How to write a Teaching Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Teaching Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Teaching Assistant job titles

    Assistant Teacher
    Teacher Assistant
    Classroom Assistant (Part-Time)
    Teacher’s Aide
    Educational Assistant

Teaching Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Teaching Assistant job summary

Our school is in need of a Teaching Assistant to help with the general supervision and management of students. You will work under the direction of the classroom teacher and be expected to assist with the implementation of instructional plans. The successful candidate will be ready to work with all students to promote educational, social and emotional development. The ideal applicant will be caring, patient and understanding. The Teaching Assistant must be attentive to the unique needs of each student and be able to identify proper solutions when students encounter issues. You should have strong interpersonal skills, as you’ll be collaborating with other teachers, working with students and talking to families. We’re committed to building brighter futures, and we’re hoping you’re excited to be part of that experience.

Teaching Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Teaching Assistant responsibilities

    Assist with classroom instruction and provide support and guidance to students
    Maintain a supportive, safe and clean classroom environment
    Design and implement a classroom system to track student progress, and take steps to ensure academic progress is where it should be
    Supervise students during non-classroom time and arrange recreational activities
    Work closely with the lead teacher to identify issues students are having and develop appropriate solutions
    Attend teacher meetings and training sessions, as well as parent-teacher conferences

Teaching Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Teaching Assistant skills

    Experience working in a school or educational setting
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Great collaboration and teamwork skills
    Basic computer skills
    A positive, empathetic and loving attitude
    Bachelor’s degree in Education or related major preferred

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