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Assistant Teacher at Early Childhood Center

Posted: 11/16/2022

Assistant Teacher
Department: Early Childhood Education Center
Reports to: ECC Director
Supervises: 0
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly)
Shift: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Summary: To assist with creating a quality program and a class environment conducive to learning and personal growth; to establish effective rapport with children; to establish a respectful, supportive, and collaborative relationship with children, families, and staff.

Essential duties and responsibilities:  
  • Promote and support children’s social, emotional, and physical development consistent with the philosophy of Head Start. 
  • Assist and provide input with planning and developing an early learning curriculum with intentional opportunities for social and emotional development.
  • Work respectfully in collaboration with all program staff.
  • Assist with the implementation of lesson plans and daily activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of early childhood theories of child growth and development.
  • Provide support with individualized learning opportunities for children in order to enhance their development of cognitive and language skills.
  • Establish a quality early childhood learning environment, aligned with quality standards of education, health, and safety, while maintaining program policies and procedures.
  • Consult with the lead teacher on observations and assessments of children.
  • Observe and document each child’s learning and development in support of DRDP data collection.
  • Assist with maintaining required individual children assessments in compliance with Early Childhood affiliated Federal and State contracts.
  •  Provide the lead role of lesson implementation in the absence of the Lead Teacher. 
  • Maintain a professional relationship with staff and families. 
  • Attend and complete required professional training, classes, meetings and workshops   
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding children and parents.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • High School Diploma required
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials required
  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood or Associates degree with 9 hours in Early Childhood preferred
  • One (1) year of experience working in Early Childhood Education preferred
  • Must have early childhood classes on the transcript or must be currently enrolled in Early Childhood classes.
  • Current Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
  • Attentive and patient with a friendly and energetic nature. 
  • TB test is required
  • Physical test is required
  • FBI and MO State fingerprint clearance required.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Knowledge of community diversity and cultural dynamics.
  • Ability to work in a non-judgmental way with a diverse range of people maintaining a respectful and inclusive culture.
Work Environment
This job operates in an early childhood school and professional environment. This role continually uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. Guadalupe Centers serves a diverse population, including children, adolescents, and adults, who may have mental or behavioral health problems. Consequently, all GC staff must demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, and appropriate role modeling.  Hostility, aggression, unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions and inappropriate emotional expression are not acceptable behaviors for our employees.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and talk or hear. The employee is also frequently required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds. The employee must occasionally push items of 45 lbs. such as pushing children on a bike or moving/rearranging furniture. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception. The employee is directly responsible for safety, wellbeing, and work output.

This job's specific vision abilities include close vision, such as reading handwritten or typed material and adjusting focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

GUADALUPE CENTERS, INC. conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, who fully and actively supports equal access for all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999