Teacher Assistant

Greenbelt, MD
Aug 21, 2018
Feb 20, 2019
Full Time
Lourie Center - Early Head Start Program

If you are a current Adventist HealthCare employee, please click this link to apply through your Workday account. The Therapeutic Nursery Program (TNP) is seeking a teacher's assistant to start in late August, 2018. The TNP is a specialized early childhood education program focused on children's social and emotional development. The Lourie Center specializes in supporting children with trauma histories, and supports children with a wide range of social and emotional needs.

Job Description

The TNP Teacher Assistant assists the TNP Lead Teacher in the delivery of high-quality educational to children enrolled in the TNP. The Teacher Assistant works closely with the TNP Lead Teacher in developing and implementing curriculum and therapeutic aspects of the TNP. The Teacher Assistant demonstrates actions and attitudes and RISES* values that contribute to the critical success factors of the organization (i.e. best place to work, most extraordinary experience, superior outcomes, financial success for reinvestment, valued as a faith-based organization, and a growing organization vital to the community). All work is performed under the regular supervision of the Lead Teacher and classroom social worker with oversight by the TNP Program Director.

*Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship
Work Schedule:

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the TNP Lead Teacher in the development and preparation of materials needed for classroom use.
  • Provide individual and small group instruction to children.
  • Assists the Lead Teacher in the implementation of therapeutic strategies for the children in the program.
  • Available for any crisis that may occur in and out of the classroom, including those that require physical support.
  • At least once per day, supports student transportation by riding in the TNP van. On the van, the teacher assistant provides a calm, supportive environment for the students and assists the van driver.
  • Records observational data on student behavior with the Lead Teacher's and multi-disciplinary team's input.
  • Able to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team and participates in reflective supervision.
  • Assists in the preparation and clean-up of the classroom as per the needs of the curricular task and the needs of the children in the program.
  • Participates in weekly multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • Continues professional education in early childhood education or a related discipline by attending internal and external workshops, conferences and trainings.
  • Maintain professional boundaries with children, families, and colleagues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Lead Teacher and Director. In the teacher's absence, the Teacher Assistant assumes the role and responsibility as discussed in advance.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Able to create and develop developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Able to handle conflict resolution and crisis management.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Able to able to physically perform Crisis Prevention Intervention to maintain safety and welfare of children and staff.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Able to work on a multidisciplinary team.
  • Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills.
  • Able to concentrate on work amid distractions such as noise, conversations, and foot traffic.
  • Flexibility in order to meet student and classroom operating needs.
  • Ability to maintain self-control in volatile/hostile situations, e.g., when being verbally and/or physically confronted by a student or family member.
  • Able to set therapeutic limits and maintain therapeutic distance with students.
  • Able to maintain therapeutic boundaries with children and team members.
  • Able to address and prioritize multiple task demands within established time frames.
  • Able to use PC (Windows, E-Mail, Internet), telephone, copy machine.

Education and Experience Required:

The Teacher Assistant must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in education, psychology, or other related discipline. Basic knowledge of early childhood development is required.

Minimum of one year work experience with early childhood population is required (i.e.: camp counselor, child care work, college practicum experiences)

The Teacher Assistant pass a criminal background check, pre-employment health screening, and TB test.

The Teacher Assistant must complete and pass the 90 hour Child Development Course (Child Growth & Development-Preschool-45 clock hours and Curriculum & Activities-Preschool-45 clock hours) required through Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care, within the first 90 days of employment.

The Teacher Assistant must also obtain CPR and First Aid training within first six months of employment.

Description of Working Conditions:

Teacher Assistant must be able to perform physical movements required for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention services. This includes holding young children, bending, lifting and twisting. The Teacher Assistant must be able to quickly move from a sitting to a standing position and respond to children's sudden and unexpected movements. Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.

Culture of Care Statement: In an effort to improve patient safety, Adventist HealthCare supports a Just Culture. This atmosphere of accountability promotes the identification of human error (mistake), at-risk behavior (behavioral choice that increases risk) and reckless behavior (disregard for risk). The goal is to maintain a culture for learning, safe systems and well managed behavioral choices.

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Tobacco use is a well-recognized preventable cause of death in the United States and an important public health issue. In order to promote and maintain a healthy work environment, Adventist HealthCare will not hire applicants for employment who either state that they are nicotine users or who test positive for nicotine use.

Adventist HealthCare will withdraw offers of employment to applicants who test positive for Cotinine (nicotine). Those testing positive for cotinine are given the opportunity to re-apply in 90 days, if they can truthfully attest that they have not used any nicotine products in the past ninety (90) days and successfully pass follow-up testing.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Adventist HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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