Teacher Assistant, 1st Grade

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Teacher Education, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

If you have any questions about the position or our application process, reach out to us at recruiting-u@smith.edu .

Job Description

Job Summary

Assist with classroom supervision and provide clerical and instructional support for the supervising teacher. This is a limited-term position through June, 2023, with the possibility of extension.

Essential Functions

Teacher Assistant:

Assist in the preparation of the classroom environment by collecting, organizing, and displaying materials; setting up activities; displaying children’s work; rearranging desks, chairs, tables, etc. as needed for particular activities; clean-up at the end of the day.

Assist in the preparation of materials for the classroom by creating and putting up bulletin boards; laminating materials; collecting and collating children’s work; setting up special projects.

Supervise students in the classroom and/or on the playground. Work cooperatively with the supervising teacher and/or other classroom and playground supervisors to ensure the safety and well-being of students at all times; anticipate and respond to students’ needs for academic or behavioral assistance and guidance; facilitate daily activities and transitions in the classroom (e.g. from activity to activity, lunch, recess, arrival and dismissal) to ensure smooth classroom operations.

Assist with instruction and evaluation of students as assigned by the supervising teacher; work with individuals or small groups of students on activities or projects or assignments; share observations of students with the supervising teacher; assess students’ work as designated by the supervising teacher.

Provide clerical support for the supervising teacher by organizing student paperwork/folders; record keeping; maintenance of supplies in the classroom, etc.

Other duties as may be assigned by the supervising teacher or school administration.

Review the Parent Handbook for important information and school philosophies, procedures, etc. Understand and support the Community & Civility Frameworks within the program.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Associate’s Degree in education or related field. Experience working with children in group settings, preferably in classroom settings. Ability to work effectively in-person and in a remote environment.


Ability to form positive and supportive relationships with children and adults. Ability to be flexible and work as a member of a team. Good organizational and interpersonal skills; strong technology skills such as zoom, seesaw, google classroom.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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