Assistant Pre-K Teacher


JOB DESCRIPTION Assistant Teacher

Reports To: Early Childhood Education Director

Department: Shalom

FLSA Classification: Full Time, Hourly / Non-Exempt

Pay Rate / Salary: $19.50 – $20.50/ hour

Date: 04/22/2024

Benefits: Full-time employees enjoy extensive benefits at the Asheville JCC, including: 27+ days of paid holidays and PTO; vision, life, and disability insurance; 401k*; membership at the JCC’s state of the art aquatics center; FREE childcare* at the JCC’s 5-star early childhood and school aged programs; and inclusion in a warm and welcoming center that has served the community for over 80 years. Scroll down for full benefits listing and additional information*.

Job Summary: An Assistant Teacher is responsible for participating as an essential member of the teaching team to implement engaging and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for the children in their care. The Assistant Teacher collaborates with the lead teacher to create a nurturing support system aimed at providing each child with the highest level of individualized care possible and the greatest opportunity for physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

Principal Responsibilities:


· Utilize tools and resources to execute developmentally appropriate learning experiences, classroom activities, and practices that promote the ideals and goals expressed in the Shalom Children’s Center philosophy and mission

· Utilize tools and resources to ensure that classroom activities are tailored to developmental continuum of children

· Foster strong classroom community by helping children develop empathy and conflict resolution skills

Management of the Learning Environment

· Help to maintain the classroom space to provide safe and engaging learning opportunities that encourage children’s participation

· Provide constant supervision of the children, and take care of their welfare, health and safety, being fully present and engaged with the children

· Maintain compliance with all North Carolina and DCDEE guidelines within the classroom and outdoors

· Engage in positive, developmentally appropriate interactions with children while setting appropriate limits, providing active listening, problem solving and positive redirection

Planning and Assessment

· Implement classroom schedules and lesson plans as directed by the lead teacher

· Assist in documentation of individual children’s progress and with conferences

· Develop relationships with and serve as a point of contact for parents and guardians, providing timely information regarding their children’s developmental progress and activities

Professional Growth & Responsibility

· Participate in JCC all staff meetings, Shalom faculty meetings, POD meetings, and supervisions with ECE Director

· Attend any required in-service trainings on an annual basis. All teachers are required to meet Professional Development Hours as required per school year.

Required Skills/Abilities:

· Use of basic computer skills such as e-mail, communication apps, word documents, Zoom meetings



· High School Diploma, and working towards an AA with a NCECC (North Carolina Early Childhood Credential)


· Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field plus NCECC (North Carolina Early Childhood Credential)


· Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education plus NCECC (North Carolina Early Childhood Credential)


· Minimum of 1 year experience teaching in a preschool environment

· Experience implementing a Reggio-Emilia inspired or emergent inquiry learning approach preferred


· NC Qualifying Letter (criminal background check)

· Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification (within 90 days of employment)


· Must be at least 18 years old

· Understanding and ability to implement early childhood best practices and comply with all regulatory policies and procedures

· Must pass a drug screening

Physical Requirements:

· Must be able to lift and provide responsive care for a child less than 40 lbs on flat and sloped terrain

Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Benefits include:

· Free tuition for early childhood/youth programming for the first child, and 50% off for subsequent children.

· Employer paid insurance (after 90 days of service):

o Vision

o Life Insurance

o Short- and long-term disability

· Optional employee-paid insurance:

o Dental

o Additional Life Insurance

· Retirement 401K (available after 1 year of service)

· 10+ paid holidays

· Two paid “floating holidays” or personal days to be chosen by the employee

· 15+ paid vacation and sick days

· Paid bereavement leave

· Paid weather/emergency related closures

· Free, confidential counseling services through our Employee Assistance Plan

· Ongoing professional development

· Tuition reimbursement for courses at an accredited college or university

· Aquatics membership for employee and their household

· “Learn to Swim” lessons for employee and their household

· Complimentary use of meeting spaces, including the pavilion, aquatics facility, and social hall

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