Grinnell Chamber

Teacher Assistant-Preschool

Part time
Posted: 10/26/2023
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources



The Grinnell College Preschool provides a high-quality preschool program for the greater Grinnell community and a research space for Grinnell college students and faculty. Grinnell College Preschool partners with families to develop each child’s optimal learning in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment, where children construct their own knowledge through play, build community, respect, diversity, solve problems, and develop school readiness skills.

The teacher assistant will assist with the overall operation of the preschool laboratory. They will interact with 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children, their parents, and student staff. This role will help plan and implement curriculum, be prepared and certified to operate the preschool program when the director/lead teacher is not on the premises.
This is a term position-working 800 hours in this current academic year.

Key Responsibilities


  • Assist with the supervision and implementation of daily preschool instructional and care activities, including but not limited to, aiding children’s transition to school, preparing snack foods, assisting children with curricular goals, conducting large motor activities
  • Assist with the gathering curricular materials
  • Assist with greeting families upon daily student arrival and departure
  • Assist with supervision of and model professional conduct for college student workers within the classroom
  • Maintain professional demeanor in interactions with others that involve the preschool facility and/or program
  • Attend and/or with assist preschool family home visits
  • Attend and/or assist with parent-teacher conferences
  • Assist with the effective and professional communication with preschool student’s parents/guardians
  • Assist faculty and college student researchers with the implementation of their work


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school
  • Three years or more of relevant work experience
  • Ability to utilize interpersonal skills to collaborate across all levels of campus and community constituency
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and efficiently manage daily work demands
  • Ability to adapt to the varying challenges within the work environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively utilizing verbal and written modes of communications
  • Ability to work effectively within a team environment
  • Champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Trainings required by Dept. of Human Services in early childhood selected by director (for example; CPR, First Aid, Continuing Education)

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