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Registered Early Childhood Educator (R.E.C.E)

Permanent, Full Time


The MNjcc is often seeking experienced R.E.C.Es for our Childcare/Preschool/Junior Kindergarten. Preference will be given to R.E.C.Es with previous experience in the Reggio Philosophy and/or a Child-Directed Learning program.  The school year runs from September to June.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement age and developmentally appropriate programing

  • To ensure the safety of all children in attendance at the childcare

  • Maintain a clean and safe environment for children at all times

  • Communicate with the Director regarding any areas of concern regarding health and safety of children as well as concerns with specific children

  • Supervise children during daily outdoor and gym times

  • Teachers will be required to change children when their diapers or clothes are wet or soiled - gloves will be provided for this.

  • Teachers will read and agree to all school policies as set out by the Director and Ministry of Education

  • Conduct daily health inspection of children

  • Teachers will be required to assist the children with lunch and snack routines

  • Assist the children with nap/rest time routines

 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Certified in First Aid and this will be renewed every three years

  • Hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education or equivalent, be recognized by the College of Early Childhood Educators and be in Good Standing with the College

  • Some working knowledge of Word and Excel

  • Candidates must be able to legally work in Canada

  • Able to provide valid and current Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening

  • Able to obtain Food Handler Certification (if requested)

  • Must be able to attend after-hours staff meetings monthly

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary;  benefits after three months

  • Free Membership to Fitness Centre and Pool

 

Please note, that only candidates moving to the next stage of the selection process will be contacted by us. R.E.C.Es only need apply

Supply Staff - Childcare and Preschool

Monday to Friday year-round

If you love working with children and have flexible hours, then this job is for you. We are always looking for committed and reliable people who are positive and love working with children. Primary responsibilities include engaging and observing children, ensuring the children are safe, supporting the implementation of our program and constantly communicating with the educators.

 

Please contact Tiffany Bien tiffanyb@mnjcc.org or 416.924.6211 x247

Swim Instructors & Pool Lifeguards

 

The Freddie Shore Aquatic Centre is the only fully-accessible, heated, Saltwater Myrtha Pool® in downtown Toronto. We boast a variety of activities including dedicated lanes for lap swim, adult and child Red Cross swimming lessons and Aquafit. We are always looking for enthusiastic lifeguards and swim instructors to join our team. 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

LIFEGUARD

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service certification

  • Standard first aid with CPR-C, acquired through either: the Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St. John’s Ambulance or Ski Patrol
     

SWIM INSTRUCTOR

  • Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

  • Lifesaving Society National Lifeguard Service certification

  • Standard first aid with CPR-C, acquired through either: the Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St. John’s Ambulance or Ski Patrol

  • You must be 15 years of age to complete a swim instructor certification course

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q: I AM INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LIFEGUARD. WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?


In Ontario, lifeguarding is regulated by the Lifesaving Society. Several steps need to be taken to achieve a lifeguarding or NLS certification. Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid are all pre-requisites to the NLS course. Your path to becoming a lifeguard will look like this: Bronze Star (for participants under 13 years of age)  → Bronze Medallion (13 + years old) → Bronze Cross (13 + years old) → Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ (pass) →  National Lifeguard (16 + years old)

Q: I AM A SWIM INSTRUCTOR CERTIFIED FROM A DIFFERENT SWIM INSTRUCTION CERTIFICATION BODY. AM I ABLE TO TEACH SWIMMING LESSONS AT THE MNJCC?

The MNjcc Aquatics Department runs a Red Cross Preschool and Swim Kids curriculum as well as leadership courses offered by Lifesaving Society. In order to teach any of the Red Cross courses, you must be a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. There is a transfer course available through the Red Cross to transfer an LSS Swim Instructor’s certification to a Red Cross WSI certification. Visit the Red Cross at www.redcross.ca for further details about the transfer program.

