Hill Country Community Action Association, Inc. Head Start Job Description JOB TITLE: Teacher Assistant (10.5 months per year) FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt REPORTS TO: Teacher/Director or Site Director REVISION DATE: July 7, 2015 POSITION SUMMARY: The Head Start Teacher Assistant is responsible for a group of children or area of activity as assigned, supervising play activities by participation in group games, enforcing safety rules, and intervening when children are likely to injure themselves or others. The Head Start Teacher Assistant will also act as Teacher in absence of Director/Teacher by learning all aspects of the function of a Head Start Classroom, such as completing all assigned paperwork and reports, supervision of children, and sharing in the implementation of lesson plans. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Responsible for developing, writing, and conducting a planned lesson at least once a month; more frequently as experience is gained. Prepare and conduct at least one center activity a day, such as circle time, science, home or other. Will be responsible for additional center activities under the guidance of Center Director and or Classroom Teacher as needed. Work closely with the Center Director and or Classroom Teacher to maintain a calm classroom conducive to good early childhood learning standards without resorting to physical punishment. Ensure that childcare routines are carried out in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, and consistent with good child development principles. This includes routines related to hand washing, tooth brushing, eating, napping, and transitions between activities accomplished through working and communicating with Center Director/Teacher. Assist the children at snack, breakfast, and lunch time; assure that the Head Start philosophy of serving family style meals is maintained and that the children serve themselves. The teacher assistant and teacher will both be seated at the table(s) with the children at mealtime. Ensure the safety of children through constant supervision, effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment, and regular practice of fire drills and other emergency procedures. Work as a member of a team to ensure continuity of curriculum and high standards of equality in the classroom; work individually with children who experience difficulty during group activities. Responsible for documentation in of the children's files in all content areas. Complete Individual Development Plans for each enrolled child; continue the on-going assessment process, maintaining written or computer records on each child. Observe, record, and report any child's behavior, sharing information appropriately with other staff members. Attend all staff meetings and other training as provided. After the new hire probationary period (90 days) Teacher Assistants must work toward and receive a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Perform any other duties as assigned by the Center Director. JOB REQUIREMENTS: EDUCATION: Minimum: High School Diploma or GED. (By September 30, 2013 all Teacher Assistants must have a (CDA) Child Development Associate credential.) EXPERIENCE: Some experience and ability to work with pre-school children. SKILLS: Must have a warm, supportive, pleasant and positive attitude toward young children and parents. Must be reliable. Must be flexible in receiving assignments or adapting to changes in the program. Must be willing to accept supervision in order to improve work performance. OTHER: Professional in manner and attire. No record of a conviction which would contraindicate employment. Must have a valid Class C driver's license and a reliable vehicle with current liability insurance; insurable under HCCAA's vehicle insurance policy. Every 2 years: a TB test with a negative reading and a Head Start physical screening. Must maintain CPR and First Ai