Educational Alliance

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Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Educational Alliance, a New York institution since 1889, is a vibrant, dynamic organization serving New Yorkers from all walks of life. We serve everyone regardless of the language they speak, where they come from, or their socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone should have a chance to live a better life and that arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and social services can help lay that foundation.


Ed Alliance “Perks”

  Competitive Salary

  Paid Holidays, Floating Holidays and Personal Days

  Comprehensive Health Insurance

  Free Gym Membership to our Manny Cantor Center Gym

  403(b) Retirement Plan

  Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

  Generous Vacation  Package




  • Assist in planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate practice for assigned classroom
  • Provide consistent and responsive care; and create daily routines and meaningful experiences that are responsive to children's strengths, interests, and needs.
  • Ensure safety and security of children



  • Assist the Lead/Group Teacher and class through daily activities
  • Communicate with families about the children’s progress and work.



Planning, Preparation + Curriculum Development

  • Co-constructing curriculum with Lead/Group Teacher, providing activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the development levels of the children; help to plan, prepare and develop various teaching aids for use in classroom and lead classroom activities.
  • Share in documenting, analyzing and planning from observations
  • Weekly planning meetings with teaching team
  • Assist in ensuring that Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is being implemented in its entirety and meeting all regulatory mandated deadlines


Classroom Environment

  • Assist in the overall implementation of program policies and procedures, curriculum, and on-going communication with support and supervisory staff
  • Responsible for maintaining statutorily required teacher-child ratios in classroom during program operation
  • Using best early childhood education practices, create a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the physical, social, and emotional development of students with an emphasis on language development and emergent literacy skills
  • Create a warm and inclusive environment where children and families feel welcome
  • Organizing physical space and selection of materials in a way that is inviting and accessible for children


Interactions with Children

  • Maintain primary care responsibilities for assigned classroom children and families; follow guidance and leadership of a Lead/Group Teacher.
  • Model developmentally appropriate activities and positive behavior management techniques through daily contact with children and early childhood staff in the classroom.
  • Participate in screening and preparation of children to fully participate in program services; assist with implementation of children’s individual development plans.
  • Heat up/serve lunches, maintain a clean, safe and orderly classroom.
  • Assist in managing classroom procedures including transitions, routines and small groups
  • Translating and coaching children through conflicts with problem solving


Relationships with Families

  • Building respectful and reciprocal relationships with families
  • Communicating consistently with families 
  • Participate in home visits, parent meetings and developmental screenings.


Professional Responsibilities

  • Share in documenting children’s work, development and progress, ensuring that all Head Start Performance Standards are met.
  • Collaborative and professional relationship with colleagues 
  • Participate in weekly professional learning meetings as a whole staff 
  • Participate in all staff development programs and activities, and demonstrate a willingness to put new ideas into practice; attend all trainings and other required meetings, which may be held outside of regular schedule.
  • Showing professionalism including integrity, ethical conduct and decision making
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • *If applicable, provide Human Resources with proof of progress for every semester while on a study plan.




Required Knowledge

·  High School Diploma/GED + Preschool Child Development Credential OR Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood (Birth-2nd Grade) Education required

·   1 year experience in a classroom setting preferred

·   Ability to lead class and provide loving, supportive and caring environment for children in a play-based, emergent curriculum
early childhood setting

·   Classroom management skills, ability to work within guidelines of a multi-service agency

·    Team player, able to work with a co-teacher, interact comfortably with parents and co-workers

·     Strong oral and written communication with parents, children and co-workers

·     Must be able to meet the physical requirements of working with young children, including walking up and down stairs, sitting on the floor, and lifting a child

·     Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin or Cantonese preferred


Role Key Competencies


Communication             Safety Awareness

Team Work                     Energy

Adaptability                    Openness to Feedback



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EEO Info
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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