Child Development Assistant (Eight or More Positions) (Lateral and External)-Extended

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7100209 (Ref.No. scj-12063)
Posted: January 14, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary Description:
Under supervision from the appropriate level manager or administrator, assists in the education, health, and safety of young children 0 to 83 months of age enrolled in the Child Development Center programs; participates in the implementation of developmentally appropriate programs for assigned children that promote learning of language, communication, emergent literacy, social, cognitive, play, and creative skills.

Knowledge of:
Applicable sections of the state education code and other applicable laws including privacy (FERPA), HIPAA, and ADA; confidentiality requirements when dealing with personal and sensitive student information.
Basic concepts in early childhood education.
Basic principles and applications of child development theory.
Basic socialization techniques.
Health and safety requirements of children.
Potential safety issues within a group care setting; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Basic methods of observing, evaluating, and recording child behavior.
Principles of basic first aid and CPR.
Principles and procedures of record keeping.
Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds; providing services to a diverse population.
Effective written and oral communication skills including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
Human relations and interpersonal skills when working with children and families.

Ability to:
Analyze problems, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written directions.
Create an engaging and positive learning environment in the assigned area.
Develop, maintain, and foster effective working relationships involving interactions and
communications personally, by phone, and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis.
Exercise good judgment and discretion in resolving confidential, difficult, and sensitive situations, according to established policies and procedures; use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
Interact extensively with and respond to requests children and families; develop and
maintain effective relationships with preschool and school-aged children, students, and families.
Learn and understand the organization and operation of the assigned division and/or department as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Maintain the cleanliness, safety, and organization of assigned area; ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures; monitor activities in assigned area and enforce policies for proper use and behavior.
Operate equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, printers, and other related equipment.
Prepare clear and concise documentation.
Provide strong and clear verbal and written communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills; listen actively and effectively, identify and solve problems, and facilitate problem solving.
Provide training, work direction, and guidance to student workers.
Report to work on a regular and consistent basis, as scheduled, to assigned job.
Work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations.
Assist in the instruction and supervision of children of various ages involved in Child Development Center activities.
Participate in observing, evaluating, and recording child development.
Apply appropriate positive guidance practices.
Maintain assigned records.

Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by college level course work in early childhood education, child development, education, or a related field.

Six months of experience working in a licensed child development program assisting in the teaching of infants or preschoolers.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or eligibility to obtain, a Child Development Assistant Teacher Permit issued
by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.
Possession of a current pediatric C.P.R. Certificate and First Aid Certificate.
Possession of a Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Certificate.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an Integrated Pest Management Certificate.

Conditions of Employment:
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:
Work is performed in a child development center; exposure to communicable diseases/bodily fluids; subject to noise from children and equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person with children, parents, students, staff, and others.

Physical Demands:
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a child development center; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate classroom equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations. See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the Child Development Specialist in supervising planned activities in a classroom and outdoor setting; work with groups of children in a variety of activities in a warm and positive manner while maintaining order and discipline; follow the child management and guidance procedures of the Child Development Center.
Assist the Child Development Specialist in maintaining a clean, healthy, safe, and orderly indoor and outdoor environment by following Center policies and procedures for health and safety related issues; do laundry, wash dishes, and prepare snacks; perform general housekeeping duties as required.
Assist with the general hygiene of the children including toilet training, diaper changing, and other activities requiring contact with bodily fluids.
Assist with supervising and feeding children.
Assist with providing a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for children to sleep.
Assist with preparing children to attend and perform at special events.
Observe each individual child’s growth and development on a continuous basis; assist with documenting each child’s growth and development through computerized software/online platforms, pictures, anecdotal notes, and sample work.
Maintain appropriate records and complete assigned paperwork in an accurate and timely manner; take attendance and meal counts; assist in the preparation of assigned reports.
Communicate with parents and staff to develop positive, reciprocal relationships; communicate with parents about children’s health and development as well as daily routines.
Participate in staff meetings.
Perform related duties as required.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.