Teaching Assistant Job Descriptions

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Teaching Assistant Job Description

A teaching assistant provides support to the lead teacher in charge of the classroom. This support can involve completing a variety of tasks, including creating lesson plans, documenting student progress, and overseeing lesson progress. A teaching assistant may also be asked to work individually with students or to support their learning in small groups.

To be successful, teaching assistants need to have excellent organizational, planning, and communication skills. This enables them to provide their students with the support they need to grow towards personalized academic benchmarks.

Teaching Assistant Job Description Template

Our classroom is searching for an experienced teaching assistant to join the team. Candidates should be passionate about teaching and capable of expressing that passion in hands-on work with students.

In this position, you will be expected to support the classroom’s lead teacher. This will involve supervising students, developing lesson plans, preparing lesson materials, and keeping the classroom tidy.

Your success in this role will depend on your ability to build a safe and nurturing learning environment. This will require excellent communication skills as well as the organizational and management skills needed to ensure the classroom operates as efficiently as possible.

Teaching Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Work with teacher to plan, create, and deliver excellent lessons
  • Maintain the classroom’s tidiness
  • Assist in the preparation or materials and equipment
  • Work with students individually, in small groups, and large groups
  • Oversee students outside of the classroom during lunch and recess, as well as after and before school
  • Track student progress and share with parents
  • Monitor and comply with state and federal regulations on schools and classroom activities
  • Attend all parent conferences, training sessions, and faculty meetings
  • Collaborate with other educators to identify student issues and brainstorm resolutions
  • Grade completed student work and provide personalized feedback

Teaching Assistant Requirements:

  • Previous classroom experience (experience as a teaching assistant preferred)
  • Familiarity with school administrative tasks and the latest teaching methods
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for teaching
  • Ability to build relationships with students, parents, and other teachers
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in education preferred, high school degree or equivalent required

Teaching Assistant FAQ:

What does a teaching assistant do?

Teaching assistants are hired to help classrooms run more efficiently and effectively. Their first priority is to support the classroom’s lead teacher in whatever ways may be needed. This can involve developing lesson plans, delivering them, and grading completed assignments.

Teaching assistants will also work directly with students throughout the day. They may be asked to tutor individual students or lead discussions with the entire classroom. A teaching assistant may also be relied upon to identify issues that students are having and create resolutions for them.

Can I use your teaching assistant job description template?

Yes, you can use our template as a starting point for your help-wanted ad. However, make sure that you customize your job posting to reflect the specific requirements of the teaching assistant position at your school.

For example, teaching assistants at your school may be asked to handle different responsibilities than the ones listed here. You may also have more in-depth requirements for this position that aren’t listed here.

What should I include in my teaching assistant help-wanted ads?

Your help-wanted ads should be as clear as possible. Detail and clarity will help you to attract as many qualified candidates for the position as possible.

Start with a strong overview of the job. This is your opportunity to gain an applicant’s interest, so don’t stuff it full of too many details. Instead, use your creativity to create an engaging description that makes the applicant want to continue reading. You will also want to include sections that cover the major responsibilities and requirements for the position. 

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Teaching Assistant

What is the best way to find and hire a Teaching Assistant near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Teaching Assistant applicants. Employers posting their Teaching Assistant job on Indeed get about 11 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Teaching Assistant applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Teaching Assistant are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 10 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 1 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Teaching Assistant positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Teaching Assistant role?
SMS has 99% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Teaching Assistant job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Teaching Assistants are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 189% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Teaching Assistant applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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