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8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Samaritas, one of the state's largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.


Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.


We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.


Job Summary


Supervises, facilitates learning activities, and interacts with children in center's preschool program.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Implement and supervise the child development program in accordance with licensing requirements, division, funding sources and other regulatory guidelines.
  2. Implement annual written plan to meet the emotional, physical, cognitive, and social needs of individual enrollees and groups.
  3. Implement daily lesson plans based on children's needs and interests, as well as curriculum and framework.
  4. Observe, report and document significant individual and/or group behavior(s) according to Center policy and licensing regulations. Provide appropriate and positive guidance and discipline.
  5. Provide and monitor meals given to children.
  6. Assist in maintaining safe, clean and appealing physical environment. Ensure equipment and supplies are used and maintained in a safe manner; monitor and report equipment and supply needs.
  7. Ensure an ordered arrangement, appearance, decor, and learning environment of the classroom. Assume equal share of the housekeeping responsibilities in the classroom.
  8. Plan and implement methods of establishing a positive relationship with parents. Assist with parent conferences to provide feedback to parents regarding their child's participation in the classroom as well as any resources as necessary.
  9. Assist in the ongoing evaluation procedures needed to assess the developmental levels of the children.
  10. Assist with general clerical duties including receptionist duties, logging families interested in being placed on the waiting list, organizing incoming donations, and related duties.


Job Qualifications


Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Associate's degree in early childhood education or child development; OR
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential with 480 hours of experience; OR
  • High school diploma/GED with twelve (12) semester hours/CEUs in a child-related field and 960 hours of experience.



  • Two years' experience working in an early childhood program, or childcare center, preferred.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Analytical skills with ability to solve practical problems; ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to read, speak and write English.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations such as multiplication, subtraction, ratio, and percentages.
  • Knowledge of early child development.
  • Ability to relate with empathy to economically and socially disadvantaged persons.
  • Ability, willingness, and compassion to work with children.
  • Ability to assess individual, group and program needs and develop appropriate strategies to meet needs.
  • Ability to communicate expectations effectively.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff and parents.


Additional Work Requirements

  • N/A


Physical and Mental Requirements

  • High levels of concentration.
  • Ability to move freely about.
  • Ability to lift/carry small children.
  • Near visual acuity.
  • Hand-eye coordination.
  • Hand and finger dexterity.