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 job listings are also available on Indeed.com 

Open Positions

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“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.

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.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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“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 Assistant Director is charged with responsibilities in keeping with the mission and goals of the organization. The Assistant Director will foster an environment that supports children’s natural desire to explore, experiment, and discover while helping them to achieve their optimal ability. The individual in this role will assist with overall management and administration of the early childhood center objectives and activities. to include meeting and managing enrollment goals, program implementation, safety, operations, personnel management, and regulatory compliance. FELS currently has open Assistant Director 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 Director at FELS, you will:

· Maintain oversight of the administration of all center operations and provide oversight when needed

· Complete payroll for center staff

· Monitor safe supervision and child/staff ratios to ensure compliance with DHS &FELS

· Ensure that DHS, Keystone Stars, and NAEYC standards are upheld regularly

· Follow required reporting procedures for suspected incidences of child abuse

· Assist with coordinating fundraising drives, parent activities, meetings, educational programs, etc.

· Process program invoices and check requests; Serve as a backup for petty cash

· Oversee see the Injury Report process

· On-board new staff ensuring that they receiving training and orientation in all areas applicable to their roles

· Supervise classroom staff (e.g. conduct classroom observations, assist with conducting performance reviews, staff meetings) and other staff assigned

· Mentor teaching staff with implementation of the Creative Curriculum

· Assist the Center Director with disciplining staff in accordance with organization personnel practices procedures

· Oversee ITERS/ECERS and ensure compliance with these ratings

· Observe teacher follow-through of practices put in place by the Child Development Specialist

· Oversee health and safety issues at the center and follow through on the quarterly health and safety checklist

· Responsible for daily staff scheduling (e.g. substitutes, lesson planning, time-off requests)

· Assist in classrooms as needed providing substitute coverage

· Provide parent communication regarding annual fees, surveys, fee assessments, memos, etc.

· Oversee organizing and maintaining all resources (library, audio and video)

· Assist Center Director in coordinating/supervising Jewish programming and distribute appropriate materials

· Abide by any and all additional guidelines for child care, child education, welfare, health, etc. as instructed by FELS

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

· Two (2) years related program and center management experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age (where required)

· Knowledgeable about group dynamics for children 6 weeks – 11 years in a childcare setting

· Supervisory and administrative experience

· Nonprofit sector experience preferred

· Knowledge and understanding of DHS, NAEYC & Keystone Stars licensing/accreditation/requirements

· 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 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 the identification of escorts, etc.

· Must be able to assist during center evacuation, which can involve navigating stairs, crossing streets, and physically assisting children

· Work endurance ability to work an eight-hour day with a one-hour lunch break and be able to lift children (up to 50 pounds), walk, bend, stand, squat, and sit on the floor (with the children), and push children in strollers and “Bye-Bye Buggies”

· Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications and ability to effectively and efficiently operate office equipment (e.g. computer, copier, etc.)

· Ability to maintain high-level standards of confidentiality regarding the center, staff, and family matters

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.

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Attention Teaching Professionals or Students! Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a child while gaining professional experience? If so, Federation Early Learning Services (FELS) is the right place for you! We are looking for a Child Support Assistant in each of our five centers across the Greater Philadelphia area. For a full list of our locations as well as available positions, please visit www.FELSkids.org.

This position will work in collaboration with the Child Development Specialist, Teacher and Center Director providing 1:1 support for a child in the classroom.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have 2 years paid work experience in behavioral health, ECE/child care or related human services area.
  • Hours flexible during the day

It is the continuing policy of 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.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

  • 2 years paid work experience in behavioral health, child care or related human services area require.
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“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 Office Administrator is responsible for general administration tasks within the office environment. They play a primary role in ensuring that the day-to-day office administrative functions are coordinated to achieve a high level of productivity at their location.

As an Office Administrator at FELS, you will:

  • Provide assistance in maintaining a quality childcare program which reflects the philosophy of FELS and adheres to the parameters of state and federal requirements.
  • Greet and direct all visitors to the center.
  • Answer and screen all incoming telephone calls, route calls to appropriate individuals, provide routine information, and take messages as directed.
  • Maintain lists of all in-service, allergy and medicine, and children who cannot be photographed.
  • Create staff ID badges and update staff bios.
  • Enter enrollment requests into CRM.
  • Maintain center calendar, update meetings. and appointments.
  • Coordinate Center special events with teachers and assist with center-wide events.
  • Provide early or late administrative coverage, as needed.
  • Provide support to the Parents’ Association.
  • Assist with the center’s inventory and ordering of supplies.
  • Maintain and prepare rosters and Alpha list.
  • Create new child files and maintain all children’s files in accordance with FELS and DHS regulations.
  • For our Pre-K Counts and Head Start Programs, maintain attendance, maintain required paperwork, track dental and other compliance requirements.
  • Maintain caregiver assignments list.
  • Oversee digital camera usage (sign-out sheets, downloading, printing of photos).
  • Submit maintenance requests.
  • Oversee Injury and Accident report process.
  • Maintaining meal sheets and parent sign in/out sheets.
  • Manage all aspects of ELRC paperwork (i.e. attendance, absence letters, subsidy ending letters, etc.).
  • Distribute “No Admit” letters.
  • Manage daily diaper logs.
  • Maintain and track physicals for all children, including those for summer camp.
  • Abide by any and all additional guidelines for child care, child education, welfare, health, etc. as instructed by FELS.

What are an Office Administrator’s skills and qualifications?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Minimum of three (3) years administrative assistant or related 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.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook.
  • Must be able to occasionally work extended hours including evenings and weekends.
  • 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 Type: Full-time

Schedule:

  • 10 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Please visit our website at www.felskids.org/covid-19-response/ for the most up-to-date information on how FELS is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • administrative assistant or related: 3 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 care and 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

Join Our Team

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.