TEACHER ASSISTANT

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-17-031
Title TEACHER ASSISTANT
Supervisor PROGRAM MANAGER
Department HEAD START
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status FULL-TIME - DURING SCHOOL YEAR
Rate of Pay $12.22 - $13.68, DOE, DOQ
Opening Date APRIL 27, 2017
Closing Date OPEN UNTIL FILLED

SUMMARY: 

The Spokane Tribe of Indians Head Start Program is designed to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development—

1)    in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and

2)    through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary. 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
  • Prepare, organize, and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Teach basic skills to children.
  • Observe and evaluate children’s performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Read books to entire class or small groups of children.
  • Attend to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, etc..
  • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and imaginative play.
  • Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
  • Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines and program regulations.
  • Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
  • Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students and the program. 
  • Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs and interests.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, policies, and administrative regulations. 
  • Demonstrate activities to children.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students’ needs and progress. 
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula. 
  • Organize and label materials and display students’ work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence. 
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities.
  • Administer screenings, evaluations, or other instruments to help determine children’s developmental levels, needs, and potential.
  • Prepare and implement individualized programs for students requiring extra help.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as bus monitoring, bus driving, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for use during small, and large group activities with children.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older and must have a High School Diploma or GED;
  • Washington State Short State ECED Certificate of Specialization or equivalent OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire date is required. A signed educational agreement will be required.
  • Two years (2) experience working with children 6 weeks – 6 years in a group setting is preferred (or a combination of work and education pertaining to Early Childhood Education);
  • Initial Basic STARS 30-Hour Training preferred OR ability to complete within six months of hire date and ability to complete 10 hours as required on an annual basis;
  • Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame:
  1. Blood Borne Pathogens (1 Month),
  2. Food Handlers Certification (2 months),
  3. First Aid and CPR Certification Infant and Child (2 months).
  4. CDL Certification (1 Year)
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information for both external and internal systems;
  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs;
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry—Tribal, State and Federal.
  • Successful clearance of National Child Abuse Registry and Neglect Data System;
  • Negative active TB test prior to employment preferred, required within one month of hire date;
  • Ability to lift and maneuver small children on an ongoing basis and the necessary physical dexterity to work with small children 30-50 lbs. on average (bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting, etc.).

 
Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department

Or, can be downloaded online at:

(www.spokanetribe.com)

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Geraldine Abrahamson

Ph# (509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527

E-mail: sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department

No Later 4:30 pm on the Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its Indian Preference Policy

Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period