Position Title:Substitute Assistant Teacher
Department:Early Childhood Learning Center
Reports to:Director of ECLC and Lead Teacher(s)
Prepared By / Date:Andrea Wendland, Human Resources / updated 07-19-2021
Approved By / Date:MLC Administrative Council / 07-15-2021
FLSA Status:Non-Exempt
FTE0.00 – 0.49 FTE Part-time
Pay Grade:14


The Substitute Assistant Teacher provides support for the infant, toddler and preschool classrooms and assists the Lead Teacher(s) by carrying out daily routines and procedures as directed at the Martin Luther College Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC).


The responsibilities and duties of the position shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communicate effectively via phone, email and in person.
  • Works zero (0) to forty (40) hours per week with flexible shifts between 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Not to exceed 129 hours per month and 988 hours per calendar year.
  • Work with children ages 6-weeks to kindergarten on a daily basis.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in educational lesson planning, classroom management/discipline, and activities per the age group of the classroom, and be able to apply the lesson plans, including bible lessons, with the children.
  • Perform and monitor daily recordkeeping for each child in the classroom, specific attention to recordkeeping of a select group of students may occur with a general knowledge of what other children require as part
    of the recordkeeping.
  • Teach and interact with small group experiences.
  • Models Christian interactions with children at all times.
  • Act as a mentor to MLC Student Teachers with the Lead Teacher providing direction and support.
  • Maintain the environment with cleanliness, and report any safety-related physical environment concerns.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with meal preparation, distribution, feeding, and clean up.
  • Supports the Lead Teacher in smooth transition from activity to nap time and reinforces the importance of
    naptime rest and noise levels.
  • Interact with parents, guardians, and caregivers of the children on a daily basis with positive professional conversation and promote communication between the Center and parent.
  • Conduct other job-related duties and functions as assigned.


This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • An active member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or church body in fellowship
    with the WELS.
  • A deep commitment to the mission and core values of WELS and Martin Luther College and an ability to apply that commitment in the performance of daily responsibilities.
  • Ability to represent Martin Luther College in a friendly and professional manner, through effective and experienced written and oral communication, customer service and helpfulness with faculty, staff, students, congregations, schools, local businesses, the community, and the general public.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with strong attention to detail and time-management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form, including problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately while abiding by privacy laws.
  • Exemplify ownership of and demonstrate pride in the fulfillment of responsibilities and tasks.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as a team member in a productive proactive environment with Lead Teachers, Student Teachers, and others.
  • Ability to use appropriate levels of sound judgement with independent decision-making.
  • Ability to multi-task and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exhibits patience, good judgement and stays calm in difficult situations.
  • Exhibits a friendly, caring, encouraging, outgoing and positive attitude throughout the workday and in all interactions.
  • Ability to listen with attention, establish reciprocal communication, to be thoughtful and professional, and considerate of others.
  • While representing the college, the employee must display exceptional professionalism in actions, conversation, conduct, appearance, hygiene and dress.
  • This position may require use of computer programs including internet web-browsers, Gmail and Microsoft products such as Word and Excel.


  • A high school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required.
  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with Early Childhood Education as a focus is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and support for the MLC early childhood education program.
  • Three to five years of experience in a childcare or similar setting is preferred.
  • Has a strong understanding of Child Development for ages birth to kindergarten is preferred, including knowledge of and experience with the High Scope philosophy and curriculum.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, and talk or hear. The individual is regularly required to sit, stand, balance, kneel, walk, bend, sway body, use knees to rock a rocking chair, get down on the floor and get up off the floor frequently with quick physical reactions and the ability to lean over waist high objects. The position requires frequent mobility, frequent walking, walking backwards and standing or moving for the entire workday with moderate to heavy physical exertion. Employee may utilize child size furniture and is required to be able to get up and down. This individual is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, manipulate objects, tools or controls. The employee is regularly required to stand, balance, coordinate and reach with hands and arms. This individual must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds on a regular basis. Employee must be able to push a stroller carrying up to six (6) children. Manual dexterity and coordination are required for 10% of the work period while operating office-related equipment such as phones, computer, computer keyboard, mouse and similar office and classroom machines. The position requires vocal communication by means of the spoken word, and hearing is required to perceive information. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment fluctuates between low, to moderate to moderately high. This environment is exposed to Martin Luther College approved chemicals. Proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. This position does not require travel. This position is not authorized for telecommuting.


Salary is negotiable and commensurate with responsibilities and experience. This is a 0.00 – 0.49 FTE (0 hours per week, up to an average of 19 hours per week based on the operational demand), year-round, non-exempt hourly position. On occasion, a part-time worker may work up to 129-hours in one calendar month, but not to exceed
988-hours per calendar year.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of expectations for this position, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required by the person working in this position. The individual serving in this position may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed and mutually agreed upon, in order to meet the ongoing needs of Martin Luther College, its students, faculty and staff. Employing an individual for this position is contingent upon the candidate’s satisfactory completion of a background check.


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