Toddler/Preschool Assistant Teacher Position (Berkeley)
Nia House is a Montessori program serving families of diverse backgrounds in the Berkeley area.
Employment type: Temporary employment part time/full time
The assistant teacher will provide support to the head teachers, helping to implement the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. This job starts with training and observation and the start date is flexible, likely in March or April. This job will include work with children as young as 18 months through 3 years and occasionally as old as 6 years.
We are seeking either full or part time support, between the hours of 9:45-5:45. Please apply if you can work from 9:45-5:45 or a portion thereof, and please be specific about your availability (full-time or part-time).
-Develop and implement outdoor activities
-Supervise lunch, nap, outdoor play and indoor activities as needed
-Manage both small and large groups of children through transition times
-Implement music/ dance/ finger plays/ games in small and large group circles (skills can be learned on the job, must be willing to learn)
-Assist with the creation of new Montessori materials (again, skills can be learned on the job, must be willing to learn)
-Maintain an orderly, safe and clean environment
-Wash the indoor environment as needed, tidy outdoor environment as needed (includes garden work)
-Contribute to the observation and evaluation of individual children’s progress
-Assist with the implementation of independent conflict resolution between children and creatively use logical consequences as needed
-Assist with children’s toileting and diaper changing (willingness to learn more about Montessori toileting procedures)
*6 or more units of early childhood education, or a willingness to work toward immediately
*12 units preferred
*Availability from 9:30-5:30 or 9:45-5:45 (or specify part time availability)
*Willingness to study and learn Montessori philosophy independently, and from current teachers, and to participate in staff meetings and community events
*Ability to stand for a significant portion of the work day, squat, sit on the floor and to lift 40 pounds regularly
*Willingness to be creative, accepting, respectful, and honor the independence and capabilities of young children
-Depends on experience and education ($18-$20/hour plus paid lunch and paid holidays)
-Many employer sponsored benefits provided
-An added bonus- we have a strong staff of committed, loving, friendly and skilled teachers. If you join our school, you will have the added benefit of enjoying a welcoming community of working teachers, children and parents! We are looking for like-minded, open-hearted individuals who truly share our Montessori values of peace and liberty through early education.
April 2020 or sooner
*Please do NOT call about the job.
*Email cover letters and resumes directly to the Craigslist posting.
*Please be prepared to share contact info for 2 professional and 1 personal reference, if called in for an interview.
*If you don’t hear from us, please assume we’ve filled our position. Thanks for your interest and understanding.
This school is an equal opportunity employer. The school is committed to a diverse workforce. Bilingual/bicultural, people of color, women, queer individuals and people that reflect our community are strongly encouraged to apply.
When Nia House was first established in 1974, the school’s founder, Tia Waller, knew that the best way to tackle the economic achievement gap in Alameda County was to begin with our most vulnerable population, young children. Ms. Waller did this by offering nearly free early childhood education to all families whose income level qualified for support from a program of the City of Berkeley. In 1979, the mission of the school shifted due to a significant reduction of funding to all City of Berkeley contracted agencies. Nia House moved from serving specifically low-income families to focusing on equal access to education and outreach to socioeconomically diverse families. This financial model continues to serve the school community today.
In 1979, Nia House bought 3 historic bungalows for $1 each from the Berkeley Unified School District and sought a permanent location for their use. The Nia House Board of Directors worked with the City of Berkeley and acquired a long-term lease of a site for the bungalows, 2234 Ninth Street, for $1 per year. The City thus effectively subsidized the rent, allowing Nia House to continue offering scholarships for the past 35 years.
Nia House achieves its mission through a scholarship program. No family is turned away because of limited financial resources. Nia House provides scholarships for 40 percent of the student body, currently totaling $151,000 of annual subsidies. Ten percent of the tuition subsidies come from the City of Berkeley, through a grant that the school has received for the last 43 years. A flexible fee structure allows us to continue to accommodate additional low-income families, while meeting the expenses of our program.
In 2013, the City of Berkeley renewed Nia House’s lease, adding 4,000 square feet to the site and slightly increasing the lease payment while still supporting the financial needs of the school. The increased square footage was acquired by adding an additional adjacent lot to the site: 2240 Ninth Street. In addition to the City’s approval of the new lease, the City also combined the two lots, thereby approving the possibility of the school’s planned expansion.
Nia House’s Program Expansion Project increased enrollment 68 percent, from a capacity of 50 to a capacity of 84 children. With funding support, two new classrooms and a front office were built on the adjacent site of 2240 Ninth Street. The newly updated facility will includes children’s bathrooms in each classroom, an adjoining shared kitchen, ample outdoor classroom space, a vegetable garden, and increased space for young children to run, bike and climb.