Position Title: Assistant Teacher, Head Start
Employee Type: Full-Time Regular
Supervisor Title: Teacher, Head Start or Center Director
Division: U.S. Programs & Advocacy
The position of Assistant Teacher assists in the instruction of
preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote
social-emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. Assistant
Teachers are also responsible for assisting the Teacher in the
general day-to-day operations of the Head Start classroom.
In addition, the Head Start Assistant Teacher assists families
in identifying and reaching their own goals. In collaboration with
families, other program team members and community partners, the
Head Start Assistant Teacher supports families in developing skills
for leadership and advocacy for their children. This position
documents all family development services to show a clear picture
of the families' needs, strengths and growth.
Assistant Teachers report directly to the Center Director or
Head Start Teacher, and works closely with the Manager/Specialist
of Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE). The Assistant
Teacher assists in creating and nurturing strong partnerships with
families and ensuring that instruction is consistent with best
practice and at the highest level of quality, in compliance with
Head Start Program Performance Standards.
As a frontline representative of Save the Children, Assistant
Teachers are required to ensure the safety and security of children
and families that he/she comes into contact with, adhering to the
agency's values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaborations,
Creativity and Integrity.
As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with
children on a routine basis, you are expected to prevent child
abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness,
good practice and training, to minimize risk to children. You must
take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of
concern and report and respond to any instance of child abuse and
promote training and awareness around all child-safeguarding
What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Engage with children during all activities throughout the day;
provide constant supervision of children during all learning
activities indoors and outdoors and ensure safe environment.
- Assist in planning and conducting activities with Head Start
Teacher to meet individual needs of children in accordance with the
- Guide and facilitate activities with Head Start Teacher
including classroom projects and field trips.
- Maintain classroom management using developmentally appropriate
- Provide a safe and developmentally-appropriate learning
environment; interact with children one-on-one and in small
- Protect the safety of children by implementing active
supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or
unsupervised at any time
- Work in cooperation with Head Start Teacher and
Manager/Specialist of PFCE to engage families as full partners in
assessing their needs and strengths, and prioritizing their needs
and interests according to their own values; ensure there is an
appropriate fit between families' needs and interests and program
- Support each family in developing a Family Partnership
Agreement so the family is able to understand and use goal
development as a valuable life skill.
- Make and consistently follow up on referrals related to: Family
Partnership Agreement goals, strengths/needs assessment items,
children with special needs, family health, job and education
services and other services related to wellness and family
- Create ways to engage parents in the education of their
children including encouraging classroom involvement and home
- Serve as a liaison between staff and parents; partner with
parents in the education of their children including encouraging
classroom involvement and home activities.
- Participate in parent-teacher conferences to discuss children's
individual development and progress.
- Eat with and assist children with eating at mealtime to teach
social and self-help skills and sound nutritional practices.
- Assist children in health and personal habits, such as resting,
brushing teeth and toilet habits.
- Assist the Head Start Teacher in record keeping; conduct and
document observations, assessments and screenings.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding children.
- Participate in staff meetings, committees and training
- Assist in the mobilization and documentation of matching
in-kind activities, goods and services.
- Work may require the flexibility to stay until all children
have left the program.
- In cooperation with supervisor, develop and document progress
on professional development plan.
- Will be required to take lead in absence of teacher.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Make routine decisions around day-to-day execution of the job.
Good time management and organizational skills. Work closely with
management to ensure program compliments Head Start Program
Performance Standards. Keep manager informed of important issues.
Build effective relationships within the organization, the children
and their families.
- At a minimum, a Child Development Associate (CDA) or credential
of a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the
requirements for a CDA credential, or be enrolled in a CDA
credential program to be completed within two years of the time of
- Knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early Head Start
- Within first six months of employment, must hold a Family
- Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills;
ability to follow directions and take initiative.
- Ability to work collaboratively with Head Start Teacher, other
staff, parents and community partners in the provision of
high-quality services to children and families.
- Ability to relate sensitively with children and to work well
with staff, parents and families.
- Ability to keep all information on families strictly
- Ability to use Microsoft Office products and on-line client
- Must participate in professional development training including
basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification as required by
state licensing and HSPPS.
Ability to perform medium to heavy physical work exerting up to
50 pounds of force occasionally, up to
20 pounds frequently and up to 5-10 pounds constantly,
performing such activities as sitting, crawling, stooping,
kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling,
lifting and grasping. This also includes some duties that require
repetitive action and motion skills, keyboarding and computer
Clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry
check if required by state regulations) and pass all state and
local health requirements required post job offer and prior to
employment. To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a
valid driver's license and be insurable by the Save the Children
Head Start insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record
acceptable to Save the Children Head Start. Current and former Head
Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for
employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other
languages used by children and families).
- Associate, Baccalaureate or advanced degree in child
development, early childhood education or related field
Degree in a related field is defined as an associate,
baccalaureate or advanced degree in a field other than child
development or early childhood education that either includes or is
supplemented by twelve (12) college credits in child development or
early childhood education focusing on children birth to age
What's In It for You
- Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge
- Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Paid Holidays
What makes us special!
- Generous Retirement Savings with matching company
- Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection,
Home, Auto and additional Life insurances
- Leadership and Employee Development Training, including:
- Our remarkable in-house CORE, Senior Management Development,
and Leadership Development Programs
- Language learning opportunities
- Continuous Improvement skill development programs
- Brown Bag information sharing sessions
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the
United States and around the world, we give children a healthy
start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
We do whatever it takes for children - every day and in times of
crisis - transforming their lives and the future we share.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and
operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and
helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in
contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly
prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any
kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children's policy
to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to
prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or
inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child
abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves
in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any
violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees
and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry,
sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability,
marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies
with all applicable laws.