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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center seeks to maintain the highest standards of safety and learning for the children we serve. This begins with a highly qualified staff who share this mission. See below for current employment opportunities.

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The Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center provides high-quality early childhood education to children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center sets the highest standard of excellence for early education in Oklahoma City. Employing research-based teaching practices and Montessori pedagogy early learning methods, the center’s highly skilled child development experts create an optimal environment for the children who attend.

Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center seeks to maintain the highest standards of safety and learning for the children we serve. This begins with a highly qualified staff who share this mission. 

 

We are currently seeking applicants for the following positions:

Teacher


General Position Description

The Teacher is responsible for assisting the Director in planning programs or activities, developing a cohesive teaching team, coordinating the curriculum, and managing the day-to-day operational activities of the classroom. Teachers must understand children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in order to ensure a safe and stimulating classroom environment where children are actively engaged and encouraged to succeed. The Teacher will assist in the supervision of college students participating in degree program assignments. The Teacher must be skilled in communicating with both children and adults in order to meet the needs of the children, effectively guide teacher assistants, and resolve parental concerns. An employee in this position has a high risk for occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials as a result of the performance of the employee’s duties. This position reports to the Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center Director.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate and implement educational curriculum by developing classroom activities based on developmentally appropriate practices and early learning standards.
  • Lead by example; encourage teaching team success through modeling and coaching.
  • Plan individual and group age-appropriate activities to actively engage children and encourage physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth.
  • Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions, progress reports, and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Ensure all center policies and state regulations are met.
  • Ensure a healthy classroom environment – including maintaining appropriate hygiene and cleanliness standards and safety and security of children.
  • Supervise teacher assistants and classroom volunteers, including college students conducting course assignments, to ensure they are following planned activities, hygiene and safety standards.
  • Supervise classroom staff to ensure goal setting and staff development plans are met.
  • Maintain accurate records, forms and files.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional child care experience or work related experience. Work experience may include college course field work and practicum hours.
  • Supervision experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer skills.
  • High energy and the ability to work well with others (staff, children, parents, academic staff and degree-seeking students) and to foster a team environment.
  • A strong understanding of child development.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Maintain knowledge of and perform work in compliance with the Code of Ethical Conduct as stated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines.
  • Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Must clear full background check, drug screen and must pass health screening.
  • Successfully complete Safe Sleep training.
Educational Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, early childhood special education or related field. Degreed professionals entering from another industry must have 30 college credit hours in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or early childhood special education.
  • Oklahoma Teaching Certificate is preferred when working with 4 year-olds.

Physical Requirements

  • Requirements include the ability to take frequent walks, use hands and fingers, handle objects, tools or controls, talk to and hear voices at many levels.
  • May also be required to kneel, bend, squat, run or crawl.
  • Must be able to supervise daily outdoor play, unless temperature is greater than 90°F or less than 40°F.
  • A specific vision ability will be required including the ability to see up close and up to a certain distance, to see colors, have peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Frequent office work includes the ability to sit and work at a computer, stand to file paperwork and other office tasks.
  • Must be able to lift items up to 30 pounds.

Employment Type

Full-time hours

Wage Range

Salary range: $32,500 - $39,500

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Teacher Assistant/Aide


General Position Description

The Teacher Assistant supports the Teachers and the Director by helping to create a caring and safe environment for the children and assisting in activities to improve the overall care and quality of education. A person in this position must be able to communicate, listen and work well with others in a team environment. The Teacher Assistant assists the staff in implementing a quality educational program and in developing positive relationships with the children and their parents. The Teacher Assistant observes and documents children’s interest and progress, and relays that information back to the classroom Teacher. Teacher Assistants are responsible for implementing developmentally appropriate activities based on children’s interests and needs under the direction of the Teacher and the Director. An employee in this position has a high risk for occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious materials as a result of the performance of the employee’s duties.

