Teacher Assistant - Job Pool

Coos, Curry, & Coastal Douglas Counties, Oregon Full-time


We are always accepting applications for the Teacher Assistant position, although we may not have any job position vacancies:
Current Vacancies:
  • none


Title: Teacher Assistant

Program: South Coast Head Start

Location: Coos, Curry, & Coastal Douglas Counties, Oregon

Agency: Oregon Coast Community Action

Pay Rate: Starting at $12.00 hourly

Classification: Full-Time/Part-time; Seasonal/Year-Round; Non-Exempt

Reports to: Teacher/Home Visitor Staff Supervised: Volunteers

Date Posted: ongoing posting

Posting Expires: open until filled

HR Contact 541-435-7090 hr@orcca.us

Revised: July 2017

External Applicants:
Please submit an employment application, cover letter and resume on our website, www.orcca.us or to hr@orcca.us.

Internal Applicants:
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to hr@orcca.us.

Job Description

Delivery of high quality infant, toddler, and preschool services as defined by the Head Start Performance Standards, State Licensing Rules, program work plans, program goals, and other funding rules and regulations. Assist with oversight of the day-to-day operations of the classroom, serving children birth to five and their families. Maintain quality environments with attention to safety and health prevention measures.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Reason position exists is to perform these functions)

  • Promote children’s growth and development by providing responsive care, effective teaching practices, and an organized learning environment.
  • Utilize Creative Curriculum and/or Growing Great Kids to fidelity to provide quality, developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor learning experiences in alignment with the ELOF and school readiness goals.
  • Ensure all learning environments include age-appropriate supplies, materials, equipment and space, including accommodations for children with disabilities, with periodic changes to support interests, development and learning.
  • Use positive guidance strategies to support social-emotional and behavioral health.
  • Use routines, including hand washing, toileting/diapering, and transitions between activities, as opportunities for strengthening development, learning and skill growth.
  • Assist teacher in completing ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE screening tools with parents. Share purpose and results of all screenings and ongoing assessments, as assigned.
  • Assist teacher in completing TS GOLD Child Assessments and utilize information to set child goals and individualize lesson plans and home visit strategies. Integrate TS Gold Assessment data in individual and group planning.
  • Complete vision and hearing screenings for each enrolled child, as assigned.
  • Identify emergent or recurring developmental, medical, oral or mental health concerns.


  • Follow Universal Precautions in the event of exposure to blood/bodily fluids. Follow posted diapering, toileting, and handwashing procedures.
  • Intentionally integrate physical activity into daily lesson plans.
  • Complete daily health checks to identify symptoms of illness requiring exclusion. Remove child from direct contact with other children and contact parents to pick up children who have emergent symptoms.
  • Properly store and administer medication. Complete medication administration training as needed.
  • Assist children in brushing their teeth at least one time daily after meals and facilitate swish and swallow.
  • Ensure classrooms, equipment and materials are cleaned and sanitized according to policies and procedures.


  • Ensure children are supervised at all times and never left alone with volunteers.
  • Ensure children are signed in and out of class and bus and released only to authorized adults.
  • Ensure a daily classroom and playground safety check is completed.
  • Maintain appropriate ratios and group size at all times.


  • 1. Ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate materials are available in classrooms.
  • 2. Provide high quality, supportive environments and tiered supports, as outlined in the Pyramid Model.


  •  Assist teacher in tracking daily attendance for each child. Contact parents within one hour of class start, if a child is unexpected absent, as assigned.
  • Promote strong attendance habits with information/education to parents.


  • Provide family-style meal service with sufficient time for children to eat.
  • Sit with children to provide supervision, socialization and choking prevention during meals.
  • Follow food safety guidelines for all food service.
  • Ensure children have access to safe drinking water throughout the program day.


