Early Childhood Aide & After-School Care Guide
Status: Full-time (Exempt) or Part-time
Classification: 10-month Faculty
Supervisor: Lower School Director
Location: In-person instruction at the Lead Mine Campus
Hours: Full-time: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) seeks an Early Childhood Aide and After-School Care Guide for the 2023-2024 school year. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who loves working with students aged 6 weeks - 6 years of age and is looking to advance in the profession. The Early Childhood Aide and After-School Care Guide will work closely with experienced Lead and Assistant Guides to provide continuity of instruction and care from academic day through after-school for our youngest students.
Established in 1974, MSR is a vibrant and exceptional independent Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School school in the Triangle area serving 400+ students aged 6 weeks through 18 years. MSR is committed to the intellectual, ethical, and personal development of our students. Our beautifully designed and well-maintained Lead Mine Campus, situated on 10 acres in North Raleigh, comprises five buildings in a child-centered, village-like setting surrounded by wetlands and protected forest. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on an expansive 40-acre wooded campus in Brier Creek in Durham. Both sites were carefully planned and constructed to provide the nature-centered environments integral to Montessori practice. Driven by our core values of “Respect,” “Integrity,” “Community” and “Love of Learning,” MSR welcomes prospective employees of all backgrounds. We are committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a comprehensive compensation plan, including competitive salary and an expansive benefits package. MSR is accredited by AMS and the IBO. All MSR employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or a related field
- Montessori experience preferred
- Teaching experience at the Infant (0 - 18 months) , Toddler (15 - 18 months), or Children’s House (3 - 6 years) levels
- Committed to the mission and core values of MSR which include “Respect, Integrity, Community and Love of Learning”
- Develops and maintains positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents and other members of the MSR community.
- Flexible team player with “can-do” attitude
- Ability to work independently and collaborate in teams with a wide range of individuals.
- Commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
- Student-centered, collegial, passionate, innovative
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Adhere to American Montessori Society (AMS) guidelines and professional standards.
- Assist the classroom teacher in the general care of the Montessori environment, which may include refilling building supplies and proper, safe storage of inventory, maintaining commonly used supplies and materials in a clearly labeled location accessible for staff, repairing materials and equipment as directed, maintaining the inventory of the classroom janitorial supplies and replenishing when needed, assisting in the preparation of activity and project materials, and maintaining the inventory of the classroom.
- Provide supportive and collaborative partnership with classroom teachers through consistent communication, which includes being a resource as a substitute classroom teacher, when necessary.
- Prepare and maintain an After-School Care environment in which the furnishings and materials are developmentally appropriate in providing care as an extension to the academic school day, which supports students, staff, parents, Montessori philosophy, and MSR policies.
- Plan, deliver, and supervise a developmentally appropriate and consistent schedule of activities for students from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Ensure safety and well-being of students in the classroom.
- Maintain a supportive and collaborative partnership with administration and colleagues to assist with curriculum development and implementation within the context of the School's overall program, mission, and core values.
- Adhere to all health and safety protocols, policies, and procedures, as well as maintain a clean environment with regard to hygiene.
- Provide a supportive and collaborative partnership with the team.
- Participate in ongoing professional development.
- Attend all required faculty and team meetings.
- Collaborate and participate within a divisional team.
- Maintain student record keeping and program planning.
- Ensure respectful and open lines of communication with parents. Be available to parents through written communication.
- Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Lower School Director.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The Early Childhood Aide can expect to:
- Work in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts
- Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment, with periods of time outdoors
- Supervise groups of students and regularly engage with parents, staff, and visitors
- Occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
- Turn, bend, and reach.
It is the policy of The Montessori School of Raleigh to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference check with current employer (or most recent employer, if not currently employed) and background investigation.
The school offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Early Childhood Aide and After-School Care Guide 23/24 - your last name.” Please indicate your preference for full or part time in your cover letter. No phone calls please.
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