• New Brunswick, NJ

Website PRAB

Teacher Assistant

REPORTS TO: Site Director, Early Childhood Programs

SUMMARY

The Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) is a comprehensive human services organization based in Middlesex County, New Jersey. We are the primary institution that provides diverse bilingual/multicultural services to the entire Central New Jersey community. Each year, we serve approximately 30,000 people in the region. Our mission is to equip diverse individuals and families in Central New Jersey to achieve personal, family, and community development. Through our innovative early childhood, youth, family, and community programs, individuals and families access the tools and resources they need to grow into productive, self-sufficient people.

The Teacher Assistant has a basic understanding of NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations and NJ Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing standards and expectations. S/he has good classroom management skills and understands developmentally appropriate practices for preschoolers. In collaborations with the Teacher, s/he uses NJ State Approved Curriculum and Authentic Assessment System in his/her classroom instruction.

S/he is knowledgeable of internal systems used for general program operations, practices and procedures. S/he works closely with the Teacher and Site Director to ensure program compliance and to meet program and organizational goals. S/he is able to thrive in a fast-paced, complex, dynamic environment, and promotes entrepreneurism, creative problem-solving, and respect and compassion for staff members and the populations PRAB serves.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Planning and Preparation

Demonstrates knowledge of content.
Demonstrates knowledge of students.
Understand instructional goals.
Plans and prepares for coherent instruction with supervision.

Supports the Class Environment

Creates an environment of trust and respect.
Understands strategies to assist in the inclusion of students in various settings.
Ability to use strategies to promote student independence.
Ability to effectively employ a variety of strategies that reinforce positive behavior.
Responsible for assisting with the health, safety, and welfare of students in a classroom environment.
Complete daily Meal Count and Attendance Record for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Maintain record of student’s allergy information and ensure center’s compliance in meal service.
Understand and follow center’s Crisis Management Plan and Procedures.
Delivery of Services / Accommodations (instruction)

Ability to employ constructive communication strategies and approaches in working with students, staff, and the greater school community.
Uses questioning and discussion.
Engages students in learning.

Professional Responsibilities and Development

Reflects on practice.
Documentation of student learning.
Positive relationship with others.
Participating in professional opportunities.
Showing integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
Displaying a positive work ethic.
Ensure confidentiality to all children and families.
Work in collaboration with staff and supervisors.
Grow professionally and actively participate in the school’s professional learning community.
Attend on Staff Meetings as well as other required meetings.
Demonstrate consistent and reliable attendance and punctuality.
Performs other duties as assigned by Site Director or Senior Director of Early Childhood Programs.

General

Follow NJ state requirement as per NJ Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing, Chapter 122 Manual of Requirement for Child Care Centers.
follow Center policy for the discipline and care of students in accordance with the DCF, Office of Licensing and PRAB manual & procedures.
Insure compliance with PRAB rules, regulations and procedures accordance with PRAB Employee Handbook.
Understand and follow center’s Crisis Management Plan and Procedures.
Complete daily Meal Count and Attendance Record for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Maintain record of student’s allergy information and ensure center’s compliance in meal service.

QUALIFICATIONS

Associate degree in early childhood education or related field or New Jersey Paraprofessional Certificated.
Two years teaching experience with an early childhood program.
Experience working with low-income/urban population.
Preferably bilingual Spanish/English.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Fully committed to PRAB’s vision, mission, and strategic goals and outcomes
Follow NJ state requirement as per NJ Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing, Chapter 122 Manual of Requirement for Child Care Centers.
ollow Center policy for the discipline and care of students in accordance with the DCP&P and PRAB manual & procedures.
Insure compliance with PRAB rules, regulations and procedures accordance with PRAB Employee Handbook.
Basic knowledge of children’s physical, emotional and developmental patterns.
Basic knowledge of general learning theories and curriculum development alternatives.
Sensitivity for the individual and group needs of children and a joyful approach.
Evidence of emotional maturity and stability.
Evidence of sufficient security and judgment to handle crisis situations.
Ability to seek supervision and use it constructively.
Ability to create an atmosphere of positive and appropriate discipline.
Ability to communicate with parents effectively.
Ability to work collaboratively with a fast paced, highly interactive staff
Proven ability to work effectively in a team setting
Proven ability to work well with diverse groups
Proven ability to handle multiple tasks effectively under pressure
Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Bilingual English/Spanish recommended
Demonstrated maturity, integrity, and sound judgment

Physical Demands and Working Environment

Regularly stand, sit, and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell
Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
School staff will be working in a busy and occasionally noisy environment that is typical to the school environment

Compensation and Hours

This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position
Salary is based on an pre-established range and is commensurate with experience
Includes some early evening and weekend work hours
Benefits are generous, including paid employee health and dental insurance (some employee contribution required); voluntary vision and retirement plans are also available
Paid time off includes sick, and personal days, and holidays

PRAB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Compensation: $27,000-$44,000
How to apply:

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