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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H0009 / Teacher Aide
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 05

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Assists teachers with curriculum planning, supervision, and teaching of children or adults in a classroom setting; assists in presenting and reinforcing learning concepts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides support to the teacher to ensure a safe and stimulating educational environment.
  2. Assists the teacher in planning and preparation for daily activities; aids instructional efforts of the teacher.
  3. Assists the teacher in preparing lesson outlines, plans, and curricula in assigned areas.
  4. Plans, prepares, and develops various teaching aids for use in classroom, including activity sheets, drawings, and similar handouts.
  5. Presents subject matter to children or adults, under the guidance of a teacher, utilizing a variety of methods including stories, discussions, and role playing.
  6. Leads classroom activities; may confer with parents on children's progress in the absence of the teacher.
  7. Assists children or adults, individually or in groups, with lesson assignments to present or reinforce learning concepts.
  8. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, interns, and/or volunteers performing related work; may participate in the recruitment of volunteers, as appropriate to the area of operation.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to provide activities for children that encourage healthy growth.
  • Child supervision skills.
  • Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.
  • Skill in preparing instructional aids and plans.

Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to secure and maintain a valid UNM Driver's License.
  • A valid New Mexico Driver's License, or ability to obtain a valid NM Driver's License within six months of hire, is required for this job.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the USUNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must work towards and/or maintain current CDA certification. 1st course must be started within 90 days of date of hire and 1 course completed each year thereafter. (Main Campus employees)
  • Must obtain and maintain current adult, child & infant CPR and First Aid Certification. Initial certification must be achieved within 6 weeks of date of hire. (Main Campus employees).
  • Must complete the NM 45-hour entry level training course, or equivalent, within 90 days of date of hire. (Main Campus employees)
  • Successful candidate must pass a comprehensive post-offer, pre-employment criminal and CYFD fingerprinting background check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017