Teacher Assistant, Head Start - #99977

Upbring


Date: 04/19/2022 15:00 PM

City: El Campo, Texas

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Overview:

The Teacher Assistant will assist the classroom teachers in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate learning environment with varied experiences, which will enhance the social, physical, emotional and cognitive development of preschool age children in accordance to the Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers, the Head Start Performance Standards, the Agency’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. Upbring is classified as an
essential business by the state because the services we provide are critical to the wellbeing of thousands of children and families. Our Upbring staff members are servant-leaders on the pursuit of breaking the cycle of child abuse and empowering others to do the same through example while embodying our core values: We are Warriors. We are Servants. We are Family
Responsibilities:

We Are Warriors | We Set the Standards for Child Education



Work Standards



  • Ensure children are always properly supervised and take appropriate safety precautions for the children’s well-being
  • Assist the classroom teacher in managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being, and development of the children
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of classroom activities based on individual needs of children and goals set forth in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Assist with the development and implementation of developmentally appropriate reading programs to meet IEP and other development needs of the children
  • Respond appropriately to emergency situations for immediate resolution
  • Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and Neglect Policy
  • Ability to follow the OHS CLASS Methodology
  • Attend all professional development
  • Maintain cleanliness of classroom
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned


Communication


  • Assist the classroom teacher with collecting and entering quantitative, anecdotal, and/or observational data
  • Assist with the daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities, and daily activity
  • Assist Head Start teacher with parent-teacher conferences as needed or requested




We Are Servants|
We Help Others


Teamwork


  • Work closely with the classroom teacher building child and family strengths and supporting school readiness goals and social competence
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of daily developmental learning models for pre-school aged children for the purpose meeting individual physical disabilities, learning style, and pace of learning
  • Assist with the selection of learning material and equipment and arrange classroom to provide a well-managed, welcoming environment conducive for learning
  • Work closely with classroom teacher to design and implement curriculum using supporting materials that address the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of children ages 3 - 5
  • Assist the classroom teacher in managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being, and development of the children
  • Assist Head Start teacher with home visits as outlined in Head Start Performance Standards
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience
  • Work closely with assigned Education Coach, teacher, and other classroom teachers to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes




We Are Family |
We Are Passionate & Compassionate


Building Relationships


  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to establish positive relationships with parents/guardians, to include families in the educational process, and encourage their participation
  • Work as part of the team and always show professionalism by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries
  • Exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external parties that reflect positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices
  • Actively participate in exhibiting cultural awareness and sensitivity when interacting with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), staff, and the community



Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications


  • This role may be subject to a summer furlough per Office of Head Start funding. Information on furlough status will be communicated to impacted staff in the 60 days prior to start of summer.
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Enrollment in a program that will lead to an Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or in a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study within two (2) years of the time of hire – OR - Enrollment in a CDA credential program to be completed within two (2) years of the time of hire
  • 3 months’ experience in early childhood education
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal and skills with the ability to work and interact with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong written and verbal communication, including preparation of quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects with close attention to detail while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and within a team; ability to take initiative with limited supervision
  • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)




Preferred Qualifications



  • Associate degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or in a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study
  • Current CDA Certification
  • 1 year of experience in early childhood education
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) with the ability to fluently converse and write in Spanish (based on student population and service area), highly preferred
  • CPR/First Aid Certification




Physical Demands & Work Conditions



  • This position requires standing and sitting for long periods of time, frequent walking, and looking and using a computer for long periods of time
  • Position works in a child facility and has constant exposure to children
  • Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.




The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position successfully. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.







Agreement


The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status.
If the day-to-day work I perform differs significantly from the above outlined essential duties, it is my obligation to inform my supervisor and/or Organizational Development.

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