Teacher Assistant-Infant

The Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team.
Job Description

We are an all - inclusive organization joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. As a growing, mission focused, and future-oriented association of YMCAs, the Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team.

Under the general direction of the Lead Teacher, the Teacher Assistant works with the Lead Teacher to implement classroom curriculum and activities. May assume classroom leadership in the absence of the Lead Teacher. Provides a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on the YMCA values: honesty, respect, responsibility and caring. The position may be responsible to serve as a liaison between the Child Care Director and families participating in the program.

  • High School Diploma, college credits/degree in Education preferred.
  • One (1) to two (2) years related experience in a group setting with preschool children maintain safety at all time.
  • Experience in assisting with curriculum implementation and being a contributing team member is essential.
  • Maintain training requirements as required by the Office of Licensing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with all levels of staff, parents and youth.
  • Ability to problem solve and take initiative that adhere to the purpose, mission and goals of the YMCA.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model and take initiative to identify potential risk factors and take measures to reduce them.
  • First-Aid, CPR and AED certification within 30 days of hire date.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
Essential Functions
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in maintaining the organization/appearance and décor of the assigned classroom (bulletin boards, displays, storage areas, general classroom cleanliness, etc.).
  • Assist Lead Teacher in implementing an age appropriate curriculum.
  • Work with different age groups and classes upon request as needed.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in maintaining healthy and safe classroom environment of children.
  • Participate in Parent Advisory Committee and YMCA sponsored special events.
  • Participate in staff meetings, trainings and workshops to enhance professional growth.
  • Provide consistent interaction, encouragement, nurturance for all children on all levels, Floors, sitting at tables, etc.)
  • Assist in YMCA fund raising activities and special events.
  • Model relationship-building skills in all interactions. Assist in response to all parent inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Attend trainings and meetings in absence of Lead Teacher, and at other times as requested and appropriate.
  • Perform other job related duties as requested and necessary.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising. 

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. 

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. 

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications
  • First-Aid, CPR and AED certification within 30 days of hire date.