Preschool Lead Teacher

Posted on 02/17/2022

Preschool Lead Teacher
Oklahoma City Zoo – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Employment Status: Part-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Experience Required: Six (6) mos. experience working with preschool age children ages 3-5 years in a formal/informal educational setting

Minimum Education Requirements: High school Diploma/GED

Department: Education.

Direct Supervisor: Youth Programs Manager

Supervisory Responsibility: N/A

Primary Work Location: Rosser Conservation and Education Center, both indoors and outdoors.

Certification: N/A

Other: This position is safety sensitive. It is subject to pre-employment and/or periodic background checks, restricted registry checks, and drug testing. Ability to complete CPR/1st Aid certification within 30 days of hire.  This position works around animals susceptible to specific respiratory diseases, thus is subject to annual tuberculosis testing and must vaccinate against Covid19

Job Summary:  The Preschool Lead Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, as well as develops partnerships with co-teachers. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all State and local governing contracting agencies; and works collegially with other staff members of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The purpose of this position is to engage students in early childhood education through environmental and conservation education lessons that support the Zoo’s mission, vision, values and Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS). The position helps facilitate fun and safe learning experiences to help preschoolers gain an appreciation for wildlife and the natural world. Preschool includes: Lessons geared to OAS, nature play, zoo tours, animal encounters, arts, crafts, games and activities for mixed age groups ranging from 3-5 years old.

Essential Job Functions
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:

  • Facilitate pre-written lesson plans aligned to Pre-K Oklahoma Academic Standards to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development
  • Administers student assessments throughout the school year per protocols
  • Ability to encourage appropriate behaviors and re-direct inappropriate behaviors in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures
  • Comfort and ability to handle animal ambassadors with provided training
  • Ability and the desire to inspire kind students that care for the world around them
  • Effectively documents behavioral and incident reports, with the ability to relay information to supervisors and parents
  • Facilitate Parent Teacher Conferences bi-annually
  • Collaborate with Preschool Manager, Supervisor and Coordinator in creation of NEP special programming
  • Liaison with children’s family’s smooth transition from home to child care setting and transitions from classroom when needed
  • Complete assigned responsibilities including set-up, clean-up and program maintenance
  • Keep all children active and engaged in the classroom
  • Assures a healthy, safe, clean and developmentally appropriate environment for children
  • Establish a nurturing relationship with the children in addition to serving as a positive role model
  • Participates with children in group activities
  • Participates in Conservation activities to support Zoo’s mission
  • Drive excellence in guest interactions and satisfaction
  • Represents the zoo in professional manner at all times
  • Creates and atmosphere of respect with peers and works as a team
  • Ability to practice and foster safe work methods, identifying work place hazards and using appropriate safety equipment

Non-Essential Job Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) for Position
An employee in this class must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities upon application:


  • Early Child Development knowledge and experience
  • Knowledge of general customer service principles and techniques
  • Knowledge of operation of a variety of computer software, including word processing
  • Knowledge of the Oklahoma City Zoological Park’s programs, activities, exhibits and events
  • Principles of customer service and guest relations.
  • responsibilities when necessary; effective time-management skills


  • Skill in facilitating informational presentations/speeches regarding zoo educational programs


  • Practice and foster safe work methods, identifying work place hazards, and using appropriate safety equipment.

Effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; skill in working in an environment subject to constant interruptions and quickly changing priorities; ability to prioritize and delegate
  • Find solutions to problems.
  • Work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays and during emergency situations such as dictated by weather.
  • Regular, timely attendance is a requirement for this position.
  • Ability to work a 25-27-hour work week

Physical Demands

  • Required to walk, sit and stand for periods of time.
  • Push, lift, and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, and move intermittently throughout the day.
  • May be exposed to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts and vehicles.
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.

**This position description is a general guideline for work behavior and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all job duties.  Therefore, it is also not, nor can it be implied to be, a contract of employment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. Must be able to successfully complete an intense background investigation.

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