Upbring Careers

Early Head Start Teacher

Job ID
2017-2810
US-TX-Bay City
Type
PRN
Shift/Hours
1st Shift
# of Openings Remaining
1

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

The Teacher Assistant is will assist the classroom teachers in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate learning environment with varied experiences, which will enhance the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children from infant to 3 years of age in accordance to the state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, the Head Start performance standards, the Agency’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.

 

Essential duties (This position performs 100% operations and 0% administrative job related duties)

  • Work closely with the classroom teacher in building on child and family strengths and the planning and implementation of daily developmental learning models for infants and toddlers
  • Ensure children are properly supervised at all times and take appropriate safety precautions for all children’s well-being
  • Assist with the selection of learning material and equipment and arrange classroom to provide a well-managed, welcoming environment conducive for learning
  • Work closely with classroom teacher to design and implementation of the curriculum 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
  • Actively participate and exhibit culture awareness and sensitivity when interacting with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), staff, and the community; apply cultural awareness and sensitivity when selecting instructional/learning material and delivering instruction
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to establish positive relationships with parents/guardians, include families in the educational process and encourage their participation
  • Ensure Agency policies and practices related to infant and toddler feeding, bathroom and hygiene training, and rest time is applied at all times
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of classroom activities based on individual needs of children and goals set forth in the Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP)
  • Provide constant supervision of children during indoor and outdoor activities; provide and fosters a safe and secure environment for children indoors and outdoors
  • 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
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

 

Working Relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience.
  • Work closely with other classroom teachers to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes.
  • Work as part of the team and show professionalism at all times by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries.

 

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or different field with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education
  • 2 years’ 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 Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or different field with a minimum of 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education
  • 3 years’ 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)

 

The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. This position will require bending, kneeling, twisting, and reaching, standing and sitting for long periods of time, frequent walking, and the ability to carry, move, or lift up to 50lbs with or without assistance. This position will require indoor and outdoor activity throughout the year.

 

 

The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.

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