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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 4, 2021
Residential and Student Services Programs is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP). RSSP provides and manages residential student housing, residential life programs, residential dining, as well as early care & education services for students, faculty, and staff. RSSP also conducts a summer conference and year-round catering business, operates seven campus restaurants, and manages twenty-six faculty apartments. RSSP's annual operating budget is $150,000,000 and the cluster employs over 2500 career, limited, contract and student employees creating a culture of care for our students and all other customers and stakeholders.
The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) serves over 260 children (3 months through pre-kindergarten) of university (faculty, staff and students) and community families. The program consists of over 60 career FTE, 10 - 30+ limited and per diem substitutes, and 60 - 80 student assistants who work daily with children and families in the program to assure high quality early education experiences that best nurture and develop the individual child, support a family responsive environment for the university and advance the field of early childhood education.
This position requires a strong foundation in ECE pedagogy and developmentally appropriate care and educational practices for young children in a group setting that utilizes low adult to child ratios.
Provides caregiving functions as needed and when appropriate, i.e. diapering, napping, feeding, nurturing, etc. Assists in building and maintaining a positive, safe, and nurturing environment for young children and families.
Helps to ensure appropriate ratios and child safety throughout the shift.
Models intentional learning and supportive emerging literacy practices in all interactions with children and always models appropriate professional behavior including calm tone when in presence or hearing distance of children.
Helps prepare materials and classroom opportunities that supports the emerging interests of the children and supports their individual needs. Helps plan and provide activities that stimulate children's curiosity and abilities and encourages their social emotional, fine and gross motor, language, pre-literacy, and other critical developmental foundational skills.
Participates in meetings with teachers to discuss concerns and to plan curriculum.
Supports NAEYC best practices.
Supports PITC philosophy in infant/toddler rooms, where operationally possible and appropriate, recognizing that some children may need to be moved to different teachers and/or classrooms based on the individual child's developmental needs.
Observes and interacts with children as individuals and shares observations with staff. Provides both written and verbal feedback to teachers that support individual needs of children.
Provides input to teachers in support of parent/teacher conferences.
Uses respectful language and positive guidance when addressing children's behavior in the classroom. Participates in classroom management to maintain a positive learning atmosphere. Includes all children regardless of developmental level, cultural background and primary language spoken, and/or expressed behavior or personality.
Attends all required meetings which includes staff and individual required training, staff meetings, team meetings, enrollment & program update related open houses, individual performance reviews, as scheduled and assigned by supervisor.
Represents ECEP by being professional at all times, responsive, caring and informative in communication with parents, fellow teachers, co-workers, and the campus community. Does not share internal conflict or philosophical/curriculum disagreements with parents and others and when unsure, consults with Center Director, Associate Director, or Executive Director on communication.
Develops collaborative and respectful relationships with peers, supervisors and managers.
Addresses conflicts in a timely manner and involves Center Director, HR, and or other management members when appropriate. Immediately informs Center Director of emerging parent conflict.
Adheres to policies in the ECEP Teacher Resource Guide including, but not limited to: health and safety policies, program philosophy guidelines, use of prep time, and any other policies and procedures therein.
Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor that are appropriate to classification and within CBA.
Demonstrated ability to perform basic computer use, including: keyboard and mouse, simple data entry, use of email software and internet search.
Proficiency with basic level MS Word.
Ability to safely manage multiple children (within established ratios) and provide engaging activities and appropriate interactions to encourage learning and social emotional development
Ability to proofread own work (email or other communication, etc.) for accuracy.
Ability to work with diverse clientele using patience, tact, sensitivity and diplomacy.
Demonstrated ability and experience to teach and work independently in a center-based child care program
Minimum of 12 or more ECE units, including 3 or more Infant/Toddler units required if hired for an infant/toddler room.
Knowledge of developmental needs and appropriate learning experiences for children 3 months to 5 years
Familiarity with child development theory and practice.
Physical ability to care for and engage young children in activities which includes: lifting up to 50 pounds, standing and walking up to 4 hours per day, and bending and squatting to work at child's eye level.
Pediatric First Aid and CPR (or must obtain within three months of hire)
Must have received fingerprint clearance through the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division. Background clearance must be maintained while employed as an Assistant Teacher.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
High School diploma or GED is the minimum educational requirement
Provides proof of current TB clearance, up-to-date measles vaccination and up-to-date health screening clearance and any new State or UC Berkeley health requirements for positions working with young children.
Must complete blood borne pathogen training annually - upon hire.
State of California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit (or higher level)
Salary & Benefits
This is an hourly paid (non-exempt) position. Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience (stepped rates).
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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