Teacher, Penn Children's Center

Pennsylvania, United States
09 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Description Summary

The position is responsible for supporting the basic philosophy of Penn Children's Center, "learning through play." The role is responsible for fostering the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each child.

Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania's Children's Center is for children ages three months to five years. Located on the University campus, the Center is administered by the Department of Business Services at Penn.

The Business Services Division (BSD) supports the individual and collective needs of the Penn community by promoting a hospitable, customer-friendly campus environment through the provision of mission-critical services and essential operations. BSD’s mission is to provide high-quality service in a fiscally responsible manner.

The position is responsible for supporting the basic philosophy of Penn Children's Center, "learning through play." The role is responsible for fostering the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each child.


  • Develop, implement and lead daily lesson plans that are age appropriate, linking curriculum to the Early Learning Standards. Coordinate the classroom team to ensure that daily provision of quality care services. Complete daily activity logs and monthly classroom newsletters. Arrange and maintain education equipment materials.
  • Teach, guide, and supervise children, aged 12 weeks to 5 years, in a safe and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning, while also meeting all NAEYC, Keystone Stars and DHS standards and complying with University policies and guidelines, including the maintenance of necessary records.
  • Consistently demonstrate and work within the Core Values of the Division of Business Services. Demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative manner within a team structure, recognizing and embracing workplace diversity.
  • Attend all staff meetings, parent/teacher conferences and special Center wide events. Attend field trips, attend all staff training while maintaining you Professional Development Record, and keep abreast of latest professional practices.
  • Communicate with parents on a daily basis to build a strong relationship and connection between teachers and parent(s), recognizing the need for parental engagement as a Center goal. Prepare individual, semiannual parent/teacher conference materials using the Center assessment tool. Utilize class list serve to keep parents abreast of all classroom news.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Family Studies, EC Special Education, Elementary Education plus 3-5 years experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. A Bachelor's Degree outside the early childhood field must be supplemented by at least 3 years of experience in a NAEYC accredited program, or at least 3 years of experience in a non-accredited program and at least 30 hours of relevant training during the past 3 years.
  • Excellent understanding of early childhood development and knowledge of early childhood/education standards required.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, lead and develop a professional team.
  • Strong communication, collaboration and nurturing skills together with experience working with a diverse group of families.
  • Evidence of initiative and adaptability to change.
  • Evidence of a commitment to early childhood and continued professional development.
  • Flexibility to work during Center opening hours as required to ensure appropriate service provision and to meet licensing ratio (ie. normally between 7:30am-7:00pm).
  • Skills in language, art, music and drama highly regarded.

A comprehensive background check will be undertaken for this position

Enrollment in the Penn Children's Center is open to all members of the University and surrounding communities with preference given to faculty, staff and students of the University. More information about Penn Children's Center (PCC) is available at: https://business-services.upenn.edu/childcare/

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Business Services

Pay Range

$17.58 - $31.65

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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