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Teaching Assistant Job Description

We are recruiting for a Teacher Assistant to join our team. If you are friendly, compassionate, and self-motivated individual with a specific interest in education, we’d luv to hear from you

In this position, you will be responsible for supervising students, developing lesson plans, preparing lesson material, and maintaining classroom tidiness.

The successful candidate must enjoy working with children and be devoted to building a nurturing and safe learning environment. To excel in this role, you must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of classroom activities and teaching methods.

Teaching Assistant Duties and Responsibilities

  • High school diploma or equivalent qualification.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or relevant field is preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a teaching assistant or similar role.
  • Solid understanding of classroom activities and teaching best practises.
  • Must have a compassionate and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and presentation abilities.

Teaching Assistant Skills and Requirements

  • Work with the teacher to monitor the class schedule.
  • Assist teachers with lesson preparation by organising materials and setting up equipment.
  • Revise lesson material with students individually or in small groups.
  • Ensure the classroom environment is safe and clean.
  • Oversee students during non-classroom times including in-between classes, during lunch, and on field excursions.
  • Collaborate with lead teachers to recognise issues students are facing and recommend solutions.
  • Document student progress and communicate with parents to keep them informed.
  • Help lead teachers to create lesson plans.
  • Comply with state, school, and class rules and regulations.
  • Attend all training classes, parent conferences, and faculty meetings.
  • High school diploma or equivalent qualification.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or relevant field is preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a teaching assistant or similar role.
  • Solid understanding of classroom activities and teaching best practises.
  • Must have a compassionate and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and presentation abilities.

Personalising Your Teaching Assistant Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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