Early Learning Center Teacher Assistant

$13.59 hourly
  • Northwest Indian College
  • 2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA, USA
  • Jan 28, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description


Early Learning Center Teacher Assistant (FT, 12 months)


Opening Date:     January 28, 2020

Closing Date:       Open continuously

Location:             Lummi Main Campus

Salary:                 $13.59 per hour


The salary placement upon hire will be based on the selected candidate’s education and relevant work experience as outlined in the job announcement and the established salary schedule for the classification of the positon to be filled.



Under general supervision of the Program Coordinator and Lead Teachers, the Teacher Assistant supports the Lead Teacher(s) in the planning, presentation and evaluation of education and recreational activities. At the Lead Teacher’s request or in his/her absence, the Teacher Assistant may have temporary responsibility for the operations of the classroom. Maintain confidentiality and hold responsibility for assigned classroom operations.


  1. Collaborate and assist Lead Teacher with the development, implementation and evaluation of the program across all curriculum areas;
  2. Assist in the oversight of general physical environment, including cleanliness and neatness of Center with attention to licensing regulations and follow-through of requirements;
  3. Assume leadership in the absence of a Lead Teacher, communicating appropriately with parents to represent an inclusive, positive environment;
  4. Maintain an orderly environment for the group;
  5. Assist children with self-care activities. Change diapers as necessary;
  6. Prepare and serve meals and snacks following USDA guidelines;
  7. Assist with Food Program, take point of service meal count;
  8. Assist with daily classroom and Center clean-up;
  9. Observe and report individual children’s significant behavior and development using Teaching Strategies GOLD lesson planning tools;
  10. 10. Support individual children who experience difficulties in a group;
  11.  Be familiar with licensing regulations and individual’s responsibility for compliance;
  12.  Be sensitive to the child’s home culture and values; greet parents and children with warmth and sincerity and a non-judgmental manner;
  13.  Maintain confidentiality;
  14.  Complete other duties as assigned.


This position has not been assigned supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS to perform the position successfully:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current Infant, Toddler and Adult CPR and First Aid certification
  • Valid food handler’s permit
  • Documented negative TB test
  • Pass a federal criminal background check through the Washington Department of Early Learning


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Meet the STARS requirement and be listed in the state training and registry system (STARS)
  • Complete 10 Hours of annual STARS education each year OR one 3-5 credit ECE course at NWIC
  • Have at least 3 months experience working with children ages 1 month through 5 years
  • Have knowledge of child development as evidenced by professional reference, education, experience, and on-the-job performance
  • Experience working in a tribal early childhood setting/team environment



Interested individuals should submit the following application materials directly to the NWIC Human Resources Office only.


  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the position qualifications
  2. NWIC Application
  3. NWIC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form
  4. Current and complete professional resume
  5. Copies of college transcripts (can submit unofficial copies at time of application)
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons, who are not members of your immediate family, who have firsthand knowledge of your qualifications for the position
  7. If applicable to the position, provide copies of certificates/licenses/credentials


The job announcement and application forms are available online at www.nwic.edu/jobs or may be requested from and submitted directly to:


Human Resources

Northwest Indian College

2522 Kwina Road

Bellingham, WA 98226-9278

Telephone/Fax:  360.392.4230

Email:  employment@nwic.edu