Assistant Teacher

Happy Faces Learning Center - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.1

Job Title: Assistant Teacher

Location: Washington, D.C.

Exemption Status: Nonexempt

Position Status: Full-time and Part-time positions available for various shifts (24-hour center).

Compensation: $14.20 per hour

General Summary

Under immediate direction, the Assistant Teacher provides Lead Teachers with support including observing and supervising children, and optimizing the learning and play environment. The incumbent assists in providing and maintaining a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Assist in providing adequate supervision and appropriate care of all children in the classroom/group to include proper maintenance of equipment and regular practice of emergency procedures.

a. Assist in creating reports and documentation for the group, such as attendance reports.

b. Support the Lead Teacher in complying with all Company, NAEYC, and childcare licensing requirements.

2. Perform clerical and non-instructional assignments as assigned.

a. Perform housekeeping duties to maintain a clean, orderly, and inviting classroom.

b. Assist in the planning and execution of all classroom and outdoor activities for the group.

c. Provide the Lead Teacher support carrying out weekly classroom plans.

3. Communicate regularly with the parents and/or guardians about their children’s experiences and development.

a. Establish positive relationships by participating in the daily contacts and regularly scheduled parent conferences.

4. Maintain compliance with all Company and childcare licensing standards regarding certifications, education, training, and health requirements to include:

a. Complete at least 36 hours of continuous education training annually; submit appropriate verification documentation to Executive Director.

b. Maintain annual physical exams, to include up-to-date TB testing.


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent). Current Child Development Associate (CDA) is preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) to three (3) years’ experience in licensed childcare and/or elementary educational facility with assigned group.
  • Must be able to demonstrate successful completion of NAEYC and Washington, D.C. training, licensing and certification requirements:
a. CPR and First Aid certification.

b. Health Certificate with TB test results from within 24 months of exam date.

c. Federal Criminal Background Check (OSSE).

d. Drug and Alcohol test.

  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of current early childhood education policies, procedures, trends, curriculum and development.
  • Required Competencies:
  • Communications – Effectively expresses ideas and thoughts verbally and in written form; interacts well with parents and children; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed.
  • Continuous Learning – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback to improve performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; demonstrates commitment to the profession.
  • Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional situations; exhibits conflict resolution skills; responds promptly to needs; responds to requests for service and assistance; establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact, consideration, and integrity.
  • Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; ability to create a learning environment; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.
  • Planning/Organizing – Uses time efficiently to meet deadlines; manage multiple tasks; responds effectively to changing priorities.
  • Problem Solving- Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials safely.
Working Conditions

This position operates in an early learning childcare environment. The incumbent will interact with children of varied ages and parents/guardians daily. The incumbent will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions daily.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently sit, stand, bend, walk, run, jump, and reach. The incumbent must frequently lift up to 40 lbs. and stand up to 95% of their shift. Specific vision abilities required by this position include peripheral, close and distance vision to properly monitor children. The noise level in the work environment is typically loud.

This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Other Duties

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and work performed by employees, but is not a complete list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of personnel. Furthermore, other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at the discretion of the employer. At which time, a revised job description will be dispensed to include any added and/or augmented essential functions.

Direct Reports

No direct reports.