The Harker School

Preschool Teacher Assistant

4 weeks ago
Job ID
US-CA-San Jose


We are currently in search of an afternoon Extended Care Teaching Assistant. This is a part time positon working 3 hours daily Monday - Friday between the hours of 3:00pm - 6:00pm. With occasional adjustments of start and end times by 30 minutes or so.


Position Summary

To assist classroom teachers plan, organize and implement a developmentally appropriate early childhood program in an environment which guides and encourages children to develop cognitively, socio-emotionally, and physically.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understand and uphold all policies and procedures outlined in the personnel, faculty, and student/parent handbook.
  • Uphold the mission of the school and act as a positive ambassador for the school.
  • Have a firm grasp of knowledge of early childhood education and related pedagogy; such knowledge should be apparent to the children and to a classroom observer.
  • Carry out all duties assigned by the classroom teacher during your given schedule.
  • Maintain respectful and cooperative interactions with children, parents, teachers, co-workers, and administrators.
  • Collaborate with teachers to create a classroom environment of respect where the social and emotional welfare of the children is protected to the best of a teacher’s abilities.
  • Be a positive role model for students, taking into account the teacher’s influence on each child’s personal growth, academic ability and passion, and emotional stability. 
  • Efficiently manage the children and maintain an age appropriate standard for classroom behavior.
  • Inform teachers of children who exhibit academic, social, or emotional concerns.
  • Maintain clear age-appropriate communication with children regarding expectations, and behavior. .
  • Be punctual and have a good attendance record.
  • Attend meetings as directed by the director or school administration.
  • Plan and implement extended day activities and experiences for children as assigned
  • Participate in school functions that extend beyond normal school hours but are necessary for the welfare of the school. Such functions include but are not limited to Back to School Night, Parent-Teacher Conferences, The Family Picnic, and Open House for prospective parents.
  • Carry out supervisory duties as directed by the Preschool director.  


  • Completed 12 units of ECE
  • Working knowledge of child development theory and practice
  • Basic understanding of preschool licensing requirements
  • 1-2 years teacher aide experience in Child Development or related field.
  • Ability to successfully learn, navigate and use Harker’s internal computer or web based programs and systems.


Working Conditions

Physical Demands - Caring for children can be physically demanding. A Teacher Assistant will occasionally be lifting and carrying children and equipment, and will spend time sitting on the floor and child sized furniture. A Teacher Assistant will be expected to clean and maintain equipment and facility, and will move throughout the community with children. Teacher Assistants will help children with their needs in the bathroom as necessary from diaper-changes to support learning the specific self-help skills needed to become independent in self-care.


The Harker School is a coed private school in Silicon Valley that has earned international recognition for its top academics, quality teachers and student achievements. Founded in 1893 and educating 2,000 students, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California, serving families of preschool, elementary, middle and high school-aged children on its four San Jose campuses.


Prior to beginning work for The Harker School, and as a condition of employment, all employees must go through Live Scan Fingerprinting as well as provide a copy of a negative TB test.

The Harker School will respond only to those candidates who meet the qualifications and requirements of the position. The Harker School  is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.


If you would like to complete an application in person, please visit one of our four campuses to obtain an application from the reception area.


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