Preschool Teacher

This full-time position with our beloved preschool calls for an enthusiastic, energetic, patient and kind-hearted candidate. Under the supervision of the Head Teacher, Preschool Teacher applicants must be committed to maintaining a nurturing and safe environment and working collaboratively with the Head Teacher to implement curriculum and programs in accordance with the guidelines set forth by The State of CT Dept. of Public Health and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities):

Program Development

•    Assist in implementing the curriculum and activities that support youth development and are in accordance with the State of CT, Dept. of Public Health and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for children ages 3-5 years old.
•    Work in conjunction with Head Teacher to provide and implement daily programs and activities.
•    Assist in the implantation of day-to-day curriculum and activities in the assigned areas.
•    Encourage children to participate. 
•    Provide guidance and role modeling for children to assist them in making appropriate choices.
•    Complete any other duties as assigned by the Head Teacher or Education Director. 
•    Demonstrate ability to physically work with children in a variety of setting including indoors (on the floor, at tables) and outdoors (playground, walks). 
•    Provide positive and appropriate interactions with children.
•    Demonstrate and model professionalism and maintain confidentiality. 

Safety and Security

•    Help maintain a workspace that is clean and safe.
•    Help establish a program setting that ensures the health and safety of all the children.
•    Help children keep their area neat and clean.
•    Help keep accurate attendance forms for children in the program.
•    Is aware of the location of all the children assigned to your activity area at all times.
•    Assure that children are signed in and out by parent/guardian.
•    Check IDs of pick-up people as necessary.
•    Report all incidents and problems to the Head Teacher.
•    Properly handle accident and incident reports.

Supervision and Implementation of Program

•    Help set up activities every day according to curriculum.
•    Make sure that supplies are available and organized for children’s use.
•    Be aware of adult to child ratios.
•    Assure that any written communication with parents is approved by the Education Director. 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

•    If over 21 years of age with a Public Service license, may be required to drive the Como van for children’s functions.
•    Attend and contribute to all scheduled staff meetings.
•    Complete and minimum of 1% of total number of hours worked per year for professional development.
•    Obtain CPR and First Aid Certifications.
•    May be asked to participate in special programs and/or events (i.e. Family Nights, field trips, parent workshops, organization-wide activities, etc.)
•    Complete staff orientation
•    Adhere to dress code. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

•    Must be 18 years of age.
•    Experience working with children desired.
•    Strong oral and written communication skills.
•    Ability to work with other adult in a group setting.
•    Be aware of individual children’s needs, i.e., limitations, allergies, medications.
•    Have a current physical (current is no more than 1 year old), be willing to have TB test, and be fingerprinted along with background check.
•    Have transportation and be willing to travel to another school site.

EDUCATION:  
Child Development Associate credential (CDA) or equivalent.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employee in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives require of employees assigned to this job.


Basketball Instructor

The COMO Instructional Basketball instructor is responsible for creating a curriculum and instructing the COMO Instructional Basketball program in addition to overseeing and instructing staff assisting with the program. 

Qualifications:
•    Experience playing and instructing basketball
•    Must be 18 and over
•    First aid CPR AED training is a plus

Knowledge and skills:
•    An understanding of COMO policies
•    Thorough understanding of basketball and the skills associated with basketball

Specific duties:
•    Create and follow program curriculum
•    Instruct the COMO instructional basketball program
•    Ensure that players are having fun while learning skills
•    Communicate with parents as needed
•    Oversee and instruct assistant staff  
•    Record and report incidents to the Athletic Program Manager
•    Ensure the safety of all players

Disclaimer:
This information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.
 


Assistant Teacher & Receptionist

This part-time position, combines two positions and calls for an enthusiastic, energetic, patient and kind-hearted candidate. The position combines Assistant Teacher (22%) and Receptionist (78%). Under the supervision of the Head Teacher qualified applicants will support the COMO Kids after school program two afternoons per week. The ideal candidate must be committed to providing leadership in creating and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum, assessing children’s performances and effectively communicating with parents in the child care program, in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the State of CT Dept. of Public Health. This same candidate must  also embrace the COMO positive work culture and customer service model, serving as a Receptionist within our Front Desk under the supervision of the Executive Director’s designee.

Highlights of Assistant Teacher Essential Functions include:
•    Assist in the development and implementation curriculum
•    Provide positive and appropriate interactions with children.
•    Maintaining a safe and clean environment
•    Keep track of records in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the State of CT
•    Work in conjunction with Head Teacher to provide and implement daily programs and activities
•    Assist in the implantation of day-to-day curriculum and activities in the assigned areas
•    Provide guidance and role modeling for children to assist them in making appropriate choices.
•    Complete any other duties as assigned by the Head Teacher or Education Director
•    Demonstrate ability to physically work with children in a variety of setting including indoors (on the floor, at tables) and outdoors (playground, walks)
•    Demonstrate and model professionalism and maintain confidentiality
•    Help establish a program setting that ensures the health and safety of all the children
•    Help set up activities every day according to curriculum
•    Make sure that supplies are available and organized for children’s use

Highlights of Receptionist Essential Functions include:
•    Answer telephone and greet customers
•    Process registrations and payments
•    Maintain filing system
•    Assemble deposits
•    Maintain inventory of supplies
•    Support the Development Team with assigned projects

Qualifications:

•    Strong oral and written communication skills
•    Ability to work with children
•    Strong oral and written communication skills
 
•    Strong customer service skills
•    Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word & Excel
•    Ability to multi-task in a busy Front Desk setting

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, early childhood special education or psychology.

