Assistant Teacher-Early Learning Center

Carlow University, a private, Catholic, liberal arts, comprehensive University in Pittsburgh, PA. Carlow University was founded in 1929 by the Sisters of Mercy, an international community of Roman Catholic women with a mission to serve the poor, the sick, and the uneducated. Carlow, an institution grounded in the liberal arts while also offering strong professional programs, is committed to engaging its diverse community in a process of life-long learning, scholarship, research, and service. Degrees are offered at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. Carlow is recognized as a College of Distinction, a Catholic College of Distinction, and a Pennsylvania College of Distinction for 2016-17. Carlow has also been selected by Abound as a provider of Top Degrees for Adult Undergraduates for 2017 and is regionally ranked by US News & World Report. The University was recently named one of Money Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money."

Carlow University seeks an energetic Assistant Teacher for the Early Learning Center. Reporting to the Lead Teacher and the Supervisor of the Early Learning Center, the Assistant Teacher assists the Lead Teacher in maintaining the safety of the children, and in the implementation of daily program.

  • Treat children with love and respect. Must use positive guidance techniques.
  • Must be able to see, hear, direct, and assess the activity of the children.
  • Must follow all policies and procedures as stated in Employee Handbooks.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in planning and implementing the daily program utilizing DAP theory as outlined by NAEYC and the Creative Curriculum.
  • In cooperation with the Lead Teacher, maintain daily communication with parents and participate in parent/teacher conferences.
  • Maintain knowledge of and implement the guidelines and standards set by NAEYC and Keystone STARS accreditation.
  • Take responsibility of the class when the Lead Teacher is not present.
  • Assist in the monthly assessment of each child to ensure that programming meets the individual needs of each child.
  • Complete periodic child assessments using the Teaching Strategies: GOLD system for child development, share this information with parents, and conference with parents about their child’s development as requested.
  • Implement Early Intervention strategies as outlined by relevant support staff.
  • Maintain a professional manner in the classroom when working with colleagues, parents and children.
  • Maintain a safe and clean environment for the children.
  • Maintain and implement knowledge of current state licensing regulations.
  • Continue professional development (required 24 hours per year) and keep abreast of current issues by reading professional journals.
  • Attend meetings and trainings as requested by the Director.
  • Perform any additional duties as assigned by the Lead Teacher and/or the Director.
  • Complete closing/opening duties as needed.
  • Maintain a consistent work schedule and ethic, arriving on time and working an entire shift.
  • Demonstrate and reflect an understanding of and commitment to the mission and core values of the University and the Sisters of Mercy. The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
  1. Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and one year experience working in childcare or CDA and one year experience in childcare.
  2. Experience working specifically with infants and toddlers.
  3. Must meet all DHS requirements before beginning: Current (within one year) Act 33/34 and FBI fingerprint clearances, Mandated Reporter training, current physical and TB test, two letters of recommendation.
  4. Certified in CPR/First Aid.
  5. Previous experience with Keystone STARS or NAEYC accreditation.
  6. Ability to create a nurturing and safe environment as well as have excellent communication skills.
  7. Must be able to lift, carry and hold children up to 50 lbs.
  8. Must be able to actively participate in physical activities indoors and outdoors. For example: running on the playground, walking with the children on campus walks, and participating in large motor and movement activities.
  9. Must be able to physically interact with children birth to three years of age at their eye level.
  10. Must be able to physically meet the needs of an emergency situation; must be able to supervise children and ensure the children’s safety during various emergency situations such as quickly escort a group of children outside during a fire drill.
  11. Must be able to assist the children in toilet training, dressing, and other self-help needs.
Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct. They commit to act with integrity, treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the University's resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional obligations.

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Carlow University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive for a campus that reflects our urban setting and is inclusive of underrepresented groups to enhance our University community.
Full/Part/FT&PT: Full-time - non-exempt
Department: Early Learning Center
Contact Name/Title: Search Committee
Contact Address: Carlow University 3333 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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