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Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) is a complex cluster of student service and residential housing auxiliary services departments with an aggregated operating budget of approximately $145 million and over 2,500 employees. The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) is a department in RSSP that provides early education and child care for 262 infant, toddler, and pre-school children of students, faculty, staff and community families in five centers across campus and the surrounding community.
Our program teaches UC Berkeley's youngest students in a safe, nurturing, stimulating environment that sparks curiosity and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning. We focus on developmentally appropriate activities and care giving interactions that support emotional, social, physical, and cognitive growth and health. Our staff provide UC Berkeley affiliated parents peace of mind - whether they are pursuing academic, research or administrative excellence on campus or in the surrounding community - by ensuring their young children receive research-based best practice care and education support close by. The program serves children as young as 3 months old up until they attend kindergarten.
Classroom Assistants will have the opportunity to help teachers in a wide variety of activities including care giving, supervision of children and carrying out curriculum. The position will include but is not limited to assisting in maintenance of a safe and healthy environment. Meal preparations and housekeeping duties will vary upon time of day spent in the classroom. Some staff meetings and trainings with supervising teachers may be required. Classroom Assistants will also have the chance to complete administrative tasks and special projects on an as-needed basis. Positions are available on or near the Berkeley campus as well as University Village in Albany. This is part-time position spanning all aspects of the ECEP Center and classroom operation. A regular commitment of at least 3 - 4 consecutive hours for 3 - 4 days a week is required.
Assists in providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences and activities for children under the direction and supervisor of professional teaching staff.
Assists in maintenance of center as a safe and clean environment for children.
Assists in maintaining standards of student behavior needed to achieve functional learning atmosphere in the center.
Participates in meetings with supervising teacher to discuss concerns and to plan curriculum.
Provides care giving functions when appropriate, i.e. diapering, napping, feeding, nurturing, etc.
Observes and interacts with children respecting their rights as individuals and shares observation with staff. Escalates concerning observations quickly and appropriately to ensure the safety of all children.
Functions as a Mandated Reporter under California Child Abuse and Neglect Act (CANRA) to report observed/suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults and elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies.
Participates in in-service meetings, staff meetings, workshops, and other activities as requested.
Previous experience working with/caring for young children or early childhood education coursework on how young children learn and develop at different stages
Ability to multi-task in a chaotic environment
High School Diploma or equivalent
Required licenses or certifications required, if any:
Current Health Screening clearance and TB clearance
Up-to-date MMR and DTaP vaccination and any new State of CA or UC Berkeley health requirements for positions working with young children.
Must complete online bloodborne pathogen and State of CA Mandated Reporter training annually - upon hire.
Early Childhood Education college units
PITC (Program for Infant/Toddler Care) exposure
Previous experience or familiarity with emergent, play-based, Reggio-inspired, Montessori or similar early education philosophy and approach
Basic knowledge of unit, departmental, and University policies and procedures.
Salary & Benefits
Hourly Salary: $15.59
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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