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Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Teacher Assistant in Lawrence, Massachusetts

JOB SUMMARY

Under the direction and guidance of the Lead Teacher/Teacher, the Teacher Assistant will assist and implement overall programming, activities and maintain a healthy and safe environment in the assigned classroom. This position will assist in all aspects of the classrooms daily routine including curriculum planning, completing weekly lesson plans and collaborating on activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/KEY RESPONSIBILTIES

  • Assist and implement classroom activities including observing, talking, eating with the children “family style”, supervising children in their acquisition of self-help skills (e.g. dressing, toileting, washing hands etc.).

  • Must facilitate positive interactions with children and promote learning across all developmental domains by assisting with planning and facilitating activities.

  • Responsible for maintaining daily attendance, records and child supervision.

  • Communicate all daily events/happenings with primary classroom teachers.

  • Participation in child assessment responsibilities is required which includes child observations, screenings, data input and checklists.

  • Responsible for assuring the health and safety of the children at all times is mandatory.

  • Other duties as assigned or determined by the program needs.

    SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

    Must be 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and meet one of the following sets of requirements: Bachelor Degree/Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field; Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and three months supervised work experience or equivalent with either infants/toddlers or preschoolers, valid EEC Teacher Certification and 6 months of supervised work experience with children under seven years of age.

  • Must be willing to pursue higher educational goals to meet requirements set forth by QRIS, EEC & NAEYC for position.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours according to program needs, be a positive team player, and demonstrate patience, empathy and kindness.

  • Must show documented proof of current physical exam, negative TB test, proof of MMR immunity and valid First Aid & CPR certification. (Hepatitis B immunity is advisable.) EEC- BRC (CORI) check will be completed before hire.

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and be physically able to lift/carry toddler/preschool age children and perform diaper changing duties.

  • Must be able to participate in classroom housekeeping duties, able to use bleach/cleaning solutions for sanitization purposes, be capable of hearing and seeing the children to monitor their health and safety.

  • Must be able to meet the physical demands of an active learning environment; bending, sitting, walking, standing for 30 minute intervals and the ability to get up and down.

  • Must be able to comprehend/communicate in English both verbally and in writing and have basic computer literacy skills.

  • Bilingual - English/Spanish preferred. English/Vietnamese beneficial

  • Must be reliable, a positive role model and a team player.

    OTHER

    Supervisory Responsibility: None

    Travel: May be required

    Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment and uses standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines.

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