Open Position: Instructional Assistant - Elementary Center
Reports to: Director of the Elementary Center
Direct Reports: N/A
When Needed: 2018-2019 School Year
“I’ve never felt so empowered.” -STS employee
Are you a dynamic, highly motivated teacher that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development?
Do you want to shape tomorrow’s leaders by having the opportunity to play a role in determining the school’s climate and collaborate with colleagues to decide what and how you will teach?
If so, we have the perfect role for you!
We are seeking an Instructional Assistant committed to helping us advance our vision and achieve our mission of developing responsible citizens of a global society. We’re looking for energetic individuals who can adapt quickly to changing circumstances, individuals who work effectively independently as well as part of a team, and who are passionate about teaching to elementary- and middle-school aged children and enhancing student life. You will support students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles and will abide by our Framework for Professional Standards.
Who We Are
Preschool – Eighth Grade
What We Offer
Robust Benefits Package
Professional Development Opportunities
Extraordinary Work Environment
St. Thomas School, one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington, is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Under close partnership with, and at the direction of, his/her direct supervisor and the classroom teachers, assists the teachers in daily classroom activities, assembling displays of student work throughout the School, and is often involved in recess and lunch supervision. The Instructional Assistant is evaluated by the Division Directors who are their supervisors.
Becomes familiar with the overall program and related resources and materials so that s/he can actively assist in learning activities
Works with students in small groups, individually, or as a whole class
Assists in general supervision in the classroom
Supervises the playground, following established recess rules and discipline, and reporting notable student behaviors
Supervises the lunchroom, following established rules and discipline, reporting notable student behaviors and monitoring the cleanliness of the area.
Supervises Middle School students in Falcon’s Ledge after school until 4:30 p.m.
Performs general duties as assigned by the classroom teachers in which s/he is assigned on a particular day
Communicates regularly with the teachers and plans together in order to understand how to best use his/her skills and meet the needs of students
Assists with administrative tasks such as copying, mounting displays, preparing centers, arranging classroom materials, collating documents, etc.
Remains informed about events and developments at the school through the weekly newsletters of teachers and through the Office News and other bulletins. Performs such tasks and duties as assigned that would be generally within those functions to be expected at a school or as mutually agreeable between the Instructional Assistant and the teachers or administration
Shows initiative by asking for assignments that would expand performance and capability, under the direction of the teachers and/or administration
If qualified, provides substitution in the classrooms for absent teachers in emergencies.
Participates in beginning and end of year Professional Development days
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education, Training & Experience:
High School Diploma or GED
Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field from a 4-year college or university preferred
Current certification in CPR and First Aid.
Previous experience working with children (classroom, summer camp, tutoring)
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
Flexibility to work with a number of teachers and administrators in an ever-changing environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
If this sounds like you, please visit the St. Thomas School website, www.stthomasschool.org/about/careers, and Apply Today. Follow the instructions to complete our online employment application, then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position.
Position open until filled. No phone calls please.
Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive with public and independent schools. STS offers an excellent benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
Internal Number: N/A
About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.