Teacher Assistant

Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency - Minnesota (30+ days ago)



.68 FTE (36 hours/week during the school year)


The Teacher Assistant works with the Head Start Teacher in implementing all classroom activities including meal service. The Assistant Teacher cooperates with the Teacher, Paraprofessional and other Head Start staff in providing the best possible program. Works with children and families in the classroom and performs other duties as assigned by the teacher.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans with the Teacher and implements daily activities; assisting with completing child assessments using Creative Curriculum.
  • Data entry on teaching strategies GOLD software.
  • Works with the children individually and in groups in the center; accompanies the class on field trips.
  • Comply and implement local, state and Head Start federal guidelines.
  • Works with teacher and paraprofessional to serve and clean up meals and purchase groceries. Participates in family-style meals.
  • Actively participates in cleaning and maintenance of the center.
  • Attends team meetings, CAP Agency and Head Start trainings/meetings and other training as assigned.
  • Communicates with parents and staff to ensure complete services for each child. Communicates all relevant messages and information to teacher in a timely manner.
  • Assists in maintaining a safe indoor and outdoor environment in all aspects of the program.
  • Welcomes and supports parent and other volunteers at the center.
  • Shares responsibility for completion of program paperwork such as attendance and meal count, daily safety check, in-kind.


  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Communication
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Customer Centered
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Use of Technology and information management

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation, Training and Experience Guidelines

Must be proficient in Microsoft office, and have previous data entry experience. At a minimum have a CDA credential or a state awarded certificate that meets or exceeds a CDA credential, or are enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree, or are willing to complete a CDA program within two years of the time of hire. Current Infant/Child First Aid and CPR Certificate preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment.
  • Classroom policies, procedures and processes.
  • Methods and techniques to assist students in early childhood learning.
  • Methods and techniques for working with students with disabilities and special needs.
  • Specialized Head Start and agency software applications and procedures.
  • Local community resources and regional community services programs.
  • Principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Personal computers utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Safety rules and regulations.

Skill in:

  • Monitoring and improving student behavior and learning skills.
  • Assisting children and special needs students, and assessing educational needs.
  • Maintaining composure, and working effectively under classroom conditions.
  • Administering educational and school support programs.
  • Reacting quickly to situations that could create personal stress and safety problems.
  • Communicating effectively with children.
  • Collaborating as a team member, with colleagues, families, staff and community representatives.
  • Following verbal and written instructions.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, families, clients and community agencies.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License, proof of insurance and review of Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report is required.


A job in this category may include and require sitting, standing, walking and lifting up to 40lbs.


Grade: N-2

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Department: Head Start

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY: Scott, Carver, Dakota CAP Agency will not deny anyone the opportunities for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

The Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $12.46 to $13.60 /hour