Assistant Teacher

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Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Child Development Center
Division: Academic Affairs

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Position Summary:

The Child Development and Student Research Center (CDC) at Rollins College is seeking three supportive and service-oriented Assistant Teachers (two classroom assistants and one floater assistant) to join their team! 

The Classroom Assistant Teachers (2) are assigned to one classroom and support the afternoon group once or twice each week, including the supervision of children ages 2-5 and with assistance from undergraduate students. They plan with Lead Teachers in the classroom and are responsible for small group planning during morning hours. 

The Floater Assistant Teacher (1) is responsible for the planning of the afternoon group activities, and floats among the classrooms during the morning hours as needed by each room, supervising children ages 2-5 and with assistance from undergraduate students. This position has the responsibility of closing the center at 5 pm each day with another assistant teacher.   

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Daily Routines
    • Contributing to the daily maintenance, clean up, and routine care of the children and the center.
    • Helping set up the learning environment for the children and undergraduate students, plan in collaboration with Lead Teachers and other Assistant Teachers to ensure an organized and functional daily routine for all.
    • Assisting in maintaining order and safety at all times.
    • Providing for the needs of children in toileting, project work, problem solving situations, and general play.

  • Assistant Teacher/Child Interactions
    • Providing consistent guidance for the children during the project and work of the day.
    • Interacting with respect and loving consistency to the needs of all the children in all situations.
    • Actively involved in the children’s work and always available for support when needed.
    • Interacting at the child’s level of play and experience and scaffolding children’s ideas whenever necessary.
    • Advocating for the appropriate resolution to children’s problems and offer support to children learning the problem solving process.
    • Acting as resource for the children and responding to children’s requests with clear explanations striving to support each child’s understanding.
    • Engaging in positive guidance techniques and utilizing behavioral analysis strategies to help children learn appropriate behavior.
    • Using response to invention strategies in altercations between children and with children with improper behavior. Teachers utilize techniques that help children learn appropriate responses to social interactions.

  • Teacher/Teacher Interactions
    • Assisting in the analysis of children’s development through ongoing written and verbal daily observations.
    • Supporting the lead teachers to ensure the developmental needs of all children are being met and encouraged in all developmental domains.
    • Assisting lead teachers in creating written observations daily, taking photographs, videos and otherwise to document children’s experiences and learning (when needed).
    • Displaying children’s work in an effort to make learning visible to families and children.
    • Assisting teachers in creating meaningful projects for the children.

  • Assistant Teacher/Undergraduate Student Interactions
    • Modeling positive, kind and developmentally appropriate teacher interactions with children.
    • Demonstrating positive behavior support techniques.
    • Assisting with planning activities and interactions with children that demonstrate developmental skills/goals of the children for student observation.
    • Supporting student interactions and assisting in providing opportunities for student engagement with the children.

  • Assistant Teacher/Parent Interactions
    • Following plans to meet individual children’s needs in behavior, toileting, and other developmental changes as they occur with children.
    • Supporting and understanding each parent’s culture, ethnicity, language, socio-economic level, and family structure.
    • Maintaining confidentiality of all family information and never communicating personal family information outside the CDC.
    • Encouraging family participation at the CDC.
    • Performing other duties as assigned.

Assistant Teachers at the Child Development and Student Research Center (CDC) are expected to uphold all program and philosophical foundations of the CDC. They are expected to act with professionalism in all interactions with children, families and students. To learn more about the Child Development and Student Research Center, please visit:

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Associate's degree and minimum of 2 years’ experience working with children ages 2-5 in a school setting, or CDA in Early Childhood Education/Child Development required and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in an Early Childhood Program with children ages 2-5 years.
  • Must have all DCF 45 Hours required trainings and 5 Hour Literacy Training completed prior to start date. DCF training Transcript must be provided.
  • Must obtain First Aid and CPR Certification within 90 days of start date.
  • Background check including Fingerprints cleared by DCF fingerprinting organization.*
  • Must complete all DCF paperwork prior to hire date.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with department directors, lead teachers, assistant teachers, parents, and undergraduate students.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to work as a team and independently.
  • Ability to work with young children and undergraduate students.
  • Must be open and understanding of various cultures, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic level.
  • Strong organizational skills to maintain daily operations.
  • Knowledge of a college or university environment preferred.

*Level 2 Background Screening Requirement

Once an offer of employment is made, the candidate must pass a Florida Level 2 Background Screening. The cost of the fingerprinting is the responsibility of the candidate. The cost is approximately $70.00+ and payment is collected when the appointment is scheduled.

The Assistant Teacher cannot start working until all background screening results are returned and cleared or until they have received an approved exemption.

Working Environment:

The Assistant Teacher roles are full-time 10-month appointments, scheduled to run August through May of each year for a total of 1612.5 hours annually.

  • The Classroom Assistant Teachers (2) will work between Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

  • The Floater Assistant Teacher (1) will work between Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Additional position information includes:

  • Front-facing customer service role on-campus (inside and outside).
  • Must be able to physically lift and carry children up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to physically move around the floor and classroom areas without assistance.
  • Be reliable and amenable to certain restrictions on taking time off during staffing shortages especially in August/September, December and May, months without student support in the classroom.

To learn more about Rollins effort about the College’s response to COVID-19, please click here.

Total Compensation Package:


Rollins offers a competitive hourly rate, plus a generous benefits package featuring:

  • 11 Paid Holidays plus College Closure Days
  • Comprehensive Insurance Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, Life
  • 100% Funded Health Reimbursement Account
  • 100% Long and Short Term Disability
  • Employer Retirement contribution
  • Award-Winning Wellness Program
  • FREE On-Site Parking
  • Discounted Meal Plan
  • FREE access to campus amenities (ex. gym, library)
  • FREE Full Tuition Waiver for employees, spouses, domestic partners and dependents

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

Screening of applications will begin immediately.

Our Values:


Rollins seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences (e.g. nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, perspectives, etc.) not as obstacles to be overcome but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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