Employment Opportunities

Teacher Assistant - Arcadia - Full Time

Department: Head Start
Location: Arcadia
Shift: Days
Starting Wage: 15.41-19.29

Job Description:

Western Dairyland Head Start is hiring a Teacher Assistant to aid in the management of the classroom and in the supervision of children at our Arcadia Head Start Center.

Head Start promotes school readiness of children under the age of five from income-eligible families by supporting their growth and development in a positive learning environment through comprehensive services, which include early learning, health, and family well-being. We're a mission-driven organization making a positive impact in our community since 1966.

Job Responsiblities:

  • Supervise children and their activities to ensure their safety and well-being
  • Plan and implement classroom activities
  • Provide children with a model to support and develop a positive self-concept
  • Implement positive guidance and model appropriate practice
  • Prepare the classroom, outdoor space, and other center facilities to ensure they are safe, clean and ready for the daily activities
  • Support the inclusion of all children
  • Recommend purchase of equipment and supplies
  • Maintain attendance records on each child
  • Observe children daily for signs of illness
  • Assist with developmental screenings and ongoing assessments
  • Knowledge of state and federal Head Start regulations; Child Care Licensing Rules; Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework; Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement; and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Demonstrate understanding of Head Start philosophy and Western Dairyland Head Start's core values
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to culture and family background
  • Comply with Policies and Procedures and Standards of Conducts
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Complete individual needs assessment and develop professional development goal annually
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development per year

Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • Introduction to Child Care Profession within 6 months of hire
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or Registry certificate; are enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire

This is a full-time, school-year position. Western Dairyland is committed to employee wellness and work-life balance. We have implemented a four-day 36 hour workweek! 

We offer a complete benefits package including:

Vacation, personal leave, holidays, sick leave

  • Summers off
  • 63 hours of vacation during the school year
  • 18 hours of personal time off
  • 8 paid holidays during the school year
  • Sick leave accrued at 0.05709 hours per hour worked
    • approximately 8 hours of sick leave per month for full-time employees
    • maximum accrued sick leave of 450 hours
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability agency paid

401(k) plan with up to a 6% match 

Employees can contribute immediately. After 1 year of employment, the agency will contribute between 3 and 6 percent, dependent on the employee's contribution.

Health Insurance

  • 90% of premiums covered for individual coverage
  • 75% premiums covered for additional coverage needed
  • $3,750 deductible reimbursement for individuals and up to $6,500 reimbursed for family deductibles
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for both Health and Dependent Care

Dental Insurance

  • Single $36.67 per month
  • Family $108.20 per month

Additional Benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program - fully paid
  • Basic Life Insurance - fully paid (plus additional group coverage amounts)
  • Flexible work schedule with generous accommodations for family, school, and volunteer commitments
  • Opportunities for continuing education, conferences, and classes
  • Employees have access to our Discount Marketplace
  • WDEOC is a qualified employer under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

To apply:
Complete an online application at wdHeadStart.org/jobs

Send a cover letter and resume to HR at hr@wdeoc.org

This position is open until filled.

Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. This agency is an equal-opportunity employer.


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