VACANCY ANN#: STOI-22-052
POSITION: CHILDREN’S CENTER TEACHER ASSISTANT
LOCATION: SPOKANE, WA
SUPERVISOR: CHILDREN’S CENTER MANAGER
STATUS: REGULAR, FULL-TIME
SALARY LEVEL: DOE/DOQ
OPENING DATE: MAY 13, 2022
CLOSING DATE: MAY 23, 2022
The Spokane Tribe of Indians is a great place to work! We offer competitive Benefits, matched 401K, & incentives that include generous paid time off! Twenty-two paid holiday/wellness days off per year, plus bi-weekly Personal Time Off (PTO) accrual and cash-out ability!
INTRODUCTION: The Spokane Tribe of Indians Tribal 477 Program promotes and supports Tribal children and their families reaching their full potential of becoming healthy, productive and self-sufficient. This is done is in a way that protects and benefits the Tribal children, respects and preserves their culture, values and traditions, gives families access as well as input into the full range of programs and services to promote their self-esteem, independence, self-sufficiency and their educational experiences.
The Spokane Tribal TANF Children’s Center provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for young children. We value, accept and welcome all children and families. The primary emphasis of the program is to provide Early Childhood learning in a positive, educational setting.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Work as part of team, contribute to the development of positive communication, mutual respect, mutual support, competence and creativity among all member of the Children’s Center Staff
- Provide support with what is needed in the classroom, under the direction of the lead teacher.
- Plan and help implement activities in accordance with developmentally appropriate practice and program philosophy.
- Assist in all classrooms, including infant, toddler, and preschool.
- Attend to children’s basic needs such as (but not limited to): feeding, dressing, toileting and diapering, cleaning.
- Provide a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries of the children; observe and monitor children’s play activities.
- Maintain daily documentation and record keeping in the classroom.
- Engage the children in appropriate language development through conversation and vocalization.
- Support the children’s positive self-image through appropriate conversations and positive guidance techniques including negotiating skills; utilizing positive guidance techniques and recommending or initiating other measures to control behavior in accordance with program policies.
- Organize and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas; maintain classroom upkeep and sanitization on a regular basis.
- Collaborate with parents and other staff members in providing education to the children including working with parents.
- Attend staff meetings and designated training programs.
- Assist in meal prep when needed.
- Follow all WA State Foundational Quality Standards.
- Performs all work related duties as required, and assist with other duties in the Children’s Center as assigned by the Program Manager.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Knowledge of early childhood development and child development stages. (Birth to 8 years)
- Knowledge of Native American culture, traditions, and language.
- Knowledge in working with low-income children and families.
- Knowledge of program requirements for early childhood/child care services.
- Skill in effective verbal and written communication.
- Skill in managing your own time.
- Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Ability to establish positive communication among parents, co-workers, Tribal staff, public and private agencies in serving the customers.
- Ability to make independent conclusions and decisions.
- Ability to handle conflict, complaints and disputes.
- Ability to practice tact, courtesy and discretion.
- Ability to work under stressful conditions.
- Ability to work flexible hours.
- Ability to lift and maneuver children 6 weeks to 6 years of age on an ongoing basis and the necessary physical dexterity to work with small children who may weigh 30 to 50 pounds or more on average (bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting, etc.).
- Must be eighteen years of age or older and must have High school diploma or GED
- Washington State Short State ECED Certificate of Specialization or equivalent; or in an alternate field of study as approved by the Children’s Center Manager and Child Development Director;
OR willingness to obtain within two years of hire is required at own expense. *Must sign and agree to a Higher Education agreement upon hire.
- Two years (2) experience working with children 6 weeks – 6 years in a group setting is preferred.
- Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame: Blood Borne Pathogens (1 month), Food Handler’s Certification (2 months), First Aid and CPR certification Infant and Child (2 months), and any other requirements necessary to meet Spokane Tribe of Indians Licensing Standards; if not met upon hire, within first three months of hire date.
- Completion of Child Care Basics training preferred; required within three months of hire date.
- Previous experience working with Native American clientele, and understanding of their cultural needs.
- Must work well with others;
- Current and up-to-date immunizations including a current TB skin test (to be repeated annually), MMR vaccine, annual influenza vaccine, TDap in lieu of Tetanus vaccine (preferred), and Hepatitis B Vaccination; COVID-19 vaccine (preferred);
- Must be physically able to perform all the job duties. Biennial physical evaluation to assess ability to meet the demands of position
- Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background Inquiry—Tribal, State and Federal. Employee is required to obtain a portable background check through Washington State Department of Children Youth and Families within one month of hire date and renew every three years. Employee is required to retain clearance for the entire term of employment—additional checks will be conducted on an as needed basis.
MUST APPLY ON-LINE
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral
(509) 458-6583 (509) 458-6527, Fax: (509) 458-65
Submissions 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
Safety Sensitive Positions Will Also Test For Marijuana
All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject to a 90-Day Probationary Period