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Teacher Assistant (Rochester)
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Teacher Assistant
Rochester, NY
 
Uncommon Schools (Uncommon) is a nonprofit organization that starts and manages outstanding urban charter public schools that close the achievement gap and prepare low-income students to graduate from college.  Uncommon builds uncommonly great schools by developing and managing regional networks that are philosophically aligned and highly accountable and by designing and implementing “best-in-class” teacher training.  The organization has achieved outstanding academic results based on internal assessments, statewide exams, and graduation milestones.  Its schools consistently outperform their district schools and are among the highest-performing urban schools in their cities and states. To learn more about Uncommon click here

POSITION
The Teacher Assistant position provides a unique opportunity for talented individuals with limited or no experience in education to explore the field of education and to gain hands-on practice on supporting the mission critical work of teachers.  Teacher Assistants will have an opportunity to observe best practices in classroom instruction and education reform from experienced teachers and school leaders at a leading charter management organization. Teacher Assistants will support teachers with tutoring, grading, data analysis, and administrative support.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Assist teachers with instruction, assessments, grading, and other classroom responsibilities;
  • Potentially teach small groups of students;
  • Support students by providing one-on-one and small group tutoring daily, and small group intervention and student support;
  • Observe Master Teachers in order to improve instructional techniques and classroom management;
  • Provide administrative support including but not limited to copies, hallway duty, organizing classroom materials, etc.
  • As appropriate, perform all duties expected of staff, including but not limited to:
  • Participating in grade-level activities, and school-wide functions, events, and trips;
  • Providing consistent rewards and/or consequences for student behavior;
  • Serving as an advisor to a small group of students; 
  • Supervising students during transitions, breakfast, lunch and afterschool; 
  • Communicating effectively with students, families, and colleagues;
  • Participating in an annual three-week staff orientation and training.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Evidence of self-motivation, willingness to be a team player, and has a strong sense of personal responsibility;
  • Ideal candidates are hard-working, urgent, energetic, and are willing to learn and adapt;
  • Is extremely reflective and constantly wants to improve;
  • Is flexible and enjoys dealing with unpredictability;
  • Strong time management skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines;
  • A strong candidate will possess strong organizational skills, communication skills (particularly with children), and problem solving skills;
  • Interest in performing a critical support role and the ability to excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, results-oriented environment;
  • Prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities is preferred but not required;
  • Relentless commitment to mission of educating urban students. Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required.  A background in education is not required, though candidates should show a demonstrated passion for working with K-12 students.

COMPENSATION
This is a paid teaching apprenticeship, including comprehensive health benefits. Aside from extensive professional development, all our teachers are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary instructional supplies.

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along.  Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.
 

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