How to write a Lead Teacher job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What Does a Lead Teacher Do?

A lead teacher is the head of their educational department. They work with other members of the team to implement improvements in lesson plans and teaching methods. A lead teacher will oversee meetings and propose ways to encourage new teaching techniques and exciting learning experiences.

Lead Teacher job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Lead Teacher job titles

  • Lead Teacher
  • Lead Teacher (4+ Years’ Experience)
  • Lead Teacher (with EEC certification)
  • Lead Teacher (Part-Time)
  • Head Teacher

Lead Teacher job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Lead Teacher job summary

Our teachers are passionate about the intellectual and emotional development of children, and we are currently in search of an equally passionate and enthusiastic Lead Teacher to join our child care team. The Lead Teacher will be responsible for maintaining a positive and appropriate educational environment, and creating a program that meets the intellectual and emotional needs of all of our children. The successful candidate will work closely with the Educational Director to ensure our program provides education, physical health, emotional well-being and parental involvement services to all enrolled students.

Lead Teacher responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Lead Teacher responsibilities

  • Create a developmentally appropriate program for our students
  • Develop weekly lesson plans, activities and class set-ups
  • Assess children’s needs and development
  • Work closely with families to encourage mutual cooperation
  • Provide guidance to instructional staff to help resolve issues with students when necessary
  • Ensure the safety of all children in our program
  • Closely follow licensing regulations related to child care

Lead Teacher qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Lead Teacher skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field
  • Valid EEC certification
  • 2+ years’ experience in teaching capacity and lesson planning
  • Passionate about the development and well-being of children
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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