The preschool Assistant Teacher is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the planning, leading and implementing recreational, educational and creative experiences for young children in a group setting. The preschool Assistant Teacher provides high quality recreational experiences for school aged children that focus on the YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility and caring.
1. Organizes, plans and leads a variety of activities appropriate for preschool age children. 2. Ensures that site is kept clean and organized. 3. Must keep accurate head counts of the group at all times. 4. Assists children in daily needs including but not limited to washing hands, using the restroom, picking up belongings, assist with snacks and packing or unpacking belongings. 5. Ensures parents/guardians comply with the drop off and pick up procedures. 6. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, supervision, incident reports, child abuse prevention and emergencies. 7. Attends staff meetings and trainings. 8. Performs other duties as assigned. YMCA Competencies (Leader): – Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fundraising. – Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. – Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better youth experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work, and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for youth. – Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates and openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths, and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
1. At least 21 years of age 2. Previous experience working with children varying in age. 3. An understanding of positive behavioral approaches and positive youth development. 4. Excellent oral and written presentation skills. 5. Ability to work with others in a team environment. 6. CPR, First Aid, and Child Abuse Prevention training before start of 1st shift. 7. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.
Ability to frequently stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, type, run, jump, kick, catch, throw, climb, kneel, bend, reach, balance, crouch or crawl, climb and/or balance, reach with hands and arms, handle or feel, stoop, lift/move and carry approximately 35 lbs, and use hands and fingers. Special vision abilities required distance, peripheral, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. May be required to be outside for long periods of time. Must possess good analytical, auditory, and verbal capabilities in order to communicate adequately.
Pay Rate: $10-12 an hour
Work dates and times: Typical schedule is 8-1, Monday through Friday