Assistant Teacher

Astoria, New York
Aug 22, 2019
Job Type


Our World Neighborhood Charter Schools (OWNCS) educates students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Our educational philosophy is based on inquiry, active and experiential learning, and social justice.  

We are committed to providing strong educational opportunities for children in underserved communities. We believe in the importance of creating socio-economically and culturally diverse schools.

A successful candidate for this position will embody confidence, exercise good judgement and must be able to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with various constituencies, including students, senior staff, co-workers, and teachers.

Position Summary

Position SummaryTo serve as a Teacher Assistant for OWN Charter Schools.  To support providing students with a first class learning experience that maximizes their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development, including the development of their ability to apply their intellect to solving problems and contribute to the communities as enlightened and responsible citizens.

Primary Tasks


  1. Share commitment to the success of the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of OWN Charter Schools.
  2. Support and fully participate in a school culture that focuses on student and adult learning.
  3. Set high expectations and standards for the achievement of students and own personal performance.
  4. Support the classroom teacher in offering content and instruction that ensures student achievement of school’s academic standards.
  5. Support the school’s philosophy that values continuous learning for adults tied to student learning and other school goals.
  6. Support the use of multiple sources of data collection to analyze barriers to student achievement and to access, identify and apply to instructional improvement.
  7. Support all efforts to provide opportunities for the community to be involved in student and school success.

Characteristic Duties and Performance Standards


  • Share responsibility for the achievement of students.
  • Support the classroom teacher in guiding the learning process toward achievement of curriculum goals and implementation of personal learning plans of students.
  • Support the classroom teacher in effective planning and organization for instruction by: being aware lessons plans to assist in case of absence; taking attendance as required; keeping classroom organized, neat and attractive at all times.
  • Motivate students to achieve at their highest level of ability and potential through classroom activities, assignments, relationships, participation and feedback; set high expectations; and demonstrate sensitivity to different learning styles.
  • Use resources effectively to support learning activities in the classroom, the school, and the community.
  • Demonstrate exceptional classroom techniques which include: the art of questioning, clarity of assignments, communication in large and small groups and with individual students, an atmosphere of mutual respect, independent though and expression, and student and teacher experiences.
  • Work cooperatively with parents and generate parents’ confidence in the school.
  • Demonstrate genuine concern for students in a climate characterized by high personal and student expectations.
  • Promote good citizenship through actions as a role model.
  • Support a classroom atmosphere based on the principles of firm, fair, and consistent practices, respect for individual children, and development of responsible citizenship.
  • Participate in the development of policies and regulations that affect instruction and conditions for success.
  • Share responsibility for professional, cooperative staff relations and for out-of-class activities important to the operation of school.  Serve, when asked, as a teacher-mentor.
  • Conduct one’s self according to professional, ethical principles. Continually strive to improve classroom methods, teaching techniques, and interpersonal relationships.  Adhere to all school policies for both students and personnel.
  • Share responsibility for marketing OWN Charter Schools in the community.
  • Display personal qualities that reflect favorably upon the individual, the group, and the school.
  • Display personal qualities that reflect favorably upon the individual, the group, and the school.
  • Display pride in being a member of the OWN team by displaying positive behavior and fully participating in the school culture.  Attend faculty and grade level meetings and participate on committees.
  • Identify and participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Supervise students during arrival and dismissal, lunch and recess time, and during other activities when teachers require assistance in the supervision of children.
  • Adhere to all procedures and policies as outlined in the Employee Manual.
  • Perform various assigned responsibilities, as allowed by state and federal law, of other employees in their absence to the extent other responsibilities permit.

Required Education/Skills:

  • Must have appropriate credentials as designated by NY State Education Department and in accordance with definitions and requirements to be designated a highly qualified and certified assistant teacher as defined by NCLB.
  • Must be authorized to work at OWN Charter Schools through appropriate NYSED fingerprint clearance.
  • Must demonstrate competency in all areas of classroom responsibility.
  • Needs to demonstrate the ability to:
  • Must be able to:
    • communicate through superior written and oral communications skills.
    • work on multiple projects and respond to requests and deadlines in an accurate, timely manner.
    • make sound decisions within the parameters of authority.
    • be courteous, professional and tactful at all times.
    • maintain a positive working relationship with faculty, staff, board members, parents, students, authorizer and community.

To apply

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Required Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this position description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required for this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way to modify, the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, or reassign duties responsibilities to this job at any time.  The use of particular illustration shall not be used to exclude non-listed duties of similar kind or level of difficulty.


OWNCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion/creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, actual or perceived mental or physical disability, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), sex/gender, gender identity, presentation, expression or nonconformity (including cisgender/transgender, non-binary or intersex status), marital status, domestic partner status, familial or caregiver status, military or veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, asexuality), sexual and reproductive health decisions, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offenses, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status, credit history, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws (each a “Protected Characteristic”).

Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.


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