Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Universal Pre-K Teacher Assistant (Full Time $16.50/ Hour)

Job Locations US-NY-Syracuse
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/16/2023 2:24 PM)
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Thrive and Change Lives


At Catholic Charities over 70% of our managers were promoted from within!


We believe that quality service begins with a passionate, motivated and hardworking workforce; a positive and caring work environment, and recognition for the challenging work our employees perform in service to others. For these reasons and many more Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is a great place to work!


Flexible Work Schedules

Remitted Tuition

Professional Development

Competitive Pay and Work Life Benefits

Professional Supervision and Coaching

Recognition and Appreciation Programs

Opportunities for Growth and Promotion





The UPK Teacher Assistant provides essential support to the UPK Teacher in delivering a high-quality educational experience to preschool students! They collaborate closely with the teacher to plan and implement activities that foster students' social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.


The Teaching Assistant Will:

  • Help ensure program compliance by following curriculum guidelines, monitoring student progress, and preparing necessary reports.
  • Create a safe and healthy learning environment is a priority, and the assistant supervises students during classroom activities, outdoor sessions, field trips, and bus rides.
  • Build positive relationships with families and actively engaging with students in various areas of the program are also key responsibilities.


By actively participating in student growth and program success, the UPK Teacher Assistant contributes to a positive and enriching early childhood education environment.


Education and/or Experience Required at Entry:

  • A two-year degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field is preferred.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of six college credits is required.
  • At least one year of experience working with children aged birth to 5 in a classroom or daycare setting.


  • Must undergo a criminal history check.
  • NYS registry clearance is required.


  • Ability to effectively work and interact with children.
  • Good interpersonal skills for building relationships with children and colleagues.
  • Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with children, families, and team members.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, collaborating with other staff members.

Working Conditions and Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Manual dexterity is necessary to work with children and adults in a challenging and active environment.
  • Mobility is required to attend meetings at clients' homes or community facilities that may not meet Federal accessibility standards for disabled individuals.
  • The ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds may be required.

Required Trainings:

  • VIRTUS training.
  • Corporate Compliance training.


Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is dedicated to caring for those in need while promoting human development, collaboration, and the elimination of poverty and injustice; helping people in need regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality. We believe that all people have infinite value and are worthy of our respect and compassion. Above all, we are committed to creating hope and transforming lives.


Catholic Charities is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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