Head Start Classroom Asst (.6875 FTE)(Two Vacancies) TEMPORARY

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Sep 21, 2021
Education and Training

Job Description

Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: September 2021

FTE: .6875

Hours per day: 5.5

Salary Level: PA3Paraeducator Salary Schedule

Union/Days per year: Paraeducator, 192 work days, 10 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee's announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18th, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee's mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor's directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor's mandate prior to official hire.

Additional Resources and Information:
Press Release from WA Governor's Office
Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ
Vaccine Mandate FAQs
DOH Vaccine fact sheet

Two Vacancies - Jefferson/Willard
This is a Temporary/One Year Only position which will end upon return of the staff member or the last student school day; benefits will end the last day in of the month of separation.

Beginning with the 2020-2021 School Year, all preschool (ECEAP/Head Start) ParaEducators (ParaProfessionals and/or Instructional Assistant Teachers) must now meet new minimum employment requirements in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Section 1111(g)(2)(j) in addition to Head Start and/or ECEAP Assistant Teacher requirements.
These requirement include:
  • Have received a qualifying score on the Education Testings Service ParaEducator Assessment (ParaPro Assessment) or
  • Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university; or
  • Have earned seventy-two quarter credits or forty-eight semester credits at the one hundred level or higher at an accredited college or university
  • Have completed an apprenticeship as a ParaEducator in a program registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council

This position meets the needs of Head Start Students in the classroom by assisting the Associate in establishing and maintaining a positive child-oriented environment and promoting each child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards.



1. Assists with and delivers individual and group instruction in a variety of learning activities; monitors and records each child's progress for the purpose of promoting each child's intellectual growth.
2. Assists the Associate in the overall planning of curriculum and instructional activities required for meeting the objectives of the program, as time permits; assists in and provides for positive learning experiences to students; assists in arranging appropriate learning materials; assists in cleaning up materials and equipment; assists in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for the purpose of promoting each child's intellectual growth.
3. Assists Associate with child screenings and assessments, including child observations and adult volunteer training according to Head Start guidelines; assists in entering information into the computer-based assessment system for the purpose of promoting each child's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.
4. Models and monitors behavior in all program activities; redirects and teaches appropriate behavior to students as needed for the purpose of each child's social and emotional growth.
5. Meets children from child care buses and parents, escorts them safely into the classroom, and signs them in; follows the reverse procedure in the afternoon after signing them out; supervises students entering or leaving building between classes and boarding buses for the purpose of each child's safety in a child-oriented environment.
6. Prepares and assists with daily classroom routines including tooth brushing for the purpose of each child's growth in healthy habits and autonomy.
7. Prepares student meals by getting food from kitchen and preparing classroom tables; encourages students to assist; encourages and promotes conversation during meals; may track and submit menu changes in accordance with Family Style Meal Procedures for the purpose of each child's physical, social and emotional growth.
8. Assists in the planning and promoting of parent/family participation in learning activities, and to the extent possible, participates in parent meetings, assists in preparing flyers and newsletters, and makes phone calls to parents/guardians; participates, as time permits, in periodic home visits and family conferences to discuss student progress and development with parents/guardians for the purpose of each child's social, emotional and intellectual growth.
9. Assumes primary responsibility for the classroom and students in the absence of the Associate for the purpose of maintaining a positive child-oriented program.
10. Assists with maintaining attendance records and a variety of other forms to help ensure compliance with Head Start requirements; assists in maintaining confidential records; duplicates, organizes, distributes and files a variety of materials for the purpose of ensuring compliance with Head Start requirements.

1. Attends a variety of meetings, classes, workshops, seminars and other training sessions to ensure knowledge of current developments in early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practices, and compliance with program rules and regulations.

2. Performs related duties as assigned.

3. Assists with other requests/needs of the Associate and Advocate, including preparing for parent meetings and assisting parent volunteers.

Required to work outdoors in inclement weather; may be exposed to infectious diseases; may be asked to attend meetings throughout work day; experiences high activity level; required to lift at least 50 pounds, run, stoop, sit and stand sufficiently to promote curriculum and preserve the safety of the students.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:


Required Education and Experience
High school graduation or equivalent and at least one of the following: one year certificate in ECE; or an AA in ECE or be enrolled in a program leading to an AA or a BA in an education-related field; or a current CDA (Child Development Associate) credential or enrolled in a Child Development Associate Program (CDA program) to be completed within 2 years; with one year of post secondary experience working in a preschool or child care setting.

Allowable Substitution
High School graduation or equivalent with enrollment into a CDA program, within 90 days of hire, to be completed within 2 years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of Head Start program and ability to support the philosophy and components of the program.
Knowledge of early childhood programming.
Knowledge of childhood academic, social, emotional and physical development.
Skill in problem solving.
Skill in effective child and group management strategies.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying and exchanging information.
Skill in child observation and assessment.
Ability to relate positively with parents and small children.
Ability to work with special needs students.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate activities.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.
Ability to work as a cooperative team member.

Required Licenses/Special Requirements
CDA credential is required to be kept current throughout period of employment.
Valid Washington State driver's license or access to personal insured transportation.
First Aid and CPR certification are required within 60 days of employment.
Food Worker's card required within 30 days of employment.
Physical Exam and TB test are required within 60 days of employment and periodically thereafter.
Exempt from District ESEA Paraeducator requirements.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Draft description created 6/92, revised 07/92; 10/92; 03/96; 05/05/00; revised 3/31/05; revised 5/19/05; revised 8/10/13; add attendance, under KSA, 07/2014; add, under License, fingerprint and background clearance 08/2016.
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This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252, lnolan@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191, ehogan1@tacoma.k12.wa.us; and 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen, efriedr@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Cari Ake, cake@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1225. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

HRInfo@tacoma.k12.wa.us, (253) 571-1250

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