Oneida Indian Nation
Job Code
Travel Involved
Government & Health Services
Employment Status

Teacher Assistant

Job Description

Assists classroom teachers in implementing a daily program which promotes children’s physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional growth.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Aids children in developing a positive self-image, promotes opportunities for creativity, creates stability through regular routines and ensures the safety and well-being of each child.
  • Implements a positive approach to discipline in accordance with the Center’s discipline policy which includes clear and consistent expectations that preserve feelings of dignity and self-respect.
  • Assists the classroom teacher in implementing written lesson plans. 
  • Assists in designing and maintaining an attractive and orderly classroom environment.
  • Assists children with toilet training, washing hands and faces, and changing diapers.
  • Notifies the classroom teacher of all illnesses or injuries and assists with maintaining written incident reports and maintaining health and medication logs.
  • Maintains confidentiality in all matters relating to children, families, staff and center business.
  • Confers with the classroom teacher concerning problems in programming, changes in children’s behavior, concerns/information shared by parents and whenever there is suspicion of child abuse, neglect or maltreatment.
  • Assists in coordinating parent involvement opportunities to include meaningful classroom experiences, field trips, fundraisers and special events.
  • Maintains on-going communication with parents, sharing all pertinent information about their child’s progress as well as any accidents or illnesses.
  • Assumes the role of the classroom teacher in the teacher’s absence.
  • Attends staff meetings, in-service sessions dealing with child care duties and trainings (i.e. child abuse and reporting procedures training, CPR, first aid, MAT, etc.).

Job Requirements

  • Must possess the Child Development Associate (C.D.A) credential. A combination of at least 12 college credit hours in Education and relevant childcare experience will also be considered.
  • An Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field is preferred.
  • At least one year of formal experience in childcare. Infant and toddler teacher assistants must have at least one year of specific experience or training in infant/toddler care.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Ability to maintain warm, positive relationships with children and adults.
  • Ability to work with a team and provide leadership to part-time staff, trainees and volunteers.