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Teacher Assistant
Summary
Title:Teacher Assistant
ID:2074
Department:Childhelp Cummings Community Center
Location:Phoenix, AZ
Description

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the National Day of Hope® that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.  For more information about Childhelp, please visit the website at www.childhelp.org

About Childhelp Cummings Community Center

As it celebrates more than 15 years of service to the community, the Childhelp H.K. Cummings Community Center (Cummings) remains true to its mission of promoting and encouraging the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of children, young adults and families in need. 
 
Cummings was founded in 1993 as a partnership between the Pendergast Elementary School District, Southwest Leadership Foundation and Phoenix Urban League to create a Head Start preschool program for low-income families in the area.  Cummings and its dedicated staff quickly became a community resource and link to serve a wide-range of other needs.
 

Position Summary: 

Responsible for assisting with the development and facilitation needs for the before and/or after school program for Cummings Community Center, including working with and assisting a Lead Teacher regarding the general supervision and management of the program.

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Becomes knowledgeable of and follows all Childhelp and Cummings Community Center policies and procedures
  • Completes and maintains all necessary documentation to demonstrate compliance with Cummings Community Center Performance Standards
  • Assists in implementing federal, state, and local health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Assumes teacher responsibility in teacher’s absence
  • Supports teacher by participating in the training of parents, staff, and volunteers, as appropriate
  • Jointly coordinates the activities of support staff and service providers
  • Assists in developing and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 5 to 12, based upon the individual interests, needs, and abilities of the children in the classroom and the group as a whole
  • Participates daily in team planning of curriculum with the teacher and other appropriate staff, using and encouraging appropriate input from parents
  • Participates in the team assessment of each child developmentally and creates individual goals, involving parents in the process
  • Assists in planning, organizing, and attending parent meetings, as needed and required
  • Develops and maintains a relationship with each family that encourages meaningful participation in the program
  • Assists in reviewing the needs and progress of each family at least monthly.  Works in conjunction with the caseworker to meet health and social service needs of all families
  • Works cooperatively with identified disability services support staff in the provision of direct services and the development of goals for children with disabilities
  • Sustains positive working relationships with schools, community agencies, the grantee, and the staff of each organization
  • Provides incidental medical assistance, as needed
  • Moves or relocates children, materials, and equipment up to 50 pounds to a different location
  • Assists in obtaining needed supplies and materials for the classroom.  Submits purchase requests and appropriate documentation of purchases made to the designated person in a timely manner.
  • Assists in arranging the physical environment making it safe, healthy, interesting, and developmentally appropriate
  • Assists in developing an environment and daily curriculum which reflects a developmentally appropriate anti-bias, multicultural approach
  • Assists in overseeing maintenance and upkeep of classroom supplies, materials, and equipment
  • Supervises and participates in developmentally appropriate outdoor play activities on a daily basis
  • Attends all scheduled staff meetings
  • Attends and participates in ongoing training designed for Cummings Community Center staff and supplemental education training
  • Obtains and maintains appropriate educational certificates and credentials
  • Submits record of all training attended and classes taken during the program year to the Director
  • Participates in the annual program assessment
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Written documentation of one of the following:
    • High school or high school equivalency diploma and six months or more of child care experience
    • N.A.C., C.D.A., C.C.P, or C.P.C. credential
    • Associate or bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in the areas of early childhood, child development, or closely related field
  • Able to produce evidence of: fingerprint clearance, evidence of a negative TB clearance within the last 12 months, and proof of current immunizations
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate to low income families and their needs
  • Motivated to pursue additional training in job-related areas
  • Must have a reliable, insured vehicle available for use on the job and be able to document a good driving record
  • Able to interpret local, state, and federal regulations, policies, and procedures as they pertain to the duties of the job

Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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