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Public School PreK/Head Start Collaborative Setting

Penquis, a social services agency serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties for over 50 years, has the following opening for an Assistant Teacher in a public school PreK/Head Start collaborative setting.

Location: Rockland, Maine

38 hours per week; 42 weeks per year (benefits eligible)

This position assists with the daily activities related to a preschool classroom including:  greeting children, implementing an evidence-based preschool curriculum and administering developmentally appropriate activities, including individual prescriptive programs for children with special needs, and supervising children in the classroom and on the playground.  Requires a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, a Preschool CDA (or willingness to complete a CDA within 1 year of hire), and ME DOE Ed Tech II certification.  An Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and paid experience working with children are preferred (practicum experience may be considered). If you do not have the required qualifications, Penquis Child Development can support newly hired staff in a professional development plan to acquire the appropriate credentials.

The starting rate of pay for the Assistant Teacher position is $16.41 per hour and additional compensation may be given consideration with relevant experience.

Eligible upon hire*, new employees in our Early Child Care programs who work 24-40 hours per week, will receive a Sign on Incentive of $5000 Available – $1000 payable after successful completion of 2 months, $1500 payable after the successful completion of 6 months, $2500 payable after successful completion of one year of employment. Must be hired before November 18, 2022.  *hired means actively working.

Upon hire and periodically thereafter, must comply with Penquis background check requirements with satisfactory results as outlined in current contract provisions.

Penquis offers an excellent benefits package and competitive wages.  Contact us by email at  to request an application and job description.

Please submit application materials, including relevant educational course work and transcripts.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Penquis complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations concerning employees, including those pertaining to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination.  This includes rules associated with the State of Maine healthcare mandate, as well as U.S. DHHS rules requiring vaccinations within our Head Start programs.  It is the expectation that all Penquis employees will adhere to our COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. 

In accordance with federal regulations, Penquis does not discriminate.  Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Penquis is a smoke-free workplace. #CD

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