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Head Start Teacher Aide

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization established in 1965 under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964. We work with community, state and federal partners to assist children, families, low-income and elderly residents with their efforts to become or remain financially and socially independent through a variety of coordinated programs. Without the services provided by our agency, many local residents would be without a means to provide for their basic needs, including food, education, child care, utilities assistance, transportation, shelter and access to other services.

CAPSC offers a number of benefits including:

  • 403(b)
  • Medical coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Earned time-off
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Vision care coverage
  • Work/Life resources
  • Employee and Dependent life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 11 Paid Holidays a year

General Description

Assists Teachers in providing a daily schedule of activities for facilitated play, large and small groups, meals, naps, and toileting. Responsible for the health and safety of children in a childcare setting.

Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED (or actively working on one)
  • Prefer at least 9 credits in Early Childhood Education (ECE), (including child growth & development).
  • Interest and desire to interact and work with young children.
  • Prior experience working with children and the commitment to continue training.
  • Computer Literate.
  • Current or ability to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Able to lift 25-40 lbs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists the Teacher in carrying out the curriculum. Implements daily activities, assisting children with daily routines such as meals, bathroom time, preparing to go outdoors and other transitions, assisting with room clean-up.
  • Communicates with classroom staff, requests assistance when unsure of a procedure or a particular situation.
  • Actively engages with children. Assists and redirects them as needed.
  • Actively assist in assisting in classroom operations, including providing active supervision of children at all times, and using positive reinforcement in the classroom.
  • Greets parents at arrival and/or pick up. Relies on Teachers to provide parents information regarding their child, and refers any concerns parents have to the Lead Teacher.
  • Follows the schedule set by Lead Teacher.
  • Assists with monthly emergency practice drills.
  • Attends monthly staff meetings and in-service trainings.
  • Creates and maintains an exciting classroom learning environment for children.
  • Encourages parents to attend parent meetings and special events.
  • Reports any problems to the Lead Teacher, Site Manager, or Education Manager.
  • Works to understand and follow all Head Start standards and NH Child Care Licensing Unit rules.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above or based upon the individual professional development plan.

Other Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
  • Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.
  • Physical strength/endurance/mobility to perform in a standard daily required work routine (i.e. walking, sitting, lifting, and driving to various sites as required).
  • Maintain and model good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean and modest), and professional behavior to parents, staff and the community.
  • Demonstrate, through positive words and actions, respect for and acceptance of income eligible families.

Communication Skills

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis.
  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate instructions.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • N/A

General Expectations

  • Obtain continuing education through workshops, trainings, or courses related to early childhood education.
  • Create and maintain a Professional Development Plan in collaboration with Lead Teacher and Education Manager.
  • Plan, coordinate, organize and prioritize work.
  • Maintains and models good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean, modest), and direct, positive, honest, and respectful behavior to parents, staff, and the community.
  • Energetically engages people, issues and work.
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others on a daily basis.
  • Supports others in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members.
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skills that are appropriate for individual styles, personalities, cultures, the nature of the work, and the environment in which the work is being done.
  • Practices honest, respectful and direct communication as well as active listening.
  • Respects confidentiality of information about agency staff, personnel issues, and other program operations.
  • Maintains a positive and productive attitude regarding the Center and the CAPSC Agency when interacting both within the program and with the greater community.

COVID Protocol

  • All staff are required to wear masks in the classroom environment and common spaces.
  • All staff will be required to answer daily screening questions and certify their responses with a signature.
  • All staff will work to disinfect and sanitize surfaces and materials frequently and thoroughly.
  • Must read and accept the protocols and procedures as defined by agency memos.

Employment Screening

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening.

Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following: Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment. An initial physical examination record, including a TB screening must be obtained within 60 days of hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources. If a TB screening indicates high risk, results of a TB test must be kept on file including any treatment received. An initial driving record check will be conducted. License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.

How to Apply:

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Date Added: January 20, 2021

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