After School Program Staff

Part-Time Position • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday - Friday (flexible)  •  September to June

 

If you love working with children then this job is for you. We are often looking for committed, reliable people, with friendly and positive attitudes.  The MNjcc After School Program provides age-appropriate, stimulating and safe activities for school-age children.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the children in the program

  • Escort children from neighbourhood schools to the Miles Nadal JCC

  • Create and deliver age-appropriate programming, taking into account varying levels and abilities of children in the program

  • Come prepared for the day’s activities

  • Provide assistance to fellow staff as needed

  • Supervise children in the program indoors and outdoors; actively engaging with them

  • Assist in conducting surveys for periodic program evaluation

 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  •  2-5 years’ experience working with children

  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Clear vulnerable sector screening (in the 6 months prior to hiring)

  • Up to date Immunization Record (Tetanus, TB screening)

  • Have sufficient computer knowledge in Word and Excel to maintain records

  • Knowledge and compliance of health regulations

  • Ability to communicate comfortably with parents and other staff

 

Salary and Benefits:
 

  • $15/Hour

  • Free Membership to Fitness Centre and Pool

  • The opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and to give back to the community in which you live.

 
 

Volunteer Opportunities will return soon

Director, Early Childhood Education
 

The Miles Nadal JCC, a vibrant urban JCC in downtown Toronto, Ontario (Canada) is looking for a Director of Early Childhood Education (DECE). We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about giving every child a positive start in school and developing creative and meaningful early learning experiences for children, and who possesses strong leadership skills and is committed to a Reggio-inspired, Learn Through Play/Child-Directed curriculum. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the DECE is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the MNjcc’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) department. The DECE leads the managerial heads from the Libbie Cowan Childcare Centre, Thomas & Marjorie Schwartz Preschool, and MNjcc Afterschool/School’s Out programs, with the assistance of strong administrative support.
The DECE builds a community of educators, children and families, and works collaboratively with our other JCC departments and partner organizations to support the well-being of children and families.

 

The MNjcc has welcomed children and their families for 60 years. Our current ECE department population includes 100 children ages 18 months – 5 years, and up to 135 children in our elementary school-age Afterschool programs. These programs are licensed through the Ontario Ministry of Education. They are supplemented across the Centre by two on-site schools, children’s aquatics and fitness programs, and a 25-year-old Suzuki music program.

 

The DECE is a key member of the Senior Team and advises staff and lay leaders on all matters of children’s education, safety, family relations and relevant communication for the entire JCC.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Vision, curriculum and philosophy: Ensure that the curriculum reflects the organization’s commitment to excellence in Early Childhood Education.

  • Lead and drive the integration of successful educational philosophies into the curriculum with a focus on Reggio learn Through Play/Child-Directed practices.

  • Ensure that the needs of our early childhood family community are represented in agency-wide strategic discussion, including J mission and vision.

 

Values: Early Childhood Education is grounded in accessibility and diversity. We welcome children of all backgrounds and abilities.

  • Embrace and support diversity and acceptance for children, families and staff.

  • Integrate Jewish and universal values into the programs.

  • With a positive mindset and expertise in child development, coordinate teachers, parents and if necessary, other diagnostic professionals to respond to specific student issues and behaviours.

Team of Educators to support the vision: Build, train, support and grow a team of educators to deliver an excellent educational experience in all ECE programs for children and their families.

  • Oversee the hiring and training of all staff related to ECE programs, and ensure their regular supervision and annual evaluation in conjunction with the department heads.

  • Develop and execute a staff retention plan, including employee appreciation and recognition programs, as well as a professional development plan including PD days and outside opportunities and conferences.

  • Identify strategies for recruitment and leadership development to build a staffing pipeline and mentor the leaders of the future

 

Service Excellence: Ensure that operations meet or exceed all relevant operational guidelines.

  • Ensure compliance with the Ministry of Education (Ontario) licensing guidelines to ensure standards are met or exceeded, including preparation for site visits, renewals, working with facilities, additional licensing of rooms, annual reports, emergency plans and training.

  • Ensure the maintenance of all Toronto Public Health standards and reporting.

  • Ensure the parent and faculty handbooks are current, relevant, and consistent with Licensing Requirements and Organization policy.

