Floating Teaching Assistant


  • DATES OF POSTING:  8/18/21-8/27/21 OUF
  • POSITION: Floating Teaching Assistant
  • BARGAINING UNIT POSITION: Yes, Union Position (Union dues are currently $19.06 bi-weekly after successful completion of orientation period)
  • LOCATIONS: Barre-HS/LTC Brook Street
  • PROGRAM: Head Start
  • SCHEDULE: Full Time, Regular, 40 hours/week
  • CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt (hourly)
  • WAGE: $14.36-$16.17

Capstone Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Send cover letter and resume tojobs@capstonevt.org


  • Program:  Head Start
  • Job Title:  Floating Teaching Assistant                Pay Grade: 2
  • Last Review Date/Update/Change of Job Description: 8/2/2021

General Statement

The Head Start Floating Teacher Aide/Assistant works as part of the local field office team and is responsible for assisting all aspects of maintaining smooth running classroom(s). This includes planning, preparation, implementation and assessment of activities, as well as engaging with children and staff in different classrooms each day.  The Floating Teaching Assistant is supervised by the team manager and works with the day to day direction of the classroom teachers.  The Head Start Floating Teaching Assistant must be flexible, professionally prepared and qualified to work with young children and their families in a culturally relevant manner. They must be a team player and have strong communication skills as well as have knowledge of child development, Head Start requirements. They must be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner and act as a positive role model for children at all times. The Head Start Floating Teaching Assistant will support 6 classrooms 4 birth to three classrooms and 2 three to five classrooms.

Essential Duties

  • Team with different classroom staff to help facilitate participation of all children in classroom activities.  Assist in providing children with safe, nurturing, individualized environment and the varied experiences, which help them to develop socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically in a manner appropriate to their age and development. Facilitates children’s learning, using appropriate child development knowledge. Stays involved with the children at all times in the classroom and on the playground. Role model’s positive behavior and support age appropriate ways to problem solve with peers and adults.   
  • Supervise with other classroom staff, children’s activities both on site and off site for safety. Participate in daily center site maintenance and up-keep, orderly and safe storage of materials, sanitation and cleanliness according to state licensing standards and Head Starts Performance Standards.
  • Support and implement NAEYC code of Ethical Conduct and the Positive Guidance Policy of the program.  Understand Head Start performance standards and Vermont State Licensing Requirements. Maintain confidentiality of all the Head Start Children and family’s information.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere in which children and their parents or care givers feel welcome, valued, comfortable and secure.  Represent the classroom, program and Capstone Community Action positively and professionally in interactions.  Refer all parent/guardian concerns to classroom teacher, family advocate or area team manager.
  • Assist teachers and children in family style eating and preparation and with other duties as needed such as setting up, cleaning and organizing, shopping and preparing learning experiences. Participate in classroom planning and implementation of learning experiences as directed by the classroom teacher and/or team manager.
  • Complete any administrative and/or record keeping duties such as filing, providing supplemental observations, monitoring daily attendance, meal records and daily sheets.
  • Participate in professional development and collaborative activities including staff meeting(s), planning meetings, pre-service and monthly Inservice trainings as requested by team manager. Meet with team manager as scheduled for monthly 1:1’s.

Other Duties as Assigned


  • Minimum of center-based, infant- toddler and/or preschool setting CDA or enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of hire.  Willingness to enroll in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or child development. Experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to assist and supervise children ages 0-5 and ensure a safe learning environment including the ability to monitor and respond at all times in the classroom and outdoor play areas. This includes the physical ability to move quickly, keeping in visual contact, and assess situations with good judgment.
  • Ability to be a sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to children, families and peers
  • Ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity.
  • Collaborate with others to handle any staff and/or family issues that develop in a professional manner.
  • Have a positive problem-solving attitude toward conflict situations.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  •  Ability to work well with others in a team approach.
  • Flexible to move from classroom to classroom daily as needed.
  • Basic Knowledge Early Childhood Education and Development; Licensing regulations
  • Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an emergency or a crisis situation.
  • First Aid and CPR Certification (we also provide training)

    Location: Barre-HS/LTC Brook Street

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