Upbring Careers

  • Early Childhood Aide

    Job ID
    2018-2930
    Location
    US-TX-Austin
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Shift/Hours
    1st Shift
    # of Openings Remaining
    2
  • Overview

    Why should you join Upbring?

     

    Why work at Upbring? It’s quite simple – when you go to work surrounded by people just as passionate as you, it doesn’t feel like work.

    At Upbring, we’re changemakers determined to create a world where all children are loved, protected and cherished. Inspired by faith, we are both warriors and servants for children and families. We’ve been helping children thrive for more than 135 years, and we’re not stopping. Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. And as we accomplish this mission, we have an opportunity to shape not only the way we deliver our programs and services but the way Texas treats children.

    The children we serve have dreams, talent and so much potential – but they need dedicated, skillful and compassionate individuals to help them succeed. Our employees are champions for Texas children who give their all to create brighter futures. When you work at Upbring, you’re not just collecting a paycheck; you’re playing a key role in breaking the cycle of child abuse.  To find out more, please visit us online at www.upbring.org.

    Responsibilities

    The Early Childhood Aide is responsible for assisting 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.  The Early Childhood Aide will help ensure developmentally-appropriate achievement for all children within a safe, joyful, and nurturing learning environment with emphasis on loving words and loving actions.  This position is estimated to begin in July 2018.

     

    Essential Duties:

    • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with friendliness, dignity, and consideration
    • Set professional ethics at all times and demonstrate a loving, Christ-like character to ensure students exhibit the same values
    • Maintain a clean and attractive classroom environment
    • Assist classroom teacher in ensuring that child care routines are carried out in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, and consistent with child development principle, including diapering, hand washing, eating, napping, and transitioning between activities
    • Adhere to established schedules and routines that ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
    • Assist in ensuring the safety of children through constant supervision, effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment, and regular practice of emergency procedures
    • Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and report these signs immediately to school administration
    • Follow and comply with Agency and child care licensing standards and safety regulations
    • Help enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining a nurturing, cooperative, and sharing learning environment among students
    • Aide in providing experiences that promote individual expression through conversation, play and creativity
    • Work closely with the classroom teacher, following the established curriculum, to achieve learning outcomes and support school readiness goals and social competence of the children
    • Partner with the classroom teacher to facilitate learning using supportive materials that meet the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of each child respecting cultural and socioeconomic differences
    • Complete checklist of daily tasks to ensure proper care of children, environment, and communication with families, including but not limited to: diaper changes, basic laundry, sanitizing equipment, pet care, trash disposal, and toy tidying
    • 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
    • Cooperate and support the administration in implementing all policies, procedures, and directives governing the operation of the school
    • Attend and actively participate in scheduled devotionals, in-service meetings, retreats, open houses, parent conferences, and committee and faculty meetings
    • Support the broader program of the school by attending extra-curricular activities when possible
    • Recognize the need for good public relations and represent the school in a favorable and professional manner to the school's constituency and the general public
    • Maintain a high level of confidentiality on private and personal matters
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned

    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 course of the typical school day
    • Work as a team player exhibiting professional behavior and a positive attitude with leadership, staff, the church, volunteers, children, and families that reflects positively on the school and is consistent with school policies, practices, and code of ethics

     

    Physical Demands & Work Conditions

    • This position requires frequent standing, walking, and speaking for long periods of time
    • Position works in a facility with and around children on a regular basis
    • Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • High School diploma or GED equivalent
    • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
    • Strong interpersonal skills; 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
    • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects and meet deadlines
    • Strong written and verbal communication; able to produce quality well-written documents, reports, and correspondence
    • Ability to work independently and within a team with limited supervision; ability to take initiative

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Associate’s degree in education, family services, psychology, or related field – OR – Current CDA Certification
    • 1 year of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum with emphasis on hands-on learning
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and conversational, based on service area and service population)
    • Experience with RenWeb or other school administration platforms
    • Spiritually mature Christian active in the worship life of his/her church.
    • CPR/First Aid Certification

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