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Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is a complex 'cluster' of student service and residential housing auxiliary services departments with an aggregated operating budget of approximately $145 million and over 2,500 employees. The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) is a department in RSSP that provides early education and child care for 262 infant, toddler, and pre-school children of students, faculty, staff and community families in five centers across campus and the surrounding community.
Our program teaches UC Berkeley's youngest students in a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment that sparks curiosity and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. We focus on developmentally appropriate activities and care giving interactions that support emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth and health. Our staff provide UC Berkeley affiliated parents peace of mind - whether they are pursuing academic, research or administrative excellence on campus or in the surrounding community - by ensuring their young children receive research-based best practice care and education support close by. The program serves children as young as 3 months old up until they attend kindergarten.
Classroom Assistants will have the opportunity to help teachers in a wide variety of activities including care giving, supervision of children and carrying out curriculum. The position will include but is not limited to assisting in maintenance of a safe and healthy environment. Meal preparations and housekeeping duties will vary upon time of day spent in the classroom. Some staff meetings and trainings with supervising teachers may be required. Classroom Assistants will also have the chance to complete administrative tasks and special projects on an as-needed basis.
Positions are available on or near the Berkeley campus as well as University Village in Albany. This is part-time position spanning all aspects of the ECEP Center and classroom operation. A regular commitment of 5-6 consecutive hours for 4-5 days. In addition, when needed due to program needs the Classroom Assistant could be asked to work an 8 hour shift for several consecutive days that may total 40 hours for a week for an undetermined number of weeks.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 6, 2022
Interacts with children and classroom staff in a positive manner.
Assists in providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences and activities for children under the direction and supervisor of professional teaching staff.
Assists in maintenance of center as a safe, clean, and supportive environment for children.
Assists in maintaining standards of student behavior needed to achieve functional learning atmosphere in the center.
Participates in meetings with supervising teacher to discuss concerns and to plan curriculum.
Provides care giving functions when appropriate, i.e. diapering, napping, feeding, nurturing, etc.
Develops knowledge of teaching methods, techniques and skills through continuing education.
Participates in required professional development activities.
Observes and interacts with children respecting their rights as individuals and shares observation with staff.
Escalates concerning observations quickly and appropriately to ensure the safety of all children.
Functions as a Mandated Reporter under California Child Abuse and Neglect Act (CANRA) to report observed/suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults and elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies.
Participates in in-service meetings, staff meetings, workshops, and other activities as requested.
Verbal and written communication skills in the English language, active listening, and dynamic flexibility in adapting to the needs of clients.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and employ reasoning skills.
Basic skills in computer programs relevant to job duties.
Ability to multi-task in a chaotic environment.
Previous experience working with/caring for young children or early childhood education coursework on how young children learn and develop at different stages.
Must complete blood borne pathogen training annually -upon hire.
Must complete on-line State of CA Mandated Reporter training - upon hire.
Ability to successfully pass FBI and DOJ Criminal Check.
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.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn campus policies and procedures.
PITC (Program for Infant/Toddler Care) exposure.
Previous experience or familiarity with emergent, play-based, Reggio inspired, Montessori or similar early education philosophy and approach and/or equivalent training or experience.
Early Childhood Education college level coursework and/or equivalent training or experience.
High school diploma and / or equivalent certification /experience / training.
Certification to instruct in the applicable recreational sports program or equivalent experience preferred.
Red Cross CPR preferred.
Standard First Aid Training Certification preferred.
Salary & Benefits
Hourly pay for this role is $16.99. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
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Per Diem appointment type with variable hours.
Child Care Services is hiring 14 Classroom Assistants.
Conviction History Background
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.
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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