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Preschool Lead Teacher-Marcus Autism Center

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Location:  Marcus Autism Center 
Requisition #:  41006



Serve as the lead teacher of an integrated preschool classroom for two- to five-year-old children with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Supported by the preschool’s executive directors, assisted by two assistant teachers, and in consultation with therapists with training in speech language pathology and applied behavior analysis, the lead teacher will help create an inclusive learning environment that enables children with ASD to be productive, socially connected, and emotionally engaged, and provides all students (with or without ASD) with a stimulating learning environment where children are challenged to engage with the world they live in and learn to approach each other with empathy and care.

  • A four-year degree in the early care education field (e.g., bachelor’s degree in [1] early childhood education, [2] child development, or [3] an unrelated field paired with specialized training in early childhood education)
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Valid/Current satisfactory Comprehensive Records Check Determination (must be completed in accordance with DECAL requirements)
  • Two years of experience teaching young children birth to age five, preferably in an inclusive setting supporting diverse learners
  • Experience teaching students with ASD
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) teaching certificate
  • Master’s degree in the early care/early education field or a master’s degree in early childhood special education
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate classroom procedures for young children birth to age five, including positive behavioral support strategies
  • Conceptual understanding of the GELDS standards and experience using these standards to specify learning outcomes
  • Ability to collaborate with and provide mentorship to assistant teachers
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and classroom management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  1. Refines and implements a curriculum focused on social interaction and play.
  2. Develops and implements accommodations that allow all children to participate in all classroom activities.
  3. Provides supervision, mentorship, and assistance to other preschool staff, and participates appropriately in ongoing departmental and institute meetings and training activities.
  4. Engages children’s families through classroom volunteer opportunities, parent-teacher conferences, and parent education sessions.
  5. Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in an organized and flexible manner, and works effectively with other preschool staff in efforts to refine the classroom curriculum and develop adaptations for individual students.
  6. Documents and maintains updated student information in the preschool data management system to record assessments, progress reports, and services provided to meet student objectives.
  7. Provides information to the educational support teams regarding students’ educational progress/ needs and available school and community services.
  8. Assists supervisor and/or manager with development of staff by being available to teammates, acting as a resource to help complete complicated/complex tasks, providing on-the-job training to team, and seeking out opportunities to become actively involved in staff workflow and development.
  9. Provides supervisor and/or manager feedback on staff performance, educational needs, and workflow status.

Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.

Ability to lift up to 40 lbs independently and greater than 40 lbs with assistance
Bending/Stooping - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Climbing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.
Lifting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Pushing/Pulling - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Sitting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Standing - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Walking - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids


Address:  1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA  30329 
Function:  Professional - Family Support Services

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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