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Assistant Teacher

The Educational Alliance
New York, Iowa, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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Job Title: Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Part-Time and Substitute

Division - Department: 14 th Street Y

Job Classification (FLSA): Part-Time

Date: January 2022

Supervisor: Nili Talis

Educational Alliance, a 128-year-old New York institution, is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life. We serve everyone regardless of the language they speak, where they come from, or their socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation.

EdAlliance "Perks"
  • Free Gym Membership to 14 Street Y

  • Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance


Create a safe learning environment for the children in the preschool that fosters inquiry, exploration, learning & respect.

Collaborate with co-teachers to create lesson plans and projects that reflect the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching.

Facilitate communication between the family and the preschool.

  • Lead classroom through daily activities
  • Communicate with families about the children's progress and work.
  • Partner with the teaching staff and administration in the overall philosophy and direction of the preschool.


Planning, Preparation + Curriculum Development
  • Co-constructing curriculum with co-teacher, based on children's interests
  • Share in documenting, analyzing, and planning from observations
  • Weekly planning meetings with a teaching team

Classroom Environment
  • Participate in planning and creating a classroom environment with inquiry, exploration, learning and respect in mind
  • Create a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome
  • Participate in organizing physical space and selection of materials in a way that is inviting and accessible for children
  • Share in creating visual evidence of the narratives and curriculum occurring in your classroom

Interactions with Children
  • Speaking and listening to children with respect and mindfulness
  • Assist in classroom procedures including transitions, routines, and small groups
  • Engage students in exploration and learning; curious about the children's perspective
  • Translating and coaching children through conflicts with problem-solving

Relationships with Families
  • Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families
  • Participate in two sets of parent-teacher conferences (fall and spring)
  • Present two parent nights throughout the year, to share ongoing work and classroom curriculum

Professional Responsibilities
  • Share in documenting children's work, development and progress
  • Collaborative and professional relationship with colleagues
  • Reflective, asks questions, willing to take risks and make mistakes
  • Weekly supervisory meetings with Director
  • Participate in weekly professional learning meetings as a whole staff
  • Participating in the professional community, including relationships to colleagues, service to the school and organization, and involvement in a culture of professional inquiry
  • Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct, and decision making


Required Knowledge

Bachelor's degree preferred

Teaching experience in an early childhood setting preferred

Strong oral and written communication with parents, children, and co-workers

Role Key Competencies

Building Trust




Stress Tolerance


EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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