Instructional Assistant Head Start - Chester Early Childhood Academy 2021-2022

Chester, VA, US
May 07, 2021
Grade Level
Early Childhood
General Description

Responsible for assisting the Head Start classroom teacher in implementing the instructional and socialization programs. Tasks performed are specific and recurring; procedures are outlined in detail; employees have some control over their own work, but ultimate responsibility lies with the assigned teacher.

Essential Job Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Assists teacher in supervising children during instruction; helps develop instructional materials.
  • Carries out program activities with small groups of children, including instruction, centers. gross motor skills, play activities, teaching personal hygiene, and social skills.
  • Prepares breakfast, lunch and snacks for children during meal time; supervises children during these meals.
  • Monitors behavior; enforces disciplinary rules; helps students with personal care and hygiene.
  • Makes home visits with the teacher.
  • Performs other duties as assigned related to the Head Start program.


Knowledge of Head Start programs, standards and requirements. Ability to help teach classroom lessons. Ability to communicate effectively with small children. Ability to work effectively with parents, students, staff and community agencies to implement programs. Ability to enforce discipline. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to work independently with limited supervision, including high pressure and difficult situations.


  • Requires at least (I) a child development associate credential; (II) enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree; or (III) enrolled in a child development associate credential program to be completed within 2 years.
  • College transcripts must be submitted to be considered for this position.

Supporting documents (resumes, reference letters, transcripts, etc.) may be uploaded to the application or mailed/hand delivered to the School Board Administration Office, located at 9900 Krause Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Supporting documentation must be received prior to the position closing date.

Applicants considered for employment must successfully complete the following background investigations/tests:
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Investigation
  • State Police Criminal History Investigation
  • Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigation
  • Tuberculosis Screening/Test

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