Experience: A minimum of one year work experience with children and one year working in a customer service capacity is required.

Please note the successful candidate must reside within 30 miles of the Community Center.

In addition to these basic education and experience requirements the following competencies and skills are necessary to perform this job successfully:

•    positive attitude
•    team player
•    availability to attend and contribute to staff meetings
•    continue professional development
•    obtain First Aid and CPR certification
•    possess a valid driver’s license

The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees.  It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. This job description is not a contract of employment.

Qualified candidates are required to complete the COMO Employment Application, with the option of including a resume in addition to the application and submit to employment@thecomo.org


Digital Communications Specialist

This part-time year round position works under the supervision of the Advancement Director and is a part of the Development Team. The position requires 15 hours per week with the expectation of additional hours, as assigned, for special projects. The possibility of some remote work will be dependent upon the organization’s needs. Primary duties include: maintaining and updating the organization’s website; digital and non-digital content creation; and supporting the growth of the organization’s marketing reach. 

Essential Functions
•    Maintain and update website as needed (i.e. pages, tags, images, titles, metadata) 
•    Under direction of Advancement Director, create, edit and post web content as needed by collaborating with relevant team members
•    Collect and analyze metrics in order to determine and continually refine digital content
•    Assist with SEO efforts by creating and strengthening keyword optimization in online copy in order to extend organization’s organic reach
•    Assist with ad-hoc digital projects as they arise
•    Adhere to organization’s standards and consistency in style and tone
•    Maintain highest quality standards on consistent basis
•    Assist in production of original digital media content including photos, infographics, long form content, as well as content specifically for COMO’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels
•    Backfill as social media lead in Advancement Director’s absence
•    Works with team, across departments, to develop content ideas
•    Maintain a team philosophy promoting and embracing the FISH philosophy
•    Embrace the COMO mission and effectively represent the mission to all existing and potential stakeholders
•    Promote and preserve the COMO legacy through all aspects of communication
•    Perform other duties as assigned based on the needs of the department and organization

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•    Skilled communicator with proficiency in writing, editing and oral communication
•    Experience using Google Analytics, Tag Manager and Webmaster Tools
•    Experience in writing for the web and knowledgeable in best practices for designing effective and engaging digital content
•    Organized, efficient and detail-orientated with the ability to multitask
•    Experience with publishing content on web with an expertise in
o    Adobe Creative Suite
o    SEO
o    HTML is a plus
•    Familiarity with Microsoft Office
•    Ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently 

Qualifications
Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or related field is required. 

Experience: A minimum of one year experience is required.
In addition to these basic educational and experience requirements the following competencies and skills are necessary to perform this job successfully:
•    Ability to work effectively with supervisors, colleagues, subordinates and partner organizations.
•    Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner by gathering information skillfully and developing alternate solutions.
•    Ability to maintain confidential information.
•    Possesses strong organizational and time management skills, meeting commitments.
•    Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness with a demonstrated desire to improve and promote quality.
•    Solicits opportunities to promote the success of the entire organization.
•    Ability to maintain a harmonious work environment with others; respects the role of the team and supports colleagues throughout the organization. 
•    Must possess a valid state driver’s license with own transportation. 
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees.  It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.  This job description is not a contract of employment.

Qualified candidates are required to complete the COMO Employment Application, with the option of including a resume in addition to the application and submit to employment@thecomo.org


Thrift Store Sales/Material Handler

This part-time position, averaging 8 hours a week, includes weekend hours on Saturday and/or Sunday at the COMO Thrift shop, to assist with customer service and material handling responsibilities in the back room and sales floor of our busy Thrift shop. Highlights of Thrift Store Sales/Material Handler Essential Functions include:

  • Greet customers both in the back room and on the sales floor
  • Process donations and offer donation receipts
  • Maintain organization system in donation area of back room
  • Organize sales areas with newly priced items
  • Manage flow of markdown item on sales floor
  • Handle customer transactions at the register
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Able to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to multi-task in a busy
  • Thrift Store setting

Education: High School diploma required.

Experience: Prior customer service experience desired. Please note the successful candidate must reside within 30 miles of the Community Center. In addition to these basic education and experience requirements the following competencies and skills are necessary to perform this job successfully: Positive attitude Team player.

Qualified candidates are required to complete the COMO Employment Application, with the option of including a resume in addition to the application and submit to employment@thecomo.org.


General Contractors

The COMO is actively looking for instructors in all areas - from art, pottery and technology to dance, fitness and sports! Qualified candidates are required to complete the COMO Employment Application, with the option of including a resume in addition to the application and submit to employment@thecomo.org.