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Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

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.

***$500 Sign-on Bonus***

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

The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher assists assigned classroom in implementing a comprehensive curriculum, that supports the development of the whole child. Assistant Teachers will maintain the classroom environment, as created by the classroom co-teachers. Creative Curriculum will be implemented by all classrooms, to provide a framework for embedding learning into routines and providing sensory rich, hands-on experiences for enrolled children. Assistant Teachers will assist in embedding these routines and experiences, into their interactions with children in the classroom.

Assistant Teachers will help maintain the established classroom culture that acknowledges families as the primary caregivers and educators of their children and promotes family engagement in the classroom and home settings.

Education/Experience

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, and meet one of the following:
  • Minimum of 9 credits in child development, early childhood, or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, including at least (1) 3 credit course in child growth and development from a regionally accredited college
  • A minimum of 1500 hours of supervises childcare experience in a licensed childcare program or public or private elementary school, with written recommendation from the center or program director, documentation of at least 3 credit course in child growth and development from a regionally accredited college or university and the following:
  • A written plan for completion of at least 6 additional credits in child development, early childhood, or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children from a regionally accredited college or university, to be completed within 12 months of hire.
  • a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised childcare experience in a licensed childcare program and documentation of a 2-year vocational childcare course
  • Current certification as a para II educator by the department of education
  • Written documentation from or on file with the Child Care Licensing Bureau that they were qualified and employed as an associate teacher on or before 11/6/2017.
  • Ability to comply with Licensing standards.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to utilize online data systems
  • Current or able to obtain (within 90 days of hire) and maintain CPR and First Aid certification
  • Able to lift 25-40 lbs.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assists in maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment, including implementation of active supervision strategies.
  • Continue professional growth by participating in ongoing; ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining to ECE.
  • Maintain consistent routines (feeding, diapering, napping, etc.) and embed learning opportunities within those routines whenever possible.
  • Assists assigned classroom in implementing Creative Curriculum, project-based learning, and other appropriate supplemental curricula.
  • Assists in maintaining room cleanliness and upkeep.
  • Participates in afterhours family events.
  • Participates in monthly emergency practice drills
  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices.
  • Participate fully in program staffing's, staff meetings, and collaborative meetings with other agencies, as assigned.
  • Communicates with classroom staff, seeks out assistance when unsure of a procedure or a particular situation.
  • Actively engages with children. Assists and redirects them as needed.
  • Greets parents at arrival and/or pick up. Refers any concerns parents may have to the classroom teachers or Center Director.
  • Follows the schedule set forth by classroom teachers.
  • Reports any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Classroom Teachers and/or Center Director.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by classroom teachers or supervisor that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

Other Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • 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.
  • Maintain a positive and productive attitude regarding the Center and the CAP Agency when interacting both within the program and with the greater 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

General Expectations

  • Flexible demeanor and attitude, as may be asked to float in center classrooms throughout the day.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others daily.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members.
  • Supports other in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skillsthat 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.

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 childcare 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:

Please submit your resume to capjobs@straffordcap.org

Job Location:

Dover

Date Added: October 4, 2021

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