Assistant Teacher

  • Matrix Human Services
  • Oct 17, 2022
Full time, Part time Education

Job Description

***$2,000 SIGN ON BONUS***

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Teacher
DEPARTMENT: Head Start - Birth to 5 Program, Education
REPORTS TO: Center Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Matrix Human Services complies with federal, state, and local laws regarding COVID-19 vaccination. Candidates must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment.

The Assistant Teacher is responsible for providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for 
children and their parents. With support from the Teacher, the Assistant Teacher helps plan 
and participates in classroom, playground, and field trip activities. These activities are designed 
to foster or enhance all areas of a child's development. 


  • CDA credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements 
    for a CDA credential.
  • Enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.
  • Personal qualifications: emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.
  • One-year experience working with children and families preferred
  • Strong knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards and Michigan 
    Childcare Licensing Regulations 
  • Effective in an environment of cultural diversity; comfortable in a collaborative, teambased work setting
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Reliable transportation is required
  • Follow chain of command for all conflict situations 


  • Create and maintain a clean safe, healthy, and developmentally focused learning 
  • Supervise and monitor children at all times and respond appropriately to crisis or 
    emergency situations as they occur
  • Implement active supervision health and safety practices that ensure children are kept 
    safe at all times set by grantee
  • Establish a positive classroom climate
  • Guide the behavior of children in positive, effective ways
  • Follow a consistent schedule which includes small and large group experiences, work 
    time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals 
    and effective transitions between activities
  • Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, 
    and choice making; ask open-ended questions and follow-up questions to promote 
    further thinking skills
  • Use outdoor time as an extension of the classroom; assure the playground is safe.
  • Promote English language acquisition of children who are English and dual language 
  • Release children only to individuals with appropriate signed consent
  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound 
    nutritional practices
  • Assist with the sanitation of classroom equipment/toys and daily classroom health and 
    safety checklist
  • Support the role of the families as the first and primary teacher of their child
  • Conduct the required parent-teacher conferences and home visits for the purpose of 
    assessment and support, and to share information on classroom and educational 
    strategies at school and at home
  • Adapt lesson plans to meet the individual goals for children as identified in their individual learning plan (ILP), individualized education plan (IEP) and Individualized family service plan (IFSP)
  • Monitor for and report child abuse
  • Assist with inventory of equipment and supplies
  • Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of 
    the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children
  • Ensure all developmental screenings are completed within 45 days of enrollment
  • Use appropriate observation and ongoing assessment, and tracking to ensure positive 
    child outcomes
  • Maintain ongoing anecdotal notes to monitor children’s individual development
  • Input COR notes into data base system within timeline set by the program
  • Maintain adequate safeguards for the privacy and confidentiality of information
  • Complete required documentation of relevant activities and submit records and reports 
    in a timely and accurate manner
  • Stay abreast of current issues and trends by participation in grantee-sponsored training. 
    center pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and 
    professional development opportunities; read and review regulations and other 
  • Provide for the physical needs of preschoolers, including diapering and potty training
  • Must be willing to “fill in” where needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues; Possible exposure to communicable 
diseases; Job may require lifting up to 45 pounds, sitting, standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, 
climbing, and bending for periods of time


  • All staff will use data to help achieve program goals; apply techniques and strategies 
    that promote a culture of learning; identify and address gaps that continuously 
    improve our programs.
  • All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate 
    Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance.
  • All Head Start employees must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements 
    for Head Start operations including the Program Performance Standards, licensing 
    regulations, and the NAEYC Code of Conduct
  • Demonstrate and actively promote an understanding and commitment to the 
    mission and values of Matrix Human Services.

Matrix is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of any characteristic that is protected by federal, state, or municipal law. Michigan law requires that a person with a disability or handicap requiring an accommodation to perform the essential duties of the job must notify the employer in writing within 182 days of the date that the need is known or should have been known.