assistant preschool teacher – center of excellence

DEPARTMENT

Center of Excellence

REPORTS TO

Lead Teacher, Center Directors

TYPE OF POSITION

Full-time

EDUCATION REQUIRED

High school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalency with at least 2,080 hours as an aide or student intern in a licensed Child Care Program AND 12 quarter credits related to Child Development

Preferred:  BA or BS in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child Development or related field OR CDA credential, Child Care Specialist Certificate or Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate, OR 4,160 hours of early childhood experience along with 24 quarter credits related to Child Development.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None

SALARY

$15.00/hour

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Assistant Preschool Teacher works with the Lead Teacher to provide a warm, loving atmosphere and classroom based on a philosophy of trauma informed principles and goals. The Assistant Teacher works with the Lead Teacher to support the academic and social development of children ages 3-5 years and their parents at the Center of Excellence Child Development Center. Must be able to work and plan in a team setting, with patience, enthusiasm and respect for children, as well as parents and fellow staff.  Must have working knowledge of early childhood development.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

  • Understands the social-emotional needs of children
  • Understands the impact of toxic stress and trauma on children and their families, and can implement and build on the trauma-informed framework developed in the classrooms.
  • Understanding of and willingness to implement sensory integration in the classroom in collaboration with the lead teacher.
  • Participates in classroom planning and facilitation of curriculum for young children in a developmentally appropriate setting based heavily in social-emotional development.
  • Encourages oral communication with other children and adults.
  • Assists with encouraging children’s social, academic, developmental, and personal skills.
  • Welcomes, talks with and/or meets with parents as needed.
  • Observes and reports on physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children.
  • Maintains clean classroom appearance by organizing, cleaning, and sanitizing daily.
  • Performs related administrative duties.
  • Works with children experiencing difficulty as assigned.
  • Participate in Trauma Informed Healing and Cultural Competency trainings in relation to the focus of the Child Development Center.
  • Collaborates with People Serving People’s Early Childhood Development Program teaching staff as needed.
  • Assists in other Center of Excellence Childhood Development Program classrooms as necessary for ratio, including classrooms at the Early Childhood Development Program at People Serving People.
  • Participates as an Associate within People Serving People, Inc.
  • Maintains appropriate program records.
  • Completes first aid and Red Cross certified CPR training every 2 years.
  • Completes yearly in-service training equal to 1-2% of the number of hours worked.
  • Completes required trainings and documentation for Parent Aware rating.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Center of Excellence Child Development Center Director.

COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care principles and models.
  • Knowledge of the developmental and emotional needs of young children.
  • Knowledge of the methods and procedures used in a child development center.
  • Knowledge of basic health and first aid techniques.
  • Skill in coping with a variety of behaviors.
  • Skill in dealing with children, their families and the public.
  • Skill in evaluating situations.
  • Ability to determine the needs of children.
  • Ability to teach developmental, social, and emotional skills.
  • Ability to establish a warm and supportive relationship with the children and their parents or guardians.
  • Ability to articulate program goals and philosophy and apply it to working in the Early Childhood Development Program.

Child Guidance Skills – Awareness of and sensitivity to particular problems of disadvantages children and the specific needs of families and children who are homeless and in crisis.

Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality, listens to others without interrupting, remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things, has the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with a wide variety of people including staff, clients and service providers.

Ethics – Treats people with respect, inspires the trust of others, works with integrity and ethically, upholds organizational values.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction.

Communication – Listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, writes clearly and informatively, able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit, puts success of team above own interests, supports everyone’s efforts to succeed, contributes to building a positive team spirit, shares expertise with others.

Adaptability – Is able to adapt to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, changes approach or method to best fit the situation, able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses, pursues training and development opportunities, strives to continuously build knowledge and skills, shares expertise with others.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction, takes responsibility for own actions, keep commitments, commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals, completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, looks for ways to improve and promote quality, applies feedback to improve performance, monitors own work to ensure quality.

Stress Management – Possesses the capacity to maintain personal control and a balanced approach to stressful conditions.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience as an assistant teacher, aide, or student intern in an early childhood center.
  • Experience working with early childhood children in a child care center preferred.
  • Experience serving multi-cultural, socially diverse population desired.
  • First Aid and CPR certified or willing to be certified within the first 90 days of work.

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Ability to check an email account, iPad skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must lift and/or move 30 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can be loud at times.

People Serving People is an EEO employer fully committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting the most qualified individual without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing and maintaining an inclusive work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Please mail or email cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources
614 3rd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

employment@peopleservingpeople.org