Associate Teacher - Project

County of Contra Costa, California Martinez, CA
The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 1 - Family and Children's Services Unit

The Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau has immediate openings for qualified classroom staff to work with and meet the emotional, social, cognitive, creative, physical and linguistic development of young children in the Head Start and Child Development Programs. These are excellent opportunities for persons interested in the care, development and instruction of young children.

Under supervision of a Teacher, Associate Teachers assist in planning and conducting full-day, full-year classroom activities for preschool children 2.5 – 6 years of age.

Typical Tasks

* Assists in assessing the needs of children enrolled in the program

* Assists in organizing the children's learning environment

* Assists in planning and implementing the developmental program

* Assists in working with parents in building a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation

* Models appropriate behavior for the children and other adults

* Makes verbal and written reports of suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services and report unusual incidents to others as required

* Performs duties and responsibilities of the Teacher-Project during hours when the Teacher-Project is not assigned to the classroom

* Reports issues of concern to the Teacher-Project or Site Supervisor-Project

* Performs other tasks as may be required for the efficient operation of the instruction program

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Education: Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency, or a high school proficiency certificate and 12 semester units in Early Childhood Education/Child Development, including core courses. Prefer an Associate of Art (A.A.) degree or higher in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related field from an accredited college or university.

Permit Required: Possession of a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or a Contra Costa County Associate Teacher Temporary County Certificate (CCC TCC).

Other Requirement: As required by law, all appointees to this class must successfully pass a physical examination and fingerprint and tuberculosis clearances.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must submit official or unofficial transcripts and verification of their Child Development Associate Teacher Permit with the application. Transcripts obtained from college websites will not be accepted. Applicants who completed their education outside of the United States must submit verification of degree/equivalency with their application. Include your name on all application documents.

If you are unable to attach your permit and/or transcripts to your online application you may email scanned copies to within seven (7) days. Failure to do so will result in your automatic rejection.

For full information regarding the requirements of all Child Development Permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as well as instructions on how to apply, please see the Child Development Permit Leaflet.

You may obtain additional information and assistance by contacting:

Certification Officer

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

1812 9th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814-7000


Web Site:

Selection Process

1. Application Filing: Applicants, including County Employees, are to apply on-line at Contra Costa County Department of Human Resources and submit the required information at time of application. All applicants must clearly demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements provided on the job announcement. Resumes may not be substituted for the official County application. Paper, faxed or late applications WILL NOT be accepted. To view the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit to see the detailed job description.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Examination: The examination will consist of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70% from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)

Conviction History Form, Fingerprinting and Physical Exam: As part of the application and selection process, an applicant may be required to complete a Conviction History Form, submit to fingerprinting and a physical examination. Please note that the Conviction History Form should only be submitted when requested.

The Human Resources Department may make changes to the examination steps noted above in accordance with Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.



It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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