The mission of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is to provide for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community of California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture.
MEXICAN AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION
Position: Associate Teacher
Program: MAOF Child Care/Pre-School Program
FLSA Status: Non-exempt, Hourly
Supervised by: Site Supervisor, Program Director and
Staff Development Supervisor
General Purpose: To provide direct care, guidance and instruction to the children of the MAOF Child Care and Development Centers. To instruct children in activities designed to promote social, physical and intellectual growth stimulates learning, according to the developmental stages of the children.
Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Site Supervisor, assumes responsibilities for instructing and supervising groups of children, preparing and following lesson plans, assessing, and documenting children s development, and supervising teacher s assistant and volunteer staff assigned.
• Provide children with a learning environment and experiences which will help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.
• Integrate the educational aspects of the program in the daily schedule of activities.
• Following the curriculum prepares lesson plans and materials according to the general program, outline or theme, and in accordance with contractual guidelines and prescribed procedures. Lessons should include but not limited to activity areas of dramatic play, science, math, art, music, language, nutrition, fine and gross motor.
• Maintains ongoing observations, progress reports, and developmental status of each child.
• Conducts daily inspection of indoor and outdoor facilities. Removes, hazardous debris, unsafe equipment and materials.
• Supervises children activities indoor and outdoor to ensure their safety.
• Implements safety rules and supervise children s activities in order to insure their safety.
• Organize and implement a positive and comfortable routine within the room by establishing realistic limits for the children, by effectively using time, providing for active and quiet activities, and by planning orderly transitions from on activity to another.
• Plans and conducts classroom activities that encourage good health habits appropriate to the child. Involve parents in the educational activities of the program.
• Selects and uses materials and equipment that stimulates the children.
• Prepares and maintains daily attendance records and prepares other reports and documentation as required.
• Conducts initial, interim, and final assessments of children s development, and documents Individual Education Plans for each child.
• Conducts parent conferences on a scheduled basis for the purpose of apprising the parents of the needs and progress of the child. Provides documentation on the results for such meetings and conferences.
• Straightens up and maintains well-arranged orderly environments both inside and outside.
• Assist in the supervision and on-the-job training and performance of assigned aides, personnel, student teachers, and volunteers and schedules activities for same.
• Takes all reasonable pre-caution to insure the safety of the children and insures that children are supervised at all times.
• Becomes knowledgeable of the general health and of sickness in children and observes children for such signs on a daily basis. Documents any signs of ill health and immediately reports same to Center Supervisor.
• Follow the care and supervision of the children at all times.
• Records the number of children who eat each meal/meal summary.
• Establish and promote productive relationships with parents, as to increase the center s ability to help parents meet their childbearing responsibilities.
• Proactive in the program effort to recruit and enroll families that qualify for the CDES programs.
• Establishes safety rules that are understandable and practicable by the children and adults.
• Supervises and guides classroom staff in conducting family style meals and snacks with children. Sits at table, encourages and, as necessary, assists children in serving themselves. Initiates and participates in conversations, discusses colors, textures, nutrition of food, and how and where it grows, who grows it, other food nutrition and community information.
• Attends and participates in staff meetings, conferences, workshops, in-service training, and parents meetings.
• Helps each child to develop a sense of awareness, self-esteem and be able to express his/her feelings. Help each child develop pride as an individual.
• Helps plan and supervise field trips.
• Is responsible for the reasonable care of the equipment and supplies assigned.
• Maintains clean and neat appearance in keeping with professional position and as an example to the children. Wears apron (provided by MAOF) daily. Wears appropriate clothes and shoes.
• Carries out any other activities, which may be necessary for the proper implementation of MAOF Child Care and Development Programs.
• High School Diploma or GED.
• Must possess a valid Associate Teacher permit from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
• 3 Infant and Toddler units.
• Minimum of 1 year classroom experience working with preschool children.
• Must possess Pediatric CPR and Pediatric First Aid Certificate (every year thereafter).
• Skill in oral and written communication. Must be able to write clear and concise reports. Must be able to read, write and communicate.
• Bilingual, English and Spanish required.
• Must meet State health requirements including passing a physical examination
and a Tuberculosis (TB) as a condition of employment.
• Must be fingerprinted and cleared through the Justice Department. Fingerprints clearance must be active and on file with the Justice Department.
• Must provide vaccination records for influenza, pertussis, and measles at the time of employment, annual requirement thereafter.
• Must have a valid California driver s license, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance.
• Must have positive attitude with a desire to work with and promote the welfare of children and their families.
• Sensitive to the needs of the program and the children.
• Sensitivity and the ability to work well with diverse ethnic, religious and cultural groups.
• Maintain confidentiality.
• Regular attendance, Monday thru Friday, according to schedule provided by the site supervisor.
The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
MAOF is committed to a diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, MAOF provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, medical condition as defined by state law, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status.