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:: Mpls Kids Child Care Assistant - Candidate Pool ::

Educational Service Center

Position Code:
20000239 - Mpls Kids Child Care Assistant - Candidate Pool

Work Hours:
varies, school year

Application Deadline:
Always Open

Position Description:

Application is for candidate pool - positions vary by hours and locations




Under general supervision, assists MPS program staff and school personnel with educational programs, planned activities, supervising children, maintaining classroom and play environments, sanitary and safety checks and procedures, parent communication and program records.



-- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:





  • Assists MPS staff to facilitate educational functions and other services for students.
  • Performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with MPS policies and quality standards; duties may vary according to job assignment.
  • Assists teachers in delivering classroom and recreational services; assists with attendance, work assignments, clerical duties, behavior management, and classroom preparation and setup.
  • Assists teachers and the Site Coordinator to offer a safe, nurturing, educational and recreational experience where children are encouraged to pursue interests, and develop friendships, independence, and confidence.
  • Assists students in learning and recreational programs; reinforces positive behavior, provides individual assistance, encourages socialization and good communications.
  • Monitors student activities, promotes respect, explains social norms and disciplinary consequences, and enforces District policies and rules of conduct.
  •  Assists with students in classrooms, special projects, and after-school programs.
  • Maintains inventory of meals and snacks, classroom supplies and recreational materials.
  • Performs clerical duties, maintains and organizes files, keeps records and assists with reports.
  • Provides customer service to parents and guardians, answers questions, and explains school rules.
  • Cleans and rearranges rooms between classes and special programs.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.




Education, Training and Experience Guidelines


Associate’s Degree in child development or a directly related field; and one (1) year of paid experience working with children; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Knowledge of:?

  • Classroom policies and procedures.
  • Methods and techniques to assist students with educational and recreational programs.
  • Basic principles of record keeping and records management.
  • Personal computers utilizing standard software.
  • Safety rules and regulations.


Skill in:

  • Maintaining order when supervising children, while expressing warmth and friendliness.
  • Maintaining composure, and working effectively under classroom conditions.
  • Communicating effectively with children.
  • Following verbal and written instructions.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.




A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.


May be required to meet the Minnesota State Department of Welfare Center licensing requirements for "assistant teachers".


First Aid/CPR training is required within twelve (12) months of date of employment.




Work is performed in a classroom environment, with moderate physical requirements; requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree and working with children. Must be able to lift 30 pounds; may be required to physically restrain students if they are at risk of hurting themselves or others.


Bargaining Unit: Educational Support Specialists - ESP/Local 59
SALARY:  $12.42/hrFLSA Status: Non-Exempt 
Job Group: Minneapolis Kids


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.




Minneapolis Kids Office - Natalie Martynenko - 612-668-3890 or at


All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on Careers).  In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

·      Cover Letter

·      Resume

·      On-Line Application


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.