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Early Childhood Educational Assistant - Owatonna Public Schools

Posted on 8/7/2017 12:06:24 PM

Listing expires 9/4/2017

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Date of Availability: 08/28/2017
Date Closing: 06/28/17 or until filled
Position Description:
Assist Early Childhood teachers with performing duties necessary to meet the educational needs of a preschool classroom by prepping lesson plans and activities as directed by the classroom teacher. The Educational Assistant's primary focus is on making necessary preparations for meeting the student learning needs through the safety and arrangement of furniture, accessibility to learning and use of physical resources, support spaces and daily lesson materials. This assignment includes wrap-around care services from 7:00 - 8:00AM if needed by students enrolled in the Little Huskies Early Five's preschool program.

Position Requirements:
High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Previous successful experience working with children and adults in a preschool setting. Knowledge of Minnesota's Early Indicators of Progress standards preferred. Current first aid and CPR certificate, or willingness to obtain within first eight-weeks of employment. Strong organizational skills to maintain a warm and welcoming learning environment, as well as communication skills to ensure that student and teacher preparation needs are met. Ability to be flexible in meeting the instructional and wrap-around calendar, as well as responding to instructional practices and approaches within a dynamic delivery of early learning skills.  A successful candidate must be able to foster a team environment, while being able to self-direct and anticipate work responsibilities once instructions are provided by the classroom teacher, program team leader or administrator. Consistent and reliable attendance is required.

Language Skills:
Read, write, and comprehend English-based instructions, short correspondences, and memos.  Strong oral communication skills necessary to establish and maintain preschool learning environment.
 
Physical Demands:
Mobility and agility to occasionally lift and/or move up to ten pounds, work on the floor and at preschool-sized learning centers which will include physical activity such as kneeling, stooping, crouching and crawling. Must have sufficient mobility to walk, run and navigate stairs as instructional support will occur on 2 floors. Hearing, speech, and sight are required. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
 
Other Skills & Abilities:
Maintain flexibility and model a positive attitude in day-to-day dealing with staff and students. Maintain the confidentiality of all information regarding students. Perform duties within a tight daily schedule and with an awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. Strong digital literacy skills will be needed.
 
Schedule:
5 days per week / 7:00AM - 2:45PM daily schedule for 123 student days in the academic calendar.  Staff meetings held bi-weekly and require attendance following the instructional day.  Program calendar and position description available upon request.
 
Pay Rate:
$11.34 per hour
 

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