Assistant Teacher - Multiple Age Groups

Fairfax, VA
$$35k/yr max commensurate with education and experience
Nov 03, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Full Time
Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center

The George Mason University Child Development Center (CDC) invites applications for 3 experienced, dedicated and progressively minded individuals to serve as Assistant Teacher in a Preschool or Twos classroom. These are full-time, year-round positions with excellent benefits. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.


  • Support an emergent play-based curriculum in partnership with an experienced Lead Teacher to foster children's overall development and social-emotional skills based on the individual needs and interests of each child;
  • Effectively engage with program team while supporting one lead teacher, and collaborating with classroom assistant teachers, volunteers, and other staff;
  • Help implement developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum consistent with the CDC's mission and philosophy in emergent, open-ended play emphasizing emotional support and respect for each child;
  • Maintain all standards of training and education as required by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC);
  • Develop and maintain strong connections with families;
  • Follow basic principles of early childhood development as defined in the NAEYC code of ethical conduct.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed coursework in ECE, child development, or ECE special education, or equivalent of 1 to 2 years experience in early childhood/early elementary setting;
  • The successful candidate must pass a tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal record clearance before employment;
  • CPR and First Aid certifications are required, but may be completed after employment;
  • Effective communication (both written and verbal) and some supervisory skills are preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum CDA or equivalent 12 college credits in ECE or child development;
  • Demonstrated experience with children birth to age 5;
  • Demonstrated experience with dual and multilingual children, as well as experience working with children and families from diverse backgrounds.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 09413z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. A philosophy of teaching may also be uploaded, but is optional.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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