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Lead Teacher - Villa de Kapuso Child Development Center

Mission YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
Preschool Director
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Start date: 
Mar 11, 2024

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Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively influences the lives of people and communities. As the nation's leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of San Francisco offers more than just a job--we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. At the Y, you can discover your passion and a lifelong career helping to solve some of the nation's most pressing social issues.

About the Job

Mission YMCA is seeking a Lead Preschool Teacher for the Infant & Toddler and Junior Preschool classrooms at Villa de Kapuso Preschool - 2350 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, 94112

The Preschool Lead Teacher is part of a team which provides a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for all children enrolled in our program at the YMCA Preschool. The Preschool Lead Teacher will help plan and actively participate in all preschool activities scheduled. The Lead Teacher will supervise and support volunteers, and/or substitutes when needed. The Lead Teacher is responsible for building and maintaining positive relationships with families. The Lead Teacher must have a positive attitude and model appropriate behavior when dealing with children. The Lead Teacher must obey and follow all regulations set forth by Community Care Licensing as well as instructions given by the Site Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years or older
  • Must be qualified for Teacher Permit (12 ECE core, plus 16 GE)
  • Must be able to work year-round Monday-Friday (excluding major holidays), assigned 8 hour shifts between 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • 350+ days of experience in a childcare setting, 3+ hours per day within 4 years
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Experience with MS Word and Excel
  • CPR and First Aid certified (may complete upon hire)
  • Provide TB and Physical Health clearance prior to hire and every 2 years thereafter
  • Submit proof of Immunizations for Influenza, Pertussis, and Measles
  • Fingerprint background check clearance through Community Care Licensing

Preferred Qualifications

  • AA/BA Degree in ECE, Child Development or related
  • Some experience working for YMCA
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or other languages
  • Knowledge of DRDP, NAEYC, PITC, Anti-Bias Curriculum, Emergent Curriculum and Reggio Emilia


Infant & Toddler Classroom Lead Teacher

     Click here to apply     Current YSF Staff apply here

Junior Preschool Classroom Lead Teacher

     Click here to apply     Current YSF Staff apply here



All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees