Before/Aftercare Aide
Friendship Public Charter Schools - Washington, DC

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As the nation's first multi-campus charter school, Friendship Public Charter School has been producing college-ready students for over 15 years. From Preschool through 12th grade, Friendship invests in providing a rigorous academic curriculum that enables our children to excel as ethical, literate, and well-rounded leaders in a 21st century economy. We surpass our peers across the District in public education with a 91% graduation and college entrance rate. To this end, we also hold the quality, success, and development of our teachers with paramount importance. We provide a number of professional growth and development opportunities which have afforded us both the 2010 and 2011 DC Teachers of the Year, and 3 outstanding school principals who launched their careers in our classrooms.

Friendship Public Charter School’s teachers exceed expectations and take on a range of responsibilities in order to ensure every student achieves the academic skills, intellectual habits, and character traits necessary to succeed in the nation’s top universities and beyond. With unwavering commitment, passion, and exceptional talent, our teachers lead our vision for quality and equitable education. Friendship teachers recognize the challenges faced in closing the achievement gap, but persist in leading our children to exceptional heights through data driven academic gains, comprehensive and engaging instruction, and outstanding leadership.

The Assistant Group Leader (AGL) is responsible planning and executing the educational program in accordance with the purpose and goals of Friendship Cares. They must ensure the development and safety of enrolled children in accordance with DCMR 29 Regulations and Friendship Cares policies and procedures. The AGL is a part-time position based at the school site and reports directly the After-Care Coordinator.

Responsibilities
  • Responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in the general supervision and management of the children
  • Assist with planning, supervising, and implementing the program for the class in accordance with the policies and philosophy of Friendship Cares under the direction of the Lead Teacher
  • Gear the program to the needs of individual children with concerns for their interest
  • Treat children with dignity and respect
  • Consider individual children in relation to their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Assisting in planning and preparing the learning environment, setting up interest centers and preparing needed material and supplies
  • Providing various experiences and activities for children including songs, games and storytelling
  • Assisting the Lead Teacher in any other appropriate ways
  • Maintaining professional attitudes and loyalty to the organization
  • Treating all children with dignity and respect
  • Keep parents informed of program expectations, program activities and their child’s progress
  • Attending all staff meetings and recommended training programs and conferences
  • Participating in professional workshops that contribute to the improvement of early childhood education
  • Be responsible for the ordered arrangement, appearance, décor, and learning environment of the classroom and its learning centers
  • Willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the school’s educational philosophy
  • Maintaining confidentiality about children, their families, and other employees outside the school

Qualifications
Knowledge
  • Knowledge of current child development and early childhood education theories and practices
  • Proven experience maintaining clear boundaries and setting age appropriate discipline standards for children using non-punitive measures
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office Suite and Internet
Skills
  • Ability to multiple task
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Effective verbal and listening skills
  • Enthusiasm for working with children
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism when dealing with challenging situations
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment and enforce rules consistently
  • Proven ability to work with staff and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Stress management skills
  • Team building skills
  • Time management skills
Qualifications
  • High school diploma or General Education Development Certificate (GED)
  • Minimum of one-year of experience in a child care setting

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