Program Aides are generalists, responsible for providing educational, relational and social experiences for infants, toddlers and/or preschool-aged children to foster growth and development in all developmental domains. This position reports to the Education Manager or Center Director and may be expected to travel to the various program sites and/or home visits.
Program Aides may also be assigned to various classrooms/centers/bus routes/cafeterias/kitchens as deemed necessary for the functioning of the program operations. This position also works assists with daily classroom management and other duties and may be assigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.
As a front-line representative of Save the Children, Program Aides are required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that he/she comes in contact with and adhere to the agency’s values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.
As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, the position is expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training, to minimize risk to children. The position must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report, respond to any instance of child abuse, and promote training and awareness around all child-safeguarding obligations.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Application of clear practice and procedure in day-to-day execution of job.
- Organize self and manage time to get things done.
- Keep manager informed of important issues.
- Build effective relationships within work group and with children/families.
- Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Assist classroom staff in all classroom activities.
- Assist the Teacher in any aspect of the program as the need arises (e.g., at Family Nights, copying newsletters, cutting out classroom materials, making phone calls, etc.).
- Serve as a temporary substitute in the periodic absence of the Assistant Teacher or Teacher.
- Provide custodial support as needed; this could include but is not limited to: picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming or using industrial cleaning equipment to clean floors, clean and stock bathrooms, ensure buildings are secure, clean windows and minor building maintenance and repairs.
- May serve as custodian in the absence of the regular custodian on a periodic basis.
- Complete routine kitchen/dining room/food chores as assigned (e.g. dishwashing, portioning foods, taking and logging temperature of foods received from vendors, etc.).
- Prepare food and serve items for service prior to or after use. These duties may include the preparation of food to meet the needs of children with special needs or disabilities.
- Participate in food service clean up, inventory and other food service tasks as requested.
- Substitute for regular Cook or Assistant Cook as needed.
- May be asked to assist Cook and or Assistant Cook to fulfill kitchen duties, in any capacity.
- Responsible for complying with all local, state and federal standards regarding hygiene and sanitation.
- May be required to serve as a Bus Monitor.
- Attend all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary.
- Attend required staff and parent meetings and activities.
- Responsible for gaining understanding Head Start Program Performance Standards and local child care licensing regulations.
- Expected to be knowledgeable of the regulations associated with prevention of occupational disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination.
- Positively promote Head Start in the community.
- Maintain strict confidentiality with respect to Head Start/Early Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Become thoroughly familiar with Save the Children Head Start Employee Handbook, Save the Children Head Start Human Resources Policies and Procedures, manuals and resources and adhere to them.
- Must be at minimum 18 years of age.
- Minimum high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Must have a valid driver’s license.
- Certification as applicable by federal, state or local Head Start or child care regulations, now or as amended in the future.
- Within 90 days of employment, must obtain and continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification (or sooner if required by local/state regulations).
- Knowledge of the basics of working with infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children.
- Ability to relate sensitively with children and to work well and communicate effectively with staff, parents and families.
- Ability to follow directions and take initiative.
- Ability to keep all information on families strictly confidential.
- Ability to work with children with disabilities.
- Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages used by children and families).
- Knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early Head Start program.
- Knowledge of basic food preparation, serving and sanitation practices.
- Knowledge of local resources, customs and languages.
Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, a clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Save the Children Head Start insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to Save the Children Head Start. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.
Behaviors : Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
Motivation : Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
Education : High School
Experience : 1 years: Experience working with preschool age children preferred.
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