Infant Assistant Teacher
Milwaukee, WI 
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Posted 8 months ago
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Job Description
Position Summary: The Assistant Teacher (AT) is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the daily programming for children enrolled in Early Childhood Education Center at St. Joseph Academy (SJA).  The role includes helping to provide developmentally appropriate practices and high quality early care and education. The AT works in partnership with the Lead Teacher to ensure that the needs of children and their families are understood and communicated as one of the primary SJA liaisons.

The AT implements the early childhood program within local, state and federal guidelines, rules, regulations and laws, Wisconsin licensing, and accreditation standards.  

Qualifications
  • AA degree in early childhood education or related field preferred (Staff meeting minimum requirement of a, Child Development Associate (CDA) or successful completion of 12 college credits in early childhood education; must agree to obtain professional credentials within 2 years of accepting the position)
  • 1+ years experience within early care working in a licensed childcare setting
  • Bilingual speaker (Spanish) preferred - fluent in English
  • Exemplary interpersonal, collaborative, and planning skills
  • Interest and ability to support children and their families
  • Ability to analyze an issue, identify options, and implement solutions
  • Ability to work cooperatively with people in and outside of the Education/Childcare Services department
  • Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) and effectively interact with children, their family members, management, and staff members
  • Ability to respond positively to work direction and guidance from others
  • Ability to work independently, managing multiple demanding tasks under critical timeframes
     Equipment Used: Office equipment: personal computers, printers, phone systems, fax machine, photocopier

Physical and Mental Requirements: Must have ability to sit (25%), walk/stand (75%), routinely throughout the shift.  Must be able to periodically lift up to 50 lbs. Must have functional senses/manual dexterity to carry out the job; communicate effectively; and use of office equipment. Must have the ability to deal effectively with the stress of managing emergency/critical situations and multiple tasks.

Environmental Conditions:

Performs duties with exposure to infectious or communicable diseases inherent to care children, and occasional exposure to loud or unpleasant voices due to unpredictable behavior of the children and seasonal exposure to high humidity, heat and cold due to the internal and external environment.

