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Teacher Assistant - Child Development Center

Apply now Job no: 492705
Work type: Full-time (hourly)
Location: Child Development Center, Chester
Categories: Staff

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

Widener University is currently seeking a Teacher Assistant to be responsible for providing high quality early childhood education to young children; and for the general supervision and management of children and work in cooperation with and under the supervision of the teacher for that group of children.

Why work at Widener?  At Widener University, we strive to deliver a comprehensive benefits package developed to attract and retain talent.  We offer employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of benefit program including health & welfare, retirement accounts, tuition programs at Widener University, life insurance, paid time off, and flexible work arrangements for many roles. 

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Child Development Center holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment.

Duties and Responsibilities:  (include but are not limited to)

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in planning and implementing the daily program under the guidance of the teacher group supervisor
  • Show initiative in the improvement of early education, the program and curriculum.
  • Aid teachers and students by recording and reporting student attendance.
  • Assist in maintaining the classroom logs, observational records, and the assessment records for each child
  • Interact and supervise students with assignments and activities
  • Provide positive reinforcement to students and model problem solving behavior and good communication skills.  Treat all children with dignity and respect to allow for individual differences
  • Actively supervise and manage students at all times.
  • Acknowledge all parents when entering and exiting the program each day.  Maintain an open, warm and professional relationship with all families.  Be available for parents and teacher’s conferences as needed.
  • Maintain a room arrangement that is safe, inviting, interesting, and stimulating.
  • Help with general housekeeping tasks such as preparing snacks, lunches, washing table and daily chores.
  • Assists teacher in the instructional program in maintaining discipline and encouraging acceptable behavior.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times
  • Be knowledgeable about health and emergency policies and procedures (Fire Safety and Emergency Certificate, Health Assessment, Pediatric First Aid and CPR certificate)
  • Maintain a total awareness of the children’s safety during all activities.
  • Perform other tasks related to the position as assigned.

 Secondary Responsibilities:

  • May contribute to reports on student progress, behavior and performance.
  • Ability to objectively gather and report relevant information about students to assist in the planning process
  • Must have excellent communications, both oral and written.  Must be able to interpret and apply oral and written instruction
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work collaboratively and exchange information with other staff and outside departments
  • Decisions are limited to daily work duties
  • Ability to perform several different tasks and determine priorities
  • Ability to plan and organize work
  • Ability to work well with and relate to students of all backgrounds
  • Demonstrate Self-motivation
  • High energy level
  • Ability to learn and apply school rules, regulations and procedures
  • Supervision of children at all times when on duty.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required)


  • Associate’s degree in liberal studies, early childhood education, psychology and one to two years of experience with children. 
  • Proficient in the use of computers, Internet and software programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Clearances: Current
  • Current PA State Police Criminal History Report.
  • Current FBI Criminal History Report (DHS) Department of Human Services.
  • Current PA Child Abuse History Clearance (DHS) Department of Human Services.
  • Must have current Annual Physical Exam and Manitou TB test
  • Professional development training: Pediatric First Aid Certificate, Fire Safety Training, Emergency Evaluation and Procedures,
  • Child Abuse and Mandated Reporter, (Act 31 and Act 126)

To be completed after hire:

  • New Staff Orientation Better Kid Care (15 hours), Professional Development Training (minimum of 24 hours per year) workshops and/ or college credit.
  • Health and Safety Basic: Requirements for Certification (6 Hours) Better Kid Care
  • STARS 101 Certificate
  • STARS 102 Certificate

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

  • Must be able to fully participate in all classroom activities, which may include but are not limited to routinely stooping, standing, bending, kneeling, running and other forms of physical activity;
  • Routinely lifts up to twenty-five (25) pounds; occasionally lift and carry supplies, equipment and children that weigh up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Occasional standing, walking or climbing stairs; mobility between office and other offices/building on campus.

Qualified candidates must submit resume for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.


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