Head Teacher

Southwestern Community College District

Job Description



Posting Number: 0601474

Posting Number: 0601474

Open Date: 02/01/2024

Position Title: Head Teacher

Working Title:

Department: Child Development Center

Work Site: Main Campus: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Type: Classified Bargaining/Staff (Permanent Contract)

Months of Service: 12 months

FTE: 1.0 (full-time)

Hours Per Week: 40

Funding Source: District


District Values:

Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.


Job Description https://www.swccd.edu/_resources/vision/documents/548.pdf



Under the direction of the Director of Child Development Center/Lab School and in collaboration with the Center Director, teachers, parents, and child development faculty, perform a variety of duties involved in providing a safe and stimulating environment to support the optimal growth and development of each child; assume responsibility for parent participation, communication, and education; and supervise, schedule and train assigned staff and student workers.



  • Collaborate with the Center Director, teachers, parents, and child development faculty to promote and support enriching experiences for children, families, and the community; collaborate with staff in planning programs for the Child Development Centers.
  • Provide an educational program and classroom environment that reflects the curricular and guidance practices taught by the Child Development Department of Southwestern College; develop, plan, and implement appropriate daily experiences for students; provide opportunities for the development of fine and gross motor skills, language and expression, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and social and emotional skills.
  • Participate in the coordination, supervision, scheduling and evaluation of assigned staff and student workers.
  • Coordinate and implement requirements to meet National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation with staff, families and community. 
  • Assess the development of practicum students and student workers; and provide support for staff to conduct Parent-Teacher conferences each semester or as needed.
  • Participate in professional growth and development opportunities.
  • Attend and participate in in-services, parent meetings, and school functions relative the position.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Knowledge & Abilities


  • Preschool curriculum.
  • Theories and principles of early childhood development including the fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.
  • Basic art methods.Methods used to document children’s work including computer, photography, and use of various media/languages (clay, paint, wire, music, dance, and movement).Age-appropriate behaviors and expectations.
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.Oral and written communication skills.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.


Perform classroom duties of Head Teacher during assigned hours.Communicate with and resolve issues from staff, parents, students, and others.Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.Implement program policies and curriculum activities.Interpret, apply and explain policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.Meet schedules and timelines.

Plan and organize work.Support the documentation of children’s work using various methods including computers, photography, and various media/languages (clay, paint, wire, music, dance, and movement).

Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education & Experience: Any combination equivalent to: a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development with at least 12 units of Early Childhood Education* (or other combination of education and ECE units as designated by the State)

AND One (1) year experience in an Early Childhood Education setting. 

*12 units of Early Childhood Education include classes in CD 170, CD 181, CD 182, CD 284.

This position is assigned as Creative Resource Teacher and requires experience and knowledge necessary to utilize the Reggio Emilia approach.Minimum


Qualifications (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

Desired Qualifications:

Desired age group work experience: birth to 5 years of age, depending on the center’s needs. (Head teacher must be flexible to work with the younger children as the center needs a toddler teacher).

Desired Courses: CDC 173 Development of Infant Toddler and CD 288 Mentorship/Adult Supervision.
Possession of, or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment, a Child Development Master Teacher Permit as per https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/child-development-permits-(cl-797)Licenses and Other Requirements: Incumbents must meet the requirements for a Head (Master) Teacher as prescribed by the State and fingerprint requirements as prescribed by the Department of Social Services.Must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment physical examination if selected for position.

All District employees must participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, which requires them to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they receive an approved medical or religious exemption.


Working Conditions:

ENVIRONMENT: Children’s Center and outdoor environment; constant interruptions; contact with children and parents. 

PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations; seeing to read and prepare a variety of materials; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching; lifting moderately heavy children; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office and instructional equipment. 

HAZARDS: Contact with blood and other body fluids.Salary: Range 24, Steps 1-7, $5,202.92-$6,582.72. Initial placement for external applicants is Step

1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.Salary Schedule: Classified Bargaining UnitWork Schedule: Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (approximately).

Work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the department; additional evening hours may be required.

Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Start Date: As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Initial Screening Deadline: All application materials must be received on-line at https://jobs.swccd.edu. Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Tentative Timeline (Subject to Amendments): | February 1-16, 2024 | Position advertised; District receives applications| February 16, 2024 | Initial screening deadline for guaranteed consideration.

Position is open until filled.| March 4-15, 2024 | Reviewing of applications.| March 18-29, 2024 | Search Committee interviews candidates| April, 2024 | Employment start date pending Governing Board approval.


Open Until Filled Yes


Special Instructions to Applicants:


  • Upload Child Development Master Teacher Permit, if applicable, under Other certificate.
  • Equivalency (Academic Faculty Positions Only) Equivalency (Academic Faculty Positions Only)" section to read as follows, “To teach classes at
  • Southwestern Community College District, an applicant must have completed coursework that meets the California Community College’s Chancellor’s


Office Minimum Qualifications for Faculty.

In some cases, an applicant who does not possess the exact degree title(s) listed by the State may meet State requirements for equivalency. In this case, the District follows a process to determine equivalency. If this is the case, please complete the Supplemental Equivalency Application, for Academic Employment and upload this form with your online application.

Foreign Degrees: Foreign degrees require an evaluation for United States equivalency from an agency having membership with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.

Transcripts issued outside the United States of America require a course-by-course analysis with an equivalency statement from a certified transcript evaluation service verifying the degree equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the USA. This report must be attached to your online application at the time of applying.

For your convenience, here is a link to NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) membership list to assist you in complying with this requirement, https://www.naces.org/members. You may use any other certified transcript evaluation service at your disposal.


Additional Information:

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to employment@swccd.edu.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report – Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at https://www.swccd.edu/student-support/college-police/public-information-and-resources/index.aspx.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) – More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (https://www.swccd.edu/student-support/health-services/personal-wellness-mental-health/drug-and-alcohol-abuse-prevention-program.aspx)


Selection Procedure:

A screening committee will evaluate applicants, taking into account the breadth and depth of relevant education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.


If additional positions become available in this classification, applications received in response to this posting may be considered for those additional positions for up to 90 days after final board approval.


HR Contact Information:

Southwestern Community College

Human Resources (Bldg. 46B-150)900 Otay Lakes Road

Chula Vista, CA 91910


(619) 482-6395


Required Documents

  • Letter of application (Cover Letter)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial copies of college transcripts with date degree conferred


Optional Documents

  • Unofficial copies of college transcripts with date degree conferred 2
  • Other Certificate (See Special Instructions)

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