Diversified Community Services

Diversified Community Services

Assistant Teacher

Position Overview

The Lead Teacher is responsible for maintaining the daily operations of his/her assigned classroom and the supervision of children and support persons. There will be occasions when the application of duties for this position will extend beyond the normal physical structure of the center. There will be times that some lifting of objects and children may be necessary. This position requires the person to perform written documentation of activities, incidents/accidents, as well as, conversations with parents and student behavior.

Key Responsibilities

  • The teacher cares for the children under the guidance and supervision of the group supervisor in order to meet the developmental needs of the children.
  • The teacher must know and understand standards in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Human Services, NAEYC, Keystone STARS, and any other governing bodies.
  • Provides the children with routine interactions that promote the well-being (comfort, health and safety) of the children as prescribed by the agency and center’s written and oral policies and practices.
  • Assist the group supervisor with developing and implementing an action plan that addresses a specific developmental need of children.
  • Encourage the children to engage in activities that will enable them to develop and enhance their fine and gross motor skills, their cognitive skills, their language skills and their social skills.
  • Provide input for the planning of lesson plans and daily activities, and engage in the implementation of those plans and activities.
  • Keep the classroom clean, neat, safe, and inviting.
  • Actively engage with children in order to provide guidance as they learn and process information.
  • Communicate with parents, children, co-workers and community persons in a cordial and professional manner.
  • Provide routine information to parents concerning their children (accidents, activities, problematic concerns and health issues). Discuss unusual/severe concerns/problems with the program director.
  • Assist with maintaining separate anecdotal records in each child’s folder along with their L.A.P., IPP/IEP and any other pertinent information.
  • Assist with maintenance of the daily roll book and food forms according to established rules and procedures.
  • Keep the group supervisor, program and center director abreast of all needs, concerns and issues regarding the children, parents and staff.
  • Prepare and maintain each student’s portfolio, including assessments, antidotal notes, sample of work, progress reports and parent/teacher conferences.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of diversified Community Services.
  • Keep center management and lead teacher abreast of all needs, concerns, and issues regarding children, parents, and staff.
  • Teacher must maintain professional development requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Professional Development/Training Requirements

24 PQAS hours per school year
Competition of the following trainings are required:
Health & Safety
Mandated Reporter
CPR & First Aide
Fire Safety

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
Other related skills: The ability to communicate with all levels of the organization and with other service providers is essential.

Minimum Education and Experience

Child Development Associate (CDA), AA in ECE preferred along with two years paid experience teaching young children

Work Locations

Dixon Learning Academy
2201 Moore St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to Patricia McClay at pmcclay@dcsphila.org or mail to 1529 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.