Head Start Assistant Teacher
Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Nonexempt
Location: Burien, WA
$19.23 - $24.16 hourly
Based on years of applicable experience
10-month schoolyear program
Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are upholding this by recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and all other historically marginalized and excluded communities other protected status as provided by law. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!
We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. The following are the values guide our work:
- TEAMWORK: Relationships come first.
- EQUITY: There’s infinite value in every human.
- EXCELLENCE: Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
- DEDICATION: Do more. Do better.
- RESPECT: Meet people where they are.
- REFLECTION: Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.
Childhaven is a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. We are building a continuum of care model that is growing to respond to the changing needs of families by combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of community partners. Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation.
You are a passionate and dedicated individual who shares our vision: To help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community. You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo. You are equal parts learner, leader and mentor and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if…” with a reply of “Why not…” If this sounds like you, then we want to meet, get to know you, and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Childhaven is seeking a dynamic Head Start Assistant Teacher to support us in achieving our mission, vision, goals, and values. Above all, the selected candidate will bring enthusiasm for helping us build and support a passionate and skilled workforce of diverse professionals who make significant positive impacts on the lives of children, families, and communities. Currently located in Burien, this position will report to our Early Learning Program Director.
The Assistant Teacher collaborates with the Lead Teacher in planning and implementation of daily classroom programs for preschoolers. The Assistant Teacher will work in accordance with program standards and work with site team to enhance parent’s role as the principal influence on the child’s education and development.
- Contributes to the development of communication, mutual respect, mutual support, competence, and creativity among all members of the ECEAP staff.
- In collaboration with other site staff, supports and participates in ongoing recruitment efforts to ensure full enrollment.
- Participates in planning the educational program and assists with the implementation of the daily classroom program, including music, meals, group projects, free choice time, and supervision of students with Lead Teacher.
- Interacts positively with all children to support their individual learning and meets their emotional needs.
- Works with Lead Teacher to prepare and organize the classroom and classroom materials in accordance with the planned classroom program.
- Collaborates with site team, families, and family support to plan and conduct family events. Encourages and supports families in working toward goals that they have set for themselves. When working with diverse populations, access interpreters.
- Supports Lead Teacher to plan and carry out educational planning meetings with families.
- Completes daily attendance/meal count and/or snack production record. Assists with recordkeeping on individual children and families as directed by the teacher. Completes written observations of individual children throughout the year.
- Participates with Lead Teacher to develop a learning plan for each child within 90 days of school entry.
- Administers standardized screening tools as directed.
- Prepares and serves snacks and meals; participates in and facilitates mealtime service and joins children at the table for support and conversation.
- Oversees health habits in the classroom (i.e., handwashing, toothbrushing, etc.); administers first aid as needed; checks indoor and outdoor environments for safety hazards; works in collaboration with Mental Health Professional and Nurse Consultant as needed.
- May assume the responsibilities of the Lead Teacher in their absence. Participates with Lead Teacher in recruitment and training of family/community volunteers, as directed.
- Participates in interdisciplinary planning for children and families to include staffings, multidisciplinary teams, individual education plans, and other cross-component coordination efforts.
- Participates in in-service staff trainings, staff meetings, and other education opportunities to gain knowledge and throughout the year.
- Works in collaboration with Lead Teacher, families, and site team to ensure smooth transitions for children and families before and after school.
- Responsible to keep informed of ongoing program changes and updates.
- Adheres to all Childhaven policies and procedures.
- Other duties as assigned.
- The equivalent of 12 college quarter credits* OR,
A current Child Development Associate (CDA) awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, and have been trained or have equivalent coursework in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development.
- Staff who do not meet Standard Qualifications may be hired if there is a Professional Development Plan submitted that describes how the individual will obtain full qualifications within five (5) years of appointment.
- First Aid and CPR certification within 90 days of hire.
- Food and Beverage Handler’s Permit within 30 days of hire.
- Completion of a one-step Mantoux tuberculosis (TB) test, unless has written proof of a negative test within past 12 months.
- Able to participate as positive, productive team member of the site’s multidisciplinary team.
- Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for preschoolers.
- Ability to communicate effectively and relate positively to students, parents, staff, and volunteers in a diverse environment.
- Ability to adjust to varied situations, demands, and new instructional concepts.
- Ability to perform basic clerical tasks such as recordkeeping, filing, typing, copying, etc.
- Ability to attend occasional evening meetings.
- Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.
*C-5 College Credit
When college credit is required for ECEAP staff, the following applies:
- College credit must be earned from an accredited institution of higher education.
- 1 college semester credit = 1.5 college quarter credits.
- Staff may replace up to 1/3 of required college credit with workshop hours related to the job description, at the rate of ten (10) classroom hours to one (1) college credit. This does not apply to requirements for a college degree.
- Acceptable workshop hours are: Washington State Training and Registry System (STARS) approved training; Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) approved clock hours; in-service training, conferences, or training provided by agencies specializing in professional development.
- Credit counted for staff qualifications, such as 12 or 30 credit requirements for Teachers and Family Support Specialists must be directly related to the job description.
- Early childhood education (ECE) credit is coursework with content closely related to the Washington State STARS Core Competencies and predominantly address children ages birth to 8.
- Staff requirements for an associate’s degree allow any “two-year” community or technical college degree of 90 quarter credits or more, including degrees designated as AA, AAS, AAS-T, ATA, or AD.
- Equivalent degrees and credentials from other states and countries are accepted.
We are dedicated to recruiting candidates who reflect the diversity and lived experiences of the communities we serve. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply!
Childhaven has committed to equitable compensation practices, including pre-determining what roles require and the qualities needed from the individual that will fill the role. To achieve this, Childhaven uses a grade and step approach to determine the compensation of each team member.
We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a bit of what we offer our staff:
- We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
- We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account (FSA), healthcare reimbursement account, and 403(b) savings program. A full listing of benefits is available.
- Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and educational topics, advocacy, and more.
- We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our antiracism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.
Childhaven values organizational culture and professional development. Team members at Childhaven have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through the following:
- Project work groups
- Clinical and/or reflective supervision
- Community advocacy and engagement
- Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC)
***HOW TO APPLY***
Please apply through our website. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, please let us know.
This position will be open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application online, please attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.
Childhaven would like to get an accurate understanding of each applicant’s experience and interest.