- Full Time
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.
Job Description Summary
This position is a key member of our large team and as a member of the team is responsible for supporting the basic philosophy of Penn Children's Center: "Learning through play". The role is responsible for fostering the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of each child.
The Assistant Teacher is responsible to teach, guide and supervise children 12 weeks to 5 years in accordance with NAEYC, Keystone Stars and DHS guidelines. Assist teacher in developing, planning and carrying out daily activities and lesson plans. Arranges and maintains educational materials and equipment. Logs daily activities, keep records, prepares reports and communicates with parents on a daily basis as well as by monthly newsletter, timely e-mails and meetings when necessary. Required to maintain a Professional Development record and meet all training mandates. This position assumes all duties of classroom in the Lead Teacher's absence. We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Penn's commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.
An Associate's Degree or two year college equivalent and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Bachelors Degree in early childhood or similar preferred. Solid understanding of early childhood development required, together with a working knowledge of early childhood/education standards. Strong communication, collaboration and nurturing skills. Evidence of initiative and adaptability to change. Evidence of a commitment to early childhood and continued professional development. Flexibility to work during Center opening hours as required to ensure appropriate service provision and to meet licensing ratio (i.e. normally between 7:00am - 6:00pm). Experience working with a diverse group of families. Skills in language, art, music or drama highly regarded. A comprehensive post offer, pre-employment background check will be undertaken for this position. Periodic background checks will also be undertaken during employment as required by law. The successful candidate must be able to work among three age groups; infant, toddler and preschool.
Working Conditions: Alternative work schedules or on-call, Outdoor exposure to weather
Physical Effort: Typically standing or walking, Typically bending, crouching, stooping, Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less, Occasional lifting 25 - 50 lbs.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$16.23 - $29.22
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Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.