This position reports to the general supervision of the Director, with immediate supervision being provided by the Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center Teachers.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the implementation of curricula activities and encourage participation by children.
  • Actively engage in activities; manage cleanliness, maintenance, and availability of classroom materials.
  • Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions and progress reports.
  • Encourage self-help and good hygiene through behavior modeling.
  • Help ensure smooth, daily transition from home to child care center.
  • Follow all center policies and state regulations.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of professional child care experience.
  • High energy.
  • Ability to work well with others.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer skills.
  • An understanding of child development.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Obtain and maintain a current Oklahoma Professional Development Ladder certificate.
  • Maintain knowledge of and perform work in compliance with the Code of Ethical Conduct as stated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines.
  • Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Successfully complete Safe Sleep training.
  • Must clear full background check and must pass health screening.
Educational Requirements
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Current CDA, Oklahoma Certificate of Mastery or Associate Degree in child development/early childhood education.
Physical Requirements
  • Requirements include the ability to take frequent walks, use hands and fingers, handle objects, tools or controls, talk to and hear voices at many levels.
  • May also be required to kneel, bend, squat or crawl.
  • A specific vision ability will be required including the ability to see up close and up to a certain distance, to see colors, have peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Must be able to supervise daily outdoor play, unless temperature is greater than 90°F or less than 40°F.
  • Frequent office work includes the ability to sit and work at a computer, stand to file paperwork and other office tasks.
  • Must be able to lift items up to 30 pounds.

Employment Type

Full and part-time positions

Wage Range

Hourly wage: $8.50 - $15.00

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CCR&R Child Care Consultant


General Position Description Provides training and technical assistance for child care providers to improve the environments and the quality of care for young children. Essential Functions Reports to the CCR&R Manager. Promotes Rainbow Fleet's vision, mission, goals and objectives. Demonstrates the ability to be self-directing in carrying out the duties of the position. Demonstrates the ability to be a team player when required to collaborate with other CCR&R staff members and Rainbow Fleet programs. Demonstrates computer literacy and the ability to manage various computer software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as various NACCRRAware database applications. Demonstrates exceptional, proficient oral and written communication skills, which would emphasize efficient speaking and listening telephone skills. Conducts technical assistance with child care providers via telephone consultation, as well as on-site consultation, as the situation warrants. Maintains and makes available resource listings of agencies, associations and organizations to ensure that referrals are being made to the appropriate offsite entities when the situation and circumstances warrant such a referral. Coordinates with the Training Coordinator to ensure that training that meets basic licensing regulatory requirements and/or that increases quality as measured by Reaching for the Star's rating is initiated, coordinated and/or facilitated by Rainbow Fleet. Maintains contact information regarding other sources of professional development which will include, but not be limited to, the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development, the Oklahoma Career and Technology Centers, and the community colleges. Stays informed, current and knowledgeable about program resources and initiatives including the Reaching for the Stars, Scholars for Excellence, REWARD, Warmline, and other child care consultation services. Assists with provider access to the resource lending library that contains materials nd assist in providing quality early education and out of school time programs. Assists with the compilation and timely delivery of reports, research and/or data as I requested by CCR&R Manager, CCR&R Coordinator, the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and/or funding sources. Assists, as needed, with the CCR&R off-site networking, marketing, recruiting, and mentoring throughout service delivery area. Assists, as needed, with public awareness events promoting CCR&R services and child care consumer education. Attends and represents CCR&R at assigned and/or required agency meetings, community events, stakeholder groups, in-service training, etc. Travel within the service delivery area, state and nation may be required. Maintains a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and auto insurance. Accepts other duties as assigned by the CCR&R Manager. Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required Broad knowledge and experience in early childhood education, operations of child care programs and family child care homes including business practices. Display excellent interpersonal and communication skills with drive, energy and a passion for development of people. Results oriented, self-motivated with strong time management, systems development and planning skills. Able to learn database usage, with ability to collect and record data and have proficiency with Microsoft Office products. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive data. Identify needed areas of self-improvement and actively pursue appropriate means and methods to increase effectiveness in those areas. Keep D/M updated on issues related to Business Consultant Project. Other duties as assigned to meet position objectives and to support the Network. Educational Qualifications Minimum of Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or closely related field with child development training. Experience preferred in child care and/or early education. Experience designing and delivering professional development opportunities for adult learners and serving in the role as a mentor. Physical Requirements Ability to sit for at least 6 hours per day. Vision sufficient to drive and carry out tasks, including computer data entry. Hearing sufficient for normal "person to person" and telephone conversations. Working Conditions Will typically work indoors May spend as many as five days per week traveling, spending up to eight hours in a vehicle per day May have a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light Could have moderate to loud noise levels 40 hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, occasional evening and weekends. CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW




