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Substitute Teacher Aide  

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Category Education  

Lower Elwha Head Start and Early Head Start

Job Description

Substitute Teacher Aide

OVERVIEW: The Substitute Teacher Aide will be placed in any classroom that is in need of assistance, and is able to assist in creating and managing an attractive, warm, and challenging, learning environment for young children, by incorporating developmentally appropriate learning activities which meet the needs of the group, as well as individual children.

WORK LOCATION: Lower Elwha Head Start

SUPERVISED BY: Lead Teacher/Education Disabilities Manager


SALARY LEVEL: Range 7 $13.23

WORK SCHEDULE: On call but may include

Monday, as needed; Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:00


  • Assists in implementing the program curriculum and the Head Start Performance Standards in all classrooms. Provides, in advance, input into the daily preparation of developmentally appropriate lesson plans. Including: individualized activities that are recorded in the lesson plans; both classroom and playground activities; multicultural educational materials and activities; and family style dining at meals, per HSPS and program policy and procedure.
  • Assists in organizing the classroom in well-developed and defined learning centers. Rotates materials routinely, to create a stimulating learning environment for young children. Assists in maintaining a classroom that is clean, safe, and free of clutter. Learning materials shall be labeled and organized, to make them easily accessible for children. Assists in preparing attractive and eye-catching displays for the room, changing and maintaining them regularly. Display children's artwork, at their level, making it the focus of displays.
  • Assists with preparing the room, prior to the children's arrival, by cleaning and preparing the classroom for the next day. Assists with recruiting classroom volunteers and planning activities for them to do in the classroom.
  • Facilitates children's learning, using appropriate child guidance techniques. Stays involved with the children at all times in the classroom and on the playground.
  • Assists in observing children and recording observations, making appropriate referrals to the Teacher. Assists in maintaining anecdotal records according to program policies and procedures.
  • Assists with developmental screening, as assigned, ensuring proper administration of the screening and accurate results. Assists in maintaining and effectively using up-to-date individual and group checklists.
  • Involves parents in all aspects of the classroom. Greets and talks with parents and children pleasantly and appropriately, ensuring a positive home-center connection and a family partnership. Work with the Teacher to maintain ongoing professional and appropriate communication with parents through a variety of methods (phone calls, notes, informal conferences) and assists in preparing activities to send home for parents to do with their children. Encourages parents to become involved in workshops, training and other Head Start activities.
  • Assists Teacher with at least two (2) home visits and two (2) parent conferences with each child's family per year, according to the program schedule.
  • Assists in maintaining accurate records and reports and with maintaining supplies and developing lists to replace them as assigned. Participates in center staff meetings, case management meetings, and Head Start program meetings.
  • Assume full responsibilities of Teacher's Aide for long-term substitution situations.


  • Ability to assist in supervising pre-school children and ensure a safe learning environment including the ability to monitor and respond to events going on at all times in classroom, outdoor play areas and on field trips. This includes the physical ability to move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to insure their safety or the safety of others in the environment.
  • Ability to assist teacher in supervising, guidance and facilitating learning 3, 4 and 5 year old children
  • Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an emergency or a crisis situation.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn early childhood education or development
  • Ability to be sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to both children and adults.
  • Ability to provide leadership and stability for program continually.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Excellent interpersonal, nurturing and problem solving skills
  • This person must be a sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to both children and adults.
  • First Aid/Infant and Child CPR required. Must keep current.
  • A physical exam with results in letter form that states person is free of communicable diseases (Negative TB test) by employment date
  • Communication skills: both verbal and written is necessary
  • No prior convictions of child-related offenses or any felonies.
  • Background check to be conducted prior to employment date
  • Must be able to comply with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Head Start Drug Free Workplace policies.UA prior to employment


  • Two years of credits from an accredited college or university, with minimum of six (6) semester or equivalent quarter hours in Early Child Development or related courses; or
  • Minimum one (1) year of full time Early Childhood experience in a licensed early childhood program and one (1) year of credits form an accredited college or university, with six (6) semester or equivalent quarter hours in early child development or related courses; or
  • Current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.


  • Must be able to lift and carry a child 20+ pounds
  • Other Functional requirements:

(1) Moderate lifting, 15-40 pounds, moderate carrying over 10 pounds and light carrying under 10 pounds, and occasional lifting up to 50 pounds

(2) Have very good hearing; both eyes, hands, and legs required

(3) Reaching above shoulders; use of hands and fingers;

(4) Daily kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor to attend to children's needs (will include walking 4 hours; standing 4 hours; crawling one hour; kneeling 2 hours; stooping and bending 2 hours as needed in job duties).


  • Share the responsibility of maintaining a safe, healthy and attractive environment
  • Work closely with teacher staff in sharing concerns and implementing plans to meet identified needs.
  • Reports to work at scheduled times and maintain a good attendance record; performs duties in a timely and professional manner; participates in all program activities with a positive attitude and behavior.
  • Continues professional growth by participating in training and workshops/conferences as the budget allows.


Human Resources

2851 Lower Elwha Road

Port Angeles, WA 98363

Phone: 360-452-8471, ext. 7430

Position Requirements  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Open Date 3/22/2018  
Location Lower Elwha Tribal Center  
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