Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Early Childhood Education Teacher Aide (ext Day)

Posted over 1 month ago · Part time

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Job Description


Under general supervision from the ECE Leader and/or Assistant Program Manager, the Teacher Aide works as a team player in facilitating the learning process and supervision of children (two weeks - five years old) in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Early Childhood Program. Jointly supervises and participates in the training of children, parents, staff, and volunteers, as needed.

Primary Job Functions
Primary functions may vary among positions, but may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities among other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in this classification.

Examples of Tasks

Job Duties
  • Coordinates with the Classroom Staff Teacher in all phases of the ECE Center classrooms to ensure a well-managed purposeful program responsive to all participants' needs. Maintains scheduled center activities, follows lesson plans and documents accordingly.
  • Implements federal, state and local health and safety policies and procedures. Follows guidelines set in the SRPMIC and ECE Policies and Procedures Manual. Implements the performance standards as reflected in the ECE Plan.
  • Supervises children along with the Teacher/Assistant Teacher/Teacher Aide. Observes strict confidentiality guidelines regarding children and families. Assists in educating parents and volunteers about the ECE Confidentiality Policy.
  • Maintains the cleanliness of the classroom by following the ECE Policy for Classrooms, which includes, but is not limited to, putting materials away each day and cleaning tables before and after meals and activities. Assists the Classroom Staff in making the center safe, healthy, interesting and developmentally appropriate; in maintenance and upkeep of classroom supplies and materials for the classroom.
  • Pursues basic Pima or Maricopa language skills diligently and continues to expand from words and numbers to practical phrases. Promotes cultural awareness through the Pima/Maricopa languages, songs and dances. Assists in providing culturally diverse activities for the children, such as, but not limited to, dancing, singing, rhythmic music and story-time.
  • Reports suspected abuse/neglect/maltreatment and other social service related incidents to the appropriate ECE staff. Reports any repairs and maintenance needs concerning the center or classroom facility and playground to the ECE Program Manager.
  • Attends and participates in all scheduled ongoing training designed for ECE Teaching Staff as well as supplemental education training. .
  • Implements in accordance with the Classroom Staff a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children based on the individual interests, needs and abilities of the children in the classroom and the group as a whole. Sets up the classroom for daily activities and leads activities assigned. Supports the environment and curriculum, which reflects a developmentally appropriate anti-bias, multicultural approach.
  • Supervises and participates in developmentally appropriate outdoor play activities daily.
  • Cares for children and helps them with dressing and bathroom needs.
  • Follows the health check policy to exclude sick children from the SRPMIC Early Childhood Education Center. Administers first aid to the children, if necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Other Characteristics
A willingness to learn and understand:
  • The History, culture, traditions, and customs of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Knowledge of:
  • Child growth and development as well as positive discipline techniques
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including training, counseling, and performance evaluations

Skilled in:
  • Interacting with small children in learning and play situations
  • Understanding and interpreting the problems of small children
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with community agencies and departments, vendors, parents, volunteers, SRPMIC staff, and the general public
  • in working effectively on a team
  • Using a computer and MS Office Suite application software

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Follow oral and written instructions, policies and procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines
  • Lift up to fifty (50) pounds such as, but not limited to: a child, materials and equipment, from one location to another
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment, including but not limited to: a photocopier, fax machine, calculator, and personal computer to fulfill job requirements
  • Handle classroom materials, including but not limited to: paint, scissors and glue

Minimum Qualifications

Required Education: GED, HS Diploma (or higher).

Preference: Preference will be given for applicants with a CDA and/or experience working with children (six weeks to five years old) either as a volunteer or an employee.

*This position is identified as an Underfill Position

*Enrolled Community Members:
  • For enrolled Community members without a GED, must obtain a GED.
  • Requires participation in the Education Division GED Program and successful completion of the Arizona state certified exam in order to continue employment with SRPMIC.
  • Must provide the results of the TABE Test, or complete the TABE test, and complete consultation with the Education Division GED program GED/Adult Education Specialist to determine coursework necessary to complete the GED.
  • Successful completion of the GED exam within 18 months of hire to continue employment with SRPMIC.

Special Requirements

Due to the confidential and sensitive nature of this position, successful completion of an extensive background investigation is required. Incumbent is required to pass a basic physical examination and provide proof of immunizations at time of hire. Follow-up physical examinations and current immunizations are required and must be completed to maintain good employment status. Maintaining booster shots on immunizations and taking a TB skin test or x-ray annually is also required. Documentation of the above medical actions is absolutely essential for the file and for the health of the children in the Early Childhood Education Program. Incumbent must also obtain First Aid and CPR certification within the first three (3) months of employment from the date of hire and maintain certification subsequently.
  • At the time of hire, the incumbent must pass a basic physical examination and produce proof of a negative TB clearance and current immunizations, as well as fingerprint clearance.

Driving Requirement: This job description does not require the incumbent to drive; however, any employee who chooses or is asked to drive an SRPMIC vehicle for work related community business must receive authorization to do so. For clarification, work related community business includes driving to and from SRPMIC government sites and buildings.

Terms of Employment: This position is treated as a part-time non-exempt position scheduled for 25 hours per week.
Must be able to pass a Pre-Employment Drug Test and extensive Fingerprint and Background Check. Employee is Subject to Random Drug Testing and completion of a Background Check every five (5) years.

The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.

To apply for a position at Salt River Schools, applicants must submit the Immunization Addendum, Criminal Report and Legal Information addendum, Teaching/Administration Information addendum, and proof of Arizona teaching certification with your online application. Forms can be found at

"SRPMIC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer" Preference will be given to a qualified : Community Member Veteran, Community Member, Spouse of Community Member, qualified Native American, and then other qualified candidate.

In order to obtain preference, the following is required: 1) Qualified Community Member Veteran (DD-214) will be required at the time of application submission 2) Qualified Community Member (must provide Tribal I.D at time of application submission),3) Spouse of a Community Member (Marriage License/certificate and spouse Tribal ID or CIB is required at time of application submission), and 4) Native American (Tribal ID or CIB required at time of application submission).

Documents may be submitted by one of the following methods:

1) attach to application

2) fax (480) 362-5860

3) mail or hand deliver to Human Resources.

Documentation must be received by position closing date.

The IHS/BIA Form-4432 is not accepted .

Your Tribal ID/CIB must be submitted to HR-Recruitment-Two Waters.