Join the Wonders Team
We are proud of the teachers at Wonders who are highly qualified and come from diverse cultural backgrounds and varied work experiences.
We recognize their dedication to professionalism by providing a stimulating working environment with competitive salary and benefits packages. Our commitment to the quality of our team has resulted in a highly satisfied staff and low turnover.
Our teachers are creative, mindful, and energetic.
Each are required to participate in professional development through the Wonders Professional Development Consortium. Many are also pursuing advanced child development and education degrees. Join the Wonders Team!
The Early Learning Teacher plays a dynamic role at Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day in providing high-quality, play-based learning opportunities and experiences in our programs. The Teacher is responsible for helping to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment that stimulates, nurtures and leads children’s’ social, emotional, physical and academic growth.
The Teacher, along with the Lead Teacher, is responsible for program spaces and must ensure that the spaces are safe, interesting, engaging, and reflect the diversity of our society. The Teacher participates in planning learning activities that are balanced in all areas and includes: active/quiet, long/short, group/individual, cognitive/physical, large group/small group and child-initiated/teacher-directed. Attention is given to the children's ideas and curiosities in influencing the direction of daily activities.
The Teacher, as part of a team, implements Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day policies, procedures and practices in an organized and thorough manner. Teamwork is a critical component of the Teacher position. Lead Teachers regularly meet with their team, other staff and Program Director to develop programs that follow the Wonders Early Learning Curriculum and promote the Wonders philosophy and ideals.
Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day actively supports the career and professional advancement of Teachers through continuing education. A minimum of 24 hours of such training is required yearly.
This is a full time, 12-month position.
- Meet with your team to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program based on Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day philosophy and mission statement
- Participate in regular meetings with your Program Director, staff and team
- Maintain open communication with Head Teacher regarding children, families and team members
- Assist in orienting and training new team members for classroom responsibilities.
- Share teaching responsibilities with all team members
- Plan and participate in special events for children and families
- Ensure that all spaces used by the program:
- Are physically and emotionally safe
- Are interesting and engaging for children
- Are clean and organized
- Reflect and support the lives and work of the children present
- Introduce children to the diversity of our society
- Recognize and demonstrate an understanding of typical and atypical development of infant to five year old children, help manage atypical or disruptive behaviors of children by collaborating with the team
- Communicate with families on a regular basis to:
- Inform them of classroom curriculum and activities
- Solicit information about their child’s development and family events * Assist Lead Teacher in preparing for conferences with families
- Participate in accreditation and re-accreditation processes for your site
- Maintain children’s classroom records as defined by your Program Director
- Attend a minimum of 24 hours of MSDE/OCC approved staff training yearly
- Maintain Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification
- Maintain a clean, sanitary, healthy and a friendly classroom environment following NAEYC guidelines
- Follow NAEYC Ethical Code of Conduct
- Recognize and report signs of illness, child abuse and safety hazard to appropriate authorities
- Help to develop behavior management strategies based on Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day policy in collaboration with team members, Program Director, parents and childcare professionals/therapists across disciplines
- Become familiar with and abide by all Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day policies, including those in the staff handbook, parent handbook and terms of employment
The Extended Day Teacher plays a dynamic role at Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day in providing quality opportunities for play and experience based learning in our school-age programs. The Extended Day Teacher is a positive model, and stimulates creative thought processes, provides hands-on experiences, and promotes emotional development for children.
The Extended Day Teacher is responsible for ensuring that program spaces are safe, interesting, engaging, and reflect the diversity of our society. The Extended Day Teacher actively plans learning activities that are balanced in all areas and include: active/quiet, long/short, group/individual, cognitive/physical, large group/small group and child initiated/teacher directed. Attention is given to the children’s ideas and curiosities in influencing the direction of daily activities.
Teamwork is a critical component of the Extended Day Teacher position. Extended Day Teachers regularly meet with their team, other staff and Program Director to develop programs that follow the Wonders Extended Day Curriculum and promote the Wonders philosophy and ideals.
- BA or AA in Education or a related field preferred, minimum of high school diploma, certificate of high school equivalency, or successful completion of college courses for credit.
