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3 Teacher Assistant Job Description Samples for 2022

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Stephen Greet, Co-founder

August 8, 2022

If you've found this article, you're probably an enthusiastic educator who's taking that extra step to ensure the next generation has the best opportunities and tools to succeed in life. You don't want to hire just any teacher assistant; you need someone patient, knowledgeable, organized, creative, and as passionate as you are about inspiring our youth! 

With such high expectations, the prospect of hiring a teacher's assistant may be enough to send you into a full-on panic. Fortunately, you can take a deep breath and relax; the hard work is taken care of. We've created this guide just for you, with all the tips and advice you'll need to hire a teacher assistant who won't let you down. 

Teacher Assistant Job Description Example

Job details: Hello, and welcome to a different type of learning environment. Forward Leadership Academy of Austin, Texas, prides itself on being a progressive school where all students have the opportunity to express themselves, exploring complex and challenging subjects from the beginning. Our educators are the cornerstone of our program, teaching our 1,500 K-12 students in classrooms with at most a 15:1 student-teacher ratio. 

Our teacher assistants are a key element of our vision, providing both group assistance and individual students with one-on-one spaces to progress their learning. A new teacher assistant will meet these expectations while holding Forward Leadership Academy values at the core of their work.

The teacher assistant will collaborate solely with one of our 7th-grade teachers, Mrs. Ellen Washburn; Together, you'll create lesson plans, including specialized instruction for students requiring extra assistance. FLA needs a teacher assistant who is an insightful, creative, and organized educator comfortable addressing all learning needs to help our students thrive. 

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the primary teacher to create unique, engaging lesson plans
  • Identify students with potential learning differences and difficulties, informing primary teacher, and communicating with family members as directed 
  • Encourage student critical thinking skills, avoiding "giving answers," and instead posing questions to help students practice problem-solving and develop agency
  • Hold office hours once per week, demonstrating genuine interest and curiosity in subject matters
  • Connect with family members, providing monthly feedback on student progress, including both strengths and weaknesses
  • Complete necessary paperwork and grade homework as requested by the primary teacher
  • Keep the Forward Leadership Academy at the center of your work by helping students feel like confident actors in their education and growth
  • Work with all teachers and staff members to keep our grounds clean, healthy, and judgment-free
  • Continue learning and developing, using our outlets for regular feedback to best meet student needs

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Education or related field
  • Level II teacher assistant certification
  • At least 2 years experience in education or childcare
  • Minimum 1 year of experience developing engaging lesson plans
  • Experience with learning differences/disabilities a huge plus
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Pass background check and drug screenings
  • Must communicate proactively and check email religiously
  • Compassion, approachability, and trustworthiness are non-negotiables
  • Organization, organization, organization

Benefits

  • Salary: $34-76K
  • Health, dental, vision
  • Paid time off
  • Opportunities for summer work
  • Opportunities after one year of employment for continuing education and obtaining teachers certification
  • Teacher's lounge with lunch provided twice per week
  • Access to school fitness center

About the company: Austin is a weird city, and we're proud to say that Forward Leadership Academy keeps it weird! Founded in 1982, FLA has always been a school that places our students and faculty on equal footing. By elevating our youth, we can transform learning from a patronizing and rigid experience to one of exploration and discovery.

On the daily, you may find yourself providing one-on-one learning opportunities for our students to fully explore complex material. Along the way, we encourage our educators to act as guardrails, making sure students feel the success of their efforts; that said, our students are the primary agents of their learning journey. Seriously, if you were teaching students how to bowl, we'd consider "granny style" just as valid as any other. As long as students have the chance to hit some pins, we want to let our students learn however feels right to them. 

FLA values bean bags in the classroom and understands that nourishing intellectual curiosity is the primary way we can encourage a lifelong love for learning. If you want to be an engaged teacher assistant who shapes the lives of future generations, join us at the Forward Leadership Academy.

High School Teacher Assistant Job Description Example

Job details: The Friends School is a liberal arts academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, geared toward developing students' learning opportunities equally focused on STEM and the Arts. We're proud to have alumni who have gone on to study at top universities across the globe, but what we're famous for is the quality of education our high school students receive at The Friends School. 

Our high school teacher assistant job opportunity is a unique way to join the close-knit team of educators at The Friends School and learn scientifically-backed ways to improve student's learning potential. Our teacher assistants are the backbone of what we do, enabling every student to flourish. If you've ever been frustrated by a school system that doesn't support its students, this is the job for you. Here, you'll have the time to spend making a difference.

