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Child Development Assistant Teacher

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Posted: November 11, 2022
Level: Community College Professional 13, 10-month, tenure track position.
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, December 12, 2022.


Gateway Community College
20 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510
**This position is not remote**

For more information, please click on the college to be directed to their website.

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College (CT State) provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, and awards associates degrees and certificates.

CT State Community College Vision:

CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership, and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational, and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

The CSCU system commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date:

April 2023

Position Summary:

Individual colleges within the Community College system provide child development centers, offering child care, child development, nutrition and related services for the preschool children of students, staff and citizens of communities in their respective service areas. The colleges also offer academic programs in early childhood education. The child development centers provide the collateral function of serving as laboratories for practical experience by early childhood education students.

The Child Development Assistant Teacher assists and participates in teaching, protecting and providing care for pre-school children in a Community College child development center.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or an appropriately related field; or a combination of education, training and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties.

Successful Candidate must have or must possess:
  • Early childhood education
  • Child development and learning principles and applications
  • Child protection and care
  • Information technology literacy skills
  • Effective oral and written communication.
Special Requirements:
  • Hold a valid First Aid, CPR, and Medication Administration Certificates approved by the OEC Division of Licensing; Health & Safety Training, Mandated Reporter Training
  • Incumbents must be fingerprinted through the Office of Early Childhood and approved to work in a childcare setting
Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three (3) or more years classroom teaching experience in an early care and education (preschool) group setting preferably in a NAEYC accredited program
  • Student teaching experience or working in a college lab school setting with Montessori materials and curriculum
  • Experience working with student teachers, and volunteers
  • Experience working with young children with challenging behaviors and special needs
  • Head Teacher Certificate for preschool age children or Level A Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)
  • Knowledge and experience including but not limited to: cycle of intentional teaching, writing learning experience plans using CT ELDS and CT DOTS Assessment tool, newsletters, portfolios, conducting parent conferences and knowledge of developmentally and appropriate teaching strategies
  • Bilingual: English and Spanish or English and Chinese
Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Director of Child Development Center or other administrator, the Child Development Assistant Teacher is accountable for contributing to the development, protection and care of children enrolled in the College’s Child Development Center through effective performance in these essential functional areas:
  • Teaching, protecting and caring for children
    • accountable for contributing to the learning and safety of assigned children in the College’s Child Development Center
  • Parent communication
    • accountable for providing useful information to parents on their children’s progress
  • Center operation
    • accountable for contributing to the operation of the Child Development Center
In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the incumbent is required to carry out the essential duties of: Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies; Service on assigned committees and task forces; Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational and professional meetings. These may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

Starting Salary:

Anticipated Salary; $40,364 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits.

The Early Learning Center is closed for a week in December for the Holiday recess and a week in March for spring break. The last day of this 10-month position is in June. Incumbents will go on COBRA benefits for three (3) months, until the new contract starts back up in late August.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans ; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance . You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable.

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to Interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Director of Equal Employment Opportunity


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