TEACHER ASSISTANTS PSELC (2 POSITIONS)

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-018
Title TEACHER ASSISTANTS PSELC (2 POSITIONS)
Supervisor PAULINE STEARNS ELC PROGRAM MANAGER
Department 477/TANF EARLY LEARNING CENTER
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status REGULAR, FULL-TIME
Rate of Pay $12.25 - $13.72/PER HOUR, DOE, DOQ
Opening Date NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Closing Date NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of American Indian culture, traditions, and language;
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families;
  • Knowledge of public assistance laws, rules, regulations, service programs and child care programs preferred;
  • Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation;
  • Knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and developmentally appropriate practices;
  • Skill in observation and data collection;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Ability to maintain positive communication among parents, co-workers, Tribal staff, public and private agencies in serving the customers;
  • Ability to handle conflict, complaints and disputes;
  • Ability to practice tact, courtesy and discretion;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Ability to maintain dependable and punctual shiftwork in order to sustain a well-structured environment for the children served by the ELC;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, shifts and rotate between various classrooms and kitchen as needed;

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older, and 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:
  • Blood Borne Pathogens (1 Month),
  • Food Handlers Certification (2 months),
  • First Aid and CPR Certification Infant and Child (2 months).
  • 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;
  • Successful clearance of National and State Sex Offender Registry;
  • Current and up-to-date immunizations including a current negative TB skin test, annual influenza vaccine, TDap in lieu of Tetanus vaccine, Hepatitis B Vaccination—preferred and 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 At the Spokane Tribal Human Resources Department or can be downloaded at www.spokanetribe.com

P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Geraldine Abrahamson
(509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527 Fax: (509) 458-6556
E-mail:   sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com  or hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com         
Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department by
4:30 PM On The Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its
Indian Preference Policy
All Applicants Will Be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject to a 90-Day Probationary Period