  • Support parents as primary educators of their child.
  • Regularly share information with families regarding their child’s routines, activities, and behaviors (conversations, phone calls, notes home, etc)
  • Provide information to families in understandable formats, including individuals with low literacy, and provided in the family’s primary language. Use translated materials and qualified bilingual staff or consultants. Utilize interpreters if staff is not available.
  • Welcome parents into facilities during program hours and provide opportunities for parents to volunteer.
  • Encourage parent participation and invite parents to join meal-times.
  • Engage parents in site parent committees for each center and support Policy Council representatives.


  • Document services provided into appropriate data base systems.
  • Ensure child and family files are complete and up-to-date.
  • Meet federal, state and program documentation requirements with accurate, objective, complete, timely and well organized records.
  • Facilitate on-going communication, promote problem solving and conflict resolution within assigned team(s).
  • Facilitate communication with others by using available technologies (e.g., phone, fax, e-mail, file sharing)
  • Establish consistent weekly schedule including time for team communication.
  • Collaborate with team members to identify approaches to solving issues, develop follow-up plans, and prepare for home visits and other family contacts.
  • Ensure family confidentiality by limiting conversations about families and access to their records to those directly involved in providing services to them.


  • Provide supervision to assigned staff, community and parent volunteers, and practicum students
  • Provide constructive ongoing feedback and support in professional growth

BUS MONITOR (if applicable)

  • Complete required bus monitor training before assignment to a vehicle. Training includes: child boarding and exiting procedures, sign in/out form, child pick up and drop off procedures, child restraint systems, responding to emergencies, emergency evacuation procedures and transportation policies.
  • Receive direction from the Bus Driver to ensure a safe transportation system.
  • Ride bus to and from class and on field trips: greet children and parents, share information, perform health check, and monitor children’s behavior for safety at all times.
  • Monitor emergency information changes and notify team of those changes.


  • Attend staff meetings, center meetings, and/or other workshops/meetings as notified
  • Maintain a positive attitude regarding ORCCA and all its programs along with the Head Start program and philosophy
  • Model behaviors that demonstrate an understanding, acceptance and welcoming of diversity
  • Maintain respect and positive communication regarding all children, families and staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality of client and staff information.
  • Maintain open, two-way communication with staff
  • Accept suggestions and guidance from supervisor and other management staff
  • Seek feedback on job performance and evaluate suggestions and guidance to incorporate in performance
  • Commit to further training. Develop an individual training plan using program tools, as appropriate.
  • Communicate with supervisor regarding any needed changes or concerns with work schedule.
  • Adhere to agency procedures as a mandated child abuse reporter
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of the position.
  • Ability to perform the job with or without reasonable accommodations


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential;
  • Enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree; or
  • Enrolled in a child development associate (CDA) credential program to be completed within 2 years.
  • Paid experience working with infants, toddlers, or preschoolers preferred.


  • Pediatric First Aid/CPR Certification within 30 days of hire and update it as required.
  • Oregon Food Handler’s card or ServSafe® Food Safety Certification within 30 days of hire and update it as required.
  • Must be enrolled in the Oregon Department of Education-Child Care Division Central Background Registry at time of hire and update it as required.
  • Health Appraisal within 30 days of hire and update it as required.


  • Geographic Area: Coos, Curry, and Coastal Douglas Counties
  • May lift items up to 51 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Access to indoor office, in a climate-controlled environment; may not have access to sunlight. Regular activities outside in a non-climate controlled environment.
  • Regular kneeling, bending, stooping and sitting on the floor.
  • Regular walking and standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Occasional events outside of the office at irregular hours will be required.
  • Attendance at off-site staff training events will be required.


  • A current Oregon Driver’s License is required.
  • Proof of automobile liability insurance @ $100,000/300,000 liability limits and maintain such limits.
  • Reliable transportation for getting to work.
  • Must be free from illegal drugs, may be subject to suspicion testing.

The specific statements reflected in each section of this position description are not intended to be all-inclusive, but rather the basic elements and criteria considered being necessary in order to satisfactorily perform the duties associated with the position.

Oregon Coast Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please inform Human Resources at 541-435-7090 or hr@orcca.us if you require an accommodation in order to participate in the application process. Apply online at: www.orcca.us