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Residential and Student Services Programs is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP). RSSP provides and manages residential student housing, residential life programs, residential dining, as well as early care & education services for students, faculty, and staff. RSSP also conducts a summer conference and year-round catering business, operates seven campus restaurants, and manages twenty-six faculty apartments. RSSP's annual operating budget is $150,000,000 and the cluster employs over 2500 career, limited, contract and student employees creating a 'culture of care' for our students and all other customers and stakeholders.
The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) serves over 260 children (3 months through pre-kindergarten) of university (faculty, staff and students) and community families. The program consists of over 60 career FTE, 10 – 30+ limited and per diem substitutes, and 60 - 80 student assistants who work daily with children and families in the program to assure quality early education experiences that best nurture and develop the individual child, support a family responsive environment for the university and advance the field of early childhood education.
Under general supervision, the Assistant Teacher is responsible for supporting the classroom's play-based curriculum including caregiving and assisting with preparing lesson plans which meet the individual needs of children. Assistant Teachers support in leading small and large group activities for the age and developmental level of children assigned. Assistant Teachers support and provide feedback to the teachers in the classroom with child screening, assessment, parent interaction and adherence to local, state and federal standards as well as all licensing regulations pertaining to children in group care settings. Excellent communication and a commitment to teamwork is core to the success of this position.
Classroom Responsibilities Provides caregiving functions as needed and when appropriate, i.e. diapering, napping, feeding, nurturing, etc. Assists in the maintenance of center as a safe and clean environment for children. Practices responsive caregiving in all aspects of daily care. Engages in intentional interactions with children in teaching and learning. Helps organize, set up, supervise and clean up curriculum activities that stimulate children's curiosity and abilities. Supports National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 'best practices'. Supports the practices of Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC) philosophy in infant/toddler rooms. Observes and interacts with children as individuals and shares observations with staff. Provides feedback to teachers that support individual needs of children. Provides input to teachers in support of parent/teacher conferences. Uses respectful language and positive guidance when addressing children's behavior in the classroom. Participates in classroom management to maintain a positive learning atmosphere. Includes all children regardless of developmental level and or presenting temperament.
Professional Responsibilities Participates and attends all required ECEP and RSSP meetings, staff meetings, workshops, trainings and other activities as requested by the Center Director. Represents ECEP by being responsive, caring and informative in communication with parents, other teaching staff and the campus community at large. Develops trustworthy relationships with peers, supervisors and managers. Resolves conflicts quickly and involves supervisor and or other management members when appropriate. Adheres to policies in the ECEP Teacher's Resource Guide. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
6+ ECE units + 1-year paid, on the floor experience working with children 0 to 5 years OR 12+ ECE units + 1-year volunteer or paid, on the floor experience working with children 0 to 5 years Must have 3 or more infant/toddler development units, if hired for an infant/ toddler room Must have received fingerprint clearance through the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division. Background clearance must be maintained while employed for UC Berkeley. Demonstrated ability and experience to teach and work independently in a center-based child care program Knowledge of developmental needs and appropriate learning experiences for children 3 months to 5 years. Familiarity with child development theory and practice. Demonstrated ability to perform basic computer use, including: keyboard and mouse, simple data entry, use of email software and internet search. Proficiency with basic level MS Word. Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities. Ability to proofread work for accuracy. Ability to work with diverse clientele using patience, tact, sensitivity and diplomacy. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, stand and walk up to 4 hours per day, and to work at child's level. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Education/Training: High School diploma or GED minimum educational requirement 6+ ECE units + 1-year paid, in-classroom experience OR 12+ ECE units + 1-year volunteer or paid, in-classroom experience Must have 3 or more infant/toddler development units, if hired for an infant/ toddler room
Licenses or certifications: Current Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain within three months of hire. Certification must be maintained while employed for UC Berkeley ECEP. Current Health Screening clearance and TB clearance Up-to-date measles and pertussis vaccination and any new State or UC Berkeley health requirements for positions working with young children. Must complete blood borne pathogen training annually - upon hire. Must complete on-line State of CA Mandated Reporter training - upon hire.
Salary & Benefits
Pay: $18.03 per hour / Effective 7/1/2017: $18.57
Per Diem positions are not eligible for UC benefits.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This position is a Per Diem position. The various shifts during our operating hours for this role are Monday - Friday, from 7:45 am - 5:45 pm. Must be flexible and able to work any of those hours, as well as able to work at any of our 5 Centers located around the Berkeley Campus and in Albany. Due to operational demands, flexibility with availability is highly preferred.
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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