Friendship Public Charter School

  • Extended Day Group Leader

  • Overview

    Friendship Public Charter School operates a thriving network of college preparatory public charter schools. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Friendship serves over 4,000 students in preschool to grade 12 and guides a growing network of alumni to college completion annually. 80% of students come from low-income households. 98% are African American or Latino. The mission of Friendship Public Charter School is to prepare students to become ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens by providing a world-class education that motivates students to reach high academic standards, to enjoy learning, to achieve success, and to contribute actively to their communities.


    The Group Leader (GL) is responsible planning and executing the educational program in accordance with the purpose and goals of Friendship Cares. They must ensure the development and safety of enrolled children in accordance with DCMR 29 Regulations and Friendship Cares policies and procedures. The GL is a part-time position based at the school site and reports directly the Extended Day Coordinator.


    • Planning, assisting, and implementing the program for the class in accordance with the policies and philosophy of Friendship Cares
    • Facilitating project-based activities focused in areas of Science, Math, and Technology
    • Planning and implementing appropriate early childhood education experiences with a variety of materials in the field of Art, Music, Reading, Science, etc.
    • Providing an inspiring, positive, energetic, caring and safe environment for children that reinforces positive social skills and creates a healthy and fun learning environment
    • Treating children with dignity and respect
    • Assuming an equal share of the joint housekeeping responsibilities for your classroom
    • Developing and maintaining an attractive and engaging environment that encourages children’s independence and self-selection of activities
    • Knowledgeable of student outcomes and monthly goals for every student
    • Knowledgeable of Friendship content standards
    • Ensuring the safety of all activities and of the overall environment
    • Contributing to a positive and healthy work environment
    • Actively engages in activities with the children
    • Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information
    • Participating in recommended training programs, conferences, courses, and other aspects of professional growth, maintaining current knowledge of early childhood practice
    • Conducting parent conferences on each child’s school adjustment, classroom behavior, and developmental progress
    • Maintaining and working with parents to promote understanding of their child’s growth and development through progress records of each child’s growth and development, prepare periodic reports, and review with Extended day Coordinator and parents
    • Implementing methods of establishing a positive liaison with parents
    • Communicating frequently with parents informally, with periodic notes and verbal communication as well as a Parent Letter at least monthly
    • Be responsible for the ordered arrangement, appearance, décor, and learning environment of the classroom and its learning centers
    • Performing other duties as assigned with approval of Lead Teacher or Extended Day Coordinator
    • Facilitate instruction and enrichment activities on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (3:30-6:45 pm) and Thursdays from 12:30-6:45 pm



    • Knowledge of current child development and early childhood education theories andpractices; 
    • Proven experience maintaining clear boundaries and setting age appropriate discipline standards for children using non-punitive measures
    • Fluent in Microsoft Office Suite and Internet


    • Ability to multiple task
    • Analytical and problem solving skills
    • Decision making skills
    • Effective verbal and listening skills
    • Enthusiasm for working with children
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism when dealing with challenging situations
    • Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment and enforce rules consistently
    • Proven ability to work with staff and families from diverse backgrounds
    • Stress management skills
    • Team building skills
    • Time management skills


    • 60 or more credit hours from an accredited college or university OR
    • High school Diploma or General Education Certificate (GED) OR
    • A CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential
    • Minimum of one year of experience working in a regulated child care environment


    FPCS’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, status as a special disabled veteran, or any other protected criteria as established by federal, state, or local laws.  This policy applies to recruitment and hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.  Employment decisions at FPCS are based solely upon relevant criteria, including an individual’s capabilities, qualifications, training, experience and suitability.




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