Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel | Philadelphia, PA, United States

Posted Date 8/29/2022


Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI) is a warm and welcoming conservative synagogue located in Center City Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse area. Our Early Childhood Education program is a Reggio-Emilia-inspired school with 5 classes of students between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old. We are seeking part-time and full-time Assistant Teachers to join our team for the 2022-23 school year under the guidance of the Lead Teacher. The Assistant Teacher reports to the Director of Early Childhood Education.


  • Co-construct learning with students and respect students as independent learners
  • Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum planning and nurturing emergent learning with an emphasis on Jewish values and ritual. Judaic knowledge a plus but not required. Must be open to learning about and supporting Jewish content and practice.
  • Utilize planning time along with the teaching team to prepare the learning space and conduct parent communication
  • Share responsibility in maintaining materials, classroom space, and indoor play space
  • Respond to the individual and developmental needs of each child and engage with children in a positive manner using appropriate language and a calm demeanor
  • Promote children’s self-esteem and encourage independence with appropriate expectations
  • Support children in conflict resolution and set appropriate behavioral expectations aligned with our philosophy
  • Help support an environment that is void of stereotyping, labeling, and diagnosing children
  • Adhere to all health and safety guidelines as required by Title 55 PA State Code Chapter 3270
  • Maintain visual and auditory supervision of children and ensure they are safe and accounted for at all times
  • Follow appropriate protocols when handling grievances with colleagues or families and concerns about children’s health or safety
  • Model behavior and language that respects and values individual and cultural differences of children, families, and colleagues
  • Refrain from practices that discriminate against colleagues, families, and children because of sex, race, national origin, religious beliefs or other affiliations, age, marital status/family structure, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Communicate directly and kindly with colleagues when conflict arises; seek assistance from supervisors when guidance is needed. Refrain from discussing concerns in front of children. Recognize that mutual respect with colleagues is key to our program’s success
  • Exhibit willingness and flexibility and strive to assume a fair share of work
  • Follow appropriate protocol and supervisory approval when communicating absences, emergencies, lateness, or schedule changes
  • Display willingness to perform other duties as necessary to ensure program compliance and quality of services to children and families


Comply with all protocols related to COVID-19 and adapt to changes in protocols in line with fluctuating levels of risk, as determined by the administration. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Providing proof of COVID Vaccination
  • Mask wearing and other PPE as needed
  • Cleaning and disinfecting practices
  • Handwashing
  • Completing a daily health screening
  • Social distancing/maintaining cohorts
  • Following travel guidelines
  • Following quarantine requirements in the case of COVID exposure or illness


  • BA or AA in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related field; CDA Credential (must be current); Enrolled in AA or BA; H.S. Diploma
  • Two years prior experience working with young children in a preschool, camp, or care setting preferred
  • Willingness to obtain or present the required certificates: Mandated Reporter, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid, DHS Required Health and Safety Training, Fire Safety Training
  • Must complete new staff orientation and required professional development
  • Willingness to obtain two written letters of recommendation from non-related references
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication including basic computer/technology skills
  • Ability to lift and carry children up to 70 lbs.


  • $18.00-$20.00/hr commensurate with degree and experience
  • Paid legal holidays and Jewish holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Health Insurance, FSA and Retirement Plans for Full Time, School Year Employees


Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Salary: $18.00 - $20.00 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan 


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate: 

  • Philadelphia, PA 19103: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)


  • Early Childhood General Education Teachers: 2 years (Preferred)


  • CPR Certification (Preferred)
  • CDA, AA, BA, or HS Diploma (Preferred)


Work Location: One location

Salary18.00 - 20.00 Hour
Full Time | Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Early Childhood Assistant Teacher | Early Childhood Teacher
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Synagogue
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Mass Transit
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