Early Learning Office Assistant & Substitute Teacher

Date Posted: 05/02/2024
Type/Department:Staff in Children's Center
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Department: Early Learning Center

Job Title: Early Learning Office Assistant & Substitute Teacher

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week; 11-month employment cycle August to July

Pay Range/ Status: $19.00 Hour/Non-Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Director of the Early Learning Center

Anticipated Start Date: August 5, 2023

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 700 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College.  As part of the early learning center team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals.


Reporting to the director of the early learning center (ELC), the office assistant will perform a variety of duties in support of the Early Learning Center (ELC). These responsibilities include organizing and distributing paperwork to current and prospective families, processing monthly tuition billing, maintaining child and staff files, managing student worker schedules, and ordering and managing classroom and building supplies. Additionally, the office assistant will support the early learning center classrooms by facilitating communication between teachers, families, and administration. They may assist teachers in organizing educational materials, preparing classroom activities, and maintaining a nurturing and engaging learning environment for young children. Furthermore, they might collaborate with educators to ensure compliance with curriculum standards and assist in documenting children's progress and development. Act as a daily substitute teacher, supporting classrooms. Enrich and support infant, toddler, or preschool groups aligned with the center's Mission and Vision. Collaborate with co-teachers, center director, families, and college work-study students. Support classroom routines, enhance children's interests, and develop projects. Adhere to EEC guidelines for safety, environment, documentation, and interactions. Foster children's independence, social reliance, and growth while ensuring safety. Maintain ongoing observations and reflections on children's development.

As a member of the ELC team, this position is essential to student and community service and experience. The incumbent must feel comfortable working in an often fast-paced organizational framework with shifting and evolving responsibilities. This position collaborates with other ELC staff, and a variety of other College stakeholders to meet the department goals, and further the mission of the department and the College. This position participates as a committed member of the ELC team in college committee work, projects, meetings, events, and overall community development. Availability to work occasional nights and weekends may be required.



  • Proficient on a computer; familiar with software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, the Adobe suite, etc.;
  • Must be well-organized, detail-oriented and able to multitask;
  • Must have effective problem solving abilities;
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Must be highly motivated and energetic;
  • Must demonstrate judgment, problem solving and resourcefulness;
  • Must be able to handle confidential matters;
  • Offer of employment will be contingent upon a successful background check, which will include a criminal record investigation;
  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism;
  • The person must demonstrate and support a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • The person must possess the ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members. 


  • EEC Certification;
  • Previous experience working with young children.


  • Four-year college degree or equivalent
  • One year of job-related experience

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at www.hampshire.edu.


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We’re particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at https://jobs.hampshire.edu/


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.