Youth & Family Services CDC Teacher Assistant Preschool Full-Time in Rapid City, South Dakota

Organization: Youth and Family Services (YFS)Department: Child Development Center (CDC) Position: Teacher Assistant PreschoolStatus: Full-TimeReports to: Teacher PreschoolLocation: Rapid City, SDWork Schedule:Work Days: Monday through Friday; 9:30 am 5:30 pm Hours/Week: 40Work schedule may vary dependent upon program needs.Non-smoking work environment. Wage DOEQ. E.O.E.Benefits: YFS strives to provide its employees with top-quality benefits. YFS employees are offered medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance as well as multiple paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, 401K and retirement/pension options, discounts at select local businesses and more! Click here to view a copy of our Benefit Synopsis.YFS believes in investing in its employees and encourages them to consider furthering their professional education! YFS will help employees obtain their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential when applicable.Minimum Qualifications: High School diploma or GED required. Commitment to continue education in the field of early childhood. May require a CDA or associate's degree in early childhood education or equivalency. Experience working with children. Ability to communicate and cooperate with children, other staff and parents effectively and tactfully. Abilitytoworkwithpeopleofallsocioeconomicandculturalbackgrounds. Maintain a working knowledge of the needs of the ages of children assigned to and the ability to be responsive to those needs. Transport children as assigned and be willing to submit to random drug and alcohol testing in accordance with performance standards and the Substance Abuse/Misuse Policy for Safety Sensitive Positions and Employees Driving Children. Minimum of 21 years of age (BFOQ) and have a good driving record. Personal vehicle with current liability insurance and a valid drivers license required. Must be willing to obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL). May be required, now or in the future, to submit to a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and acquire a CDL with passenger and school bus endorsement and be willing to submit to random drug testing as required by the DOT. Maintain current credentials and certifications. Must meet Head Start Performance Standards, South Dakota Child Care Licensing Regulations, and YFS driving record criteria if required for position. Punctuality, dependability and flexibility.Essential Functions: Comply with and implement all applicable local, state and federal regulations. Maintainaworkingrelationshipwithotherclassroomand/orsupportstaff. Assist teacher in all aspects of the classroom operation including carrying out lesson plans, field trips and daily activities. Create, support and maintain a healthy, safe, learning environment conducive to each child's intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and aesthetic development. Actively teach, model and engage children in play and learning in classroom. Establishandmaintainapositiveandtrustingrelationshipwithchildrenandtheirfamilies. Maintain accurate records for each child, data entry and completion of appropriate documents and referrals as needed in a timely manner. Actively supervise and engage children at all times to ensure child safety. Follow YFS Discipline Policy and Behavior Management Guidelines. Maintain confidentiality as it relates to information about children, families and other staff members. Assist in all assigned grant activities including, but not limited to, in-kind and United Way. Direct other teacher assistants, substitutes, and volunteers to carry out daily operations. Assist with home visits or conferences and staffing throughout the year when appropriate. Attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings as requested by supervisor. Work with children and their families to support development toward school readiness.Additional Functions: Responsible for opening/closing center and all related duties if assigned. Monetary increase will accompany this duty if