Responsibilities

  • Develop lesson plans in conjunction with a homeroom teacher
  • Support homeroom clubs, such as peer mentorship, book clubs, and a cappella
  • Maintain reports on student progress and performance, communicating with parents as necessary
  • Attend events, such as parent-teacher conferences and field trips
  • Assist the primary teacher during lessons, handing out papers, other materials, and grading assignments as required
  • Encourage critical thinking skills by promoting problems with no right answer (emulate real-world scenarios when possible, where every decision has pros and cons), using small-group discussion, and avoiding giving quick answers
  • Intervene in instances of bullying, maintaining the classroom as a safe space for self-expression and differences

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Level II Teaching Assistant Certificate
  • Bachelor's degree and the desire to obtain a teaching license preferred
  • 3+ years of experience preferred, but not required
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Lesson planning experience
  • Multiple language fluency preferred
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Positive, upbeat energy

Benefits

  • Competitive teacher assistant salaries from $38–82K
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 13 weeks paid time off
  • Social events for staff with a free meal and event (such as bowling, rock climbing, or an IMax movie) twice per semester
  • Access to tech services, subscriptions and software, and a free iPad
  • Opportunities for advancement into primary teacher roles and funded higher education attainment (bachelor's degree in education, teacher's license)

About the company: Founded in 1968, The Friends School has a reputation for its robust arts program, supporting students pursuing careers on Broadway and beyond. We keep the arts alive while supporting STEM students involved in our top-performing Robotics Team. 

When Paula and Daniel first founded The Friends School, all they knew was that they wanted a school that valued individuality. Today, it boasts over 75 unique clubs to serve niche interests, from Model UN to Vegan Advocacy and French Cinema Buffs. 

As a teacher assistant, you'll spend every day immersed in the classroom, collaborating with the primary teacher to provide individualized student support, tweaking lesson plans to meet the pace and interests of the students. 

If you're ever unsure, you'll have a network of teachers to bounce ideas off of, which happens daily in our teacher's lounge. We know it's corny for a company to call its employees family, but you'll discover that our lively teachers are much more than just co-workers. Joining our team of educators is a challenging endeavor that requires self-reflection, but we believe it's one of the most important and rewarding jobs out there! 

AP Teacher Assistant Job Description Example

Job details: Fremont High School is a public high school located in Douglas county, Georgia. Recently renovated, we are thrilled to serve our students and support our teachers with SmartBoards, our brand-new library, and special services, including mental health and wellness counselors. 

With our large student population, we are pleased to offer 20+ unique AP and IB classes. This means we support a large network of teachers with specialized interests and backgrounds in these advanced topics. This year, we're looking for an AP teacher assistant to take on two AP history classes: AP US History and AP Modern World History. The best candidate for the job will be a total history buff, have specialized AP coursework training, and ideally have taken these classes themselves. We hope you can help our students nourish a lifelong passion for history. 

Responsibilities

  • Assist primary teachers in teaching the AP curriculum, adjusting lesson plans to accommodate learning speed and styles in the classroom
  • Create fun learning experiences, such as Jeopardy history tournaments, and use engaging content like TED Talks to help students remember important topics
  • Provide one-on-one coaching for AP exams
  • Collaborate with the primary teacher, students, and parents to address areas for improvement
  • Write and grade exams under the supervision of the primary teacher, providing suggestions for performance improvement
  • Operate under the highest level of professionalism and respect for all staff and students
  • Maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning, not just finding the right answers
  • Develop monthly reports on student progress

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Some higher education in history preferred
  • 1+ years of experience with AP curriculum
  • Ideal candidates will have taken AP US History and AP Modern World History in high school and passed the AP exams
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Level II teacher assistant certification
  • Experience with SmartBoards and troubleshooting is a huge plus
  • Patience, adaptability, and creativity are all a must

Benefits

  • $42–92K annual salary, with pay rate based on experience and educational attainment
  • Full health coverage, including medical, dental, and vision
  • Paid annual salary, with paid summer and winter breaks
  • Ability to develop teaching skills in a small-class environment
  • Opportunities for advancing education and pay rate
  • Options for additional summer employment
  • Utilize our brand-new exercise equipment, running track, basketball court, and lap pool
  • Gain new friendships and community on campus
  • Free parking spot, with carpooling encouraged
  • Highly accessible, ADA-compliant campus
  • Access our staff lounge, where you can relax and often find yummy treats and other goodies

About the company: Fremont High School is one of the oldest public high schools in the area, officially opening its doors in 1955. Since the beginning, Fremont has been a progressive and inclusive school, serving any student within the county that wishes to attend. Recently, we've received extensive grant funding to update our school infrastructure and services. We now offer top-tier programs to support students' classroom learning, mental health, and physical education. 

