Teacher Assistant I
Employment Status: Non-exempt, 9.10 months
Assists teachers in the care and instruction of pre-school children and promotes their social, physical and mental development. Provides supervision of children and supports the planning and implementation of classroom lessons and activities. Serves meals and ensures a healthy and safe learning environment for children.
Under supervision, assists teachers and program staff in planning and implementing classroom lessons, coordinating activities and events for children and parents, interacting with the public and providing customer service by phone, email and in person, and completing daily classroom paperwork that are required by the early childhood education program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF THE POSITION INCLUDE:
- Assists Teacher with teaching responsibilities and other classroom responsibilities, as assigned
- Ensures child-adult ratio is met at all times
- Ensure the proper care, safety and supervision of children at all times while at the site and/or while engaged in program activities away from the site (i.e. field trips, etc.).
- Provides a well-supervised and safe learning environment
- Ability to work with children with Individual Educational Plans
- Conducts safety checks and ensures a safe learning environment
- Prepares snacks and meals for children, as needed.
- Cleans and sanitizes all areas of the classroom, including food preparation and eating areas
- Helps children practice good hygiene, including personal cleanliness and diapering, as needed
- Provides input in planning lessons and activities for children
- Serves as a translator for parents who do not speak English, when possible
- Assists in maintaining sign-in/out records
- Assists in completing paperwork, observations and documentation in a timely basis, according to agency policies and procedures including but not limited to: lesson plans, DRDP-2015, ASQ-3, ASQ:SE2, parent-teacher conferences and individual development plans
- Sets up and organizes classrooms for various purposes and takes down classrooms, as needed
- Collects documents from parents during drop-off/pick-up time
- Provides appropriate customer service to parents, children, community representatives/members, and all PACE staff on a daily basis.
- Ability to attend assignments away from assigned site, such as in-service trainings, home visits, parent conferences, etc.
- Attends actively and participates in in-service trainings provided by PACE and other agencies.
- Must have exceptional organizational and time management skills
- Implements agency policies and procedures
- Cooperates with Regional Site Director and other Service Area Coordinators in planning, supervision and implementation of overall program
- Maintains full enrollment, and participates in recruitment of children as indicated in the ERSEA plan.
- Assists in accomplishing the program's non-federal match through the access of community resources (services, donations, discounts, and/or goods).
- Support with child watch as needed.
- Substitute as needed and when appropriate as instructed by Regional Site Director
- Other duties as assigned within the scope of the position to maintain a quality preschool program
- Must possess a California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit or higher
- Must be a team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
- Must have good organizational, written/oral communication and observation skills
- Basic computer skills required.
- Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
- At least one (1) year working experience with preschool children, preferably in a Head Start program.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Live scan must be associated with California Community Care Licensing.
All Assistant Teachers must have at minimum:
- Must possess a California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit or higher WITH a minimum of 12 units in Child Development AND be enrolled in a program leading to an associate/bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development, or a related field, and complete at least three semester (4.5 quarter) units per year with a “C” or better.
- Skills and abilities: Competency to provide effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions, and to plan and implement learning experiences that:
- Ensure effective curriculum implementation and use of assessment data; and
- Promote children’s progress across the standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and applicable state early learning and development standards, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners, as appropriate.
- Assistant teachers that already hold an associate’s degree or higher AND a California Child Development Teacher Permit or Higher do not have to continue enrolling in courses; however a yearly individual professional development plan is required.
- All child development and education staff must complete annually at least 15 hours of professional development and have a yearly individual professional development plan. College credit courses taken to meet degree requirements can be counted towards the 15 hours of professional development (courses must be from an accredited college or university).
- In addition, teachers must obtain 21 hours/year of professional development (105 hours every five years) to maintain their teaching certification.
- California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit
- Adult and Pediatric CPR/1st Aid Certificate
- Valid California Driver’s License and proof of auto insurance, if applicable
- Proof of Department of Justice clearance to work with children prior to the start of employment
The working conditions and physical demands of this position will be those that must be met to successfully perform the essential duties of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. The physical environment the incumbent will work in is typically a pre-school environment with moderate noise levels that would be expected in that type of work environment. Outdoor and indoor supervision of playgrounds / workplace for on-going periods occurs regularly. Lift and carry at least 45 lbs or more. The individual must be able to work with children at their eye level and always maintain visual supervision of children, as well as hear, communicate, and comprehend effectively with children, staff, and parents. The individual also must be able to walk, sit, kneel, crawl, carry, push, pull and participate in activities indoors and outdoors as needed in an environment with children and adult.
- T.B. Test within 60 days prior to employment, and every two (2) years thereafter (every 4 years for a chest X-ray).
- Must pass a physical examination at the time of hire, and every 2 years thereafter
- Provide proof of the following immunizations as required: Measles, Pertussis (Whooping Cough) and Influenza.
- Representative physical demands of the job include: normal vision and hearing, standing for extended periods, sitting for extended periods, kneeling and stooping, manipulating objects with hands, reaching overhead, and occasionally lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 45 pounds.
- PACE is a private not-for-profit corporation that provides employment, small business assistance, education, housing and other community services in the Los Angeles City and County areas. PACE is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.