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Hillsborough County Government

Head Start/EHS Teacher Assistant (#HSEHSACOS2) COS2
$12.35-$18.52 Hourly / $2,140.67-$3,210.13 Monthly / $25,688.00-$38,521.60 Yearly


To assist the Head Start teacher and cooperate in a supportive role carrying out developmentally appropriate activities. To promote the health, nutrition and education of the children and to attend to their safety and welfare. Must meet requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and or agency policies and procedures.


  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate; one year of experience working with preschool children; and a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.       
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR within 6 months of hire.

*All prospective hires must have 40 clock hours from the Florida Department of Children and Families.



  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


  • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


  • Regular kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor to attend to children's needs. 
  • Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.


  • Assists the teacher in implementing a good balance of child-directed and teacher-directed activities.       
  • Assists with providing healthy and safe activities that are developmentally and age appropriate.
  • Assists the teacher in enrollment and attendance record keeping and reporting duties. 
  • Assists with playground supervision. Serves as sick room attendant as directed.      
  • Assists the Teacher with individual and group learning experiences, indoor play activities, field trips, music and art, hygiene and nutrition programs.       
  • Organizes materials needed for classroom activities. 
  • Provides clerical assistance to the teacher.       
  • Participates in parent meetings and works with parent volunteers in the classroom.       
  • Attends staff meetings, training sessions, etc.       
  • With assistance of the teacher, documents instances of child abuse as required by law.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of preschool aged children’s mental, emotional and social development. 
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.       
  • Knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices.        
  • Knowledge of current educational techniques and practices.        
  • Skill in making presentations to groups.       
  • Skill in verbal communication with children and conflict resolution.        
  • Ability to assist in the planning, organizing and implementing of childhood education curriculums.
  • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor for extended periods of time.        
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.       
  • Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.       
  • Ability to handle confidential information.      
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.       
  • Ability to follow established procedures.        
  • Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.        
  • Ability to implement safety procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.


A department, depending on the nature of its mission and operations, may require that employees in all or certain positions in this job classification:

1.  Maintain the ability to pass the background checks required for the position.  These background checks may include but are not limited to:

  • Criminal History Background Check using Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)   Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS)        
  • Level 1 and Level 2 Background screening (Ch. 435 Florida Statutes)        
  • Child Abuse, Abandonment and Neglect Record Check using the State Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS)       
  • Sex Offender and Sexual Predator record check using the list maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)        

2.  Possess the necessary job related license(s) or certification(s) that may include possession of a Florida Driver License (Class E) or an applicable Commercial Driver License (CDL).


In the event of an emergency or disaster, an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department, the County’s Office of Emergency Management, or County Administration. Such assignments may be for before, during or after the emergency/disaster.

CLASS: HSEHSACOS2; EST: 8/29/2018; REV: ;