Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center

Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center



Our Philosophy

Phoenix Charter Academy’s mission is to challenge young people in our area with an academically rigorous and individually tailored curriculum. Phoenix scholars will have the support, resources and training needed to succeed academically in high school and college, and become economically secure in their future. Phoenix Charter Academy is named after a mythological figure of strength, healing and renewal.


Phoenix schools challenge resilient, disconnected young people with rigorous academics and relentless supports, so they take ownership of their futures and succeed in high school, college, and as self-sufficient adults.


At Phoenix we do not just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our scholars and the communities we serve. We believe difference makes us stronger. Phoenix Charter Academy is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual’s employment.


The Opportunity

Phoenix Charter Academy is seeking a Child Development Center Assistant Teacher (CDC Assistant Teacher) to join our team in Chelsea. The Assistant Teacher is responsible for supporting the Lead Teacher in developing and implementing a program of activities in the Child Development Center that promotes the social, emotional, and physical development of each child enrolled. The Assistant Teacher also works closely with our young parents, supporting them in their path to high school success.  The Child Development center enrolls up to 20 young scholars each academic quarter, with an age range of a few months old to 4 years old.


Qualities of a Phoenix team member: 


  • Unwavering Belief in Phoenix Scholars – Phoenix staff operate with the deeply held belief that all young people want to and can succeed even in the face of what can seem like insurmountable barriers and societal constraints.
  • Ability to Put Scholars First – Phoenix staff go above and beyond to ensure mastery of the skills and development of positive self-identity that will ensure success for college, careers and beyond.  Phoenix staff find every opportunity to engage in teaching and learning with scholars, using conflict to build supportive relationships with scholars and never taking things personally.
  • Eager to Learn Under Pressure – Phoenix staff must be able to learn as they go in a fast paced, ever evolving, urgent environment. They have the desire to receive direct feedback and the ability to implement the feedback into practice quickly.
  • Humility – Phoenix staff approach problem solving with curiosity and desire to understand the perspectives of others. They carry an internalized sense of “I can always learn more”  from others, and know that adults at Phoenix must model the qualities of being open-minded and willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
  • Experience with Low Income Communities –  Staff have the proven ability to work across cultures and experience serving low-income communities and/or academically-disconnected adolescents.
  • Ability to Find Inspiration In the Small Things – In the face of challenge and hard work,  Phoenix staff must have the ability to find humor, inspiration, success and joy in the day to day interactions with scholars and the larger Phoenix Community.
  • Personal Commitment to Cultural Proficiency and Ongoing Development – Phoenix staff are ongoing learners about diversity, equity and inclusion and seek to understand the ways that their self-identity and experiences impacts and interacts with their daily work, colleagues and scholars.


Your Contribution

In addition to demonstrating the qualities of a Phoenix staff member, the CDC Assistant Teacher will be responsible for the following:


Specific Responsibilities

  • Along with the Lead Teacher, maintain records of each child’s progress and development
  • Working with the Lead Teacher, review the progress of each child and develop written plans to promote each child’s growth and development
  • Maintain a well-organized, safe and attractive classroom environment conducive to the optimal growth and development of children
  • Develop a positive relationship with each child and promote the development of their self-esteem and self-discipline
  • With the support of the Lead Teacher, plan and implement the daily program of activities based on principles of child development and in accordance with the program’s curriculum
  • Observe each child daily to assess skills, interests, and needs, and use this information to facilitate learning and growth
  • Float between the baby/toddler room and the toddler/preschool room, as needed to support lead teacher
  • Establish a positive relationship with each child’s family and share information about the child’s day at the Center
  • Act as primary contact for a small group of students and their adult supporters
  • Work alongside and relentlessly support the parents of young scholars
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned



  • High School diploma or GED
  • Must have a desire/willingness to advance own certification/qualifications for working in Early Education field
  • Must have CPR/First Aid Training. Must acquire training if hired without certification as soon as possible and keep it current from that point forward
  • Must have documentation of Tuberculin-free condition
  • Will undergo a criminal background check
  • Must demonstrate experience and interest in working with young children, parents, and volunteers.
  • Must demonstrate success in working as a member of a team.
  • Must have effective and strong communication skills (orally and written).
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work well with young children.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours in order to meet the needs of the program.


Physical Requirements

  • Lift up to 40lbs
  • Repeatedly bend, stretch, and stoop
  • Push emergency evacuation cribs with up to 150 lbs. of weight
  • Have mobility required to ensure the safety of children
  • Work with children on the floor
  • Perform duty cleaning
  • Type and perform actions on a computer



**The Network retains the right to modify this job description at any time, for any reason, at the Network’s sole discretion**