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Assistant Teacher (Therapeutic Nursery)

Location: Manhattan, NY

Department: Early Childhood Education

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Sheltering Arms (formerly Episcopal Social Services) strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Job Summary:  The Assistant Teacher works closely with the head teacher, assisting with the planning and execution of lessons developed to impact positively on the social, emotional, educational and health needs of the children placed within the class and center as a whole.

Essential Functions:

  • Works within the framework of the day care center to carry out its functions, policies and procedures
  • Assists in the planning and execution of an education enriched preschool program
  • Assists with all activities that take place in the center, including program activities and off-site trips
  • Keeps equipment and material accessible and in good condition in addition to removing all hazardous material, and disinfecting toys and materials
  • Works with children in both large and small groups following lesson plans
  • Writes daily notes regarding the assigned children’s progress, with a focus on IEP goals addressed
  • Participates in the writing of Child Study forms
  • Attends and participates in regularly scheduled child study conferences; staff meetings, Classroom Consultations and weekly team meetings
  • Participates in related training opportunities as they become available
  • Develops and maintains a positive working relationship with parents
  • Respects confidential nature of all information about parents and children
  • Takes responsibility for the classroom in the head teacher’s absence
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Teacher's Assistant Certification (New York Stated Education Department) with TEACH account
  • First Aid and CPR trainings required and recertified as needed; plus trainings and workshops in: Child Abuse; School Violence Intervention and Prevention; DASA



It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms. As a day care worker, providing quality care for children will require a high degree of physical exertion. Must have the ability to lift and hold children, sit down on the floor and stand up frequently and walk quickly around the classroom. In addition due to the high level of energy in the clients during all physical activities and outings, must be able to run, play, and travel with the children. Physical and PPD clearance required.

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