Skip to main content

VPK Lead Teacher

Job Details

Palm Beach Gardens location - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Full Time
$41,250.00 - $50,000.00 Salary


The Mandel JCC  is looking to add an experienced, dedicated VPK  Lead Teacher to its Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens.

Our classrooms each have an assigned Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher that are responsible for working together in their assigned class of children in planning and implementing the curriculum, working with parents, and assessing the needs of individual children under the guidance of the Lead Teacher and Director of Early Learning. The curriculum followed in each classroom is designed to meet the emotional, physical, cognitive & social needs for both the individual child and the group.


  • Provide a safe, nurturing and child-centered learning environment, developmentally appropriate to the age/growth level of the children assigned, where young children’s skills and self-concepts are enhanced, independence and exploration encouraged, and, individuality respected.
  • Attend to children's physical and emotional needs, such as changing diapers, making bottles, ensuring safety when eating, etc.
  • Establish a positive partnership with parents through newsletters, daily reports, theme lesson plans and parent conferences.
  • Edit lesson plans/unit plans to meet the needs and interests of the children.
  • Observe, record and report individual and group behavior; Maintain records and files as instructed (i.e., attendance, behavior records).
  • Keep inventory of classroom supplies and notify the office when supplies are needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Three (3) years’ experience in group education of children.
  • Bachelor's or associate Degree & 45-hour DCF training course in childcare or the educational exemption granted by the training coordinating agencies, when applicable.
  • Candidates who meet Florida Department of Health requirements for teaching in an Early Childhood Learning Center.
  • CPR and First Aid certification or willingness to acquire it.
  • Knowledge of Palm Beach County Health Department rules and regulations governing childcare facilities.
  • Judaic knowledge or willingness to acquire this knowledge through study.
  • An ability and desire to relate to young children and adults in an emotionally responsive manner.
  • Proven experience working well in a team environment and collaborating with colleagues and members of the community.


Jewish Community Centers are multi-service community agencies that provide a wide array of programs, courses, and activities for people of all ages. In addition to stimulating and rewarding work, you'll enjoy a friendly family-like atmosphere that values your mental and physical well-being. JCC employees can use the on-site fitness facilities and take part in all of the programs available. Competitive salaries and generous holiday, vacation, and healthcare plans underscore your importance to the JCC. In a recent survey of JCC employee satisfaction, more than 90 percent of professionals reported enjoying their jobs!

Recognizing and investing in our greatest asset, our staff. In addition to providing an engaged work environment, we take pride in the many offerings to our JCC staff as shown below:

  • Competitive Pay
  • Health Benefits
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term Disability
  • PTO: Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
  • Staff Discount on our Programs
  • Professional Development


The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches does not discriminate against employees or clients on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status or any other characteristic protected by Federal and State law. A non-discrimination clause concerning employment opportunity is incorporated in the Personnel Manual. The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.