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Assistant Teacher, Head Start

Company: Save The Children
Location: Natchitoches
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

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 obligations.

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 daily schedule.
  • Guide and facilitate activities with Head Start Teacher including classroom projects and field trips.
  • Maintain classroom management using developmentally appropriate techniques.
  • Provide a safe and developmentally-appropriate learning environment; interact with children one-on-one and in small groups.
  • 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 services.
  • 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 sustainability.
  • Create ways to engage parents in the education of their children including encouraging classroom involvement and home activities.
  • 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 sessions.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications

  • 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 hire.
  • Knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early Head Start program.
  • Within first six months of employment, must hold a Family Services Credential.
  • 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 confidential.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products and on-line client management systems.
  • 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 use.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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 preferred.

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 five.

What's In It for You

  • Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service
  • 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 contributions
  • 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.

Keywords: Save The Children, Shreveport , Assistant Teacher, Head Start, Other , Natchitoches, Louisiana

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