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Teacher Assistant Float - Head Start


November 30, 2017

Job Class: Teacher Assistant Float

Department: Head Start

Supervisor: Classroom Coordinator

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Revision Date: July 2017

Prepared by: Bi-County CAP, Inc.

Job Summary:

The Teacher Assistant provides classroom support for teachers by participating in activities and maintaining sufficient adult leadership in the classroom to accomplish learning objectives.

Scope of Responsibility:

Incumbent is responsible for assisting in the operation of the Head Start center with the goal of promoting and enhancing the school readiness of Head Start children in conformance with Head Start Regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1 Participates in activities that promote Head Start and its programs.

1.1 Provides input in creating, developing and implementing the learning environment, schedule, and curriculum; helps with lesson plans;

1.2 Assists in setting up the materials, projects, and activities in the classroom and keeping the classroom environment clean and safe; reads to children; organizes and supervises play activities; soothes children when they are upset;

1.3 Provides input for the on-going assessment systems to ensure individualized programming for children and families; follows the lead of the classroom teacher in providing programming for children with typical/atypical development;

1.4 Assists in observing and recording children's development and behaviors, and where necessary consults with supervisor and/or other support staff as developmental concerns are identified;

1.5 Follows the lead of the classroom teacher in reinforcing appropriate behaviors using positive guidance methods;

1.6 Models and assists children in self-care including personal hygiene; provides classroom clean up and food preparation and presentation.

2 Builds positive relationships with families as needed.

2.1 Assists in providing information to parents regarding their child's growth and development and other program information;

2.2 Informs families of available resources and works with the classroom teacher on making referrals to appropriate services;

2.3 Assists in providing individualized curriculum, which meets the developmental and educational needs of children across all learning domains;

2.4 Provides support to parents as the primary teachers for their children.

3 Participates in activities that assist in the program maintaining its licensing/ratings etc.

3.1 Assists in ensuring that the center meets requirements of Head Start Performance Standards and State Licensing where applicable;

3.2 Assists in maintaining the required classroom observations, records, and reports;

3.3 Assists in implementing the required health, safety and nutrition policies and procedures.

4 Communicates and maintains working relationships with others in carrying out job functions.

4.1 Works cooperatively with other staff and adults in promoting a positive work place;

4.2 Exercises courtesy in communicating with teachers, students and families;

4.3 Informs immediate supervisor of accomplishments, upcoming tasks, events, and any comments or concerns regarding programming;

4.4 Adheres to Agency's policies concerning data privacy.

5 Performs all job duties in compliance with safety guidelines and with an ongoing awareness of safety practices.

5.1 Knows and follows department and Bi-CAP rules as well as sound work and safety practices in order to accomplish the job objectives and avoid injury or loss;

5.2 Wears proper protective equipment when policy requires or conditions indicate a need exists and utilizes proper body mechanics and ergonomics while performing work;

5.3 When potentially unsafe conditions are observed makes efforts to avoid or correct them if they are controllable and draws them to the attention of the responsible supervisor or safety representative in a timely manner.

6 Engages in on-going professional development.

7 Performs other duties and activities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Incumbent must have a valid driver's license and auto insurance. Must have transportation available to attend meetings and home visits as appropriate. Must have a strong commitment to BI-CAP's values of collaboration, innovation and compassion as well as a respect for diversity.

Per Head Start Program Performance Standards 1301.91 (e) Child and family services staff.

(3) Head Start assistant teacher qualification requirements. As prescribed in section 648A(a)(2) (B)(ii)28 of the Act, a program must ensure Head Start assistant teachers, at a minimum, have a CDA credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, are enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.

(5) Center-based teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care provider competencies. A program must ensure center-based teachers, assistant teachers, and family child care providers demonstrate competency to provide effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions, plan and implement learning experiences that ensure effective curriculum implementation and use of assessment and promote children's progress across the standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and applicable state early learning and development standards, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners, as appropriate.

Knowledge, skills and abilities include:

• Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards;

• Knowledge of State Licensing requirements where applicable;

• Must meet requirements of Head Start and Minnesota Department of Human Services background checks;

• Ability to understand and follow policies and procedures in the Employee Handbook;

• Must have basic reading, writing, and communication skills;

• Requires CPR and First Aid Training;

• Must be unbiased toward low-income families, other racial and ethnic groups, and has an appreciation of cultural diversity and differing values;

• Must demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, including parents and other staff members.

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:

Work is performed primarily in a classroom setting. There may be one to two home visits a month.

Position involves participating in classroom activities with preschool children, and requires frequent bending, twisting, kneeling, standing and sitting on the floor. Must be able to lift 40 pounds frequently and 40 to 50 pounds occasionally.

Some requirements in this job description may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. All requirements are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and experience required. To perform this job successfully, the worker must possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship. The Executive Director retains the discretion to add duties or change the duties of this position at any time.


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