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Berkshire County Head Start
1 Meadow Lane
PITTSFIELD, MA 01201

Phone:(413)499-0137
Fax:413-499-0186
Website: berkhs.org/

Company Description:
Berkshire County Head Start is a non-profit organization that provides early childhood education and care. Our organization offers a half-day pre-school program in 6 sites throughout Berkshire County. In North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington we also provide full-day child care services for families while they work, go to school, or look for employment.

Teacher Assistant/Bus Monitor
$14.50 Per Hour
North Adams
Full Time
Education/Training
High School or Equivalent
Required
Up to One Year
Preferred
EEC Certification - Preference: Nice to have

 Purpose

The Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant’s purpose is to interact with children and observe and communicate to ensure a positive experience for children on the bus and in the classroom. This position will have a keen understanding of Head Start learning, safety, and socialization objectives and will support teachers, bus drivers, and transportation assistants in providing safe learning environments. The Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant works with teachers and, while transporting children, is encouraged to lead children in activities that can extend and reinforce classroom learning. This position also works with the Transportation Supervisor in order to model and teach safe riding, boarding, and exiting practices. The Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant handles discipline while the bus is in motion and follows reporting procedures according to the Office of Head Start (OHS) and Berkshire County Head Start (BCHS) polices and requirements; this position also supports and assists classroom teachers in guiding and managing children.

 The Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant must have skills and abilities to work with children and parents, have basic writing skills to complete reports, and have knowledge of Head Start transportation and childcare/school readiness services. The person filling this position will be required to speak English and be familiar with the language and community where children and their families live.  

 The Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant may be required to act in the role of a teacher if there is no bus service available or if the position carries over into the classroom for all or part of a day.  The responsibilities extended to this role will be based on the certification level of the Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant and will be reviewed and agreed upon, in writing.

 The Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant demonstrates professionalism in all interactions and is engaged and enthusiastic in contributing to the fulfillment of BCHS’s mission, vision, and values.

 Essential Duties

Guiding and Interacting with children

  • Interacts with children in a warm, nurturing manner and provides teachable moments on the bus and in the classroom to support learning and safety education curriculum and practices.
  • Responsible for behavior management on the bus, and for supporting behavior management in the classroom.

 Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

  • Conducts regular child attendance checks at bus boarding, during the bus ride, and upon exit; assists with attendance and other required checks in the classroom. Completes required attendance forms and follows procedures according to program policies.
  • Maintains accurate and complete records in accordance with all federal, state, and local requirements.
  • If necessary, supports implementation of corrective action plans; assists with the tracking and documentation of progress.

 Regulations, Requirements & Policies

  • Complies with policies and procedures ensuring the safeguarding of confidential, personally identifying and/or sensitive staff, children, and family information.
  • Follows all BCHS Safety and Supervision and Positive Guidance Policies when managing children’s behavior in any setting.
  • Ensures children are released to only an authorized adult according to the BCHS Release Policy

 Health & Safety

  • Acts as lead staff in carrying out Emergency Bus Procedures when necessary; assists in fire and safety drills and maintaining a safe, healthy environment in the classroom.
  • Installs and removes child safety restraints in bus daily. Responsible for securing children in safety seats before the bus is moving. Maintains child safety restraints and reports any malfunctions or equipment issues.
  • Models and teaches safety procedures for children boarding and exiting the bus; models and teaches any safety and health procedures in the classroom according to all policies and requirements.

 Professionalism

  • Communicates respectfully and skillfully with parents, children, and staff.
  • Goes the extra mile in assisting substitute teachers and bus drivers, helping with procedures, directions, location of items and materials, etc.
  • Is a willing participant in professional development and training when required; personally seeks to increase knowledge and skills on a regular basis.
  • Models organizational values and is an enthusiastic and engaged team member

Education

High School Diploma or GED.

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