Teacher Assistant/Van Driver
Pay Rate: Hourly:$9.50/hr
25hrs Mon-Fri 2pm- 6:30 pm
Under direct supervision, assists teacher in a classroom for children birth to 12 years old with a variety of routine record keeping and teaching activities, child health, safety and developmental tasks and compliance with all policies and regulations. Will also operate YWCA passenger vehicles for transportation of children, staff or authorized persons. Driver will maintain vehicle maintenance records, trip logs and mileage logs.
High School graduate or equivalent required.
Experience working with and around children in a care or educational setting; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities preferred.
Safely operates agency vehicles of 15 passengers or less for program-related activities. Must have demonstrated ability to safely operate a large passenger vehicle or commercial vehicle with at least six (6) months experience; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Teacher Assistant: Assists Teacher in implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom to include the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children from birth to 12 years old. Interacts positively with children individually and in small or large groups throughout the day. Assists Teacher with classroom and record keeping in compliance with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) minimum standards and YWCA standards, policies and procedures. Ensures compliance in absence of teacher. Ensures a safe, healthy learning environment. Performs daily health checks of children, as well as daily safety checks of indoor and outdoor environments. Ensures the healthy development of children through appropriate supervision of meals, snacks and rest periods. Provides positive guidance through appropriate discipline and classroom supervision techniques. Assists in maintenance of equipment and supplies required for appropriate curriculum and requests replacement as required. Routinely documents observed development of each child. Develops and maintains positive relationships with parents and participants through communication, conferences and by encouraging volunteerism and adult participation. Accepts guidance, coaching and direction by Teachers and other superiors. Conducts self in professional manner at all times in all interactions. May take over group occasionally in absence of Teacher.
Maintains and completes required documents pertinent to his/ her position. Conducts and attends meetings and training sessions as required, including annual participation in required hours of training per TDFPS minimum standards, or the annually required hours for accredited sites. Must have demonstrated knowledge of traffic laws, rules and regulations; as well as working knowledge of the mechanics included in the operation of a motor vehicle and related equipment. Familiarity with area geography and ability to read maps and follow directions required. Must have valid driver’s license with good driving record and sufficient liability insurance. Access to personal vehicle also required. Experience working with and around children in a care or educational setting; or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English. Must successfully pass in-house van certification training before driving vehicles. Must acquire CPR, First Aid/SIDS, DFPS background check, FBI fingerprint and food handling certifications prior to start of employment. Must maintain these certifications throughout employment. If you have lived out of state in the past five years you are required to submit for criminal history and child abuse/neglect check for the different states you have resided in. Must supply physician statement of current negative TB test and freedom from communicable diseases. Willingness to follow direction from superiors required. Love of children, patience, stamina and flexibility required. Must be able to cope with emergencies and mediate or resolve disputes. Must be a self-starter, have creative energy, and be enthusiastic. Must be well organized and be able to handle multiple priorities. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Excellent interpersonal skills required. Must be able to work under pressure with interruptions. Must be able to make sound judgments.
Van Driver: Operates vehicle under specific and detailed instruction ensuring YWCA policies and procedures for transportation are followed at all times. Maintains logs of mileage, destination, fuel and pick up and delivery times to and from program. Routinely verifies and recommends maintenance of company vehicle(s). Keeps vehicle fueled. Ensures vehicle is clean, safe and mechanically sound at all times. Responsible to report any problems, difficulties, repairs, maintenance needs or violation of transportation policies and procedure immediately. Accounts for the presence of all participants to and from trip. Reports all incidents to designated individual. Maintains and completes required documents pertinent to his/ her position. Conducts self in professional manner at all times in all interactions. Complies with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) minimum standards. Maintains any required certifications and notifies supervisor of any change to personal driving record, including moving violations.