assistant teacher – part-time

DEPARTMENT

Educational Services

REPORTS TO

Infant and Toddler School Coordinator or Preschool Coordinator

EDUCATION REQUIRED

Must have coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or a related field OR 2,080 hour of early childhood experience along with 12 quarter credits related to Child Development.

TYPE OF POSITION

Part-time

HOURS

25 hours/week

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Assistant Teacher works with the Teachers to provide a warm, loving atmosphere and classroom based on a philosophy of trauma informed principles and goals for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years who live at People Serving People.  Teachers and Assistants work together to support the academic and social development of children in the Early Childhood Development Program. Assistant Teachers must be able to work 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 in a shelter setting.
  • Understands the impact of toxic stress and trauma on children in a shelter setting.
  • Understands and can implement and build on the trauma-informed framework of our classrooms.
  • Assists with encouraging children’s social, academic, developmental, and personal skills through positive interactions.
  • Assists teachers in implementing a curriculum based on social/emotional skills and early literacy.
  • Encourages oral communication with other children and adults.
  • Maintains clean classroom appearance by organizing, cleaning, and sanitizing daily.
  • Works with children experiencing difficulty as assigned.
  • Attends meetings and workshops as needed.
  • Assists in other Early Childhood Development Program classrooms as necessary for ratio, including classrooms at the Center of Excellence.
  • Completes yearly in-service training equal to 1-2% of the number of hours worked.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the classroom Teacher and/or Early Childhood Development Program Coordinators.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None required.

COMPETENCIES

Child Guidance Skills – Awareness of and sensitivity to particular problems of disadvantaged 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.

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; Keeps 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.

Crisis Management – Demonstrates ability to assess a potentially dangerous situation, keeping in mind residents’ rights as well as larger agency goals for safety and humane treatment of all people involved, to gain residents’ confidence, and assist in defusing potentially threatening situations and to intervene in crisis situations.

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

Tolerance – Demonstrates ability to work with diverse cultural and socio-economic disadvantaged individuals and families.

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Ability to check an email account

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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 90 days of employment.

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 50 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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