Teacher Assistant at Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. dba Upbring in Houston, Texas

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Job Description:

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. dba Upbring

Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status

Job ID 2019-3697
Type Regular Full-Time
Shift/Hours 1st Shift
# of Openings Remaining 1


The Early Childhood Aide is responsible for assisting the classroom teacher in managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being, and development of the children. The Early Childhood Aide will help ensure developmentally-appropriate achievement for all children within a safe, joyful, and nurturing learning environment with emphasis on loving words and loving actions. This position is estimated to begin in July 2018.


Essential Duties:
  • Develop and maintain rapport with students, parents, and staff by treating others with friendliness, dignity, and consideration
  • Set professional ethics at all times and demonstrate a loving, Christ-like character to ensure students exhibit the same values
  • Maintain a clean and attractive classroom environment
  • Assist classroom teacher in ensuring that child care routines are carried out in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, and consistent with child development principle, including diapering, hand washing, eating, napping, and transitioning between activities
  • Adhere to established schedules and routines that ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Assist in ensuring the safety of children through constant supervision, effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment, and regular practice of emergency procedures
  • Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and report these signs immediately to school administration
  • Follow and comply with Agency and child care licensing standards and safety regulations
  • Help enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining a nurturing, cooperative, and sharing learning environment among students
  • Aide in providing experiences that promote individual expression through conversation, play and creativity
  • Work closely with the classroom teacher, following the established curriculum, to achieve learning outcomes and support school readiness goals and social competence of the children
  • Partner with the classroom teacher to facilitate learning using supportive materials that meet the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of each child respecting cultural and socioeconomic differences
  • Complete checklist of daily tasks to ensure proper care of children, environment, and communication with families, including but not limited to: diaper changes, basic laundry, sanitizing equipment, pet care, trash disposal, and toy tidying
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to establish positive relationships with parents/guardians
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to include families in the educational process and encourage their participation
  • Assist with the daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child's routines, needs, developmental opportunities, and daily activity
  • Respond to emergency situations and/or direct to appropriate management team member or program administration for immediate resolution
  • Cooperate and support the administration in implementing all policies, procedures, and directives governing the operation of the school
  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled devotionals, in-service meetings, retreats, open houses, parent conferences, and committee and faculty meetings
  • Support the broader program of the school by attending extra-curricular activities when possible
  • Recognize the need for good public relations and represent the school in a favorable and professional manner to the school's constituency and the general public
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality on private and personal matters
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Working Relationships:
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure a loving, rigorous, and safe environment across the entire school.
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication providing accessibility to students and families beyond the course of the typical school day
  • Work as a team player exhibiting professional behavior and a positive attitude with leadership, staff, the church, volunteers, children, and families that reflects positively on the school and is consistent with school policies, practices, and code of ethics


Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members
  • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication; able to produce quality well-written documents, reports, and correspondence
  • Ability to work independently and within a team with limited supervision; ability to take initiative

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Associate's degree in education, family services, psychology, or related field - OR - Current CDA Certification
  • 1 year of experience in early childhood education or with infants and toddlers in an educational setting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum with emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and conversational, based on service area and service population)
  • Experience with RenWeb or other school administration platforms
  • Spiritually mature Christian active in the worship life of his/her church.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification

Physical Demands & Work Conditions
  • This position requires frequent standing, walking, and speaking for long periods of time
  • Position works in a facility with and around children on a regular basis
  • Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.

The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.


The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.PI130742877