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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: April 21, 2016
Open Until Filled

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Substitute Teacher, Pre-School & Afterschool
Job Code: X980
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: Hours of operation are 7:30 A.M. – 6 P.M. Substitute hours are on an on-call basis, varying week to week and day to day. Additional hours may be required during elementary school vacation weeks and early release days.


To provide teaching support for 6 preschool programs and 7 afterschool programs. Support includes helping teachers maintain normal classroom schedules and activities as well as supporting children's engagement in the program.  Essential Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Upon arrival, ask the site director for instructions regarding job responsibilities for the day.
  • Support a positive learning environment in the classroom by supporting the engagement of children in classroom activities and routines. Be alert to situations that may result in conflicts between children and scan the environment to ensure the children's safety at all times.
  • Assist teachers in the facilitation of learning activities. This may require working one-on-one with a child or with a small group of children as they work towards completing the activity.
  • With staff, ensure the safety of children while playing outdoors, on field trips or while transitioning from one location to another. This includes situational awareness and knowledge of elementary safety precautions.
  • Assist teachers with a variety of classroom duties such as lunch and snack preparation.
  • Maintain classroom, including classroom clean-up, as needed.
  • Refer any children's behavior or disciplinary issues and parent concerns to teachers.
  • Maintain professional manner at all times.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have experience working with children of various ages
  • Be adaptable to different working environments and styles
  • Must have strong communication skills
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. required, Associates Degree preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   While performing the duties if this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, walk, and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to run, during play or responding to an emergency.  Employees are frequently required to engage with children on the floor and at their eye level.  Employees are frequently required to use their hands and arms to handle and manipulate objects as well as reach.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move a child.  Vision abilities are required for supervision of children. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:    The noise level in work environment is moderately to very loud.  The work environment includes classroom and outdoor playgrounds and occasional field trips.    

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:            Direct supervision from site director (Afterschool Head Teachers or Preschool Directors). Employee will report to the Program Assistant for daily/weekly schedules, timesheets, payroll and personnel issues.


RATE: $15.26/hr (as of 3/1/17)


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest  via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Applicants may also apply by going to and apply for job code ID #2637324  or go to  Review of resumes is ongoing. Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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