Our teacher assistants are at the very center of our student's learning experience. You will work individually with students that require extra support, all with the knowledge that Henry Thoreau's quote, "goodness is the investment that never fails," holds true.

Here, you'll take the time to slow down and meet every kid's needs; as long as you never give up and get creative with your approach to teaching, we believe you can empower every student to thrive. If you want to inspire the next generation of historians, you'll feel supported in your mission during your time at Fremont High School. 

Write a Winning Teacher Assistant Job Description  

Let's imagine for a minute that you're a job-seeker. Seriously, check out popular hiring sites and read some job postings. You'll soon see that nearly all job postings are incredibly vague, copy-and-paste, uninspiring ads that don't inspire you to WANT to work 40 hours a week for them. It's frustrating to look at a job posting and not know if you're a great fit, what the job entails, or even how much it pays. It comes across as disrespectful when a job posting includes typos, is egregiously long, or so short that it's rendered totally uninformative. 

The best employer to work for is one that values you, and more and more, teacher assistants are seeking healthy working environments where they feel respected. Consider this guide your tool to help create a job posting that accurately and uniquely reflects the job and has prospective candidates inspired to send in their teacher assistant resumes

Determine who you need on your team and why

Being forthcoming is surprisingly a rarity on job postings. Go a step (or two) above the status quo and be direct with potential teacher assistants. Let them know why you're hiring a new teaching assistant in the first place.

Are you growing your student base? Is the student-to-teacher ratio changing, and do students need more support since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic? Are your current teachers asking for more help in their classrooms? Letting prospective applicants know this right away demonstrates that you value them, their time, and likely value the needs of staff already working at your school. 

When you're writing your job description, make sure you do the following: 

  • If you need to fill a teacher assistant role, you're certainly looking for someone who loves to teach, is patient with their students, and can inspire motivation with creative and engaging lesson plans. The question is, what are you writing in your job description that underscores that you value these abilities? 
    • It probably goes without saying that you want a teacher assistant who loves teaching, but has your job description made it clear that you value your teacher assistants, too? 
    • Patience is a virtue for both teachers and hiring teams. Does your job description emphasize that you're dedicated to providing onboarding and training practices with patience? 
    • If you want to bring in a teacher assistant that has creative ideas for lesson plans, you may want to try suggesting some creative ideas (like a world history Jeopardy tournament) in your job description. 

Edit and polish for a perfected job description 

Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to brain dump and write your job posting in a single sitting. Remember that it's not just potential teacher assistants who will be interviewed; your job posting is an opportunity for them to evaluate your management style and the respect and attention you give prospective hires.

Meeting a few minimum requirements will ensure you attract the best teacher assistant for the job. Remember that your job description is the version of your school that the whole world will see, so make sure you carefully edit and revise it before posting.

Reduce Writing Woes by Outlining Your Teacher Assistant Job Description       

We've shared with you that your job posting can decide whether your ideal candidate applies, so, understandably, writing your job description may sound like a daunting task. The good news is you don't need to start from scratch. Use this outline as the backbone of your job description, personalizing it to attract the teacher assistant you'd love to hire. 

Job details: Think of the job details section of your job description as the abstract of a scientific paper. Let candidates know you value their time by getting straight to the point and presenting the critical information they'll need. The best job details sections will include information on the type of job, a blurb about your school, and a comment about why you're hiring. 

What you'll be doing/Roles/Responsibilities/Requirements: Have you ever looked at a job description for a job title that you know you're qualified for and been left confused and unsure if you meet the requirements? Yeah, us too. In fact, many hiring managers completely neglect to include any responsibilities at all! 

Make sure a prospective teacher assistant knows the job responsibilities precisely because they can vary considerably. 

Examples: 

  • Maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to learning, not just finding the right answers
  • Identify students with potential learning differences and difficulties, informing primary teacher, and communicating with family members as directed 
  • Encourage student critical thinking skills, avoiding "giving answers," and instead posing questions to help students practice problem-solving and develop agency
  • Create fun learning experiences, such as Jeopardy history tournaments, and use engaging content like TED Talks to help students remember important topics

Qualifications: Aside from the job requirements, the qualifications are the most important section for prospective teacher assistants. Your future teacher assistant needs to know what education level, certifications, and years of job experience you require for the job. No one wants to waste their time by applying for a job they're not qualified for, after all. And it benefits you to only have candidates apply that, for example, have their Level II Teacher Assistant Certification. 

