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Assistant Preschool Teacher

Wellspring Family Services
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  • Job Title: Assistant Preschool Teacher
  • Program Name: Wellspring Family Services
  • Job Contact Name: Marie Malone
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  • Job Description:

The Assistant Preschool Teacher, under the guidance of the Lead Preschool Teacher, assists the Lead Preschool Teacher in delivering specialized early learning services through a trauma-informed care approach and providing parent support and advocacy to children and families experiencing challenges in their lives. Essential Functions: •Curriculum Implementation: Assists with planning developmentally appropriate curriculum that is responsive to individual children that fosters their emotional, physical, cognitive, language, & social development. •Classroom Management: Assists with setting standards of conduct and organization for the classroom. Assists Lead Preschool Teacher in classroom management & preparation. Ensures that children are always supervised. •Parental Support: Assists with maintaining open lines of communication with parents. Recognizes individual needs of parents & works cooperatively with parents to try to meet those needs. Consults with parents regarding issues related to health, development, safety, nutrition, & education in collaboration with ELC team. •Effective Discipline and Guidance: Assists with providing & explaining consistent and clear rules to children, redirects inappropriate behavior through positive reinforcement, helps children to deal with anger and frustration, conducts smooth transitions, sets realistic limits, and plans ahead to prevent behavioral issues. •Administrative: Assists with conducting child assessments, written observations of children and determining progress of each child. •Child Health Care Needs: Assists with observing children for indication of neglect, abuse, illness, or developmental delays and collaborates with ELC team during case consultations to develop a plan to meet children’s needs. •Collaboration: Works effectively with supervisor and other team members to deliver the best possible education and care to the children. Willingly shares ideas and opinions & encourages other team members to do the same.

  • Qualifications – Required skills and experience:

Candidates must meet all the following qualifications to be considered for this position: •Washington State resident at start date •Requires regular and predictable attendance. •Education: Washington State ECE Initial Certificate or current CDA or 12 ECE (Early Childhood Education) credits. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be asked to go on an education plan to attain a Washington State ECE Initial Certificate or CDA or 12 ECE credits. •Experience: One year of experience working in a licensed early learning center with children ages one to five. Experience working with diverse staff, clients, and vulnerable populations (e.g., children who have experienced trauma, homelessness, or other significant adversity). Experience with anti-bias teaching practices. •Upon Employment: TB test results, proof of MMR vaccine, successful completion of WA State/DCYF Background Check in MERIT. •Within 30 Days of Hire: Food Handler’s Card, First Aid Certification, Infant/Child CPR Certification, AIDS/HIV Training, Bloodborne Pathogens Training. •Highly developed awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with evolved ability to practice appropriate, relevant, and thoughtful strategies for working with diverse populations. •This position involves contact with children who are ill and/or contagious and the person in this position must take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all children, parents, and staff, as well as him/herself/themselves. •This position involves expressing or exchanging ideas through verbal means (oral or electronic) to convey detailed or important information to clients and co-workers, in person or over the telephone. Must be able to exchange accurate information in high-stress situations. •Requires a person who can reason and apply logic and knowledge of various options in an environment requiring speedy, high-quality decisions. •Requires a person capable of responding promptly to accidents & emergencies in an effective manner.

  • This is a Full Time position.  Compensation: $23.81 – $24.78
  • Benefits:

Choice of 3 Medical Plans • 30 days paid time off per year, plus 10 paid employee holidays • Dental • Life Insurance • Long-Term Disability • 403b Retirement Plan • Flexible Spending Accounts • Health Savings Account • Employee Assistance Program • Employee Resource Groups • Counseling Session Reimbursement • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Training As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Wellspring employees may use their time with us toward their participation in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).