Substitute Teacher Job Description, Functions, and Qualifications

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Substitute Teacher Job Description, Functions, and Qualifications

Substitute Teacher Job Description

Substitute teachers provide coverage for regular classroom teachers in the infant/toddler, preschool and school age classrooms when they are absent. The work hours of the Substitute position fluctuate significantly and qualified candidates must be able to be scheduled on an as needed basis. Responsibilities of this role will include, but not be limited to the following: physical caregiving, implementation of age appropriate/individually appropriate curriculum and facilitating supportive relationships with parents and coworkers.

Substitute Teacher Job Functions – Roles and Responsibilities

Early Childhood Programming

  • Ensure the children’s safety within the inside and outside environments at all times.
  • Responsible for formulating relationships with parents and children that are respectful of individual differences, family styles and cultural/socioeconomic diversity.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all meal and rest breaks for the staff and the changes in the daily schedule for the children [outside time, meals for the children, diaper changes, etc.] are done in an organized manner so as to create a sense of routine in the environment for the children.
  • Provide feedback to staff and program directors about consistency of practices within the program.
  • Strive to create a state of the art childcare program.

Interactions With Children

  • In an effort to develop each child’s language skills, responsible for communicating to parents, staff and the children in a positive manner. Strive to create a language-rich program.
  • Treat each child with dignity and respect.
  • Help each child to become aware of his/her role as an integral member of the group.
  • Help each child to become comfortable with him/herself.
  • Encourage children’s active involvement in problem solving.
  • In an effort to develop the children to be effective decision makers, encourage children to be responsible for their actions.

Working With Parents

  • Work with each classroom team to effectively address parent issues.
  • Create an environment that embraces open communications between staff and parents.

Supporting Positive Staff Relationships

  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
  • Attend all recommended in-service trainings.
  • Direct all issues to the suitable person in a timely and appropriate manner.

Administrative Functions

  • Complete all assigned paperwork (daily information sheets/daily attendance, shopping lists, daily staff-child ratios, etc.) in a timely manner.

Physical Requirements for Substitute Teachers

  • Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
  • Continually able to supervise children outside exposed to the sun and changing temperatures.
  • Continually able to lift up to 40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
  • Ability to push a cart/stroller weighing up to 100 pounds for up to 3 miles.
  • Continually able to walk and run as job dictates.
  • Continually able to kneel down to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
  • Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
  • Continually able to react to a child that is up to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
  • Continually able to carry a child up to 40 pounds, up to 100 feet.
  • Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
  • Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents and co-workers.
  • Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents and co-workers.
  • Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulations.

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • High school graduate
  • Two year’s experience working with young children
  • Twelve (12) units in Early Childhood Education (Child Growth & Development, Child, Family & Community, and two program development courses)
  • Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and/or successful transfer of fingerprints from another program.
  • Successful completion of the hiring packet.
  • Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
  • Comfortable with team-based works structure; demonstrates flexibility and initiative on the job.
  • Is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Possession of a valid Class B or Youth Bus certification

Employee Conduct

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

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