Careers at The J

Thank you for your interest in working at The J. We are an equal opportunity organization and believe a diverse staff helps us better serve our clients.

Please fill out and submit our employment application (for camp-related opportunities, please apply here). If an opportunity isn’t currently available, we’ll keep you in mind for future positions.

Open positions:

Teacher

Direct Report
ECC Director & ECC Assistant Director

Essential Functions / Responsibilities / Duties
The Valley of the Sun JCC Early Childhood Center teaching staff have the educational qualifications, knowledge, dedication to learning, and professional commitment necessary to promote children and their families as they learn and develop. As Teacher, you will develop, implement, and evaluate the preschool curriculum, and be responsible for providing a quality educational program that reflects the goals and values of the Valley of the Sun JCC Early Childhood Center. The Teacher supports the development and implementation of a quality educational program reflecting the goals and values of the school. The Teacher brings a love of children and of learning and commitment to introducing children to a supportive, creative Jewish learning environment, and is well versed in child development.

As a Teacher you will use your knowledge of child development, curriculum, Judaism, and/or the community to help your colleagues in their development. Teachers are responsible for monitoring the development and learning of the children, and for communicating this information to parents and the Director. Teachers also supervise and provide guidance to all classroom staff.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Teaching & Curriculum

  • Plan and implement, with teaching team, a daily curriculum according to developmentally appropriate practices and school values
  • Nurture physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual growth and development of each child
  • Provide care, protection, and guidance to the children
  • Ensure consistency of the daily curriculum with the school values statement
  • Assist in the development, evaluation and revision of the Preschool curriculum

Administrative & Classroom

  • Maintain a cheerful, nurturing, healthy, safe and clean classroom environment
  • Maintain attendance and injury records
  • Maintain Child Portfolios and evaluation records
  • Maintain storage, organization, and cleanliness of classroom equipment and materials

Communication & Community

  • Communicate regularly with Director, including all concerns regarding a child’s progress
  • Participate in regular staff meetings
  • Monitor growth and development of each child and communicate progress and/or concerns with parents and
    Director
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Hold parent conferences as needed/requested
  • Protect the rights and privacy of children and families by maintaining strict confidentiality according to the
    NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Maintain a continuing dialogue with the teaching team with regard to the children and classroom environment
  • Attend school wide and class events such as picnics, parties, parent meetings, and other special events
  • Work with the teaching team on problem solving classroom and school issues
  • Participate in all training programs, conferences, seminars, courses and other aspects of professional growth and continuing education provided by the JCC and other outside resources.
  • Identify, provide and facilitate needed additional assessment or interventions where necessary.

Professional Development

  • Strive for a good working relationship with fellow teachers and administrative staff
  • Embrace a school culture of lifelong learning through a commitment to personal learning and growth
  • Work towards increasing abilities as a teacher and as a teacher in a Jewish preschool through classroom
    experience and observations, attendance at workshops & classes, reading of books and periodicals
  • Team with other preschool staff for professional development on the peer to peer level
  • Strive for a good working relationship with fellow teachers and administrative staff
  • Any additional responsibilities as assigned by the Director.

Leading Learning

  • Mentor new teachers and other staff as assigned
  • Give input and assist in curriculum and structural planning for the school
  • Preform duties in any assigned classroom

Working Location and Environment
Scottsdale, Arizona. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

Schedule
12-6pm and 2-6pm or 3-6pm and as needed and required by the position.

Physical Requirements / Demands
Standing, walking, repetitive motions, bending, stretching.

Education / Specialized Training / Experience & Skills

Required:

  • Minimal requirement High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • One year of programmatic experience in the group education of children
  • Willingness to mentor colleagues
  • Strong communication skills: oral, reading, writing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of the growth and development of young children and ability to utilize this information in the
    classroom
  • Ability and willingness to work with a team
  • Ability to recognize and promote safety in the classroom setting
  • Meet background check & health requirements
  • Desire for continued development of teaching skills including collaboration with specialists
  • Judaic knowledge or willingness to acquire
  • Child CPR certification or willingness to acquire
  • Attending and participating in mandatory and suggested training opportunities outside of work hours that will
    promote professional growth.
  • Model good character and professionalism

Preferred:

  • College degree preferred in a child related field from an accredited college or university
  • At least three years of experience in the group education of children
  • Jewish education
  • Familiarity with community resources

Safety
Must practice and promote safety at all times.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Substitute Teacher

