City of Cambridge Rotating Teacher, Division of Childcare & Family Support in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Provide quality teaching support for full day preschool programs and afterschool programs. Quality teaching support entails actively contributing to a comfortable, safe, and stimulating childcare environment, which effectively meets the needs of children.

The Rotating Teacher will report to the Program Assistant for daily/weekly scheduling but under the direct supervision of the Program's staff and the direction of the Program Manager. Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support a positive learning environment in the classroom by supporting the engagement of children in classroom activities and routines. Be alert to situations that may result in conflicts between children and scan the environment as to ensure the children's safety at all times.
  • Provide nurturing and socially responsive care to all children enrolled in the program.
  • Utilize an assets-based approach to working with children and families.
  • Assist teachers in the facilitation of learning activities. This may require working one-on-one with a child or with a small group of children as they work towards completing the activity.
  • With staff, ensure the safety of children while playing outdoors, on field trips or while transitioning from one location to another. This includes situational awareness and knowledge of elementary safety precautions.
  • Follow and implement the classroom's behavior guidance policy and systems. For any larger or ongoing behavioral concerns bring to site staff for guidance.
  • Assist teachers with a variety of classroom duties such as lunch and snack preparation. Maintain classroom, including classroom clean-up, as needed.
  • Under the supervision of site staff, maintain regular and respectful communication with parents regarding their child's daily experiences in the program through daily conversations. In all communications, respect child, family, and staff confidentiality.
  • For long-term placements, fulfill some programmatic and/or administrative responsibilities.
  • Upon arrival, ask the site director for instructions regarding the job responsibilities for the time in the classroom.
  • Participate in meetings called by the Division Head or Program Manager such as: program orientations and training workshops, policy review, or DHSP required trainings.
  • Maintain professional knowledge through participation in required Department of Early Education and Care trainings as well as meeting the educational requirements established by the EEC and the City of Cambridge.
  • Maintain professional manner at all times.


  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Minimum of B.A. with 6 months half-time experience;
  • Associates Degree and 9 months half-time experience; or HS Diploma/GED and 1 year related experience.
  • Be first Aid and CPR trained within 6 months of hire.Additional training and experience preferable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, walk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to run, during play or responding to an emergency. Employees are frequently required to engage with children on the floor and at their eye level. Employees are frequently required to use their hands and arms to handle and manipulate objects as well as reach. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move a child. Vision abilities are required for supervision of children.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment includes classroom and outdoor playgrounds and occasional field trips. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to very loud.


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Applicants may apply directly through and apply for Job ID# 2944988 or go to Position will remain open until filled. Review of resumes will begin immediately.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Department: Human Service Programs

Job Title: Rotating Teacher, Division of Childcare & Family Support

Job Code: M445-701

Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position

Union Affiliation: None

Hours Per Week: 30 hours per week, may work additional hours as necessary. 7:30 am – 6:00 pm daily. The Rotating Teacher position has the expectation of flexibility to move from one site to another as needed.

POSTING DATE: May 24, 2018

RATE: $18.42 - $23.37/hour plus excellent benefits