The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Teacher Assistant (Early Head Start)/Child Care/Chicago

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Arts and Education
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview



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    POSITION TITLE:                      Teacher Assistant (Early Head Start)


    LOCATION/DEPT:                      Child Care


    REPORTS TO:                           Teacher/Site Director



    Responsible for the education and general development of the children in the Head Start center.



    1. Safety
      1. Demonstrates safety practices.
      2. Minimizes potential hazards.
      3. Provides adequate supervision.
      4. Provides safety instruction.
    1. Health
      1. Maintains a healthy classroom environment.
      2. Assists the teacher in planning and implementing activities that promote personal health and sound nutrition.
    1. Learning Environment
      1. Maintains learning environment.
      2. Assists the teacher in planning and implementing activities that promote an interest in the learning environment offering a choice of learning center activities for at least sixty minutes each day.
    1. Physical
      1. Assists the teacher in planning and implementing activities that promote the physical development of each child.
      2. Maintains an environment conducive to development of physical skills.
    1. Cognitive
      1. Assists the teacher in planning and implementing activities that promote questioning, probing exploration and problem solving.
      2. Helps children develop conceptual framework for interpreting experiences, including:
        1. Classification
        2. Seriation
        3. Number
        4. Spatial relations
        5. Representation
        6. Time
    1. Communication
      1. Promotes children’s listening skills.
      2. Promotes clear articulation and language production.
      3. Promotes adult-child communication.
      4. Promotes child-child communication.
    1. Creative
      1. Supplies equipment and materials that encourage creativity.
      2. Encourages innovative uses of materials and divergent thinking.
    1. Self
      1. Assists the teacher in assessing each child’s current skill level.
        1. Writes observation notes weekly on C.A.R
        2. Summarizes child’s skills two times per year on C.O.R
      2. Plans and implements activities which maximize opportunities for success.
      3. Provides positive feedback to children when appropriate.
    1. Social
      1. Assists the teacher in planning and implementing activities that develop awareness of feelings and emotions.
      2. Capitalizes on spontaneous occurrences of empathy, display of feelings and emotions throughout the day.
      3. Serves as role model.
    1. Guidance
      1. Maintains an environment conducive to preventive discipline.
      2. Maintains consistent discipline in the classroom.
      3. Sets and enforces appropriate limits.
      4. Maintains a positive approach to classroom control, and recognizes self-control as a learning process.
        1. Organizes smooth and appropriate transitions.
        2. Focuses on activity at hand rather than children’s behavior.
        3. Ignores inappropriate behavior when possible.
        4. “lets go” of negative instances: does not harbor grudges.
        5. Encourages children to make appropriate choices in controlling their own behavior.
        6. Avoids excessive lining up.
    1. Families
      1. Involves parents in the classroom program.
      2. Involves parents in extending the classroom program into the home.
        1. Assists the teacher in sharing information on child’s progress with parents.
        2. Helps parents plan in-home activities to supplement the classroom program.
        3. Makes home visits in September/October and April/May.
      3. Serves as liaison between other components and parents.
    1. Program Management
      1. Employs a wide variety of resources in implementing curriculum.
      2. Assists the teacher in planning classroom programs in an organized timely fashion.
        1. Completes weekly/daily lesson plans on time.
        2. Submits records, requisitions, reports and plans when due.
        3. Maintains accurate daily attendance and food count.
      3. Makes use of program resource personnel in planning for children and their families.
      4. Ensures team cooperation.
        1. Supervises classroom aides.
    1. Professionalism
      1. Maintains a professional attitude.
      2. Keeps abreast of early childhood education practices.
    1. Other Duties
      1. All other duties as assigned.



    This individual relates to, interacts with, a wide range of contacts both within and outside The Salvation Army.  In these contacts, they act as a representative of the Army and its mission.



    Under the direct supervision of the Teacher and Site Director with some freedom to plan, schedule and carry out responsibilities within established polices and guidelines.


    This position supervises classroom aides and school children.



    This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved, as well as the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.



    • Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education.
    • Two years of experience in a pre-school setting.
    • Some experience with young children.



    • Some knowledge of social service programs helpful.
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and be a self starter.
    • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in light of changing job situations/priorities.
    • An attention to detail.
    • A commitment to support and uphold the mission of The Salvation Army.



    This individual will only commit Army resources that have been allocated or approved.


    This individual will keep the Teacher and Site Director informed on all critical issues relating to their area of responsibility.


    This individual will adhere to all policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.



    This position is required to do light to moderate physical work and be able to lift up to 40lbs on a daily basis.


    In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is occasionally required to position self to stoop, kneel or crouch; frequently required to use standard classroom and office equipment and a PC.


    The work environment for this position includes an office or classroom environment with a low to moderate noise level.





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