Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$21.31 - $23.27 /Hour
East Campus (La Jolla)
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
CX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#126404 Assistant Teacher

Extended Deadline: Tue 12/12/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/03/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/14/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

UC San Diego career employees will have priority consideration for this position. Recruiters will begin to refer qualified internal applicants after the first 7 days of the job posting. Qualified external applicants may be referred to the hiring department, if a qualified pool of internal candidates is not identified and upon the request of the hiring manager.

This position will remain open till filled. Initial application review date is 11/14/2023.


Under supervision of the Education and Operations Manager - ECEC and direction of the Lead Teacher, assist in the preparation and implementation of various classroom activities for children aged three months to five years. Assist in creating and teaching age appropriate projects in the areas of literacy, math, science, art, music, dance and cultural awareness. Assist in creating, planning and teaching fine motor activities, such as finger-painting, drawing, painting, stringing beads and manipulatives. Organize and assist supervising children's gross motor activities such as running, jumping, balancing, climbing and dancing. Work with children in small groups or on a one-to-one basis according to their own interests.

Keep ECEC classrooms, bathrooms, and eating areas clean and safe at all times. This includes, but is not limited to: picking up toys and small playground equipment, washing dishes, sweeping floors, trash removal, retrieving meals and returning dishes from the kitchen, when necessary. Support the health, safety and hygiene of children by watching for signs of illness and keeping the environment safe by ensuring a clean, risk-free atmosphere in the classroom and outdoor areas. Report discrepancies to Lead Teacher. Assist children with hygiene (washing, diapering, toileting). Follow established health and safety procedures for handling emergencies as identified in the ECEC Handbook. Immediately report incidents involving children to the Lead Teacher. Maintain best practices to ensure visual observation of children at all times to prevent children from being unsupervised or from leaving the center.


  • Experience working with children aged three months to five years in a formal child care environment such as but not limited to providing nanny services, care giving skills, camp counseling with younger children, etc. Educational background such as, but not limited to: Psychology, Language Arts, and Human Development. A combination of work related experience and educational background is acceptable.

  • Experience assisting with the implementation of age-appropriate developmental classroom activities for the three month to five year old child, such as but not limited to: literacy, dance, art, music, nutrition, science and outdoor activities, etc.

  • Experience performing light housekeeping, soiled clothes changes and diapering duties.

  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues as it relates to the classroom and the child care environment.

  • Knowledge of various emergency response procedures. Ability to act quickly, calmly and appropriately in hazardous situations.

  • Ability to relate to children as individuals and in small and large groups.

  • Ability to work with and be sensitive to a culturally diverse community.

  • Ability to make sound judgments in all child care situations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, a positive attitude and ability to accomplish goals. Ability to communicate effectively with people of many diverse backgrounds including parents, children, teachers, staff, and faculty.

  • Ability to read, write and speak English to be understood by young children. Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing and electronically, when necessary.

  • Ability to model and advocate UCSD Principles of Community.


  • Must have college level coursework relevant to the age (or ages) and needs of children they teach and/or are enrolled in a program leading to a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or equivalent, are actively participating in the program, and are demonstrating progress toward the CDA or equivalent.

  • FBI/Dept. of Justice Live Scan background check and clearance with Child Abuse Index and association through Community Care Licensing required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain current TB Clearance and Health Screening Report.

  • Must possess and maintain current immunization record to include evidence of current immunization for influenza, pertussis and measles.

  • Physical ability to lift up to 40 pounds as necessary.

  • This position meets the requirements for a mandated reporter under CANRA.


  • Must show proof of completion of three college level units of Infant/Toddler coursework OR enroll in coursework that would meet this requirement within 4 months of hire and successfully earn those credits within 12 months of hire.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $42,553 - $48,588 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $20.38 - $23.27

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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