Head Start Full Day Assistant Teacher 1 or 2 – Newport, WA

DIVISION: Early Childhood Education


REPORTS TO: Lead Teacher or Center Manager


DATE OPEN: 06/09/2022


STATUS: Non-Exempt

40 hours per week, $3031.00 to $3505.00 per month, DOE


Assists Lead Teacher in planning, organizing and conducting activities in a Head Start classroom to provide a quality preschool experience for children.

The Assistant Teacher works under supervision of the Lead Teacher, but is able to perform most tasks independently.  The Assistant Teacher is involved in training which would provide them with a solid background of knowledge in early childhood education and adult learning.


Examples of Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists in planning educational preschool classes for three and four-year-old children by making suggestions and providing ideas to the Lead Teacher for the monthly and weekly lesson plans. Collects and organizes appropriate materials to support lesson plans, with guidance from Lead Teacher.  Helps with physical preparation of classrooms and cleaning of classroom.  Has limited responsibility for independently implementing portions of the daily lesson.  Will be in training for conducting small and large groups in classroom.  Provides the majority of the classroom program as needed, in the absence of the Lead Teacher.
  • Is able to integrate social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation in a trauma sensitive manner in the classroom.
  • Assists with developmental screening of children. Writes individual plans, with goals and objectives, for children with technical assistance from Lead Teacher.  Assists in implementing individual plans to meet individual children’s needs.  Assists in implementing behavior management plans by Lead Teacher.
  • Supports the parent involvement effort in the classroom by working with classroom volunteers as delegated by Lead Teacher. Attend parent meetings, as requested.  Assists with communicating with parents by preparing parent correspondence and handouts, as delegated.
  • Assists with maintaining records that provide for the proper evaluation and documentation of assigned activities, including end-of-the-month records and daily record keeping, as delegated.
  • Participates in family and team staffings to exchange information, provide input and stay up-to-date on current developments. Acts as advocate for children and families.
  • Assists in recruiting families by providing program applications or contact information to interested parties. Promotes the Head Start program in the community.  Assists Lead Teacher in coordinating activities with the public schools and community businesses or organizations.
  • Housekeeping, cleaning, and maintenance duties, which may include: laundry, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting; disinfecting and sanitizing sinks, bathrooms, tables, classroom materials; deep cleaning classrooms, kitchen and storage areas; outside playground maintenance cleaning and organization, etc.
  •  Assists Lead Teacher in assuring that safety requirements of classrooms and grounds are met.
  • Assists with supervision for on-site childcare provided during parent events/meetings and Policy Council meetings.
  • Performs Bus Monitor duties: helps secure children in restraint system; assists children safely boarding and exiting the bus; works with the bus driver to transport children safely to and from the classroom/center; helps maintain a clean environment inside the bus; assists the bus driver in evacuation drills; assists driver with authorization of child release paperwork to ensure that only those authorized are allowed to receive the children.
  • Attends training and staff meetings as required.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of child development and educational component of a preschool program.
  • Basic knowledge of adult learning theory and social service practices and resources.
  • Basic knowledge of program policies and procedures and federal, state and local regulations governing the program.
  • Ability to use positive verbal communication skills with children and adults.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with enrolled families and co-workers.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, complete forms and record keeping.
  • Ability to implement plans to modify behavior.


Required Education or Experience

Assistant Teacher Level 1:

High school diploma or GED


6 months to 1 year experience with preschool or kindergarten aged children in an educational setting.

And Must have one of the following

A current Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or be enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of hire


Have an ECE State Certificate (12 Credits) or be enrolled in a ECE State Certificate program to be completed within two years of hire.

Assistant Teacher Level 2:

High school diploma or GED


Two years experience with preschool or kindergarten aged children in an educational setting.


Have an Associate Degree or higher with 12 credits in Early Childhood Education, as documented in MERIT.

Required Certifications & Licenses

  • Acceptable completion of a background check.

Preferred Certifications & Licenses

Valid driver’s license in state of residence.

Access to reliable transportation.

Auto insurance in the amount required by the State of Washington.

Physical examination within three weeks of employment.

First Aid & Infant/Child CPR Card within 45 calendar days of employment.

Food Worker’s card or acquire within 30 calendar days of employment.

Acceptable completion of a criminal history check.


Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand for long periods of time; sit, including on the floor and small furniture; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers for fine manipulation and to operate a computer and telephone, and keyboard reach; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, squat, crouch or crawl.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close (due to computer work), distance and peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus and the ability to observe the safety of the classroom.
  • Light to moderate lifting is required.  Ability to lift up to 45 pounds.
  • Ability to uphold the stress of traveling.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required.

The work environment characteristics described are what is encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. classroom noise, children talking, yelling).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • May be required to have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet, snowy or hot outdoor weather conditions.

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

Equal Opportunity Employer

Rural Resources Community Action provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.