Job Title: Assistant Teacher


The Ancona School seeks a full-time Assistant Teacher for an elementary classroom, beginning August 2021.  Assistant teachers at Ancona play an integral role in supporting high-quality classroom experiences rooted in progressive education. Our teachers provide the architecture for the academic and social/emotional development of young children. This is an excellent opportunity to work under the tutelage of a master teacher and observe the theories of progressive education—with an emphasis on social justice—in action throughout our vibrant learning community. 

Specific Duties

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Job Function 

  • Responsible to the head teacher and will assist in establishing and maintaining a harmonious classroom
  • Help to establish and maintain classroom culture, pay particular attention to the needs of students 
  • Carefully observe and keep records on each student’s individual progression through the classroom, always available to offer gentle guidance
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Participate in all school events and conferences
  • Travel to camp with students

Responsibilities to the Head Teacher

  • Assist the head teacher with the children in their learning and understanding of the materials 
  • Be informed and carry out duties as assigned by the head teacher 
  • Be familiar with the Family Handbook. 
  • Inform the head teacher of any classroom difficulties, including discipline, health, equipment needs, repair, and maintenance 
  • Meet with the head teacher to discuss goals for the class and individual students

Responsibilities to the Children and Parents: 

  • Keep information confidential 
  • Be professional and positive in all dealings with children and parents
  • Share all information from parents with head teacher
  • Allow the children to be as independent as possible and try not to be an obstacle in their growth

Responsibilities to the Classroom: 

  • Clean-up of the classroom, ensuring that it is always tidy
  • Update bulletin boards and student work both in and out of the classroom 


  • Notify the head teacher and office manager as soon as possible so that a substitute can be organized

Reporting Relationships 

Reports to Head of School and/or Division Head and to the Head Teacher

Work Area Assigned 

Classroom or other children’s areas; must secure substitute or leave only at assigned breaks 

Required Qualifications: Education and Experience 

  • BS or higher 
  • Previous experience in an elementary classroom


  • CPR/First Aid certification (preferred) 
  • Pass a background check
  • Have the physical capacity to work with young children
  • Keep up with professional development – 15 hours per school year

Physical Demands

  • Reaching
  • Standing
  • Walking 
  • Lifting
  • Feeling
  • Talking
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sedentary work, light work, medium work
  • Close visual acuity

Work Environment

  • Inside and outside environmental conditions
  • Noise


  • Respect for children
  • Passion for education
  • Openness to growth and change

Expected Hours of Work

Monday-Friday, 7:50 am-3:30 pm

Wednesdays, 3:35-4:45 pm (Reserved for Staff Meetings) 



Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

EEO Statement 

It is the policy of Ancona School not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.  This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following:  recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff, and termination. 

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a benefits package including medical and dental insurance; tuition remission; professional development opportunities; and an employer-matched retirement plan.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit complete this form, and submit it along with a cover letter and resume, in one PDF, to: elementaryassistantteacherjob@anconaschool.org as soon as possible.