Job Details

Head Start Teachers Assistant

Neighborhood House, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 08/31/2017

Who we are:

Neighborhood House is here for families facing hunger and homelessness, vulnerable seniors and children who need help in school. Founded in 1905 by the Portland Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, Neighborhood House was the city’s first organization committed to helping the many immigrants who were arriving at that time, and living primarily in South Portland.

What we do:

Neighborhood House assists low-income, recent immigrant and other vulnerable people living in the greater Portland area. Our programs serve disadvantaged children needing help to be successful in school, families facing hunger and homelessness, and seniors needing support so they can remain living active and independent lives.

Neighborhood House's program participants represent a remarkably diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. To meet the needs of these diverse communities, Neighborhood House offers culturally-specific services for African, Latino, Middle Eastern and Russian immigrants in various programs. We have many bilingual staff who speak Spanish, Russian and Somali and other African languages to effectively reach out to non-English speakers and to insure they feel welcome and are getting the help they need. We believe an equitable workforce will strengthen and enrich our organization and strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or otherwise.

What we offer our employees:

Neighborhood House believes our employees are our best investment. Because of this, we provide an excellent full-time (30 hours and above) benefits package including a fully paid medical plan with no out of pocket expenses for co-pays, prescriptions, out-of-pocket expenses (really!) through our Nonstop Wellness broker, paid dental insurance, paid life insurance, paid long term disability insurance, 403B with matching, FSA, and more. We also offer generous paid time off accrual at four weeks for the first year and five weeks for the second year (building up from there), 240 hours PTO paid out upon leaving, 11 paid holidays a year, and a flexible working schedule for most positions.

Job Title: Head Start Teachers Assistant
Department: Head Start
Reports To: Head Start Education Coordinator
Pay: $12.50-13.50
Type: Part Time


This position will be responsible for working in conjunction with the Head Start Teachers on classroom operations in a team-teaching setting that follows Head Start performance standards, using effective Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD, nurturing the well being of children and implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies.


Promote School Readiness through the development and implementation of appropriate lesson plans using Creative Curriculum and observations and data from Teaching Strategies GOLD by:
participating as a member of the teaching team to develop and implement developmentally appropriate lesson plans that include all developmental domains (social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language/literacy);
help ensure lesson plans are both child-directed and teacher-directed, inclusive of all children and utilize an anti-bias curriculum based on the needs, abilities, and interests of enrolled children; and
assist in arranging the classrooms into learning centers to facilitate implementation of the curriculum and ensuring both classroom and outdoor environments meet the changing needs and interests of children

Document and report observations of children in Teaching Strategies GOLD and assist in maintaining accurate records in child files.
Assist to prepare the classroom and outdoor environments according to lesson plans. Assist in setup and cleanup of activities and projects both in the classroom and outside.
Assist with meals and meal counts. Help enter meal counts and attendance records into ChildPlus.
Participate in the program’s annual self-assessment as required.
Help ensure the safety of children and staff in the classroom at all times and monitor the physical and social/emotional wellbeing of the children while relating to each child with acceptance, understanding and care.
Attend, participate and actively engage with families at parent meetings once a month.
Engage in coaching and other reflective practices that lead to increased school readiness for children and families and improved pedagogy.
Participate in professional development activities, including coaching and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
Help ensure adults in the classroom understand and practice positive behavior management.
Establish good relationships with families.
Attend all Head Start and Neighborhood House all-staff meetings and trainings.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.


Associate’s degree or Child Development Associate certificate in pre-school or two (2) years post-secondary education with some coursework in early childhood education as defined by the Oregon Registry Step 7 that includes 12 quarter college course credits or 8 semester college course credits; and two (2) years of experience teaching 3-5 year old children in an early childhood education setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and troubleshooting skills.

Required skills include: excellent oral and written communication skills; good organization/ planning skills; good analytical skills to read outcomes reports and measure a child’s progress; and good computer skills with Microsoft Office and TS Gold preferred.

Knowledge of early childhood development and general principles of early childhood education and knowledge of developmentally appropriate, multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum for 3-5 year olds is required.

Home visiting or other direct experience working with parents is preferred.

Ability to speak conversationally in one of the languages represented by the client base is preferable.


This job does not supervise.


Demonstrated proficiency in handling matters of a highly sensitive confidential nature; ability to assume a high degree of responsibility; ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups; and ability to work independently and in a team setting. Ability to appropriately assess and handle crises and solve problems as needed. Ability to model positive and appropriate interactions with children and other adults.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures and communicate effectively with those whose English language skills are limited. Excellent oral and written communication and ability to communicate professionally with clients, families, service providers, community members and co-workers. Excellent interpersonal skills in the areas of problem-solving, conflict resolution, group planning, and decision-making processes.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


Ability to obtain Food Handler’s Card is required and reimbursed by Neighborhood House.

Must successfully complete enrollment in Oregon Child Care Registry and reimbursed by Neighborhood House.

Must complete post-offer physical exam and TB test.

Require own vehicle transportation, a valid driver's license, and have/maintain car insurance acceptable to Neighborhood House's insurance provider.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally sitting using a computer monitor and keyboard; frequently bend, stoop, twist, and sit on the floor with children, and run after children. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk; kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required to balance competing demands of callers, walk-ins and other interruptions. The noise level in the work environment is usually noisy.


AT RISK: This position has been determined to be at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposure. In addition to the standard hazard communication training, this employee is required to take annual bloodborne pathogen and personal protective equipment training prior to working.

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