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Early Childhood Assistant 2022-2023

Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Boulder, CO, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Mar 14

Job Title: Early Childhood Teacher Assistant - 2022/2023
Program: Early Childhood
Reports to: Lead Kindergarten Teacher
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Date: March 2022

Position Summary
The Early Childhood Teacher Assistant is responsible for helping to create a wonderful Waldorf Kindergarten experience for our mixed age classrooms (ages 2 ½ to 4, or 4 to 6). The ECE Assistant will work with the Early Childhood Lead Teacher by assisting in classroom management and supervision of the class, engage appropriately with students, take direction from the Lead Teacher, and engage in day to day responsibilities according to the principles of Waldorf Education. This position requires a high level of comfort and appreciation for spending time outdoors with children in all kinds of weather.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist in curriculum activities; setup/cleanup of circle time, birthday celebrations, and festivals
Oversee children on the playground and assist with the transitions to and from outside
Assist with transitions to Rainbow Garden- afternoon kindergarten.
Help with daily preparations of classroom, restocking cleaning and bathroom supplies, materials
Help maintain general order, cleanliness, and aesthetics in classroom
Prepare, serve, and cleanup daily snacks
Load and unload dishwasher; do classroom laundry daily
Guide children with self-care (diapering, toileting, dressing, and social behavior)
Provide first aid as needed
Become knowledgeable about campus Emergency Plan and be ready to implement
Assist in maintaining a warm and nurturing environment
Assist in maintaining orderly storage area in the ECE and outdoor storage sheds
Direct student behavior and parent communication to the Lead Kindergarten Teacher
Complete, acquire signatures, and file Accident/Incident Report as needed
Maintain confidentiality in all student situations

Additional Responsibilities
May Substitute for Lead Teacher if needed (ECT required)
May Substitute for afternoon program if available
In accordance with the SMWS philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in accordance with the duties listed above.

Education and Qualifications
Early Childhood Education experience preferred
Waldorf Kindergarten experience preferred
Reliable, consistent, and team oriented
Possess a warm, friendly, and joyous demeanor

Early Childhood Licensing Requirements
Complete requirements for Colorado ECE regulations of Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. Must be an ECT (Early Childhood Teacher) as designated by the State of Colorado or working toward this qualification.
Within 30 days CPR, First Aid, Standard Precautions, Physical, Background check, fingerprinting, mandatory licensing classes, registration in Colorado Shines PDIS and Early Childhood Educator qualified per the State of Colorado’s requirements.
Submission of a medical physical by a licensed physician or other health care professional as required per licensing regulations

Work Setting
Kindergarten classroom, playground, field trips, and neighborhood walks
Monday through Friday, hours of 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Work schedule follows the SMWS annual school calendar - late August through early June
Because of the classroom setting, there are limited breaks offered during the day

Salary and Benefits
Hourly rate of $18.00 per hour
Lead Substitute rate of $25.00 per hour (ECT required)
Three (3) paid Holidays include: Fall Break Holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Memorial Day
Colorado Paid Sick Leave - 1 hour for each 30 hours worked - up to 48 hours per year
Professional Development - will be paid time
Required 15 hours of online PDIS (Professional Development Information System) classes
Attendance is encouraged at department meetings, studies, and conferences
This is a part time position - no additional benefits are offered at this time

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
Frequent walks; use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; speaking and listening
Daily requirement to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl
Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child
Vision requirements include: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Shining Mountain Waldorf School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, familial status, sexual orientation or nation or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

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