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Head Start Floater/Classroom Assistant

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

LOCATION: 16601 NE 80th, Redmond, WA 98052


Works cooperatively with all Lead Teachers in implementing the planned curriculum, providing a nurturing environment and sound classroom management according to licensing standards and YWCA policy.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.


  • Implements curriculum under the direction of all the Lead Teachers
  • Implements lesson plans for individuals and assigned groups with instructions from the Lead Teachers
  • Assesses group and individual needs in coordination with Lead Teachers
  • Develops goals and objectives in coordination with Lead Teachers
  • Moves between classrooms to support all teachers and give breaks and plan time
  • Maintains room, supplies and equipment in coordination with Lead Teachers
  • Participates in training and remains knowledgeable about current research and practices in Early Childhood Education
  • Develops positive relationships with children, parents, co-workers and volunteers
  • Communicates any problems or concerns regarding the program or children to the Lead Teachers or Program Manager
  • Provides care to infants/toddlers (e.g. diapering, toilet training, active supervision, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Maintains necessary and accurate records
  • Maintains health and safety standards according to licensing requirements
  • Works with assigned volunteers and students
  • Show demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures
  • Continuing search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity
  • Attends a variety of educational workshops, seminars, in-service trainings, etc. for the purpose of maintaining their professional knowledge
  • Models conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Responsible for providing direct and active supervision of the children in care in a variety of educational settings (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment; follows child safety standards of conduct
  • Attends monthly, after hours staff meetings
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • STARS basic training or ability to complete as soon as possible
  • Proof of physical exam and negative TB test must be on file before start date
  • First Aid/CPR card within 90 days
  • Food Handler’s Permit within 90 days
  • Requires some scheduling flexibility for training, staffing and parent events
  • Proven ability in all areas of Early Childhood curriculum development and implementation including language development, music, art, pre-reading, pre-math, pre-science, etc.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, insurance and  reliable automobile
  • Minimum of a high school diploma, CDA, AA, or ECE and experience working with homeless or low-income families preferred
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core Competencies: collaboration, continuous learning, flexibility, initiative, professionalism, relationship building, reliability, consistent attendance, race & social justice advocacy, fostering diversity

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously works indoors with the children
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 50 lbs.

Continuously over 80% of the time, Frequently 20-80% of the time, and Occasionally under 20% of the time.


  • Salary is dependent on experience and education
  • Part-time, 25 hours per week (weekdays from 8am – 1pm, more hours offered frequently)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Benefit package including retirement plan, vacation, holiday and sick leave plans

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter to Please include where you found this posting in your application (HR purposes only).

YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer.