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Children\'s Center Assistant 1,2,3

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District – Santa Monica, CA

Under general supervision of a Child Development Services administrator or a site administrator, with input from the Teacher(s) and Lead Teacher to whom the Children s Center Assistant is assigned, assists the teacher in providing care, supervision, planned recreation, and other learning opportunities and activities for children in Preschool, Infant/Toddler and School Aged Programs by providing learning activity support to individuals and small groups of children and students.
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT - CHILDREN S CENTER ASSISTANT 1, 2 AND 3:
Six (6) months paid or verifiable supervised volunteer experience that has provided first-hand knowledge of the needs of children in a learning environment. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - CHILDREN S CENTER ASSISTANT 1: High school diploma or recognized equivalent. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - CHILDREN S CENTER ASSISTANT 2: In order to qualify for a Children s Center Assistant 2 position candidates must meet ONE of the following:
Completion of at least twelve (12) semester units of course work in early childhood education or child development (excluding field work), including at least three (3) semester units in each of the following core areas:
  • Child/human growth and development
  • Child, family, and community, or child and family relations
  • Programs/curriculum
OR
Possess a valid Child Development Associate Teacher Permit approved by the State of California. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - CHILDREN S CENTER ASSISTANT 3:
Possess a valid Child Development Associate Teacher Permit approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (www.ctc.ca.gov)
AND
Completion of, or enrollment in, a program leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education; OR Active enrollment in a child development associate credential program to be completed within 2 years.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
JOB DUTIES:
  • Works with children in the Infant/Toddler and Preschool Programs (ages 3 months to 5 years) or with students in the School Aged Program (ages 5 to 13 years) in small groups and/or on an individual basis in a structured learning environment to instruct, reinforce and follow up on instructional and other learning activities and with specific tasks to stimulate the individual child s cognitive, creative, emotional and social skills and capabilities.
  • Assists in protecting the health and safety of children by following health and safety rules, regulations, practices and procedures; by maintaining classroom rest and play areas in a safe, clean, neat and orderly manner; and, as necessary, by washing face and hands of children and helping to brush their teeth; washing and drying bedding used for nap and rest periods and by assisting in toileting children
  • Observes children and assists in the supervision and modeling of appropriate behavior through positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Assists in supervising rest, nap, nutrition, meal and play times either in the classroom, on the playground or on field trips
  • Prepares and serves snacks and other meals as necessary and cleans up tables, counters and preparation areas following each meal
  • Assists in the preparing of materials and aids for instructional and other learning activities, such as, dependent upon assignment, arts and crafts or homework review
  • Performs clerical support duties, such as preparing, typing and copying instructional materials; maintaining files and records as necessary; and distributing, collecting and storing paper, supplies, materials, toys and play and recreation equipment
  • Provides support to the teacher by setting up and breaking down work, play and rest areas and displays and bulletin boards; operating audio-visual equipment; and maintaining cassettes, tapes, etc
  • Provides information to parents and visitors regarding Program activities and contacts parents as needed to obtain information concerning children and Program requirements as directed by the teacher
  • Participates in staff meetings and in-service training programs as assigned
  • Records student progress/abilities
  • Performs related duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE OF:
  • Basic needs, characteristics and behavior of preschool and school aged children
  • Routine record keeping methods
  • Responsive care giving strategies

ABILITY TO:
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity toward children and their individual differences in terms of abilities, cultures and languages
  • Establish rapport with and gain the confidence of children and students
  • Read, write and communicate effectively for the needs of the Program to which assigned
  • Learn health and safety rules and regulations, practices and procedures; recognize and report safety hazards and respond accordingly
  • Learn growth and development patterns of children
  • Develop a working knowledge of subject areas that are part of the instructional and learning activities of the Program to which assigned
  • Operate or learn to operate appropriate learning media and materials
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Maintain confidentiality of matters related to children, students and parents
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the normal course of work and work collaboratively as a child development center team member

SUPERVISION AND WORKING CONDITIONS

SUPERVISION:
Supervision is received from a Child Development Services administrator or a site administrator, with input from the teacher(s) and Lead Teacher to whom the Children s Center Assistant is assigned. No supervision of other staff is exercised.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
May require sitting, stooping, crouching, standing, and walking to work with assigned students. Must have hand and finger dexterity to operate office equipment, learning aid, and instructional materials. May occasionally lift or move a student weighing up to fifty pounds (50) pounds.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
To be considered for an employment opportunity with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, it is necessary for you to complete an official District Application and Supplemental Questions. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. The application is part of the examination process and is part of your total evaluation of qualifications for employment.
THE EXAMINATION PROCESS:
For those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process will consist of any one or more of the following: Training and Experience Evaluation, Written Test, Performance Test, and/or Structured Interview. Additional information pertaining to the examination process will be emailed to those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications.
EXAMINATION PROTESTS:
Protest of any part of the examination process must be in writing and received in the office of the Director of Classified Personnel no later than five (5) working days from the date you were notified of examination results. All notifications are sent electronically via email. Any protest must include rationale to support the protest and must be based on illegal discrimination, abuse of discretion, or procedure/process error. We are not responsible for any incoming mail that is lost or misdirected after it has been entrusted to the US Postal Service.
ACCOMMODATION FOR DISABLED:
If you have a disability that may require an accommodation in any of these examination procedures, please notify the Personnel Commission in writing at the time you submit your application.
ESTABLISHMENT OF ELIGIBILITY LIST:
This examination process shall be open to all qualified applicants and shall result in one integrated eligibility list. All eligibility lists shall be established in accordance with Personnel Commission rules and shall be established for a period one (1) year, unless otherwise noted, or until there are fewer than three (3) ranks of eligible candidates who are available. Candidates are placed on the eligibility list in rank order according to their final examination score. Final examination scores will not change, but ranking may change as other candidates are added or removed from the list.
ADVANCED STEP PLACEMENT:
Generally, new employees start at the first step on the appointed salary schedule. When filling a permanent vacancy, a new employee may request a higher salary placement based on having training and experience that greatly exceeds the minimum qualifications. An employee may submit a formal request for advanced step consideration on or after the first day of employment. Education transcripts, training certificates, and additional references may be requested for verification purposes.
HOW YOU WILL HEAR FROM US:
All correspondence and notifications regarding this recruitment will be sent to the email address you provide. It is your responsibility to review, follow instructions, and respond to information in a timely manner; as if it was a function of your job.
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

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