2550 Assistant Teacher


TITLE Assistant Teacher







The Assistant Teacher provides for the care, safety, and nurturing of all children in the group (infant through preschool), assists in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for children, assists in creating a physical environment that meets the changing needs of children, maintains a safe, clean, and pleasant environment, instructs other adults in proper care, and provides information to parents regarding their children as well as general child development information. The position is contingent upon continuation of funding.


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required; sixty hours of college credit with classes in child and family development, including early childhood development, are preferred.

Experience: With a minimum of 60 hours of college credit as described in the Education section, no working experience is required; two years of experience working in a program with young children and their families are required if the educational preparation is a high school diploma.

Skills: An understanding of early childhood growth and development is required, as well as the ability to apply this understanding to appropriate activities. Must be able to instruct adults by role modeling in interactions with children and their families. Must be able to oversee individual children and a small group of children simultaneously, possess effective interpersonal skills, and have a general knowledge of nutrition, health, and first aid. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

License: Certification for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid is required or must be obtained within thirty days of employment.

Certification: Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is preferred.

Other: Must be able to maintain visual contact with physical area occupied by infants, toddlers, or pre-school children. Must be able to get up and down from the floor, move quickly, and lift a minimum of 10 pounds. Successful completion of the screening process for Family Care Safety Registry is required. Must attend required child care licensing training (12 clock hours) annually.


1. Provides for the care, safety, and nurturing of all children in the group by assisting in implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children, assisting in arranging the physical environment to meet the changing needs of children, working with children in a warm, calm, and unhurried manner, meeting the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of individual children, and maintaining a safe, clean, and pleasant environment.

2. Instructs other adults (students, families, and co-workers) by demonstrating verbally and role-modeling a sound knowledge of best practices, specifically child growth and development information.

3. Helps to assure communication by providing information to families regarding their children as well as general child development information by assisting in scheduling and conducting parent conferences and other parent activities, assisting in assessing the developmental progress of children participating in the childrens programs by completing developmental assessments on each child at the time of entry into the program and periodically during their participation, maintaining weekly observational records relating to each child's developmental progress and interaction with parents, and assisting with parent conferences with each family at least once per semester.

4. Assists with managing funds for the childrens programs as requested by ensuring that expenditures (e.g., groceries for the Center) stay with budget allocations and maintaining program records for attendance and Child Care Food Program.

5. Assists in providing an appropriate learning environment for University students by assisting students in planning and implementing activities in the Center, assisting in the pre-service workshops for students, and participating in the evaluation of student teaching performances.

6. Contributes to the effective operation of the Child Development Center by resolving special situations that arise and participating in staff meetings and ongoing training regarding the program, children, and families.

7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Director of the Child Development Center.

9. Contributes to the overall success of the Child Development Center by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Assistant Teacher is supervised by the Teacher-CDC and will be evaluated in accordance with University procedures.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 1 - 500 Points: Knowledge of principles, processes, methods, and procedures associated with a limited range of healthcare, technical, scientific, administrative support, communications, or social science program objectives or common problems. Knowledge permits the employee to complete routine medical and healthcare procedures, common administrative support tasks, operate basic equipment and instruments, carry out a variety of interrelated tasks and recurring assignments, assist individuals, answer common questions, and/or elicit information from a variety of sources. Professional knowledge, skill, and technical mastery at this level are typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience beyond a high school diploma.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 2 - 100 Points: Interactions are generally routine and structured involving employees inside the University, students, or the general public. The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, coordinating work, solving recurring problems, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students, faculty, or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchanging information.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 1 - 100 Points: The work generally involves sequential steps and methods explained by the supervisor and/or described by specific guidelines, such as standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals. Tasks are relatively clear-cut and involve related steps, processes, and methods. The employee may be required to recognize differences in a variety of situations, but those differences are normally clear and require the selection of standard processes to resolve. Deviations from standard procedures or guidelines must be authorized.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 150 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information for others to use. Work activities may be complex and may affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services, but typically involve providing information for others to use rather than requiring managerial decision-making on the part of the incumbent. Job activities typically have limited consequences for the department and relatively minor impact on the cost center. Jobs at this level typically involve no budgetary control except for the normal responsibilities associated with monitoring and reporting every day expenses.