Essential Functions

 
Quality Assurance 
  • Ensures consistent compliance and meets all YoungStar, licensing and accreditation regulations
  • Teaching practices that are planned and executed reflect developmentally appropriate curriculum for children
  • Classroom environment is in compliance with licensing standards: cleaned; well-organized; maintained and refreshed with appropriate learning centers, displays and bulletin boards
  • Educational materials and toys are cleaned, sanitized, in good repair, stored and organized to optimize child safety and use
  • Maintains and refreshes well designed, child-focused bulletin boards that reflect children’s work and interests
  • Develops and implements lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum, SJA philosophy and policies
  • Enforces policies and procedures that ensure our compliance with the WI Department of Children and Families licensing requirements and accreditation standards
  • Maintains supervision of children assigned to him/her at all times--alert to signs of illness or stress; informs Program Supervisor regarding children who may be showing signs of physical, emotional, or developmental problems
Customer Relations
  • Ensures each family’s right to information about their child’s progress while maintaining privacy and confidentiality, at all times
  • Extends excellent service to all children and families
  • Communicates verbally and in writing all pertinent information to assist in family satisfaction
  • Establishes appropriate relationships with children, parents/guardians, staff, and the public which ensures a safe environment that protects children/families’/staff rights
  • Fosters an environment that allows children, their families and staff to develop to their fullest potential
  • Cultivates positive relationships with children, parents and families
  • Assists children and parents in orienting to- and making a smooth transition from home to Center and from classroom to classroom
  • Solicits information from families about their cultural background and interests
  • Maintains day-to-day communication with parents, including interpretation and follow through of the SJA philosophy and policies
  • Participates in family-centered events within the Center and the community
Child Outcomes
  • Ensures children have the opportunity to learn, progress and achieve developmentally appropriate outcomes
  • Assists in developing lesson plans that are hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and incorporate activities which reflect the interests and life experiences of the children assigned—consistent with Creative Curriculum objectives
  • Informs parents of their child’s developmental progress at least quarterly
  • Assists in completing developmental assessment of individual children within the class and meet with families to discuss the assessment twice yearly
  • Helps to establish and maintains individual child and classroom portfolios—transferring portfolios as the child matriculates through the Center
  • Assesses the assigned children and uses information to plan and execute lessons
  • Helps to maintain assessment records including written anecdotal notes on the attainment and progress towards each developmental goal
  • Helps to maintain child and classroom records including weekly menus, meal counts, child attendance, and enrollment records
  • Responds quickly and directly to the needs of children
Staff Collaboration
  • Collaborates with teaching staff to plan, organize, and implement daily program plans, curricula and materials
  • Collaborates with classroom staff to develop a monthly classroom newsletter
  • Collaborates with classroom staff to plan and implement a daily schedule
  • Collaborates with other staff to create team environment
  • Communicates pertinent information with members of the team and appropriate departments to ensure response to parent/guardian requests, concerns, or issues
Professional Development
  • Participates in meetings, in-service training, staff meetings, workshops and other activities that improve the program, communication, and problem solving
  • Maintains required continuing education hours.
  • Advocates for issues that impact the early childhood community
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Mission & Values:
  • Respect for Human Dignity:  Consistently greets everyone; Courteous in all interactions with clients, families and co-workers; Shows appreciation to co-workers for a job well done; Responds respectfully and patiently to co-workers’ requests; Contributes to a positive and cooperative work environment; Stops the spread of gossip when it is heard; Protects personal and professional privacy; Keeps information confidential; Uses office resources wisely; Respects the property of others and of the facility
  • Compassion:  Listens well; Is truthful in communication with others; Is considerate of other’s feelings; Is responsive and supportive to all when providing care or service; Demonstrates attentive care to those in need
  • Transformation:  Is open to feedback to improve performance; Seeks innovative ways to improve processes; Seeks to understand and support change as an opportunity for improvement; Is supportive of management decisions; Exceeds requirements of job; Is willing to learn and try new things
  • Solidarity with the Poor:  Is respectful to all; Seeks ways to help others; Advocates for the people we serve
  • Justice and Peace:  Knows the expectations of their role/job; Asks questions if necessary to understand their responsibilities; Treats others fairly; Provides feedback and suggestions for solutions to problems; Makes decisions consistent with the Mission and Values; Works to improve relationships within departments and between departments
Dependability:
  • Completes tasks in an effective, timely, courteous and professional manner
  • Participates and attends meetings and in-service programs and is responsible for necessary education to maintain skills and competencies
  • Reports to work on time--on all days and shifts employee is scheduled to work; adheres to break and meal schedules
  • Follows all applicable St. Joseph Academy policies and procedures and seeks to understand policies and procedures, if uncertain seek clarification.
Corporate Compliance & Safety:
  • Adheres to the Corporate Compliance Program;
  • Abides by all applicable state and federal laws, regulations and licensing requirements;
  • Supports and promotes all safety policies and procedures
  • Reports known or suspected violations of governing laws and ethical operating standards
Communication:
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with children, families, co-workers and supervisors
  • Approaches interactions with others tactfully and professionally
  • Brings forward well thought out potential solutions when problems and issues arise within and among departments
  • Shares information and resources with colleagues and others
  •  Uses data and information management systems to effectively carry out position responsibilities
  •  Handles organizational conflict in a fair, consistent, and professional manner
Appearance:
  • Follows proper dress code (including wearing name tag while on duty)
  • Maintains a professional demeanor

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

 

Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
immediate
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Hours per Week
40
Work Hours (i.e. shift)
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Salary and Benefits
$13-15 p/hr
Medical, dental, vision, life, STD, LTD, 403(b) with company match COVID-19 vaccination required
Required Education
Associate Degree
Required Experience
1+ years
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