  • Working with the Executive Director, actively engage with key lay leaders to identify strengths and opportunities for the future, to strengthen ECE programs and services.


Community Building: The DECE is the public face of Early Childhood Education, builds a nurturing community of staff, parents and children, and leads partner relations with on-site schools and outside organizations that will enhance the family journey at the J.

  • Establish and nurture positive open communication with children and families, and ensure mechanisms to stay current to the individual experiences of the children.

  • Develop opportunities for parent/family education, advocacy for children’s development and positive mental health, and multi-generational engagement

 

Children as a key pillar of the J and builders of society: Work closely with all child, youth and camp departments regarding the transition of preschoolers to elementary-aged programs to encourage engagement and retention in their J journey.

  • A community journey for all; an inclusive Jewish journey. Understand the crucial role JCCs have to play as a central touchstone for families who seek a diverse Jewish journey, choose to connect in a secular fashion, and may be seeking a gateway to further engagement.

  • Together with Department Heads, plan and implement annual school events including but not limited to Chanukah, Purim, Passover, Meet and Greet/Pot luck with Parents, Family Shabbats, Gallery Show, etc.


Financial Sustainability and Planning:

  • Develop and closely monitor ECE department budgets

  • Closely monitor enrolment and staffing models

  • Ensure professional and efficient management of admission inquiries, tours, and enrollment.

  • Create business plans for sustainability and growth

  • Work closely with Marketing and Fundraising/Development to develop year-round content to promote and sustain the programs, clearly communicate school philosophy and culture, and contribute where appropriate to grant proposals to support growth.

 

A positive, contributing member of the MNjcc Senior Team:

  • Build positive staff morale

  • Support the overall mission of the JCC.

  • Assist with agency-wide JCC special events.

  • Attend and participate in JCC staff meetings as required.

  • Maintain and enforce agency policies and procedures.

  • Provide excellent customer service.

  • Perform work after hours as needed to meet applicable deadlines, family events or scheduling needs.

  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Must-Have

  • Meets or exceeds the Ontario Ministry of Education requirements to be considered a Director

  • Registered Early Childhood Educator or ability to receive Ministry of Education Director approval

  • Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience

  • Minimum 3-5 years of managerial experience in a leadership/supervisory role in an early childhood program or related field

  • Familiarity with values, principles and philosophies of Reggio Emilia, Learn Through Play and Child-Directed learning. Thorough understanding of the Ontario Child and Early Years Act, with the ability to write policies mandated by Toronto Public Health, and Ministry of Education, others as required

  • Ability to think outside the box to grow and develop ECE programs

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in program administration, planning, and coordination

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with parents, children and staff

  • Strong managerial skills including the ability to foster camaraderie, cooperation, and teamwork

  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and ability to master new software systems

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • First Aid/CPR certified

  • Up-to-date vulnerable screening check from their living community

 

Preferred

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in a related field

  • Additional certifications relating to children including but not limited to Reggio certification, Special Education, Child development and psychology

  • Knowledge of Jewish culture, traditions and practice or strong willingness to learn

  • Experience with elementary school age and/or afterschool programming

  • Experience in a non-profit work environment

  • Comfortable with social media

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary range is $80,000 - $90,000 plus benefits, based on qualifications and experience.

  • This is a year-round position, with excellent medical/dental, sick leave and vacation benefits and fitness club membership.

 

Expected Start Date: On or before June 1

Application deadline: February 12, 2021

Please note only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted and that interviews may begin before the deadline.

Alternate Formats and Accommodation: The MNjcc is committed to providing an accessible employment environment. We are committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and aim to ensure that dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity are embedded in all aspects of JCC culture. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance so that we can arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Please contact David Fielder, 416.924.6211 x404, davidf@mnjcc.org.  The Miles Nadal JCC is a positive and supportive work environment that values and models inclusivity, collaboration, physical and mental wellness, and fosters the growth and development of staff.

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Phone: 416.924.6211
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