Job Application - Cortland County Community Action Program

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Assistant Teacher

Position: Assistant Teacher

Program: Head Start/Early Head Start

Reports to: Classroom Supervisor

Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm, 44 weeks per year
Starting Wage: Starting at $16.75 per hour


Job Function: Assist and share the daily responsibilities with the classroom teacher in providing a secure and positive learning environment which will enable each child to obtain the awareness and skills necessary for a successful transition into kindergarten. This environment should reflect an age-appropriate, self-learning, nurturing, enjoyable, engaging, and a self-confident space that requires performance of the following duties.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Arranges and prepares the classroom for the day’s learning activities.
  • Assists in administering children’s cognitive and social / emotional screening to identify their developmental level and special needs.
  • Works with classroom teacher to assist in the planning and curriculum preparation of the daily activities based on provided lesson plans.
  • Works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to create and implement lesson plans.
  • Promotes positive behavior guidance to help children develop appropriate classroom and social interaction skills. Practices effective behavior management skills and strategies
  • Supervises children at all times and keeps the teacher informed of any issues.
  • Works with parents to assume leadership role in educating their child.
  • Engage in positive interactions with families daily, informing family about child while in the classroom and asking applicable and appropriate questions about home life.
  • Working with the classroom teacher, conduct two home visits and two classroom conferences with families to discuss the child’s progress and include family members in creating child development goals.
  • Mentor new teachers on classroom operations, Head Start performance standards, policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to all Agency, Office of Head Start and NYS Office of Children and Family Services policies, procedures guidelines and standards,
  • Collect, track, and maintain information and data for program reporting.
  • Complete all applicable end-of-month paperwork timely per program guidelines.

Education and/or Experience: At a minimum, have a CDA credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, are enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.


Physical Demands & Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment 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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


CAPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, and physical or mental disability. CAPCO will make reasonable accommodations for qualified candidates in adherence of the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York Human Rights Act.