Chief Operating Officer


JOB DESCRIPTION: Chief Operating Officer
Position Classification: Exempt
Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
Summary/Objective:
Rainbow Fleet is seeking an experienced and energetic person to join our leadership team to manage the daily operations of Rainbow Fleet. Rainbow Fleet is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit with a mission to provide innovative child development programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents in Oklahoma.
The Chief Operating Officer will play a critical role in overseeing daily management of Rainbow Fleet operations. The position will provide leadership to achieve overall organization’s goals, budgets and coordinate activities within all departments, projects and initiatives. The department areas include Child Care Resource and Referral, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Rainbow Fleet Early Education Center. Essential Functions

  • Supports the CEO of Rainbow Fleet to ensure quality daily operations management.
  • Serves as an operations advisor to the CEO and as a role model /mentor to other staff.
  • Contributes to creating and maintaining a positive organization culture that values integrity, strong work ethic, problem solving, excellence, resilience, creativity and community inclusion, both internally and externally.
  • Helps establish and execute organizational priorities, procedures, safety protocols for operations, and ongoing, day-to-day management of all operations.
  • Works with CEO and program coordinators to facilitate planning and strategy for short-and longer-term initiatives to continually enhance child development programs and services to ensure that the organization is financially sustainable.
  • Supervises all phases of daily management, including operations, safety, utilities, enforcement of rules and service to the public.
  • Facilitates intra-department communications and coordination so all departments share information effectively and support one another as needed.
  • Maintains records, prepares reports, and composes correspondence as needed.
  • Participates in HR decisions regarding department coordinators with CEO. Hires other staff as needed and in coordination with department coordinators. Identify training needs and execute training programs as needed.
  • Conducts or participates in annual reviews for department directors with CEO.
  • Works closely with CEO to monitor and manage annual operating budget, capital project budgets, and other special initiatives.
  • Represents Rainbow Fleet at public forums, media, tours and other events or gatherings with CEO.
  • Identifies opportunities to use software/technology to enhance all operational areas.
Required Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication, organizational, diplomatic and listening skills.
  • Capable of developing and implementing clear goals, systems and priorities.
  • Passion and high energy for consistently maintaining a well-organized, clean, safe organization that provides innovative child development programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents in Oklahoma. Ability to see the big picture and detail oriented.
  • Enthusiasm for learning about new ideas and best practices in early childhood and enhancing revenue generating operations and overall operating improvements for programs.
  • Ability to work with a range of people representing various backgrounds, levels of training and career stages.
  • Able to multitask, plan, and execute short to long term projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze and identify core problems and to correct and implement decisions efficiently.
  • Ability to thrive in a daily environment where unanticipated problems arise that require immediate attention.
  • Ability to coach and motivate employees and model professional behavior in all work areas in order to reach goals.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and Power Point.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of five years management experience preferably with a background in early childhood.
Supervisory Responsibility of Direct Reports:
  • Director of Early Education Center
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program Coordinator
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Coordinator

Work Environment
This is an office-based position.
Physical Demands
Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, working on a computer and utilizing office equipment. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds at times.
Travel
This position may include occasional local travel to visit with clients onsite at their business
location.
Other Duties
Performs other duties as assigned.
EEO Statement
Rainbow Fleet is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: chicks@rainbowfleet.org. You will be contacted only if considered for an initial phone or in-person interview.
About Rainbow Fleet
Founded in 1972, Rainbow Fleet grew out of one Montessori teacher’s belief that the very best early childhood teaching methods could be shared by providing childcare professionals with resources and materials to support appropriate learning environments for young children. This concept, in conjunction with the modeling and mentoring from early childhood specialists, provided a component of support for teachers and caregivers. Rainbow Fleet’s founder, Dr. Peggy Loeffler, took the lead in establishing this initiative that grew to become Rainbow Fleet. The early beginnings of Rainbow Fleet were built around Dr. Loeffler’s idea to fill a mobile education unit with learning materials, toys, art projects and books. The key to quality service would be to staff the mobile libraries with trained early childhood professionals. By taking the resources directly into childcare and early education programs, Rainbow Fleet could reach large numbers of children, families and caregivers.

While the methodology changed with time, and the programs and projects adapted based on needs assessments and priorities, the mission remained the same. Rainbow Fleet expanded the mobile toy lending library concept and developed a Child Care Resource Center which allows for greater access to more resources and materials. We have also grown to include added programs and services including Child Care Resource and Referral, Child Care Training and Technical Assistance, the Quality Enhancement Initiative, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The existence of these programs serve as a testament to our commitment to the underlying mission of Rainbow Fleet, which remains as strong today as it did nearly 50 years ago. Rainbow Fleet is a 501(c)3 organization. As a non-profit, all donations are tax deductible. Click Here To Apply