Early Education Assistant Teacher


Full Time Equivalency: Non-exempt, full-time

Hours/Week: 40 hrs./wk.

Compensation range: $12-$13.50 hourly depending on education and experience

Reports to: Director of Lolie Eccles Early Education Center

Organization Overview

Since 1906 YWCA Utah has been a voice for women, a force for change, and a place for hope. Our enduring belief is that better lives for women – all women – will lead to stronger families and communities. YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services. In addition to our work in the area of family violence, the YWCA also reaches out broadly into the community with offerings for every woman, including a nationally accredited child care and early education center, leadership opportunities for women at all life stages, and opportunities to participate more fully in civic life. YWCA Utah is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Position Summary

Assisting lead teacher in planning and implementing nationally accredited two-year old preschool program to ensure health, safety, and enrichment of children.

Essential Job functions

a. Planning, implementing and supervising early preschool education activities in order to enhance their cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth.

b. Provide developmentally-appropriate education and care, comfort, nurturing and guidance to early preschool children in order to enhance their emotional and physical growth as outlined by NAEYC and State Licensing guidelines.

c. Ensure the cleanliness, orderliness, and safety of facility according with health and hygiene standards, including but not limited to the toileting area, toys, cots, sheets, diaper changing area and food service/preparation area.

d. Responsible for accurate record keeping, data collection, and anecdotal child reports in order to ensure coordinated departmental interventions.

Competencies & Essential Skills:

  • Problem Solving/Analytical Thinker: Ability to solve and analyze problems effectively and efficiently.
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills: Ability to provide exceptional customer service to supporters, partners, board members and co-workers. Exceptional communication skills and ability to respond to difficult situations.
  • Time Management: Ability to multitask and work efficiently within close time constraints. Ability to work under pressure and in a stressful environment.
  • Organization: Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize efficiently and meet deadlines.
  • Judgement and Decision Making: Ability to exercise initiative, sound judgement and problem solving techniques in the decision-making process.
  • Technology/Tools: Ability to use various computer systems and applications including proficiency in online and electronic communication strategies.
  • Commitment to mission: Demonstrates commitment to YWCA Utah’s mission and philosophy. Actively engages in YWCA Utah’s anti-racism work.
  • Compliance: Adhere to YWCA Utah’s policies and is committed to act legally and ethically within the scope of the work

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Welcoming & inclusive personality
  • Understanding of equity, anti-oppression and trauma-informed philosophies.


Minimum qualifications include a combined 5 or more years of education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university education or related field preferred
  • Or another closely related field plus 1-2 years’ experience in education.
  • Or Associates degree from an accredited college plus 3 or more years’ experience.
  • Or High school diploma plus 5-7 years of relevant demonstrated experience.
  • An understanding of and agreement with YWCA Utah’s mission, values and philosophy regarding the elimination of racism, empowerment of women and commitment to anti-oppression work and social justice.
  • If no CDA upon hire, must be willing to obtain CDA or have experience working with ages 0-5. Child care experience preferred.
  • Meet all State Child Care Licensing Requirements including Food Handler’s permit, CPR/First Aid.
  • Understanding and commitment to issues of cultural diversity and anti-racism.
  • Ability to work scheduled hours on a regular basis, some weekends and evenings required.
  • Proficiency with general office duties, computer systems and technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage time, evaluate progress, and adjust activities to complete projects within established timeframe.
  • Demonstrated experience functioning within multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skilled in establishing effective working relationships.
  • Ability to collaborate and invite collaboration.
  • Able to demonstrate skills in effective communication, conflict resolution and problem-solving.
  • If driving on busienss, a valid Utah driver’s license, access to an automobile, and valid auto insurance required.

YWCA Utah is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). If you need assistance or accommodation during the application process due to disability, it is available upon request. No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request