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Teaching Assistant (Multiple Positions)

Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 26, 2024

Job Details

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Job Description


Reporting to the Ben Samuel Children’s Center (BSCC) Director and under the direct supervision of the Associate Director and/or the Master Teacher, the Teaching Assistant contributes to the development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate educational program promoting social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development of the children served.

  • Function as a member of a trans-disciplinary teaching team; co-caregiver; share ideas and information with colleagues; participate in the University community of learners.

  • Partners with other Teaching Assistants in the classroom team in a co-caregiving model.

  • Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of lesson plans that stimulate children’s growth and development; assist in the provision of opportunities for children to experience, play and learn in a warm, safe, nurturing environment.

  • Contribute to classroom community that is nurturing, caring, safe and conducive to learning for all members.

  • Assist in the provision of physical care for children: helps to prepare meals; helps to feed children; helps in washing hands and faces; changes diapers; assists in toileting; assists in teaching self-help skills.

  • May be required to engage in lifting children who are non-ambulant, semi-ambulant and/or have physical needs.

  • Assist in maintaining classroom and playgrounds in a neat, clean, safe, attractive manner; examine environment for any potential hazards; maintain proper condition of materials and equipment in classroom; maintain inventories of materials and complete materials requests.

  • Advise, instruct, supervise and mentor student staff and volunteers assigned to the room; model appropriate professional behavior.

  • Contribute to the maintenance of charts, checklists, anecdotal records on children which will be used in the development of plans to meet the children’s individual and collective needs.

  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with families; maintain open, positive, respectful lines of communication with families about their children and the Center.

  • Attend meetings, workshops or courses to maintain compliance with NJ in-service requirement.

  • Identify and inform the Associate Director and/or the Master Teacher of any child whose behavior and physical condition appears to differ from the norms.

  • Report any instances of suspected child abuse to DYFS, classroom Teacher and Center Director.

  • Maintain valid Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certification.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.


  • Ability to acquire a Child Development Associate Certificate or Nine (9) college credits in Early Childhood Education within 6 to 12 months of hire.

  • Ability to bend, squat, twist, run, sit/play on the floor and lift children up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to prepare and maintain records, reports and files.

  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English fluently and effectively.

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or other field related to Child Growth and Development.

  • Successful work history in a child care setting as a teacher assistant or aide for at least three years.

  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Children’s Center after a period of training.

  • Ability to use technology: various assessments platforms, communication portals; use of basic software and applications.

*NOTE: This is a Civil Service position. As required by the State of New Jersey, in order to be certified to the position and attain permanent status in title, candidates are required to successfully serve a 4-Month Working Test Period.

SALARY RANGE: A11: $38, 662.56 - $53,955.45 *NOTE: Salaries for internal candidates are determined by the New Jersey Civil Service Commission's formula. Salaries for external candidates are determined up to step four $43,760.19.

NJ SAME Applicants

This position is a non-competitive, unclassified posting and complies with the NJ SAME Program. If you are applying under the New Jersey "SAME" program, your supporting documents (Schedule A or B letter), resume (CV), as well as the names and contact information for three professional references should also be sent to: and

For more information on the SAME program visit their website at: , email: , or call CSC at: 833-691-0404.

In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (other than faculty who are exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants who have a concern with meeting this requirement should discuss with Human Resources if the position for which they have applied is eligible for an exemption from this requirement.


Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing how their background, skills and education match the needs of the University. When applying, please take a moment to carefully read and follow the steps in the application instructions.


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