Harlem Children’s Zone

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

3+ months agoNew York, NY

HCZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

Harlem Gems is the final step in our early childhood pipeline. A top-notch, year-round, full-day pre-kindergarten program, Gems works with 160 children across two sites to ensure that each and everyone enters kindergarten school-ready. Gems staff encourage strong family involvement, engaging parents and caregivers in classroom activities, and creating consistency between home and school.

Early literacy skills are a primary focus of the Gems curriculum. Students are immersed in language-and not just English. They also learn basic vocabulary in French and Spanish, and get to know and explore the world around them through exposure to a range of disciplines-from math, science, and technology to social studies and the arts. They participate in fun fitness activities, playing sports such as golf and tennis, and even learn the basics of health and nutrition, including how to differentiate "go," "slow," and "whoa" foods to foster healthy eating habits. From recreation to reading, our goal is to turn our Gems into lifelong learners. And we reinforce the ultimate goal-college graduation-early and often. Each Gems classroom is named after a prestigious college or university, at once setting a high bar for the future and fostering a culture of academic excellence.

Our team has been comprehensively reviewing best practices from local, national, and international school systems and following government guidelines to ensure we are taking all possible safety measures related to the pandemic. Our safety protocols have been enhanced with the advice and assistance of experts in the areas of public health, epidemiology, air quality control, space design and layout, and building capacity. Our organization continues to prioritize the safety of all students and staff as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Harlem Gems is currently seeking an enthusiastic and energetic Part-Time Teacher's Aide. The ideal candidate will join a team consisting of a Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and two other Teacher's Aides responsible for the development, general supervision, and management of a class of children.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning and implementing the daily program under the direction of the Lead Teacher
  • Assist in planning and preparing the learning environment and preparing needed materials and supplies
  • Supervise the classroom when the Lead Teacher is out of the room
  • Assists teacher in maintaining a clean and orderly classroom
  • Participates in the arrival and dismissal of students
  • Participates in activities outside of the classroom
  • Conducts classroom activities when teacher is absent and substitutes in other classrooms
  • Assist Lead Teacher to supervise and promote activities designed to enhance the healthy emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development of children enrolled at the Center
  • Participates in program planning and communicates observations to others
  • Handles behavioral and other emergencies as per policy and procedures and/or behavioral performance
  • Communicates observations and/or concerns regarding students' physical and psychological status
  • Completes data collection in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Participates in staff meetings and supervisory conferences as scheduled
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Associate's degree in Early Childhood Development/Education or related subject area/CDA (Childhood Development Associate) preferred
  • Early childhood education, special education experience and/or educational background
  • Familiar with students' handicapping conditions and their impact on performance
  • Ability to have good working relationship with supervisors, staff, parents and outside personnel
  • Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must apply online or submit a cover letter and resume to HCZCareers@hcz.org . No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.

Job ID: Harlem-TEACH01756

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness
    • Wellness Program
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits and Childcare
    • Paid Family Leave
  • Work Flexibility
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks
    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off
    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement
    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development
    • Promote From Within