Careers at FELS

A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

We are hiring at our centers located in Delaware County, Montgomery County, and, Philadelphia County. Interested applicants, please send your resume to hiring@felskids.org

Open Positions

“What we have in our care is more than just children – what we have are little humans. And it is our job to nurture them to be the best little humans they can be for their future and for ours.”

– Susan Dagdigian, FELS Director of Programs

The Center Director is charged with responsibilities in keeping with the mission and goals of the organization. They are to foster an environment that supports children’s natural desire to explore, experiment and discover, helping them to achieve their optimal ability. FELS currently has an open Center Director position. Our centers are located in Northeast Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Montgomery County. And don’t forget to ask us about our sign-on bonus!

As Center Director at FELS, you will:

  • Oversee the administration of all Center operations
  • Manage the Center budget in a fiscally sound manner
  • On-going monitoring of safe supervision and child/staff ratios to ensure compliance with DHS & FELS
  • Ensure that DHS, Keystone Stars and NAEYC standards are upheld regularly
  • Develop and maintain records and reports, as requested by FELS, federal, state, and local agencies

Strive to meet and maintain target enrollment at the Center

  • Work closely with the Director of Programs to ensure physical plant sanitation and safety for children and staff in compliance with DHS regulations and FELS standards
  • Plan and attend Parents’ Association meetings and events
  • Supervise classroom staff (e.g. conduct classroom observations, meet individually and with teams, conduct performance reviews, conduct staff meetings, and provide necessary tools, information, and support to ensure success of the Center team
  • Maintain a quality childcare program which reflects the philosophy of Federation Early Learning Services and adheres to state and federal regulations
  • Abide by any and all additional guidelines for child care, child education, welfare, health, etc. as instructed by FELS.

Why work with Federation Early Learning Services (FELS)?

We love our staff at FELS and are constantly amazed by the dedication and passion with which our staff approach their work every single day. Our incredible teachers and administration teams are the foundation of our organization. They are here for our kids, and FELS is here for them as well. To show our appreciation, FELS offers a host of benefits for our Center Directors and other staff members, including:

  • Sign-on bonus now available for a limited time!*
  • Monthly staff recognition program
  • Health, Vision, Dental, and Supplemental Insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Generous vacation and sick day allowance
  • Reduced childcare tuition
  • Paid release time to participate in the T.E.A.C.H. Program
  • Encouraging environment for staff to set and achieve professional and educational goals
  • Free coffee and access to a staff lounge for breaks

What are a Center Director’s skills and qualifications?

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human services field.
  • Education must include 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children

Experience

  • Three (3) years related program and center management experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age (where required)
  • Experience with financial management skills
  • Non-profit sector experience preferred
  • Annual physical examination and biennial TB (Mantoux) test
  • Above-average problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and respond to a crisis immediately
  • Ability to speak, hear, read, write, and generally understand English sufficiently in order to give directions and communicate with both children and adults
  • Ability to easily lift 50 pounds and meet the physical demands of child care over the course of an eight (8) hour work day (i.e. lifting children, squatting, pushing strollers, bending, etc.)
  • Visual acuity of at least 20/40 (with corrected lenses if needed) to supervise children individually and in groups of up to 25, maintain accurate records, read necessary program materials, verify identification of escorts, etc.

It is the continuing policy of Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other classification as required by applicable law.

*For more information about our sign-on bonus please contact us directly.

Job Description:

“What we have in our care is more than just children—what we have are little humans. And it is our jobs to nurture them to be the best little humans they can be for their future and our world’s.” – Susan Dagdigian, FELS Director of Programs

Our Lead Teachers at Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) are instrumental in creating an environment that supports a child’s natural desire to explore, experiment, and discover. FELS currently has open Lead Teacher positions in each of our five centers across Northeast Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Montgomery County. And don’t forget to ask us about our sign-on bonus! *

As a Lead Teacher at FELS, you will:

  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and daily lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum based on NAEYC and Keystone Stars standards/requirements.
  • Serve as an interdisciplinary team member contributing to identifying positive solutions and behavioral supports.
  • Foster a safe and healthy environment for children and other staff members at all times.
  • Ensure that appropriate discipline techniques are used amongst all staff and the children’s personal care needs are met.
  • Work with Child Development Specialist (CDS), supervisors, parents, and co-workers in making decisions and problem solving concerning effective behavior support plans.
  • Assist children with daily living activities, including but not limited to meals, nap time, toileting, diapering, personal hygiene as needed.
  • Organize classroom, including maintaining bulletin boards/posters/signs with important information for parents, to support program goals and contribute to the implementation of daily indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Establish and maintain thorough communication with parents through conferences, email, etc. regularly on an informal daily basis. Parent conferences must be conducted at least twice per year.
  • Maintain progress reports on the emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development of children.
  • Abide by any and all additional guidelines for childcare, child education, welfare, health, etc. as instructed by FELS.