- Coursework must include minimum of 6 semester or 90 clock hours or equivalent of approved school-age coursework in child development and curriculum planning
- If no college courses taken for credit, at least 9 clock hours of approved training in communicating with staff, parents and the public
- Minimum 2 years’ experience working with children in an educational, recreational, or camp setting
- Creative, nurturing, dependable, and fun
Be a part of the Wonders family of caring, nurturing and fun teachers. Join our substitute teaching team! Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day believes children develop and learn through guided play in a nurturing and diverse community. We know that substantive enrichment and fun are inseparable in quality programming. Every day we need enthusiastic, energetic and experienced individuals to work when needed, to fill in for our regular staff when they are not able to work. Here are some details about our substitute teaching positions:
- This position is an on-call, as-needed position, working in either one of our 2 Early Childhood programs in Bethesda/Chevy Chase or one of 7 School Age programs in Bethesda/Chevy Chase and NW DC depending on experience, interest, and qualifications
- The Early Childhood programs are open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- The School Age programs have before school sessions from approx. 7:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and after school sessions from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Hourly pay commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience
The Operations and Finance Director is responsible for the strategic management of Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day's financial resources and business activities. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Wonders administrative team and Board of Directors, the Operations and Finance Director will provide leadership and active oversight in all financial and business-related areas, risk management, safety and security, accounting and payroll, human resources, and facilities management.
The OFD is responsible for the development and management of the organization's operating budget, monthly financial reporting, strategic forecasting, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory agencies.
The OFD will provide thoughtful leadership to ensure both the implementation of best practices in the operational functioning of the organization and the strategic development of a business model that supports the organization's mission and ensures long-term financial sustainability.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead and administer the annual Wonders operating budget process to support the educational, administrative, and strategic priorities of the organization.
- Compliance and reporting - Lead and oversee all compliance and reporting activities to ensure proper maintenance of business account records; adherence to federal, state, and local regulatory laws and reporting; compliance with insurance requirements, and otherwise manage all professional and contractual relationships, as appropriate.
- Organizational leadership - Serve on the administrative leadership team, Board of Directors committees, as designated, and other organization initiatives, as appropriate, collaborating thoughtfully and enthusiastically in support of Wonders' mission and strategic priorities.
- Attend to professional development opportunities and thus ensure that Wonders is current and conforms to federal, state, and local legal requirements, as well as best practices in the area of nonprofit finance administration. Oversee all program emergency preparedness protocols.
- Oversee the Wonders internal calendar to ensure proper communication of deadlines and establish efficient workflow procedures
Financial planning and reporting
- Contribute to the creation and presentation of financial forecasting and management reports, on a monthly basis, and in support of the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
- Develop and oversee financial policies, procedures, and internal controls to
- safeguard assets, protect confidential information, and ensure accurate financial
- Oversee the administration and reporting of Wonders reserve funds;
- Oversee the organization's business functions, including tuition billing and collection, accounts payable, vendor and service contracts, payroll, human resources, and annual audit
- Facilities and vendor relationships - Provide administrative leadership and oversee the relationships with Wonders' facilities management. Discern appropriateness of Wonders' contractual relationships with vendors, actively managing these relationships to ensure mutual understanding of responsibilities, accountability, and open, clear communications.
- Lead, support, and supervise business office colleagues to ensure an efficient and effective staffing model that serves the Wonders mission and serves our multiple locations. Delineate responsibilities, set clear goals, underscore and model professional standards, while providing opportunities for mentoring and professional development.
- Five to ten years of relevant professional experience, demonstrating effective leadership and the ability to motivate others.
- Nonprofit experience is an asset.
- Experience in an education setting is a plus.
- Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, or business. Master's degree preferred. Excellent financial acumen and technological proficiency (e.g., with financial management and reporting spreadsheet applications, presentation software, financial management and enrollment database software, etc.).
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Human resources experience, including an understanding of compensation and employee benefits considerations.
- Ability to lead and motivate a small staff, work independently, and collaborate as a thoughtful and enthusiastic member of a team.
- Ability to work collaboratively with consultants who support the work of the organization. Ability to serve as a critical business thinker, capable of providing positive and proactive solutions to business matters.
- Ability to set goals, develop strategies, determine priorities, meet deadlines, and carry out multiple tasks with attention to detail.
- Personal and professional values of integrity, kindness, and empathy, and a fundamental understanding of the supportive nature of the OFD function.
Talent + Professional Development Manager
Questions about a career opportunity or about working with Wonders? Contact Saba Ahmed, Talent + Professional Development Manager email@example.com 301-654-5339 x7004