Position Summary:The Assistant Teacher (AT) is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the daily programming for children enrolled in Early Childhood Education Center at St. Joseph Academy (SJA). The role includes helping to provide developmentally appropriate practices and high quality early care and education. The AT works in partnership with the Lead Teacher to ensure that the needs of children and their families are understood and communicated as one of the primary SJA liaisons.
The AT implements the early childhood program within local, state and federal guidelines, rules, regulations and laws, Wisconsin licensing, and accreditation standards.
AA degree in early childhood education or related field preferred (Staff meeting minimum requirement of a, Child Development Associate (CDA) or successful completion of 12 college credits in early childhood education; must agree to obtain professional credentials within 2 years of accepting the position)
1+ years experience within early care working in a licensed childcare setting
Bilingual speaker (Spanish) preferred
Exemplary interpersonal, collaborative, and planning skills
Interest and ability to support children and their families
Ability to analyze an issue, identify options, and implement solutions
Ability to work cooperatively with people in and outside of the Education/Childcare Services department
Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) and effectively interact with children, their family members, management, and staff members
Ability to respond positively to work direction and guidance from others
Ability to work independently, managing multiple demanding tasks under critical timeframes
Extends excellent service to all children
Assures each child’s right to privacy and confidentiality, at all times
Models behaviors that foster the child-centered philosophy to other staff
Uses a variety of communication methods to proactively identify, anticipate, prevent or address issues and inter-department concerns, problems or conflicts
Directs daily food services operations in accordance with CACFP and DPI standards including: menu evaluation and planning, purchasing, inventory, receiving, food preparation, and storage
Maintains kitchen and storage facilities to meet/exceed sanitary conditions; monitors internal quality assurance and food safety audit process in accordance with all federal, state and local statutory regulations
Assists in day-to-day work activities by delegating authority, assigning and prioritizing activities, and monitoring operating standards.
Performs inventory weekly and proper control over inventory to keep costs down and orders food and equipment supplies as needed.
Compiles weekly production records and other records in accordance with state, federal, CACFP and DPI regulations.
Prepares nutritious meals from recipes that take into consideration children’s various cultures and individual nutritional needs.
Maintain confidential lists of children’s allergies and be aware of center food allergies and concerns.
Prepare alternate menu items as needed.
Assists with the timely delivery of the food to ensure meal schedules are maintained.
Utilizes accepted national food service handling standards and procedures in the delivery of all Food Services.
Complies with all department clerical, statistical, and food handling/storage/service, policies and procedures. Monitors staff for compliance.
Contributes to the productivity and cost-effectiveness of the department
Adheres to established policies and procedures and compliance with all professional, governmental, and regulatory standards
Establishes a safe work environment for employees by performing safety audits and inspections, conducting safety-related training, and maintaining on-going communications with employees.
Stays abreast of changes in CACFP and DPI food programs and provides recommendations for trainings and improvement
Performs other duties as assigned
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