Upbring Careers

Early Childhood Aide

Job ID
2017-2608
US-TX-Austin
Type
Regular Full-Time
Shift/Hours
1st Shift
# of Openings Remaining
4

Overview

Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information visit upbring.org.

Responsibilities

Job Summary:

 

Upbring School of Arts & Science is seeking Early Childhood Teachers' Aides who are committed to ensuring dramatic student achievement for all children in the classroom. Upbring’s Education statement of mission of Faith. Education. Empowerment requires He/she to demonstrate high expectations for the achievement and development of all students and foster a safe, joyful, and nurturing learning environment in which students can thrive with a particular emphasis on loving words and loving actions.   Upbring School of Arts & Sciences meets and exceeds Department of Family and Protective Services standards.

 

  

Essential duties

  • Set professional ethics at all times and demonstrate a loving, Christ-like character to ensure students exhibit the same values
  • Cooperate and support the administration in implementing all policies, procedures, and directives governing the operation of the school
  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled devotional, in-service, retreats, open house, parent conferences, committee and faculty
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality on private and personal matters
  • Recognize the need for good public relations
  • Represent the school in a favorable and professional manner to the school's constituency and the general public
  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with friendliness, dignity and consideration
  • Assist in maintaining a clean and attractive classroom environment
  • Supervise extra-curricular activities, organizations and outings as assigned
  • Support the broader program of the school by attending extra-curricular activities when possible
  • Perform any other duties, which may be assigned by the administration
  • Work closely with the classroom teachers and family members to implement curriculum to achieve learning outcomes, support school readiness goals and social competence of preschool children
  • Ensure children are properly supervised at all times and take appropriate safety precautions for all childrens' well-being
  • Work closely with classroom teacher to facilitate learning using supporting materials that address the physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs of children
  • Assist the classroom teacher in managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being and development of the children
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to establish positive relationships with parents/guardians
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to include families in the educational process and encourage their participation
  • Assist with the daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities and daily activity
  • Respond to emergency situations and/or direct to appropriate management team member or program administration for immediate resolution

Working Relationships

  • Collaborate with team members to ensure a loving, rigorous, and safe environment across the entire school
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication, providing accessibility to students and families beyond the house of the typical school day
  • Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external school families that reflect positively on the school and is consistent with school policies and practices and code of ethics

 

 

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
  • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians and team members
  • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally and interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
  • Prepare quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests and projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team with limited supervision; ability to take initiative

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 3 years of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish with fluency in written and conversational highly preferred (based on service area and service population)
  • Spiritually mature Christian active in the worship life of his/her church
  • LCMS qualification by Lutheran Teacher Diploma or Colloquy

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