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Substitute/Program Aide

Company: Children s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
Location: Monroe
Posted on: July 27, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionJob Summary This position works as a part of a team to assist in activities in the areas of the classroom, kitchen and/or serve as a disabilities aide as needed. This position works with typically developing children and/or children with special needs/disabilities. The position may be reassigned to various classroom/centers as deemed necessary for program operations. This position may receive content area technical support and training from the staff person responsible for the center supervision, teacher, staff person responsible for kitchen staff and/or program managers/specialist/coordinators. Mission and Core Values The job incumbent will be expected to operate in line with our mission and core values. Mission: Creating communities where children and families thrive. Core Values:

  • Integrity: honest, transparent, and trustworthy
  • Collaboration: respectfully working together to serve our communities
  • Excellence: always improving to go beyond what is expected
  • Knowledge: seeking understanding to develop personally and professionally
  • Accountability: willingness to accept responsibility Essential Functions1. EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES--ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSa. Classroom Aide1) Assists classroom staff in all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities included in lesson plans.2) Dress in clothing which is appropriate for outdoor activity and all-weather conditions and be prepared to go outdoors daily.3) Assists in developing materials and providing activities related to the cultural background of the children and families served.4) Helps supervise at mealtime, eating with the children to encourage good nutrition and social skills.5) Helps keep the classroom and its contents clean and orderly.6) Assists the teacher in any aspect of the program as the need arises (e.g., at Family Nights, copying newsletters, cutting out classroom materials, making phone calls, etc.).7) Serves as a temporary substitute in the periodic absence of the assistant teacher or teacher. b. Janitorial Aide Services1) Empties trash or garbage containers if needed before the custodian or janitor services.2) Sanitizes surfaces, picks up and puts away materials in the classroom or kitchen in order to maintain a safe and organized environment.3) Does light yard work or snow removal c. Kitchen Aide1) Completes routine kitchen/dining room/food chores as assigned (e.g., dishwashing, portioning foods, taking and logging temperature of foods received from vendors, etc.).2) Prepares necessary food and serving items for service prior to or after use. These duties may include the preparation of food to meet the needs of children with special needs or disabilities.3) Participates in food service clean up, inventory and other food service tasks as requested.4) Substitutes for regular Cook or Assistant Cook as needed.5) Assists with inventory maintenance of all necessary supplies, food and equipment used for food services operations.6) Assists with the processing and storage of food and food related items as they are delivered.7) Assists in carrying out a financially successful food service operation by helping to control food and labor costs.8) Assists with logging meals/snacks in the menu book following USDA/CACFP required documentation for food purchased, prepared and served.9) Supports staff/parents in preparing and cleaning up after meals/snacks for meetings, planning sessions and other special events as requested.10) Ensures that dishes are returned to the kitchen or food service vendor transport boxes for cleaning and preparation for the next meal.11) Notifies supervisor of any safety, health issues or concerns.12) Participates in ongoing training in food preparation and nutrition as requested.13) Follows the established system for cleaning to ensure that the kitchen and storage rooms are kept in a clean and sanitary manner.14) Reports any kitchen equipment not in good working order to supervisor to ensure the kitchen remains safe and hazard free.15) Prepares food in a safe and sanitary manner.16) Responsible for complying with all local, state and federal standards regarding hygiene and sanitation. d. Disabilities Aide1) Works with assigned children with disabilities.2) Supports the work of the classroom staff and managers, specialists and/or mental health consultant in carrying out individual plans for children with special needs.3) With direction from professional staff, follows IEP/IFSP. 2. EXAMPLES OF GENERAL JOB DUTIES--ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSa. Understands, generates and documents in-kind and other allowable costs applied toward the non-federal share requirement.b. Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary by the immediate supervisor.c. Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities.d. Responsible for understanding Head Start Performance Standards and local child care licensing regulations.e. Expected to be knowledgeable of the regulations associated with prevention of occupational disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination.f. Positively promotes Head Start in the community.g. Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to Head Start/Early Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.h. Becomes thoroughly familiar with Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana Employee Handbook: Human Resources Policies and Procedures, Operations Manual and all other CDI HS handbooks, manuals and resources and adheres to them. Other duties as assigned; the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands. Supervision exercisedImmediate supervision means those employees the position assigns, directs and evaluates. Positions Supervised: See Organizational Chart Supervision received The job description, the Head Start Performance Standards and the content area work plan serve as a guideline. Assistance is received from other agency staff and outside assistance can be received from other related resources as needed. Head Start/Early Head Start effectively uses the teamwork approach. All content areas are interwoven to better assist and support families. The immediate supervisor is responsible for appraisals of this position. Minimum Qualifications/RequirementsKnowledge: Knowledge of the basics of working with infant & toddler children. Knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early Head Start Program. Knowledge of basic food preparation, serving and sanitation practices. Knowledge of local resources, customs and languages helpful. Abilities: Ability to relate sensitively with children and to work well with staff and parents and families. Ability to follow directions and take initiative. Ability to keep all information on families strictly confidential. Ability to communicate effectively with children and staff. Must have the physical, emotional and mental ability to assist the teacher with a vehicle full of children in a safe and pleasant manner when working in the classroom. Ability to work with children with disabilities. LANGUAGE SKILLS:Ability to communicate both written and orally.Ability to follow directions from both written and oral instructions.Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and memos.Ability to write simple correspondence.Ability to communicate with families and children in a positive and helpful manner.Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from community.Some Bilingual fluency helpful (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area). MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
    • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide. REASONING SKILLS:
      • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form.
      • Ability to maintain confidentiality. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
        • Ability to exhibit patience and tact when communicating with children, families, staff, management, referral sources and the public.
        • Ability to project professionalism in conducting daily activities. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The minimum requirement is that the individual be 18 years of age. This is an entry-level position requiring no previous education or experience unless there is a local or state regulation that requires a high school diploma or G.E.D. A high school diploma or G.E.D. is preferred. Some states may require additional requirements for kitchen aide duties (i.e., kitchen permit). Requirements for employment with Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana Early Head Start:Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area). Within 90 days of employment, must obtain and continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification (or sooner if required by local/state regulations). Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, a clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. To drive for agency, must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana Early Head Start. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified. Working conditions and Physical demands
          • May be required to lift up-to 40 pounds.
          • Travel by car, bus, airplane or train may also be required associated with attendance at conferences, meetings and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases where some overnight travel may be required.
          • Some exposure to communicable diseases.
          • Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
          • Work is typically performed in a classroom, kitchen or bus setting and some office work may be required.
          • Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be required for events such as home visits, parent-teacher conferences, Parent Committee meetings, community and social events. The requirements of your Job Description are important in providing services to children and families, and for keeping you, children and co-workers safe during the workday. If you are unable to perform any of the functions required in your job description due to a disability, you are invited to direct any requests for accommodation to the Program Director. Direct reports None

Keywords: Children s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana, Monroe , Substitute/Program Aide, Other , Monroe, Louisiana

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