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Assistant Teacher

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 32 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

Early Head Start offers comprehensive child development services, family support services and advocacy to low income families with children ages birth to three and pregnant mothers. Following Head Start Performance Standards, the program will provide comprehensive early childhood care and education, including health, nutrition, and mental health services. This program is funded through Head Start federal grant and will operate in Lower East Side, Manhattan. The program aims at providing a nurturing and stimulating environment that will prepare children to enter school with the fundamental skills to succeed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  Under the guidance of the Teacher, plan and complete assignments in support of daily classroom program and activities.
  •  Conduct home visits at least twice per year for each family
  •  Provide primary care to classroom children
  •  Maintain an organized, safe and sanitary classroom for children
  •  Assist with classroom set up and clean up on a daily basis
  •  Complete and document daily, weekly and monthly classroom maintenance responsibilities
  •  Assist in the development and implementation of the curriculum
  •  Develop consistent, stable and supportive relationships with families and children
  •  Be part of a team in assessing family needs and child development status, and in creating classroom goals
  •  Maintain proper documentations of classroom sessions
  •  Maintain written observation of the children's experience in the classroom
  •  Assist in the recruitment of families for the program
  •  Attend and participate in program wide activities that include staff and parent meetings, events, trainings and professional development sessions as required
  •  Maintain up-to-date regulation required trainings
  •  Other duties as requested by supervisor to fulfill job responsibilities


  •  High School Diploma or HSE required, Bachelor's degree preferred
  •  Teacher Assistant Certification or CDA
  •  Experience working with children
  •  Bilingual English / Spanish or Chinese preferred

Hours: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Salary: Mid 30's plus generous benefits


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