Instructional Assistant VPI - Chester Early Childhood Academy 2021-2022

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

Assists the VPI Teacher in implementing the instructional and socialization program. Tasks performed are specific and recurring; procedures are outlined in detail. Employee has some control over own work, but ultimate responsibility lies with assigned teacher.
Essential Job Functions

  • Assists the preschool teacher to ensure the safe arrival and departure of children each day.
  • Assists teacher in supervising children during center instruction; helps develop instructional materials.
  • Carries out program activities with small groups of children including “plan, do and review”, gross motor skills, play activities, teaching personal hygiene and social skills.
  • Prepares breakfast and lunch for children during center time; supervises children during these meals with VPI children.
  • Monitors behavior and enforces disciplinary rules.
  • Assists VPI teacher with home visits, parent workshops and activities as deemed appropriate.
  • Attends training and staff development as deemed appropriate.
  • Consistently demonstrates a positive and professional attitude, a willing spirit, as well as a sense of team commitment and a pleasant demeanor.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.


Some knowledge of early childhood development principals and best practices in early childhood education behavior; of behavior management techniques and clerical procedures; of general academic subjects sufficient to teach others. Some knowledge of the VPI requirements as well as local requirements. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with preschool children, parents, students and staff to implement programs. Demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision, including high pressure and difficult situations. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with the VPI teacher in developing and implementing developmentally appropriate activities for preschool children.

Must have high school diploma and meet the follow minimum state requirements:
  • Has passed the Paraprofessional Assessment with a minimum score of 455 or
  • Has a minimum of 48 college credits or
  • A minimum of an Associate's Degree.

College transcripts or parapro scores 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

Chesterfield County Public Schools assures Equal Employment Opportunities for employees as required by Federal and State Orders and Laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. This job description is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements. However, administration reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position and does not imply an employment contract.

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