Assistant Teacher II

Employment Type
Job Category
Early Childhood Education
Ridgewood YMCA

SALARY:   $15.61 – $18.00 P/H 

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Ridgewood YMCA is seeking an Assistant Teacher II who will support the Head Group Teacher / Group Teacher with the lesson plans, classroom activities, parent / family engagement, and classroom management. The Assistant Teacher will model positive social interactions and language and implement positive class management techniques and strategies. The incumbent’s practices must be consistent with guidelines put forth by the NYC Department of Health / Bureau of Day Care and must be in keeping with the mission and values of the YMCA of Greater New York. The Assistant Teacher will work Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities.
  • Assist Head Group Teacher / Group Teacher with implementation of developmentally appropriate lessons and activities. 
  • Guide students in their academic growth. 
  • Actively communicate with and engage parents and families. 
  • Work as a supportive team member within the Early Childhood Learning Center and the Ridgewood branch. 
  • Maintain a clean and safe classroom environment, by setting up spaces and materials, and reporting and / or removing all potential hazards.
  • Prepare food for children and maintain a family style setting for eating, conducive to language, cognitive and social development, as well as the development of healthy habits.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation, including, but not limited to, incident / accident / behavior reports, attendance sheets, and sign-in / out sheets.
  • Maintain equipment, storage, and inventory of supplies, as needed. 
  • Ensure that all YMCA of Greater New York, Department of Health, and Department of Education guidelines are followed.
  • Actively participate in all training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required. Teacher Assistant certificate preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with young children in a group setting; 
  • Pre-K experience preferred. 
  • Knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practices.  
  • Must be available to work Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm, and evenings and weekends for special events.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. 

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please forward your cover letter and resume with subject line “Assistant Teacher II” to or to:

Ridgewood YMCA
Attn.:   Alexandra Reyes
69-02 64th Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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