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Lead Teacher - (Early Childhood Master Teacher) - Children's Campus

Apply now Job no: 520432
Work type: Staff
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Excluded, Child/Youth Education and Development, Temporary, Full Time

Working Title

Lead Teacher

Positions Available

5 Positions Available

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Applicants may visit for more information on SF State's policy prohibiting discrimination, and how to file an online report using the procedures under Executive Order 1096 Revised. Inquiries can be directed to the campus Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Administrator by calling (415) 338-2032 or emailing

San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus.  Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect  Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code.  The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Children's Campus

Appointment Type


Time Base

Full-Time (1.0 FTE)

Work Schedule

M-F 7:30AM to 4:00PM

Anticipated Hiring Range

$5,000.00 - $5,167.00 Per Month ($50,000.00 - $62,004.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under the direction of the Director, the Lead Teacher as the only and immediate supervisor in the classroom highquality, responsive, and enriching and caregiving and education that is in alignment with Children’s Campus philosophy and mission. The LT plans and implements an environment that is rich with relational experiences and hands-on inquiry experiences designed to support the development of a range of social, emotional, self-help, language, literacy, cognitive and motor skills for individuals and groups of children that are aligned with the California State Foundations for Early Learning (Infant, Toddler, and Preschool). The Lead Teacher engages in a highly reflective teaching practice that is grounded in child observation and documentation, which informs the planning of learning experiences and the learning environment. The Lead Teacher mentors and trains other classroom staffing including Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and SF State students.
Center Hours of operation are 8:00 am - 5:15 pm. Evening and weekend work may be required as duties demand. 

Position Information

Curriculum Development and Assessment Plan
  • Prepare and implement learning activities that are in alignment with the center’s philosophy;
  • Meet program curriculum goals, reflect children’s abilities, interests and skills, are in alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) best practices;
  • Implements inquiry-based teaching, Reggio Emilia philosophy, and the California Department of Education for Early Learning.
  • Create a safe, stimulating and aesthetically pleasing learning environment in the classroom and outdoor play areas.
  • Support learning and development outcomes outlined in the California Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP).
  • Monitor and document the progress of each child using a variety of modalities. 
  • Use data from DRDP’s to inform curriculum.
Mentoring and Training
  • Build and maintain a cohesive classroom teaching team by guiding, training, coaching, and supervising classroom staff including Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and SF State students performing related work, including completing formal evaluations of their work.
  • Supervises and trains student employees, interns and classroom volunteers.
  • Develop learning goals with teaching staff to improve the classroom staff’s practice
Health, Safety & Supervision
  • Ensure health, safety and supervision of children while in our care
  • Provide individual and group direction, guidance and supervision of children
  • Maintain indoor and outdoor environments in a clean, safe and orderly manner
  • Conduct daily health checks of each child
  • Instruct and monitor children and staff in proper health/hygiene skills and cleaning/sanitation procedures 
Working with Families
  • Develop and maintain relationships with parents that foster effective partnerships in order to promote each Child’s optimum growth and development.
  • Provide parents with ongoing information about learning that in the classroom.
  • Provide information to parents on their children’s development
  • Provide information to parents on their children’s development
  • Make the learning visible to families through documentation
  • Engage in ongoing reflective practices with colleagues and administrator to continuing improve practices;
  • Engage in ongoing teacher research
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, clubs and student organizations as needed
  • Lead and manage the daily classroom operations to reflect best practice
  • Implement licensing requirements in the classroom and outdoor spaces
Other Duties as Assigned
At All Times
  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User-Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
  • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others and the office environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Background: A bachelor’s degree or higher level of education in child development or early childhood education is preferred. Consistent with the State Child Development Permit Matrix, incumbents who do not possess a degree must have completed at least 24 units in child development or early childhood education, six specialization units, required adult supervision units, and the additional general education requirements. Some centers may require possession of a teaching permit to the program. BA degree in Child Development or related field. CA Child Development Permit at the Site Supervisor Level. Two (2) years of lead teacher experience in a Center based program.
Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge and competence to develop, plan and implement a curriculum for early childhood education is required. Must be knowledgeable in pertinent state and federal regulations relating to the daily operations of an early childhood education center including licensing regulations, education regulations, child abuse reporting requirements, and public health and sanitation codes and requirements.
Experience: Consistent with the state Child Development Permit Matrix, incumbents who possess a bachelor’s degree or higher must have completed the required units of supervised field experience. Incumbents without a degree must meet the specified days of experience within the last four years. This is equivalent roughly to one to two years of experience, including one year of experience providing teacher/staff supervision. Experience supervising small staff group
Additional Requirements: Incumbents are required to pass a health screenings and background checks consistent with state requirements for working in centers for early education. In addition, some incumbents may be requited

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or related field 
  • CA Child Development Permit at the Site Supervisor Level
  • Two (2) years of lead teacher experience in a Center based program.
  • Experience supervising small staff group
  • Infant Head Teachers must have a minimum of 3 early childhood education units in infant care.
  • Experience working with college student.
  • Knowledge and/or Experience implementing educational/developmental philosophies and approaches such as: Program Infant/Toddler Care (PITC), Reggio Ernilia approach, Emergent and Project-Based curricula and Play- Based Learning
  • At least three years’ experience as a classroom teacher of children ages 0-5 years in a licensed childcare center, of which a minimum of one year was as a head/lead teacher. 
  • Core Competencies — embody the following competencies:
  • Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
  • Effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
  • Diversity and inclusion. 


Must be able to competently interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions.  SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU).  CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California.  Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception.  While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

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