Head Start Teacher Assistant Barnwell County

Job Title: Assistant Teacher- Barnwell County
FLSA Status: School Year Full Time Staff- Non-Exempt Job Grade: 3
Reports to: Center Director Revision Date: July 2017
Position Summary: Under the direction of the Center Director and Teacher the incumbent is responsible for working cooperatively with staff, parents, and volunteers in carrying out the responsibilities of meeting children's cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs and development.
Supervision Exercised: N/A
Typical Physical Demands: Physical stamina is required to tolerate standing, stooping, reaching, grasping, kneeling, walking, bending, and lifting objects weighing up to 50 lbs. Requires full range of body motion, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Occasionally requires working under stressful conditions.
Typical Working Conditions: Position is primarily in a classroom environment. Requires some travel to various centers, trainings, and seminars.
Job Segments:
Is alert, awake and attentive in the classroom to monitor and ensure the safety of the children. Maintains proper Teacher to Children ratio.
Assists teacher with the implementation of curriculum and student activities.
Continuously monitor children to make sure their safety is maintained.
Assists with implementation and supervision of special activities as scheduled.
Advises Center Director of all child/parent/staff problems immediately and documents as required.
Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
Make decisions based on support principles, theories, practices and code of ethics.
Knowledgeable about and sensitive to individual's values, beliefs, traditions, cultural influences, make-up and circumstances.
Fulfill role as Mandated Reporter as stated in the Child Abuse & Neglect Policy.
Works with teacher to create welcoming program environments that incorporate the unique cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds of families in the program and community.
Develop partnership with families to identify needs, interests, strengths, goals, services and resources.
Provide parents with opportunities to participate in the program as employees or volunteers
Ensure families are provided the opportunity to share personal information in an environment in which they feel safe.
Offer activities that support parent-child relationships and child development (as appropriate), including:
Language and Dual language development
Literacy and Bi-literacy development
Provide parents with information about the importance of their child's regular attendance, and partner with them, as necessary, to promote consistent attendance.
At a minimum, must offer opportunities for parents to participate in a research-based parenting curriculum that builds on parents' knowledge and offers parents the opportunity to practice parenting skills to promote children's learning and development.
Attend professional development classes and training (local, state, regional and national conference).
Recognize parents as their children's primary teachers and nurturers.
Work with teacher to implement intentional strategies to engage parents in their children's learning and development and support parent-child relationships, including specific strategies for father engagement.
Develop relationships with parents, encourage trust and respect, and encourage ongoing two-way communication.
Accepts and demonstrates the Character Development Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
Mission Advancement: Models and teaches the Head Start's values. Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to changing lives. Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition.
Collaboration: Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives. Builds relationships to create small communities. Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict. Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience. Provides staff with feedback and support.
Operational Effectiveness: Provides others with frameworks for making decisions. Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team.
Personal Growth: Shares new insights. Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change. Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
At a minimum, have a CDA Credential or otherwise meet the requirements of section 648A(a)(3)(B) of the act.
One to three years' experience working with preschool-aged children, preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct English usage, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
Possess organizational and planning skills.
Position requires a clear criminal background check to include an MVR (Motor Vehicle Report).
Requires the completion and acceptable results of a physical examination and TB screening per the rules and regulations of the Head Start Program.
Effect on End Results:
This job description may not be all-inclusive and employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned and directed by their supervisor. Job description and duties may be modified when deemed appropriate by management.

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