Title: EHS Assistant Teacher
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Center Director
Rate of pay: $13.75-$14.20/hour
Employees working an average of 30 hours or more are eligible for:
Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
401k with 2.5% match
Employee Assistance Program
$10,000 Basic Life Insurance
Voluntary STD, LTD, and additional life insurance
Quarterly passes to Columbia Sportwear and Adidas employee store
Who We Are:
Support for Early Learning and Families (SELF) collaborates with the Educational Service District (ESD) 112 in Vancouver, WA to provide staffing and talent management for over 30 Child Care Centers in Southwest WA. Our staff serve infants through school age children and their families. We employ over 100 employees and are dedicated to ensuring every child in our community thrives. We seek to employ leaders who carry a growth mindset and are passionate about impacting the lives of young children. We value leadership, connection, accountability and innovation.
General Description of Position:
Under the direction of the EHS Lead Teacher and supervision of the Center Director, the EHS Assistant Teacher assists in preparing the classroom materials and plans providing quality learning experiences for young children assisting in the implementation of methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.
Minimum/Preferred Qualifications & Skills:
Short Certificate (20 credits) in Early Childhood Education
Associate's degree or higher in early childhood education, elementary education, special education, or related field.
Two years successful experience working with children.
18 years of age or older (Department of Children Youth and Families minimum licensing requirement).
Ability to work within a team and work effectively with other people.
Ability to follow directions and follow through efficiently on assigned tasks.
Must demonstrate the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, able to make good judgements, creative, reliable, and dependable.
Sincere interest in working with children and families.
Must present a professional and positive demeanor in behavior and dress.
Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds of families served.
Knowledge of child care programs and services.
Assist in the planning of developmentally appropriate child centered curriculum.
Assist in the planning of the program to meet the needs of the individual child with concerns for their interests, disabilities, special talents, cultural background and individual styles.
Help develop and follow class schedule which includes staff responsibilities.
Plan and set up the environment of the room with well-defined interest areas. Set up toys and materials so that they are accessible to children.
Post and implement appropriate guidance techniques and current lesson plans in the classroom.
Supervise, interact, and play with children during assigned times of responsibilities.
Maintain a safe, orderly, clean and healthy room environment, including administering first aid and handling emergencies.
Assist with toileting, diapering, and hygiene needs of children.
Establish and maintain positive communication and confidentiality using collaborative methods to problem solve and interact with families, children, and staff.
Assist in maintaining all center records in an accurate and timely manner and in accordance with policy and procedures.
Assist with child assessments as required throughout the program year.
Support and follow the direction of the Center Director.
Follow USDA guidelines (including meal counts and service procedures).
Participate regularly in staff meetings, in-service programs, and workshops. This may require the ability to work occasional nights and weekends.
Other duties as assigned.
Regular attendance during scheduled work hours.
Travel throughout SW Washington as needed.
Requires the ability to move or traverse about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, center activities, etc.
Moderate or frequent exposure to loud noises, outside weather elements, and temperature changes.
Lifting requirements include the ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects including, the human body.
Job involves sitting, standing, walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, grasping, bending, stooping, crouching, pushing, and/or pulling. Position involves physical mobility with or without reasonable accommodation to perform essential functions of the job.
Successful completion of a portable background check and clearance through the Department of Children Youth and Families.
Valid certification in Child/Adult CPR, first-aid, HIV/Blood Borne Pathogens training and current food handler’s card.
Valid negative TB test completed within the previous twelve months.
Provide an initial health exam completed by medical provider showing you are free from communicable diseases.
Provide documentation showing immunity to the MMR.
Participation in the State Training and Registry System (STARS) program required. Initial basic training to be attended on employee’s time and at employee expense within 3 months of employment (may be waived for qualified employees).
Ten hours of continuing education required annually per child care licensing requirements. Completion of 10 hours of ECE training required annually.
SELF is an Equal Opportunity Employer