Part-Time Assistant Teacher (Non-Benefit Eligible) - Boise State Children's Center

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training, Student Services, Part-time opportunities, Children's Center, Entry-Level

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

This position will serve as a program-wide substitute that could work in all classrooms, variety of ages and program needs. The Center is open 7:00am - 5:30pm Monday-Friday. We are NAEYC accredited; offer a great work environment, plus an hourly rate range of $15-$17 per hour.

Substitute Teachers are responsible for supporting the emotional and educational needs of all young children. They must assist Lead Teachers with intentionally preparing and maintaining an enriched learning environment for individual children based on developmentally appropriate programs according to NAEYC Accreditation Standards. The Substitute Teacher helps the Lead Teacher support the needs of each child during the day. This includes social emotional support, diapering, toileting and other care tasks, nurturing all children, responding to their interests and needs, and making learning meaningful based on their curiosity and concrete methods. 

Department Overview:

The Children’s Center provides a warm and nurturing environment for children that will promote each child’s physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual development. Our philosophy is based on the belief that each child is unique. Because we understand that children are naturally curious, we know they learn best when allowed to explore and work together with adults and peers. As they are involved in meaningful play, they are able to build on what they already know.

Classroom activities reflect these needs and foster independence, creativity, a sense of empathy and cooperation. We also know children need knowledgeable, nurturing, consistent teacher/caregivers who understand the stages of child development, respect family needs and promote cultural diversity. The staff is dedicated to building strong partnerships with families to enrich Children’s experiences.

Level Scope:

Entry-level professional with limited or no prior experience to contribute on a project or work team. Incumbent learns to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity under close supervision while achieving day-to-day objectives. Works on developmental assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. This level is typically focused on self development. Requires theoretical knowledge through specific education and training.

Essential Functions:

The Substitute Teacher will:
● Interact frequently and respectfully with all children.
● Encourage independence and modeling the use of language.
● Respect and build positive relationships with children and families
● Create a positive emotional climate for children and staff members
● Facilitate positive peer interactions
● Create a predictable, consistent and harmonious classroom.
● Honor and nurture young children’s curiosities and place their interests at the center of our curriculum. We encourage children’s inquiry into their world and support them as initiators, researchers, inventors and explorers.
● Intentionally observe and provide respectful attention to children’s words, actions and creations.
● Prioritize the whole child by equally valuing all domains of children’s development, including cognitive, communication, motor, physical, sensory and social-emotional development. Respect all children’s right to grow and develop at their own pace.
● Implement a developmentally appropriate, high quality program for all the children in the group, making reasonable accommodations for children with special needs.

Essential duties of the Substitute Teacher:

1. Relationships 100%  - A Substitute Teacher’s responsibility is to use the environment, relationships, and experiences to facilitate the positive development of all children. The Substitute Teacher must assist in:

  • Interacting frequently and respectfully with all children
  • Encouraging independence and modeling the use of language
  • Respecting and building positive relationships with children and families
  • Creating a positive emotional climate for children and staff members
  • Facilitating positive peer interactions
  • Creating a predictable, consistent, and harmonious classroom
  • Responding to each child’s interests and needs
  • Implementing lesson plans based on children’s interests
  • The implementation of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP’s) or Individual Education Plans (IEP.s) for children with special needs
  • Using care-giving routines such as those related to diapering, toileting, feeding, eating, sleeping, hand washing, tooth brushing and transitioning between activities, as “teaching opportunities” and to foster positive child/teacher bonding
  • Supervising children to ensure their safety at all times
  • Safely using indoor physical activity areas and outdoor play areas by checking before children play in those areas for unsafe issues
  • Daily maintenance and cleanliness of the classroom including following all required sanitation guidelines based off of the NAEYC guidelines posted in the classrooms for washing toys, equipment, cots/cribs, bedding, etc. as required.
  • Reporting suspected incidents of abuse to a supervisor, center administrator, and other appropriate agencies as a mandated reporter
  • Implementing all required emergency plans based off of the BSU University policy and procedures
  • Following all field trip, safety, and transportation regulations during field trips
  • Respecting and maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Contributing and participating as a TEAM player by exemplifying our core values of collaboration, respect, excellence, and learning in all aspects of his/her work, including contributing to the ongoing team building activities and positive climate of the center
  • Ensuring all Idaho licensing regulations, Teaching Strategies benchmarks and NAEYC Accreditation criteria and Idaho Early Learning EGuidelines standards are in compliance and fully met at all times.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Ability to read and interpret written information from a variety of sources in order to complete assignments/duties, and interact with children, parents and staff.
● Ability to write routine reports and correspondence in order to track and direct ongoing activities and work in progress.
● Ability to speak effectively before groups of children, parents, support staff and other teachers.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant professional experience.
  • The physical requirements necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
    • Currently have, or willing to obtain Boise City Child Care license prior to employment
    • Currently have, or willing to obtain pediatric CPR & First Aid prior to employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred. 
Salary and Benefits:

Pay range of $15-$17 per hour, part-time, non-benefit eligible.

Required Application Materials:

Resume and Cover letter.



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