Why work with Federation Early Learning Services (FELS)?

We love our staff at FELS and are constantly amazed by the dedication and passion with which our staff approach their work every single day. Our incredible teachers are the foundation of our organization. They are here for our kids, and FELS is here for them as well. To show our appreciation, FELS offers a host of benefits for our teachers and other staff members, including:

  • Sign-on bonus now available for a limited time! *
  • Monthly staff recognition program
  • Health, Vision, Dental, and Supplemental Insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Generous vacation and sick day allowance
  • Reduced childcare tuition
  • Paid release time to participate in the T.E.A.C.H. Program
  • Encouraging environment for staff to set and achieve professional and educational goals
  • Free coffee and access to a staff lounge for breaks

What are a Lead Teacher’s skills and qualifications?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and/or CDA Certificate
  • At least two (2) years or a minimum of 2,500 hours of childcare experience
  • Annual physical examination and biennial TB (Mantoux) test
  • Ability to supervise staff effectively
  • Above-average problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and respond to a crisis immediately
  • Ability to speak, hear, read, write, and generally understand English sufficiently to give directions and communicate with both children and adults
  • Ability to easily lift 50 pounds and meet the physical demands of childcare over the course of an eight (8) hour workday (i.e. lifting children, squatting, pushing strollers, bending, etc.)
  • Visual acuity of at least 20/40 (with corrected lenses if needed) to supervise children individually and in groups of up to 25, maintain accurate records, read necessary program materials, verify identification of escorts, etc.

It is the continuing policy of Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other classification as required by applicable law.

*For more information about our sign-on bonus please contact FELS directly.

Job Description:

“What we have in our care is more than just children—what we have are little humans. And it is our jobs to nurture them to be the best little humans they can be for their future and our world’s.” – Susan Dagdigian, FELS Director of Programs

The Assistant Teacher assists the Lead Teacher with creating an environment that supports children’s natural desire to explore, experiment and discover, helping them to achieve their optimal ability ensuring a safe and healthful environment. FELS currently has open Assistant Teacher positions in each of our five centers across Northeast Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Montgomery County. And don’t forget to ask us about our sign-on bonus!*

As an Assistant Teacher at FELS, you will:

  • Assist with preparing and executing developmentally appropriate programs and daily lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum based on NAEYC and Keystone Stars standards/requirements.
  • Be responsible for implementing positive discipline techniques and guaranteeing that personal care needs are met.
  • Be accountable for the whereabouts of the children at all times and ensure their health, welfare, and safety.
  • Assist with organizing the classroom, including maintaining bulletin boards/posters/signs, to support program goals and contribute to the implementation of daily indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Assume duties of Lead Teacher during his/her absence (when working with a substitute).
  • Develop trusting relationships with the children and the parents.
  • Interact with children in a nurturing way encouraging their participation in activities.
  • Abide by any and all additional guidelines for child care, child education, welfare, health, etc. as instructed by FELS.

Why work with Federation Early Learning Services (FELS)?

We love our staff at FELS and are constantly amazed by the dedication and passion with which our staff approach their work every single day. Our incredible teachers are the foundation of our organization. They are here for our kids, and FELS is here for them as well. To show our appreciation, FELS offers a host of benefits for our teachers and other staff members, including:

  • Sign-on bonus now available for a limited time!*
  • Monthly staff recognition program
  • Health, Vision, Dental, and Supplemental Insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Generous vacation and sick day allowance
  • Reduced childcare tuition
  • Paid release time to participate in the T.E.A.C.H. Program
  • Encouraging environment for staff to set and achieve professional and educational goals
  • Free coffee and access to a staff lounge for breaks

What are an Assistant Teacher’s skills and qualifications?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent (Associates or Bachelors Degree preferred, but not required)
  • At least two (2) years or a minimum of 2,500 hours of childcare experience
  • Annual physical examination and biennial TB (Mantoux) test
  • Above-average problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and respond to a crisis immediately
  • Ability to speak, hear, read, write, and generally understand English sufficiently in order to give directions and communicate with both children and adults
  • Ability to easily lift 50 pounds and meet the physical demands of child care over the course of an eight (8) hour work day (i.e. lifting children, squatting, pushing strollers, bending, etc.)
  • Visual acuity of at least 20/40 (with corrected lenses if needed) to supervise children individually and in groups of up to 25, maintain accurate records, read necessary program materials, verify identification of escorts, etc.

It is the continuing policy of Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other classification as required by applicable law.

*For more information about our sign-on bonus please contact us directly.

Qualifications

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)
  • Childcare: 2 years (Preferred)

 

Job Description:

“What we have in our care is are more than just children- what we have are little humans. And it is our jobs to nurture them to be the best little humans that they can be for their future and our world’s.” – Susan Dagdigian, FELS Director of Programs

The Classroom Assistant assists the Lead Teacher with creating an environment that supports children’s natural desire to explore, experiment and discover, helping them to achieve their optimal ability ensuring a safe and healthful environment. The Classroom Assistant assists with organizing the classroom to support program goals and contributes to the implementation of daily indoor and outdoor activities. They develop trusting relationships with the children and the parent and interact with children in a nurturing way encouraging their participation in activities.

