Classroom Assistant

Job Title:
Classroom Assistant

Department:      
Child Development Center

Reports to:
Director of Operations

FLSA Status:
Non- Exempt

TS Range:
1/2

Opening Date:
November 15, 2019

Closing Date:
December 3, 2019 

SUMMARY:
The Classroom Assistant with guidance from the Lead Teacher and Director of Operations, will provide classroom support to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and encourage their social, emotional and intellectual development. The Classroom Assistant will be trained in the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum according to Early Achievers guidelines. Attend administrative staff meetings, professional development training sessions and other center activities and events.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Other duties may be assigned)

Staff/ Child Relationships

Communication

·         Interact frequently, affectionately, and respectfully by smiling, touching, and holding children.

·         Communicate directly with children at their level.

·         Engage and communicate constructively with individual children during activities and routines.

Relationships

  • Respect and observe children’s interest. Intervene when needed to maintain safety.
  • Enhance children’s play with language, toys and activities.
  • Be attentive, flexible, and supportive of children and their families during transitions.

Discipline

  • Encourage and model social behavior and expectations which are developmentally appropriate.
  • Acknowledge feelings with sensitivity and demonstrate appropriate expressions of emotions.

Staff/ Parent Relationships

Communication

  • Acknowledge all parents and visitors. Demonstrate a friendly, courteous, and professional demeanor

Relationship

  • Establish and maintain a Primary Caregiver relationship with children and the families assigned.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with planning and facilitating regular parent communications regarding orientations, transitions and goals.

Environment

  • Assist in planning and attending special events. Conferences and meetings,
  • Share resources with parents and co-workers through discussion and newsletters.

Program/ Curriculum

Development

  • Assist the Lead Teacher with delivery of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Work with Lead Teacher to plan daily schedule which provides a balance of activities.

Environment

  • Assist Lead teacher with the design of an environment which responds to children’s individual development levels.
  • Foster positive self-concept by supporting individuality.
  • Encourage creative expression.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
his position has no supervisory responsibilities

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Obtain a T.B. test/screening
  • Meet all other Federal or State requirements
  • Maintain confidentiality about issues concerning other staff, children and families.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Completion of High School or G.E.D; Meet department of Children, Family and Youth (DCYF) minimum requirements.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ration, and percent and draw and interpret bar graphs.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:          

·         Must be able to pass an employee background check

·         With direction from Director of Operations and Lead Teacher adhere to all State of Washington licensing standards and requirements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands of a Classroom Assistant are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. At any given moment during the employees shift the position may require frequent lifting, carrying, holding, bending, stooping, stretching, pushing, pulling, squatting, kneeling, reaching or moving children with a weight range of 10-50 pounds, or responding immediately and appropriately to multiple or unexpected situations or emergencies. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

OTHER:
Maintain and follow all safety and health guidelines; Arrange working areas in accordance with health, safety, and fire regulations; Attend administrative staff meetings, training sessions and other center events. Positively project the organization, mission goals and policies to parents; Assume additional classroom.

DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:
The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the SIT Drug Free Workplace policy.

INDIAN PREFERENCE:
Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position, in accordance with the SIT Personnel Policies.

TO APPLY:
Submit application packets including a resume and cover letter to   Contact Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.