Associate Teacher - Floater
Community Action Partnership of Kern - Rosamond, CA
Along with the teacher, the Associate Teacher floater will provide a safe, healthy, developmentally appropriate, educational and supervised environment for children 3-5 years of age (i.e. indoor classroom, outdoor play area, and during field trips). Encourage parent engagement in all aspects of the program. To promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children. To develop individual goals for children, provide ongoing assessments and children’s progress and facilitate transitions to kindergarten. The Associate Teacher floater is not permanently assigned to a specific job site. Responsible for maintaining compliance with all applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
Receives supervision from the Center Director
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Disclaimer – This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed or may perform related duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- A. Essential Job Specific Duties:
- Travel as necessary to report to job sites as assigned to serve as center staff during the absence of the regularly assigned staff member. Job site and position may change daily in order to provide adequate staffing to maintain required adult-child ratios.
- In a team teaching approach staff is responsible for creating, implementing, and ensuring the physical environment is clean, safe, and inviting; is stimulating and conducive to learning; is respectful of the children’s cultures and ethnic diversity and reflects the needs of the children served; space in the classroom is well organized into easily recognizable functional areas.
- Assists with the completion and maintenance of at least thirty-five percent of children’s educational records and parent/teacher conference within required timelines and assigned by Teacher and/or Center Director.
- Assists Teacher in meeting all timelines for developmental screenings by assisting and completing assessments for assigned children’s files.
- Implement the 3 CLASS domains of effective teacher-child interactions in Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.
- Report all child injuries to the Teacher immediately.
- Completes Child Accident Report for all observed incidents and submit report to Teacher.
- Observe and record behaviors of children to assist Teacher and/or Center Director.
- Follow a consistent schedule that meets individual needs, including small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals and effective transitions between activities.
- Adhere to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA 1992), which prohibits discriminatory actions toward children and/or adult with disabilities.
- Assists Teacher in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate lesson plans which provide opportunities for children to participate in a variety of activities indoors and out; provide large group, small group, and individual activities; teacher-initiated and child-initiated activities; and integrate the educational concepts of health, nutrition, and social and emotional well-being.
- Maintains confidentiality of records and information on children and families at all times.
- In collaboration with teaching staff, follows appropriate transitioning activities for children.
- Works in cooperation with Mentor Coaches as assigned to implement strategies, techniques, and/or recommendations.
- Maintains compliance with universal precautions in the classroom, during home visits and when administering first aid.
- Follow procedures as a Mandated Reporter to report suspected child abuse/neglect.
- Participates in requisitioning appropriate supplies and materials for the classroom.
- Participates in and/or carries out and documents monthly fire and emergency drills, as planned.
- Performs other like duties as assigned
B. Other Job Specific Duties:
- Available to work additional hours, as needed, to support staffing ratios.
- Work alternative hours as required.
- Attend all meetings, trainings, and conferences as assigned.
- Maintains safe and functional work environment.
- Is proactive, in cooperation with other center staff, in the program effort to recruit and enroll families that qualify for Early Head Start, Head Start, or State infant/toddler and preschool programs.
- Performs other tasks as may be required for the efficient operation of the comprehensive, integrated program.
- Center assignment will determine 10-month (part-year) or 12-month (full-year) status.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
- Correspondence and report writing practices and procedures.
- Current problems of socially and economically challenged families.
- The contributions of parents and volunteers who may be non-professional.
- Modern office practices, methods, procedures and equipment including computers.
- Word processing, spreadsheet, database, and other related software applications.
- Plan, organize, and allocate resources.
- To work as a positive team member.
- Express good interpersonal skills.
- Work independently.
- Maintain record-keeping and reporting systems.
- Exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
- Provide guidance and interpret and explain policies and procedures.
- Analyze problems; identify alternative solutions.
- Work with accuracy and attention to detail.
- Operate and use modern office equipment.
- Effectively organize and prioritize assigned work.
- Reasonably obtain knowledge of agency and departmental policies and procedures.
- Effectively communicate with community members and groups, managers, agencies, and families, both individually and in group settings.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- Must possess a valid Associate Teachers Permit or higher.
- At least six months of classroom experience in a preschool setting.
- Bilingual language fluency (Spanish/English) highly desirable.
- Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and State automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record substantiated by a DMV printout.
- Completion of a physical and substance abuse screening upon offer of employment.
- Must be fingerprinted if required by funding source or state licensing and have such records filed with the State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing.
- Successful completion of TB screening upon employment and annually thereafter.
- Must have completed a First Aid/CPR Certification or will obtain the certification within 90 days of employment.