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Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), a conservative synagogue located in Center City Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse area, is searching for a part-time Assistant Teacher for our Early Childhood Education program for summer 2021 (June 21-August 13) and the 2021-2022 school year.

The Assistant Teacher supports the teams in promoting the healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of each child by providing an enriched and developmentally appropriate early childhood experience guided by Jewish values and culture with an understanding that collaboration among children, teachers, and families is a key element of our program.

The Assistant Teacher works collaboratively with the teaching team under the guidance of the Lead Teacher. The Assistant Teacher reports to the Director of Early Childhood Education.

-Embrace the role of the teacher as a learner, along-side the children, to co-construct the learning experience and explore together
-Collaborate with colleagues to support an educational curriculum based on the observations and interests of the children, including individual and collective educational goals, and to infuse Jewish culture, values, and experiences into the daily life of the children
-Model behavior and language that respects and values individual differences of children, families, and colleagues
-Share responsibility in maintaining materials, classroom space, and indoor play space that inspires meaningful learning and that adheres to health and safety guidelines
-In collaboration with colleagues, share observations and contribute to the curriculum development and the preparation of Back to School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences
-Utilize planning time to prepare for upcoming experiences and projects, documentation, and parent communications
-Create an environment that is void of stereotyping, labeling, and diagnosing children
-Attend, support, and actively engage in all required meetings and events, as defined by the administration, including team and staff meetings, professional development, parent meetings and conferences, school-wide events, and family programs including Havdalah, Chanukah, and Purim events
-Respect children as having the potential, curiosity, and interest to construct their own learning
-Adhere to all health and safety guidelines as required by our licensing guidelines and our ECE Staff Handbook to ensure that children are always supervised, safe, and accounted for in the classroom, indoor play spaces, common spaces, bathrooms, and during organized field trips or neighborhood walks
-Respond to the individual and developmental needs of each child
-Maintain visual and auditory supervision of children always
-Engage with children in a positive, supportive, and open-minded manner using appropriate language
-Promote self-esteem, and encourage children’s independence and self-help skills with appropriate expectations
-Supports children to resolve and negotiate conflicts and sets appropriate behavioral expectations aligned with the program’s philosophy as outlined in the ECE Staff Handbook
-Embrace families as essential partners of our school community
-Maintain a respectful, non-judgmental demeanor with families and model respect for cultural and religious differences, and communicate with families and caregivers in a positive manner
-Uphold the mission, vision, and educational philosophy of the BZBI Early Childhood Program
-Attain required professional credentials and/or educational requirements as outlined in the employment contract
-Display willingness to perform other duties as necessary to ensure program compliance and quality of services to children and families

-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
-Willingness to obtain and maintain the required certificates: Mandated Reporter, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid, Health and Safety Training, Fire Safety Training, and 12 Professional Development Hours each year
-Willingness to engage in Jewish learning around culture, holidays, and values with colleagues and children
-Proficiency in verbal and written communication including basic computer skills
-Ability to lift and carry children up to 70 lbs.

-Comply with all protocols related to COVID-19 (based on CDC and DOH guidelines) 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:
-Mask wearing and other PPE as needed
-Cleaning and disinfecting practices
-Completing a daily health screening
-Social distancing/maintaining cohorts
-Following travel guidelines
-Following quarantine requirements in the case of potential exposure

-$18.00-$20.00/hr commensurate with degree and experience
-School holidays and Jewish holidays
-Paid sick leave

Please send a cover letter and resume directly to the employer

Duration part-time
Benefits -School holidays and Jewish holidays -Paid sick leave
Ad Posted On 2021-03-23
Times this Ad has been viewed 130 times
Ad is posted for 60 days
Categories Summer Staff, Preschool
Focus Camps & Camping, Education & Schools
Organization Name Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel
Job Location 300 South 18th Street Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Application Instructions
Send cover letter and resume directly to employer
[email protected]

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