Los Altos

Preschool Teacher I/II (19876364)

Part Time Seasonal
South Bay
Until filled
$15.00-$24.50 Hourly


1 North San Antonio Road Los Altos, 94022


Under supervision of Preschool Teacher II, III and Coordinator, assures policies and procedures are maintained, plans and conducts diversified recreation programs, plans and organizes daily activities, supervises participants, instructs curriculum for classroom activities, maintains communication with parents of participants, promotes and ensures safety procedures, renders first aid in the event of injury, performs related work as required. Typical activities include but are not limited to: facility attending, organizing, cleaning and setting-up the classroom and materials, assisting and leading craft, art, lessons and project preparations, leading circle time, story time, cooking projects, games and monitoring and implementing playground activities.

Tiny Tots is a recreation, play with a purpose, non-credentialed city run preschool program. Staff are scheduled from mid-August through the end of May. The shifts for this position are 11-2:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 12:00 – 4:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are only available for either the MWF or Tu/Th shift, please still submit an application. This position will work on an as-needed basis and is limited to 960 hours a year.

The emphasis of the Tiny Tots program is to provide physical, social, and emotional growth for children in a child-centered environment. Activities are designed to foster a healthy child that has a positive self-image and enjoys learning. Tiny Tots programs provide material that will produce an atmosphere conducive to each child’s own individual creativity and self-expression. Children participate in arts/crafts, music, body movement, basic science, cognitive games, creative play, cooking, circle, and story time and phonics awareness.

The following statements are intended as general illustrations of the work in this job class and are not all inclusive for specific positions. 

  1. Ability to plan, organize and lead recreation programs specific to preschool-aged children
  2. Communicate effectively in a public setting with adults and children
  3. Maintain effective relationships with parents and residents
  4. Follow written and verbal instructions
  5. Work cooperatively with others
  6. Function effectively in leadership roles
  7. Report problems or hazards which may occur, either with children, parents, or equipment to on-site supervisor or Recreation Coordinator
  8. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  9. Engage children in activities and motivate participants
  10. Follow safety procedures
  11. Be courteous and provide exceptional customer service in order to tactfully manage challenging situations
  12. Initiate and complete work activities
  13. Respond calmly and efficiently in emergency situations
  14. Maintain confidentiality of information, either written or spoken
  15. Sets-up daily activities in the Preschool setting.
  16. Instructs curriculum for classroom activities.
  17. Promotes and ensures safety procedures.
  18. Assists with informing parents and collecting paperwork relevant to activities and events.
  19. Performs related work as required.

Knowledge of: Child development stages; team building principles; methods of organizing, conducting, and supervising recreation programs; marketing and customer service principals; effective oral communication; safety, first aid, and other emergency resource methods; handling the needs and concerns of preschool age children; principles and practices in working in a team environment.

Skill and Ability To: Organize and conduct recreation programs; recommend procedures to improve program; establish and maintain effective working relationships; represent the City’s high standards; interpret department programs and policies; follow written and verbal instructions; work cooperatively with others; report problems or hazards which may occur -- either with children or parents or with equipment; communicate clearly and concisely -- both orally and in writing; engage children in activities and motivate participants; follow safety procedures; practice excellent customer service to interact tactfully and courteously with program participants and general public; independently initiate and complete work activities; respond calmly and efficiently in emergency situations; maintain confidentiality of information -- either written or spoken; use initiative and sound judgment within established guidelines, prioritizing work and coordinating several activities; multitask while planning and organizing activities; communicate tactfully and effectively with the participants and parents, including interpreting and applying detailed rules and policies; organizing and maintaining supplies; good working knowledge of computer technology (including Microsoft Office); first aid and CPR.

Regularly required to sit, stand, squat, climb, balance, reach, twist, kneel, bend, squat, and stoop for prolonged periods of time in the performance of daily activities; may be required to lift, drag, carry, and push equipment, tools, and supplies up to 25 pounds; maintain a professional and neat appearance.


  • Possession of a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required
  • 1 year paid or volunteer work experience in a preschool, recreation environment is preferred
  • CPR & First Aid training required within three months of hire

This is a part-time, seasonal position. $15.00 to $24.50 hourly DOE.

Temporary employees are non-benefited, at-will positions. Since the City does not participate in Social Security and is required to provide an alternative retirement plan, you are required to participate in the City's defined contribution retirement plan through Nationwide where 3.75% of your gross compensation per pay period is deducted and put into the plan. The City matches this 3.75% for a total contribution of 7.5% of your gross compensation per pay period.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applications must be submitted online.

The applicants most closely matching the City’s desired qualifications and organizational needs will be invited to participate in the interview process. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a TB test and Livescan fingerprinting through the U.S. Department of Justice. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination.

The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.

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