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St Catherine's Center for Children Teacher Assistant - Non Certified  in Albany, New York

Teacher Assistant - Non Certified

About the OrganizationSt Catherine's Center for Children offers a comprehensive range of programs designed to offer hope, foster growth, and improve the lives of the children and families we serve.

PositionTeacher Assistant - Non Certified




The Teacher Assistant collaborates with the Master Teacher to develop and implement the classroom educational programs directed by the IEP and Care Plan.

The Teacher Assistant informs the Master Teacher as well as the Care Plan Team of student and tutorial responses to the educational program s/he offers and makes program recommendations as needed.

The Teacher Assistant directs students throughout the school day, managing the classroom and providing crisis intervention as needed.

The Teacher Assistant informs the Master Teacher as well as the Care Plan Team of progress or problems s/he observes during contact with the students and makes program recommendations as needed.

The Teacher Assistant assumes classroom maintenance and program administration duties as appropriate.

The Teacher Assistant is certified to teach when the Master Teacher is not present in the room.

The Teacher Assistant can substitute for the Master Teacher for no more than one school day per week.

Direct Work with Students:

The Teacher Assistant joins the Master Teacher in maintaining and inviting, motivating classroom environment which produces strong student outcomes.

The Teacher Assistant instructs, coaches the students to develop effective emotional coping, social problem solving, and 'getting along' skills.

The Teacher Assistant provides direct instruction to students at their guided practice and independent levels, making learning/ teacher adjustments as needed during instruction.

The Teacher Assistant provides student supervision and direction in programming outside the classroom; i.e., outdoor play, cafeteria, etc.

The Teacher Assistant is responsible for collecting data on the use of breakout spaces.

Team Membership:

The Teacher Assistant is a full member of the Care Plan Team and attends all Care Plan Team meetings.

Professional Development:

The Teacher Assistant is responsible for participating in planned in-service and case discussions within the agency. The Teacher Assistant is encouraged to engage in seminars or lectures in the community which would lead to professional growth. At times the Teacher Assistant could be asked to participate in in-service seminars within the agency.

Additional position-related duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor/ director.

Essential Functions:

Must be able to independently exercise clinical teaching judgments/ discretion in directing students throughout the school day.

Must be able to interact with students in a mediational, therapeutic manner and contribute to an interactive, motivating classroom climate.

Must demonstrate effective student de-escalation skills and be proficient at therapeutically interacting with an aroused individual student.

Must be able to effectively communicate with children and adults, in English, in oral and written forms.

Must be able to provide close, effective supervision of students, including a running or fleeing child, and respond to students needs on routine or emergency situations.

Must be able to manage own emotional reactivity in order to make appropriate professional judgments under stressful circumstances.

Must be able to conduct escort and restraint procedures according to the guidelines of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Training.

Must have an understanding of the learning process and be able to provide effective scaffolding, reinforcement, and tutorial services to student(s).

Must demonstrate the willingness/ability to collaborate with fellow faculty/Care Plan Team members, sharing information/feedback with colleagues.

Must demonstrate strong organizational skills and classroom management skills.

As each classroom must be staffed with at least two agency-approved drivers, depending in staffing configuration, must be licensed, able to operate a car, and be agency trained in operating a 5-7 passenger van.

Ability to relate to and communicate with a wide range of people. This includes but is not limited to a broad range of people who are culturally and socio- economically diverse, as well as people with various developmental and functional levels.

Ability to understand, communicate with, represent and carry out the mission, values, philosophy and policies of St. Catherine's Center for Children.

Ability to conduct him/ herself in a manner that is becoming of an employee of St. Catherine's Center for Children.

Ability to work effectively in a shared decision making model as a team member.

Ability to carry out written documentation as required by St. Catherine's policies and procedures and as required by regulating agencies.

Ability to organize and effectively manage (in a timely manner) the varied tasks of the position.

Ability to work collaboratively with other personnel/ service providers or professionals.

A commitment to empowering others to solve his/ her own problems.

Valuing a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person.

A conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.

The ability to establish a respectful relationship with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence.

The capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals.

The ability to set appropriate limits.

Position Requirements

  • NYS level 1 TA Certification desired

  • Advancement towards NYS Level 1 Certification required

  • A.A. in Early Childhood or Human Services, B.S. in Education or related field preferred

  • Prior experience with similar population preferred.


Weekends required

Req NumberEDU-21-00004

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.



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