Smart Start Learning Center Assistant Teacher (Before & After School)
DIVISION: Community Living Connections
REPORTS TO: Lead Teacher or Center Manager
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
24-40 Hours Per Week, $16.72-$18.09 Per Hour
Assists the Lead Teacher in planning, organizing and conducting activities in the before and
after school classroom to provide a quality experience for children. Assists with the preparation
of the classroom, including materials and planned activities. Implements trauma invested
practices that support social-emotional learning and self-regulation in the classroom. Is able to
provide a safe environment that includes active supervision of all children under their care. The
Assistant Teacher works under supervision of the Lead Teacher, but is able to perform most
Examples of Duties & Responsibilities
- Assists in educational planning for the before and after school program. Prepares and
organizes materials that support lesson plans and activities with guidance from the Lead
- Ability to effectively support classroom management during all daily routines; may be required
to maintain classroom management routines in the absence of the Lead Teacher.
- Responsible for basic classroom maintenance, including sweeping and vacuuming after
messy activities, to assure classroom meets safety and health standards.
- Is able to apply trauma invested practices that support social-emotional learning and
self-regulation in the classroom.
- Assists with the developmental screening of children. Supports the implementation of
individual child plans, and child goals, in order to meet each child’s needs.
- Assists with communicating with parents by preparing parent correspondence and handouts,
as delegated. Communicates with families through a variety of formats, including written, verbal,
& approved communication platforms.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assist the bus driver in evacuation drills; assist the driver with authorization of child release
paperwork to ensure that only those authorized are allowed to receive the children.
- Assists Lead Teacher in assuring that safety requirements of classrooms and grounds are met.
- Attend staff trainings and meetings as required.
- May travel to other centers to provide support.
- 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 relationships with enrolled children, families and the community.
• Ability to establish professional relationships with co-workers in a team environment.
• Proficient in oral and written communication.
Required Education or Experience
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
High school diploma or GED
2 years experience with school aged children in an educational setting.
Must Have an Associate Degree or higher with 12 credits in Early Childhood Education, as
documented in MERIT
Required Certifications & Licenses
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
- 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.
• TB test and proof of test results to employer prior to the start of employment. New employees
do not need a TB skin test if they have written proof of one of the following:
- A negative Mantoux TB test in the 12 months prior to hire,
- A previously positive Mantoux TB test with documented proof of treatment;
- A recent negative chest x-ray and a statement from a health care provider that the
employee does not pose a risk to others;
- Medication therapy to treat TB
• Documentation of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunization:
- An immunization record indicating that you have received at least one dose of MMR
vaccination (Immunization record card is acceptable only with doctor’s signature/initials
- Lab evidence of immunity to measles disease (also known as a blood test or titer).
- Documentation from a health care provider that the person has had measles disease sufficient
to provide immunity against measles.
- Written certification signed by a health care practitioner, licensed in Washington State— a
medical doctor (MD), naturopathic doctor (ND), osteopathic doctor (DO), advanced registered
nurse practitioner (ARNP) or a physician’s assistant (PA)—that the Measles, Mumps, & Rubella
vaccine is, in the practitioner’s judgment, not advisable for you.
- COVID-19 Vaccination, HR will need a copy of your vaccination card (if not provided already)
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
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