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Chautauqua Opportunities TEACHER ASSISTANT in Dunkirk, New York


Dunkirk, NY (

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Position Data:

Title: Teacher Assistant

Grade: E6 – E6B Exempt Non-Exempt X

Reports to: Center Director

Basic Function or Position Summary:

Performs instructional tasks in classrooms to assist teaching staff. Assists in the implementation and integration of the compliance mandates by planning developmentally appropriate activities within the learning environment. Provides on-site supervision and child development services to at-risk children enrolled in a child care program.Salary $15.99 - $18.18/hourly

Security ClearanceN/A


Position Responsibilities and Specific Duties:

• Provide direct supervision to ensure the health and safety of up to 21 children with other staff members and up to 8 children individually.

• Maintain compliance with both NYS Day Care Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards.

• Conduct daily health checks for children

• Assist in planning, implementing, and evaluating classroom activities to meet the developmental needs of children.

• Conduct developmental screenings on children as designated.

• Participate in assigned tasks necessary for the preparation of learning centers, activities, and materials required for the implementation of planned activities to meet the developmental needs of children.

• Work with children on a one to one, small group, or large group basis.

• Together with the Teacher, maintain a safe and healthy environment.

• Together with the teacher, maintain accurate, complete and timely records, including but not limited to attendance, meals and observations of children.

• Serve meals to children ensuring dietary restrictions and safety for allergies are followed

• Maintain personal hygiene of children, including provide learning opportunities for washing of hands and use of restroom facilities

• Immediately report and concern regarding child abuse/neglect in accordance with service area policies and procedures.

• If MAT trained and certified, provide medication to children according to doctor’s orders; properly document all medication given to children.

• Maintain an ASPIRE account and keep all training records current.

• Participate in community events as designated.

• Communicate with families on a regular basis through communication books, phone contact, face to face, etc.

• Encourage classroom involvement of parent and community volunteers.

• Assist volunteer staff with their assigned tasks.

• Accompany teachers on home visits as designated.

• Attend all appropriate meetings and training sessions, including obtaining the CDA credential and continued education.

• Complies with ERSEA and participates in service enrollment and recruitment strategies as required.

• Promote agency values and mission.

• Notifies supervisor following service area procedures while promoting self-sufficiency.

• Participate in the larger team of the agency through committee structures, planning, policy development, and volunteerism.

• Present subject matter to students, utilizing variety of methods and techniques incorporating strategies which are developmentally appropriate and consider attention spans and individual learning styles, such as hands-on, visual, and auditory.

• Foster cooperative and professional working relationships.

• Maintains confidentiality and complies with the code of ethics.

• Other duties as designated by supervisor.

Key Working Relationships:

A. Internal: COI Management and staff

B. External: Community Agencies, Transportation Provider, Volunteers and Parents

Supervisory Scope:

A. Number of staff supervised: 0

B. Titles supervised: None

Organizational Responsibilities:

• Adheres to all policies and procedures.

• Gathers appropriate documentation and tracks outcomes.

• Participates in organizational committee structures as appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills Required:

• Demonstrates organizational skills.

• Ability to work on a team.

• Ability to relate well with families of diverse backgrounds.

• Good verbal and written communication skills.

• High school diploma or general education degree (GED) plus one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, mandated. Must obtain CDA credential within two years of employment.

• AAS degree with Early Childhood Education preferred.

• Computer skills required.

Special Requirements:

• Completes all OCFS requirements.

• Must be able to maintain substantial, Active supervision and Zone supervision of children.

• Meets OCFS training requirements and maintains OCFS training log

• Flexibility in work schedule.

• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations.

• Valid NYS driver’s license with the ability to travel throughout the county and reliable transportation.

• Must be able to provide consistent even tempered customer service at all times.