Assistant Teacher works with the Lead Teacher to carry out the goals, policies, and activities designed to implement educational objectives and performance standards. Work as a team member with classroom staff and parents to implement curriculum that is meaningful and meets the individual and program needs. May be reassigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.
•Assist with weekly preparation of daily lesson plans, including objectives to be posted for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom.
•Assist in developing an individual plan for each child to include goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established school readiness goals and outcome goals.
•Remain up-to-date on information that pertains to the needs of the children in the program including Head Start Performance Standards, child care licensing regulations and other applicable regulations and practices.
•Assist with completing mandated 45 day requirements and ongoing assessments.
•Assist with scheduling and arranges meetings, and documents parent-teacher conferences and home visits as required.
•Take charge in the class in the teacher’s absence.
•Encourage parent involvement in Head Start and other EOC programs.
•Support social and emotional development and provides positive guidance and discipline. Assist with addressing any special needs questions and concerns.
REQUIREMENTS – please send a cover letter along with a resume
•Minimum requirement is a High School Diploma/GED and CDA (Child Development Associate) or be enrolled in a CDA credential program that will be completed within 2 years; or have an associate's or bachelor’s degree (in any area) or be enrolled in a program leading to a degree in Early Childhood Education.
•Experience working with preschool children in a daycare setting. May be required to lift up to 40 pounds.
•Basic computer skills including Word applications, data entry programs, word processing and email helpful.
•Must be willing to obtain and maintain Basic First Aid, CPR certification and MAT (Medication Administration Training) within the initial probationary period and maintain certification. Required to be MAT trained and certified to pass medications as needed.
•Above average organizational and communication skills, ability to work as a member of a team, good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain professionalism with staff and clientele. Ability to work under pressure and exercise good judgment. Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse social and economic backgrounds. •Must have a valid driver’s license and possess own vehicle.
•Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, clear criminal records check and initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment.
BENEFITS – position starts at $13.50 per hour, relevant experience will be considered.
•Medical, Dental, Vision •Life Insurance
•401(k) Plan •Paid Vacation, Paid Personal, Paid Sick Time
•Paid School Breaks
LifeWorks Community Action, formerly Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, is a nonprofit that helps thousands of neighbors each year overcome the challenges of poverty by providing food, early childhood education, energy services, health and wellness, and immigrant services. Popular programs include The Pantry in Ballston Spa and The Kitchen in Saratoga Springs, as well as Head Start, WIC and Weatherization. Help Starts Here