Direct Report
ECC Director & ECC Assistant Director

Essential Functions / Responsibilities / Duties
Substitute Teachers fill in for Staff if they are unable to work for any reason. We maintain a list of possible subs that we call if a teacher will be out. We call until 10 the night before or after 6:30 the morning of the need. If we have advance notice, like if a teacher has a doctor’s appointment or personal day, we arrange for subs further in advance. If we call someone to sub and they are not available that is always fine. The substitute is responsible to arrive at whatever time the teacher they are covering for would normally work. A warm smile and willingness to help are a great asset, and of course, they must love children. They play with the children, help with prep and clean up and supervise play and facilitate socialization. All of our substitute teachers must be fingerprinted and have a current, clear TB test on record. The Substitute teacher will work with the Teachers in each assigned classroom to envision and create a program for children and their families in a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. They have strong interpersonal and communication skills- they will be friendly and welcoming to all parents, children, & staff. Maintain confidentiality AT ALL TIMES with regards to children’s and staff’s information. Be a self-motivated team player in the Early Childhood Learning Center and at the JCC.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Helping Teachers to ensure classroom excellence is achieved and maintained in his/her classroom.
  • Creating and maintaining collaborative relationships with the other staff members.
  • Complying with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Quality First, and AZ
    DHS accreditation standards – i.e., helping with assessments, lesson plans, and child-centered activities.
  • Working with Teachers to implement weekly lesson plans that adhere to NAEYC standards on a weekly basis.
  • Help keep records – diaper logs, tracking sheets, daily reports – up to date.
  • May need to assist with picture taking for portfolios on individual children’s development with samples and
    photographs and prepare written assessments and evaluations.
  • Helping to implement developmentally appropriate practice with all children at the Early Childhood Learning Center.
  • Interacting and working collaboratively with all other components of the ECC/JCC.
  • Assist with set up of activities for children
  • Facilitate play and promote fairness, positive interactions, language and creative development.
  • Assist conflict resolution. Intercede in conflict, physically separate if necessary. Help children to find a place of
    calm, comfort and attend to any injuries and support understanding of situation and amicable resolution for
    children involved.
  • Help children to wash hands, use bathroom or change diapers.
  • Assist with snack serving.
  • Read stories or encourage conversation among children during snack or circle time.
  • Clean up tables, wipe down tables, sweep floor if needed.
  • Assist teachers during circle or lead circle time. A variety of music, movement and storytelling are encouraged.
    If not leading, sit with children to help them focus and participate.
  • Assist children in caring for themselves including dressing, hand washing and potty or diapering.
  • Oversee and facilitate play on the play yard. Observe yard by moving through area and being attune to
    conflicts and potential dangers.
  • Participate in all training programs, conferences, seminars, courses and other aspects of professional growth and continuing education provided by the JCC and other outside resources.
  • Identify, provide and facilitate needed additional assessment or interventions where necessary.
  • Assist children in cleanup of yard and return to classroom.
  • Supervise and help with children’s lunches. May involve warming food or cleaning up spills.
  • Provide comfort and support to children when they are upset.
  • Able to lift and carry child up to 50 lbs. Able to sit on floor and participate in all children’s activities. Able to
    work outdoors as needed.

Working Conditions / Location
Scottsdale, Arizona.

Schedule
M-F various schedules as needed and required by the position. Call for more information.

Status
Part time Non Exempt

Physical Requirements / Demands
Standing, walking, repetitive motions, bending, stretching.

Education / Specialized Training

Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to relate to young children and adults
  • Strong desire for continued learning and growth
  • Ability to carry out assigned tasks, accepting supervision and acting independently as needed
  • Judaic knowledge or willingness to acquire
  • Ability to recognize and promote safety in the classroom setting
  • Meet background check & health requirements
  • Model good character and professionalism
  • Child CPR & First Aid certification

Preferred:
At least 6 ECE units and are interested in working with young children. Knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions are a plus.

Safety
Must practice and promote safety at all times.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Kids Club Team Member

Direct Report
Kids Club Supervisor

Summary of Essential Job Functions
Kids Club Team Member is responsible for supervising children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Must have a flexible schedule and be able to work weekends.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Greet members and maintain a friendly and professional demeanor at all times
  • Maintain the cleanliness of toys and kids club area following each shift
  • Able to work well with groups of kids / infants in a safe and responsible manner
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations

Other Requirements
Must pass background check, get fingerprint clearance card, and submit TB test results.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.

Van Driver

Direct Report
Sr. Manager of Youth Services

Essential Functions / Responsibilities / Duties
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is seeking Club J bus drivers/trolley drivers. Club J is the after-school program for grades K-5. The program has 200+ kids annually. The ideal candidate will need to be highly organized, prompt, reliable, and timely. The position requires energy, attention to detail, creativity, professionalism and willingness to work with a group of people towards the common goal of creating an outstanding after-school program. The safety of the children is the number one priority. Driver must be able to keep their group safe at all times and provide a fun, nurturing setting.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Meeting the physical, social and emotional needs of the children
  • Direct supervision of the children while transporting them to and from their activities
  • Direct supervision of the children while transporting them to and from their school
  • Ability to positively manage the group
  • Flexible and able to adapt to different activity changes with short notice
  • Follow instructions and guidelines of the Club J program
  • Responsible for check in/out procedure of child participants
  • Adhere to Club J policies and procedures
  • Keep track of where every child is at all times

Minimum Requirements

  • Pass background check with positive results
  • Have a license and clean driving record
  • TB Test required
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card required-we can process
  • CPR-we can process through training
  • Professional behavior
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to manage groups of children
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Reliable/excellent attendance

Working Conditions / Location
Scottsdale, Arizona

Schedule
As needed and required by the position.

Status
Non-exempt

Physical Requirements / Demands
Sitting, standing, walking, repetitive motions, bending, stretching.

Education / Specialized Training
Valid driver’s license, CPR & First Aid.

Experience & Skills

  • Prior experience working with children ages 5 – 12
  • Experience driving a 15 passenger van or bus; preferred

Safety
Must practice and promote safety at all times.

To apply for this position, please fill out and submit this form.