Assistant Teacher

Department: Early Childhood Education
Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Organization Overview: Since 1893, Henry Street has delivered the most effective, compassionate and comprehensive services possible to residents of the Lower East Side. As a multifaceted not-for-profit, Henry Street provides innovative social services, arts programs and healthcare services from 17 locations throughout the Lower East Side. Building upon its legacy for innovation and effective programming, Henry Street has grown to offer more than 50 different programs, currently making it one of the most comprehensive settlement house in New York City, as well as one of the City’s largest social service agencies. Henry Street is governed by a 45-member Board of Directors and is supported by government grants and contracts, as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.

Henry Street’s Early Childhood Education Center provides a warm and safe environment that supports and enhances the social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional development of young children. Teachers implement the Creative Curriculum, which fosters the development of a positive self-concept and cognitive skills, with a focus on the creative process, integrating music, movement, drama, and arts and crafts. Center is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and meets the requirements of all regulatory agencies. This position reports to the Education Director.

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education required; active plan to achieve Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and at least two (2) years of classroom experience in an Early Childhood setting preferred
  • New York State Assistant Teacher Certification required (CDA; passing the ATAS exam)
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in a classroom setting working with pre-school children (2-5 years of age)
  • Demonstrated capacity in assisting with planning appropriate Early Childhood classroom activities, observing children’s behaviors, and maintaining educational records
  • Minimally must have a basic knowledge of Early Childhood development and curricula, particularly the Creative Curriculum
  • Ability to plan curriculum and manage the classroom effectively in the absence of the Group Teacher
  • Self-motivated, ability to multi-task and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines
  • Elemental knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations which govern childcare (including but not limited to Early Learn, Head Start, DOH Article 47 standards) preferred
  • Knowledge of child development including typical and atypical language, cognitive, motor, social, and self-help skills development •
  • Experience working with groups and/or families from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Desire to work with a diverse population of children and families (including, but not limited to families and children in transitional housing, first generation speakers of languages other than English, and those who may have experienced a history of trauma)
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Mandarin or Cantonese) a plus
  • Current CPR/First Aid Certification

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Group Teacher to provide students with an age-appropriate, safe, healthy environment that will help them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally
  • Assist the Group Teacher with developing engaging activities and lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum, Early Learn, Head Start, and the NYS Pre-Kindergarten Standards for the Common Core, as applicable
  • Work with the Group Teacher and Teacher Aide to ensure parent involvement and/or awareness in program planning through regular, open communication (i.e. parent meetings and events, parent newsletters, and parent conferences, etc.)
  • Help the Group Teacher with ensuring records on children and families are current, complete, and kept confidential
  • Act as the Group Teacher by effectively leading the classroom, as necessary
  • Exhibit knowledge of and sensitivity to the educational and socio-economic needs of the children and families served in the program and display a nurturing character that enables the building of a respectful, trusting and loving relationship with the children and families served
  • Support the Group Teacher and Teacher Aide in educating and supervising an assigned group of children at all times
  • Ability to be responsible for the completion of assigned tasks and projects
  • Maintain an open, frequent dialog with the Group Teacher, Education Director, and Program Director regarding all things pertaining to the Early Childhood classroom, students, parents, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining a clean, safe facility for children and parents
  • Display ethical and professional conduct that enables the building of a respectful, trusting and collaborative relationship with staff
  • Willingness to comply with the established agency performance standards (including, but not limited to productivity/personal responsibility, embracing a team player orientation, and maintaining a professional demeanor, etc.)
  • Participate in related training opportunities as they become available
  • Model professional, appropriate behavior at all times
  • Additional duties as required or assigned

To Apply: email Cover Letter and Resume to jobs@henrystreet.org. In the subject line, please indicate “Assistant Teacher” AND the website where the position was found.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.

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