinate Zoo experiences.
* Assist Early Childhood Manager with regular duties, administrative tasks, and special projects.
* Assume the responsibilities for the center in the absence of the Early Childhood Manager. Other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS Education and experience * Bachelor's degree in Education, Child Development, Environmental Studies, or a related field required.
* 2 years teaching experience in a licensed childcare center or licensed camp operation and/or 50 contact hours of Early Childhood related training required.
* Experience in nature-based programming and demonstrated interest in conservation and environmental education preferred. Knowledge and Skills * Knowledge of basic biology, ecology, geology, natural history concepts preferred.
* Must demonstrate strong emotional intelligence, including empathy and listening skillset.
* Must demonstrate working knowledge of hazards and risk assessment as related to the environments of young children.
* Must be flexible and willing to assist with a variety of teaching and administrative duties.
* Must be able to create a culturally responsive inclusive environment for children and their families.
* Must be able to communicate positively and effectively in English, orally and in writing. Communication in another language a plus.
* Must demonstrate computer literacy, including use of Microsoft Office Suite, Brightwheel or another childcare management app, and email. Working Conditions * Must be able to work outdoors in all seasons and all types of weather conditions 60% or more of each day.
* Must be able to safely navigate a variety of surfaces, walk long distances, stand for extended periods of time, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, climb stairs or ramps, and carry up to 50 lb.
* Variable Hours 7:00 am - 6:15 pm, M-F. Occasional evenings and weekends for parent meetings, in-service trainings, and/or special events. Other * Pediatric CPR/first aid certification required, or the ability to receive certification within 2 weeks of employment.
* Pass drug screening, background check, TB test.
* Must be able to sign DFPS form 2985 Affidavit for Applicants for Employment with a Licensed Child Care Center. Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test. How to Apply Dallas Zoo 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy Dallas, TX 75203 Visit our website @dallaszoo