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Early Learning Center - Instructional Assistant

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St Thomas School - Medina, WA


Open Position: Early Learning Center - Instructional Assistant                       

Direct Reports: N/A

Reporting To: Director of the Early Learning Center

FLSA Status: Non- Exempt 

When Needed: 2024-2025 School Year (August -June)     

FT/PT: Full-time


Pay rate: $29.39 per hour


Why St. Thomas School?  


You thrive in a face-paced environment, working alongside others who share your ideals. You are inspired by children and appreciate their joy and energy. You enjoy making an impact and being part of something bigger than yourself. You believe that schools should be among the most innovative places on earth. And you are committed to excellence and professional growth.  


Who We Are:  


Founded in 1951 and located on the east side of Seattle in Medina, Washington, STS is a private, non-sectarian school for Preschool through Eighth Grade students. Our educational journey is defined by a cognitively engaging program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our highly regarded curriculum prepared students to excel at future endeavors while honoring the school’s long standing core values.   


We commit to an inclusive and diverse community in which everyone can say, "I belong." We seek employees who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. We are particularly interested in the role education and a diverse learning environment play in promoting equity and inclusivity.  


We Foster: 


  • A diverse, safe, and equitable school environment 
  • Actions and advocacy that support our Core Virtues 
  • Cultural competence, anti-bias, and social justice 
  • Intellectually curious and engaged global citizenship 


Job Overview:  


In partnership with the classroom teachers, and with supervision provided by the Director the Early Learning Center, assists the teachers in daily classroom activities, staffs the Extended Day program before and/or after school, assembles displays of student work throughout the School, supports ELC Enrichment Classes, and is often involved in recess and lunch supervision.  Supports students, parents, and other community members in realizing our Guiding Principles.  Abides by our Framework for Professional Standards. 


Specific Responsibilities:


  • This position works predominately with our Preschool (3-4 year old) and PreKindergarten (4-5 year olds)
  • Becomes familiar with the overall program and related resources and materials so that s/he can actively assist in learning activities
  • Works with students in small groups, individually, or as a whole class
  • Assists in general supervision in the classroom
  • Supervises the playground, following established recess rules and discipline, and reporting notable student behaviors
  • Substitutes for classroom teachers as needed
  • Plans and Leads Early Learning Center Enrichment Classes (teaches one lesson each day)
  • Performs general duties as assigned by the classroom teachers in which s/he is assigned on a particular day
  • Communicates regularly with the teachers and plans together in order to understand how to best use his/her skills and meet the needs of students
  • Provides coverage for the Extended Day program, including in-service days
  • Assists with administrative tasks such as copying, mounting displays, preparing centers, arranging classroom materials, collating documents, etc.
  • Remains informed about events and developments at the school through the weekly newsletters of teachers and other school bulletins.
  • Performs such tasks and duties as assigned that would be generally within those functions to be expected at a school or as mutually agreeable between the Instructional Assistant and the teachers or administration
  • Shows initiative by asking for assignments that would expand performance and capability, under the direction of the teachers and/or administration
  • Registers with the Department of Children, Youth, Families’ Merit system and maintains Merit records in compliance the licensing of the Extended Day and Early Learning Center programs.
  • Participates in beginning and ending of the year Professional Development days




Required Education, Training & Experience:


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, or a related field from a 4-year college or university preferred
  • Previous experience working with children (classroom, summer camp, tutoring)


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Office, master common automated systems for record keeping, and learn new technology
  • Ability to work and communicate well with all levels of faculty and staff
  • Ability to work and communicate well with students and their parents
  • Ability to work outside in all weather
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Some travel may be required (field trips)


Benefits include: 


  • Medical 
  • Health Savings Account 
  • Dental 
  • Vision 
  • Dependent Care Spending Account 
  • Long-Term Disability 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Retirement Savings 
  • Winter Wellness Days (between Dec 25 and Jan 1) 


If this sounds like you, we'd like to hear from you. Please go to Apply Now on our careers website and complete our online employment application.  Then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for this position. 


Position open until filled. 


No phone calls or drop-ins please. 


Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position. 






This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.