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Special Needs Assistant ($1,000 Sign-on Bonus) 

Category Education  

*Full time also available thru 7/1/2022*


Provides individualized classroom support for children with special needs and/or challenging behaviors.


1. To provide individualized support to assigned children to help them participate in classroom activities

2. To use teaching strategies that illustrates the CLASS philosophy in Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.

3. To assist lead teacher by actively keeping children engaged during large group activities.

4. To purposefully interact with children and extend play and learning

5. To assist in the assessments and collection of documentation for assigned children

6. To provide a warm, nurturing, loving and positive environment, using positive guidance techniques and upholding the ECS Discipline policy

7. To develop nurturing relationships with each child that encourage his or her social and emotional development

8. To maintain all federal, state, local and accreditation standards (these may include those set forth by NAEYC, APPLE, ECS, DCF and Head Start)

9. To conduct daily health checks on each child

10. To follow policies and procedures regarding medical and dental emergencies, short-term exclusion of children, and the administration, handling, and storing of medication

11. To ensure that safe practices are followed to prevent injuries to children or self

12. To maintain sanitation and hygiene procedures and participate in the maintenance of the center

13. To provide and encourage effective communication and relationships with families so that parents feel comfortable talking to staff about their children

14. To inform parents concerning their children’s progress formally and informally, which may include parent notes, portfolios or parent conferences

15. To eat with children, encouraging proper eating habits and conversation

16. To communicate regularly with other staff in order to better serve children and families, including attending staff meetings, trainings, and sharing information

17. To have a cooperative, positive and supportive attitude within the program

18. To follow directions and assignments as given by supervisor

19. To work collaboratively and attentively with an in-class coach, Disabilities Specialist and Mental Health Specialist to meet the needs of assigned children

20. To maintain appropriate record keeping

21. To maintain confidentiality at all times

(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)


· This position reports to the Center Manager.


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Experience in a child care setting or working with children with special needs strongly preferred
  • DCF 45-hour training preferred


  • Knowledge of child growth and development as well as developmentally appropriate practices for children
  • Knowledge of the effects of trauma on children’s development
  • Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children
  • Ability to exercise control and maintain appropriate classroom discipline
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity
  • Ability to build and establish collaborative relationships
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse staff and families
  • Demonstrates proper use of grammar and communication skills
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to plan and organize work as well as maintain records
  • A willingness to learn and continue personal education


  • Complete TB screening & physical before having direct contact with children. Renew every 2 years.
  • Commence within thirty (30) days and complete within 6 months of employment the DCF required 45 hour training.
  • Complete on-line Food Handlers course Serving Safe Food in Childcare within 90 days of employment.
  • Register and complete Infant & Child First Aid & CPR certification within 6 months of hire. Renew before expiration.
  • Complete 40 hours of in-service training hours each fiscal year (July-June)


  • Work involves constant visual supervision of children and tolerance of loud noise
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Environment includes indoor classroom and outdoor playground
  • Ability to travel to multiple centers within assigned geographic area. Center assignment may change depending on enrolled children and needs



· Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)

· Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)

· Ability to communicate both orally and in writing

· Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.

(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

Position Requirements  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift -not applicable-  
Salary Range $12.25-15.00 depending on credentials  
Travel Requirements  
Position Special Needs Assistant  
Close Date  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Rachel Barker  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number EDU-21-00136  
Open Date 8/18/2021  
Location Fernandina Beach Head Start  
About the Organization Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. In addition, ECS recently became the new Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marion, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, and Citrus counties and the Early Head Start grantee in Gainesville. As a result, we now serve another 1,500 children and their families in these areas.

ECS uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff work proactively with children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially.
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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