FELS currently has open Classroom Assistant positions in each our five centers across Northeast Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Montgomery County. And don’t forget to ask us about our sign-on bonus!*

As a Classroom Assistant at FELS, you will:

  • Assist with preparing and executing developmentally appropriate programs and daily lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum based on NAEYC and Keystone Stars standards/requirements.
  • Be responsible for implementing positive discipline techniques and guaranteeing that personal care needs are met.
  • Adhere to Active Supervision Protocols (e.g. Name To Face Protocol and completion of transition logs).
  • Be accountable for the whereabouts of the children at all times and ensure their health, welfare, and safety.
  • Assist with organizing the classroom, including maintaining bulletin boards/posters/signs, to support program goals and contribute to the implementation of daily indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Assist children with activities of daily living, which may include, but are not limited to, meal time, nap time, toileting, and personal hygiene as needed.
  • Develop trusting relationships with the children and the parents.
  • Interact with children in a nurturing way encouraging their participation in activities.
  • Abide by any and all additional guidelines for child care, child education, welfare, health, etc. as instructed by FELS.

Why work with Federation Early Learning Services (FELS)?

We love our staff at FELS and are constantly amazed by the dedication and passion with which our staff approach their work every single day. Our incredible teachers are the foundation of our organization. They are here for our kids, and FELS is here for them as well. To show our appreciation, FELS offers a host of benefits for our teachers and other staff members, including:

  • Sign-on bonus now available for a limited time!*
  • Monthly staff recognition program
  • Reduced childcare tuition
  • Encouraging environment for staff to set and achieve professional and educational goals
  • Free coffee and access to a staff lounge for breaks

What are a Classroom Assistant’s skills and qualifications?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • At least two (2) years or a minimum of 2,500 hours of childcare experience
  • Annual physical examination and biennial TB (Mantoux) test
  • Above-average problem-solving skills including the ability to identify and respond to a crisis immediately.
  • Ability to speak, hear, read, write, and generally understand English sufficiently in order to give directions and communicate with both children and adults.
  • Ability to easily lift 50 pounds and meet the physical demands of child care over the course of an eight (8) hour work day (i.e. lifting children, squatting, pushing strollers, bending, etc.)
  • Visual acuity of at least 20/40 (with corrected lenses if needed) to supervise children individually and in groups of up to 25, maintain accurate records, read necessary program materials, verify identification of escorts, etc.

It is the continuing policy of Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other classification as required by applicable law.

*For more information about our sign-on bonus please contact us.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $11.50 – $14.25 per hour

Benefits:

  • Employee discount

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental Pay:

  • Signing bonus

COVID-19 considerations:
Please see our website at https://felskids.org/covid-19-response/ for a breakdown of our COVID-19 protocols.

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Childcare: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Work Remotely:

  • No

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    Benefits

    For over a century, we have been known as a leader in the field of early childhood education because we have been providing high quality programs to young children. At FELS, we understand that when we invest in our staff, we invest in our children. We have an excellent compensation package including:

    • 16 Vacation Days
    • 10 Sick Days
    • 13 Paid Holidays
    • Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Supplemental Insurance
    • Reduced Child Care Tuition
    • Hire anniversary day off after 5 years
    • Birthday day off after 10 years
    • Participation in the TEACH program

    Opportunity

    We believe that every teacher should be qualified to provide children with a high quality early education.  That means we:

    • Encourage staff to set professional goals to grow and develop;  enable staff to pursue higher education credentials, and accommodate schedule changes, to the furthest extent possible
    • Provide paid release time to participate in the T.E.A.C.H. program
    • Encourage the pursuit of a Child Development Associate credential or Bachelor’s degree
    • Opportunities to move up within the organization

    Mission & Values

    Built on a foundation of Jewish values and traditions for over a century, FELS is a recognized leader, helping families access affordable child care; providing educational enrichment programs and working with parents to build a feeling of community at their centers.

    At Federation Early Learning Services, we believe:

    • Every child should feel loved and capable
    • Every center should be a safe and inviting place
    • Every child should be given opportunities to develop to the best of his/her ability
    • Every child should feel proud of their ethnic, religious and cultural heritage
    • Every child should learn to respect diversity and honor differences
    • Every parent is our partner
    • Every teacher should be qualified to provide a high quality early childhood curriculum

    What Our Staff Says About FELS

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    If you think that FELS is the right place for you check out our current employment opportunities on the next page and click to apply!

    We could be the home away from home that you have been looking for.  We’d LOVE to hear from you!

    Interested Applicants, please email your resume and letter of interest to hiring@felskids.org. If your qualifications match our needs, our HR team will be in touch to schedule an interview.