Listing the non-negotiable, essential qualifications and a few preferences won't hurt, but avoid making a laundry list that would intimidate and scare teacher assistants away from applying. 

Examples:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Some higher education in history preferred
  • 1+ years of experience with AP curriculum
  • Ideal candidates will have taken AP US History and AP Modern World History in high school and passed the AP exams
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Level II teacher assistant certification
  • Experience with SmartBoards and troubleshooting is a huge plus
  • Patience, adaptability, and creativity are all a must

Benefits: In this day and age, teacher assistants have the pick of the litter when choosing a school to work for. Ask not what your teacher assistant can do for you, but what you can do for your teacher assistant. Be upfront and include a range of salaries that a teacher assistant can expect to get paid; mention all the standard benefits (healthcare, vacation, etc.), and don't shy away from selling prospective teacher assistants on some of the unique benefits they can enjoy when working with your school.

About the company: What's most important to a teacher assistant is work culture. In this section, you should provide details about the "vibe" of the school and the atmosphere they'll be working in. Is it very academically rigid? Does it emphasize standardized testing? Or is it more of a creative, self-motivated learning environment? Is it a large school? What atmosphere would a prospective teacher assistant encounter? 

Roles and responsibilities inside the teacher assistant industry  

Teacher assistants wear many, many hats. In addition to creating lesson plans for the whole class in collaboration with the main teacher, they're expected to observe the class and identify when students need extra help. The teacher assistant is the person who'll be able to give students some individualized attention. But, a teacher assistant will also need to maintain proactive communication with parents, grade papers, write reports, and think of creative ways to engage students of all ages. 

Below are some of the most common and important roles that an outstanding teacher assistant may serve in. Though many teacher assistants won't be asked to fulfill all of these roles, it's a great place to start getting ideas for your job description. 

Collaborator

    • Teacher assistants don't work in isolation, so a willingness to collaborate is an absolute must. When there's a broken link in the chain of communication between educators, students, and parents, education suffers. Like a well-oiled machine, the ultimate goal is to ensure everyone is aware and able to support learning, so parents aren't left wondering whether their child is thriving or needs more support, and students themselves aren't left unsure of their successes or areas needing attention.
      • Collaborate with the primary teacher, students, and parents to address areas for improvement
      • This role requires proactive listening, approachability, and the ability to read students and parents.

Creative Lesson Planner

    • Remember back when you were a student? If you're like us, you probably thought more about making paper airplanes while your teacher droned on about some topic you didn't care about than you did about world history. Games, discussion, and avoiding the dreaded PowerPoint go a long way in encouraging students to flex their brain muscles. The best teacher assistants make it look easy, but constant changes and new ideas are the name of the game when it comes to making learning fun. 
      • Create fun learning experiences, such as Jeopardy history tournaments, and use engaging content like TED Talks to help students remember important topics
      • In addition to the hard skill of lesson planning, this role requires excellent research and presentation skills.

Problem Solver

    • Students are unique, and what works for one student may not work at all for another. The ability to identify when students are struggling proactively, understand why they're struggling, and adapt to meet their needs is at the heart of being an effective educator. 
      • Recognize learning styles (such as auditory, linguistic, and visual), and incorporate all of them into your lessons
      • This role requires excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to adjust to help each student achieve their full potential.

Educator

    • Education has little to do with dense textbooks and bland presentations, and teacher assistants know this to be true. A lot of work goes into teaching; top teacher assistants spend the time figuring out the best practices and research methods to educate students. 
      • Encourage critical thinking skills by promoting problems with no right answer (emulate real-world scenarios when possible, where every decision has pros and cons), using small-group discussion, and avoiding giving quick answers
      • This role requires a constant willingness to learn, patiently improve, and scope out teaching techniques with the most scientific support. 

Reporter

    • Imagine reaching the end of the semester before trying to evaluate your student's performance. Regularly collecting, analyzing, and reporting data ensures students never stray too far from the track. Consistent feedback in the form of graded assignments and frequent student evaluations enables teacher assistants to proactively address areas where students need extra encouragement. 
      • Write and grade exams under the supervision of the primary teacher, providing suggestions for performance improvement
      • This role requires strong organizational and written skills, great time management, and the ability to work independently.