Teacher Assistant Head Start Steel Valley COG III 6/6/2020
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is seeking a TEACHER ASSISTANT professional to support its HEAD START PROGRAM locations located throughout Allegheny County. We are looking for an experienced and motivated person to join our team of professionals who make a positive difference in childrens lives every day. If you enjoy working in a fast-paced professional environment, this is the position for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Find a home at the AIU!
JOB TITLE: Teacher Assistant
This position is accountable for the overall operation of the Head Start/Pre-K Counts classroom that complies with all relevant legislation, policies and procedures. This includes planning, coordinating, and managing in order to provide a conducive environment for the childs healthy well-being and total developmentsocially, physically, emotionally, cognitively, nutritionallywith the support of the teacher and Education Specialist. The incumbent will substitute in the classroom during emergencies and in the absence of the teacher. *Itinerant teacher assistant is required to travel to all Head Start/Pre-K classrooms in Allegheny County to meet the daily needs of the program.
By leveraging strengths in AIUs Core Competencies, the Teacher Assistant works closely with staff to provide children and families with a positive experience in AIUs educational programs and activities.
ACCOUNTABILITY - Understanding of the importance of being accountable and ability to focus on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting work commitments.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION - Understanding of effective communication concepts, tools and techniques, ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING TRUST - Knowledge of methods and ability to develop trusting business relationships and provide solicited, respected and valued perspectives to clients/peers that guide thinking, facilitate issue resolution and enhance client/peer capabilities.
TEAMWORK - Knowledge of the necessity and value of teamwork, experience with and ability to participate effectively as part of a team.
PROFESSIONALISM AND ETHICS - Knowledge of and ability to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in all aspects of conduct and appearance, and adherence to applicable codes of practice-including confidentiality. In addition, must have ability to comply with the AIU Conduct Policy.
ACCURACY & ATTENTION TO DETAIL - Understanding of the necessity and value of accuracy and attention to detail, ability to process information with high levels of accuracy.
CONTINUOUS LEARNING - Understanding of the rationale behind the necessity to continually learn and grow and the ability to seek performance feedback and identify approaches to improve own performance and that of others.
FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY - Knowledge of successful approaches, tools, and techniques for dealing with changes and adapting to a changing environment, ability to adapt as needed.
PRODUCING RESULTS - Understanding of the criticality of getting things done in spite of current circumstances and the ability to utilize assigned resources and leverage back-channel resources (individuals or teams) to achieve or exceed planned outcomes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Helps to coordinate the educational, social, emotional, and physical development of the children in the Head Start/Pre-K Counts program appropriate to the developmental level of each child, and plan the curriculum with the team.
2. Assist the teacher in facilitating a variety of appropriate activities and experiences, which encourage questioning, probing, and problem solving skills that stimulate children to explore and express their creative abilities and promote physical development and nutrition.
3. Help children acquire and use language as a means of communicating their thoughts, feelings, and self-esteem to others. Assist children in developing the social emotional skills needed to have positive interactions with peers and adults, foster independence and encourage feelings of mutual respect among all those in the classroom.
4. Work with the teacher to coordinate the daily activities of the children and the classroom to ensure a healthy, clean, and safe environment, and share responsibility with other adults in the classroom to maintain and clean toys and equipment.
5. Help develop and consistently follow a positive routine and simple rules that are understood and accepted by all. Create, select, and arrange materials and equipment to provide an environment conducive to learning, while remaining engaged with children throughout the day.
6. Work cooperatively with administrators and team members to successfully utilize web based platforms to manage and track child, family, teacher and classroom data. Perform recordkeeping, including written documentation, scheduled reports and mandated reporting, in a timely, accurate and confidential manner. Observe and document specific skills of the children in order to complete screenings and the assessment tool (three times per year) and develop IPPs for each Head Start Child/Pre-K Counts child.
7. Establish a positive and productive relationship with families by encouraging them to participate in the classrooms activities, providing them with ideas for home activities and visiting the home a minimum of two times per year, as well as two parent conferences. (Home visiting is relevant to Head Start only.)
8. Create an atmosphere of teamwork with all service areas of Head Start/Pre-K Counts for the benefit of the child and his/her family.
9. Successfully attend and complete mandated trainings, professional development events and subsequently implement things learned with fidelity.
10. Reports to an Education Specialist for Classrooms or designee.
11. Contributes to the success of the AIU by performing all other duties as assigned.
1. Education: Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Care/Child Development or CDA credentials or Associates or Bachelors Degree (in any area).
2. One (1) year experience working with preschool-aged children preferred.
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to that individual's race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.