Teacher Assistant-Power Scholars-River Bend Elem.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the Director of Power Scholars, the Teacher Assistant is responsible for supporting the daily instruction of and safety of the children in the program and will serve as a role model by exemplifying high standards and values.

They are responsible for managing these functions in accordance with the stated mission, goals, and policies established by the administrative staff, governing committees, and Board of Directors of the YMCA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Interpret, communicate, and promote Y mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with children and staff.
  • Promote, foster and support the Y's commitment to access, inclusion and engagement for all by engaging diverse populations in a welcoming environment.
  • Interact and build relationships with children on an on-going basis during program times, exercising sensitivity to the needs of each child.
  • Responsible for safety and well-being of all children in the program.
  • Support and assist academic and enrichment time.
  • Help identify student needs and support the instructional plans.
  • Communicate with the Site Director and/or Teacher concerning daily activities and the status of the children in the program.
  • Maintains an open line of communication.
  • May provide discipline, direction and motivation in accordance with YMCA discipline policy.
  • Provides direction and motivation for children in the program.
  • Responsible for assisting with accurate records for each child.
  • May assist in collecting student progress data.
  • Attends all staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Attends all field trips.
  • Responsible for being prepared and proactive in all aspects of the program.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.


QUALIFICATIONS:
  • High School Diploma/ GED required with 2-3 years of experience working with children.
  • Must have a strong background in group control, leading activities, planning and organizing.
  • Ability to work with and motivate parents, staff, and children.
  • Must be sensitive and mature and able to provide leadership to all students.
  • Must be able to obtain Basic Life Support/First Aid, Emergency Oxygen and Epi-Pen certifications upon hire. Other certifications and trainings may be required upon hire.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Multi-lingual desired but not required.


WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings.
  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range, or special accommodations made of sufficient nature for completion of assigned tasks.
  • Ability to communicate clearly through speech and understanding of the English language.
  • Ability to walk, run, stand, kneel, stoop, and manual dexterity.
  • Ability to lift a maximum of 40 pounds.