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Teacher Assistant

Apply now Job no: 493454
Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Psychology
Division: Academic Affairs


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Benefits & Perks:

  • 15 Days - Paid Time Off (vacation, sick and personal time)
  • 10 Days - Paid Holidays
  • 5 Days - Paid College Closure Days
  • Eligible for Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurances (within 30 days of hire)
  • 100% Employer-Funded Health Reimbursement Account ($125+/month)
  • 100% Employer-Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • 11.5% Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Discounted On-Campus Dining Meal Plans
  • Free On-Campus Parking
  • Free Access to Campus Amenities (gyms, pools, library, sporting events and more)
  • Free Full Tuition for Employees and their Families
  • Pet Insurance
  • 100% Employer-Funded Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Award-Winning Wellbeing Programs: Blue Rewards, Rally Dollars, Hinge Health Musculoskeletal Coaching
  • Plus More!

Additional Perks:

  • Local & National Discount Programs, including Winter Park Locations (i.e. shops, restaurants, gift cards and more)
  • Free E-Training Courses & Professional Development Opportunities
  • IT Software & Laptop Discounts (Apple, Lenovo, and more)
  • College Bookstore Discounts 
  • Annual Service Awards & Recognition Programs
  • Discover what it's like to live in Orlando: Live, Work, Play and Learn
  • Plus More!

Rollins offers a competitive salary. Click here to review our full benefits package.

Job Summary:

The primary function of the Teacher Assistant at the Child Development Center is to uphold all program and philosophical foundations of the center. They are expected to act with professionalism in all interactions with children, families, and students. The position includes the supervision of children ages 2-5 and assistance with undergraduate students. The Assistant Teacher is expected to have daily verbal contact with parents at drop off or pick up times and must attend all scheduled staff meetings and unexpected meetings as needed.

Daily Routines

  • Contribute to the daily maintenance, clean up, and routine care of the children and the center.
  • Help set up the learning environment for the children and undergraduate students, plan in collaboration with Lead Teachers and other Teacher Assistants to ensure an organized and functional daily routine for all.
  • Assist in maintaining order and safety at all times.
  • Provide for the needs of children in toileting, project work, problem solving situations, and general play.

Teacher Assistant/Child Interactions

  • Provide consistent guidance for the children during the project and work of the day.
  • Interact 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.
  • Interacts at the child’s level of play and experience and scaffolding children’s ideas whenever necessary.
  • Advocate for the appropriate resolution to children’s problems and offering support to children learning the problem solving process.
  • Act as resource for the children and responding to children’s requests with clear explanations striving to support each child’s understanding.
  • Engage in positive guidance techniques and utilizing behavioral analysis strategies to help children learn appropriate behavior.
  • Use 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

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

Assistant Teacher/Undergraduate Student Interactions

  • Model positive, kind and developmentally appropriate teacher interactions with children.
  • Demonstrate positive behavior support techniques.
  • Assist lead teachers with planning activities and interactions with children that demonstrate developmental skills/goals of the children for student observation.
  • Support student interactions and assisting in providing opportunities for student engagement with the children.

Assistant Teacher/Parent Interactions

  • Follow plans to meet individual children’s needs in behavior, toileting, and other developmental changes as they occur with children.
  • Support and understanding each parent’s culture, ethnicity, language, socio-economic level, and family structure.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all family information and never communicating personal family information outside the CDC.
  • Encourage family participation at the CDC.

Minimum Qualifications
& Education:


  • A.A., A.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.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an Early Childhood Program with children ages 2-5 years.
  • Must obtain First Aid and CPR Certification within 90 days of start date.
  • Must obtain all DCF required trainings including 45 hours training and Literacy training documented and Current transcript filed with DCF including child abuse within 90 days of start date.
  • Background check including Fingerprints cleared by DCF fingerprinting organization.
  • Must complete all DCF paperwork prior to hire date.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • 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.
Work Environment:


  •  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.

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 and continue until position is filled.

About Rollins Child Development Center:

As a laboratory of the Department of Psychology at Rollins College, the Hume House Child Development & Student Research Center (CDC) creates opportunities for research and learning with undergraduate students, children of all abilities and faculty of the College. Our early childhood curriculum is rooted in developmentally appropriate practice for all children, scaffolded learning opportunities, and research-based assessment tools.

To learn more about Rollins' Graduate Studies, please visit: Hume House Child Development & Student Research Center

About Rollins College:


Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. To learn more, please click here.

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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