Program Aide

Williston, ND, USA
negotiable Expires in 3 days


The Program Aide is responsible for assisting to provide educational, relational and social experiences for preschool children to foster growth and development in all developmental domains. This position also works as part of the team to assist in activities in the areas of the classroom, kitchen, to serve as a disabilities aide as needed. The Program Aide works with the HS and EHS teams to developing children and/or children with special needs/disabilities. The position reports to the Center Director and may be reassigned to various classrooms as deemed necessary for program operations.

As a front line representative of Save the Children Head Start the position holder is required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that he/she come in contact with and represent the agency values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Classroom aide:

Assist classroom staff in all classroom activities and outdoor activities included in lesson plans

Assist in developing materials and providing activities related to the cultural background of the children and families served

Help supervise at mealtime, eating with the children to encourage good nutrition and social skills

Help keep the classroom and its contents clean and orderly

Assist the teacher in any aspect of the program as the need arises

Serve as a temporary substitute in the periodic absence of the assistant teacher or teacher.


Empties trash or garbage containers if needed

Sanitizes surfaces, picks up and puts away materials in the classroom or kitchen in  order to maintain a safe and organized environment

Serves as custodian on a regular basis

Other custodial duties as assigned

Kitchen Aide:

  • Completes routine kitchen/dining room/food chores as assigned (eg. dishwashing, portioning foods, taking and logging temperature of foods received from vendors, etc.)
  • Prepares necessary food and serving items for service prior to or after use. These duties may include the preparation of food to meet the needs of children with special needs or disabilities
  • Participates in food service clean up, inventory and other food service tasks as requested.
  • Substitutes for regular Cook or Assistant Cook as needed.
  • Assists with inventory maintenance of all necessary supplies, food and equipment used for food services operations.
  • Assists with the processing and storage of food and food related items as they are delivered.
  • Assists in carrying out a financially successful food service operation by helping to control food and labor costs.
  • Assists with logging meals/snacks in the menu book following USD/CACFP required documentation for food purchased, prepared and served
  • Supports staff/parents in preparing and cleaning up after meals/snacks for meetings, planning sessions and other special events as requested.
  • Ensures that dishes are returned to the kitchen or food service vendor transport boxes for cleaning and preparation of next meal
  • Notifies supervisor of any safety, health issues or concerns
  • Participates in ongoing training in food preparation and nutrition as requested
  • Follows the established system for cleaning to ensure that the kitchen and storage rooms are kept in clean and sanctify manner
  • Reports any kitchen equipment malfunction to supervisor to ensure kitchen remains safe and hazard free Prepares food in a safe and sanitary manner.

Responsible for complying with all local, state and federal standards regarding hygiene and sanitation

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • At the minimum be 18 years of age. A high school diploma or G.E.D. is preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Within 90 days of employment, must obtain and continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification (or sooner if required by local/state regulations).
  • Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, criminal background checks (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment.
  • Knowledge of the basics of working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
  • Knowledge of basic food preparation, serving and sanitation practices.
  • Ability to keep all information on families strictly confidential.
  • Ability to work with children with disabilities.
  • Ability to perform medium to heavy physical work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds frequently and up to 5-10 pounds constantly, performing such activities as sitting, crawling, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping. This also includes some duties that require repetitive action and motion skills, keyboarding and computer use.

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children Representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of Child Abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of Child Abuse. All Save the Children Representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.




Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization



High School or better.



1-2 years: Prefer experience working with preschool age children