The Head Start Assistant Teacher assists the classroom Lead Teacher to: provide a safe, secure and nurturing classroom environment for 17-20 children; implement developmentally appropriate learning environments and curriculum; develop a partnership with families that identifies and highlights the family’s strengths, needs and supports; assist with transitions into and out of the Head Start program; participate in ongoing recruitment efforts; and actively encourage parents to participate in the program and provide appropriate opportunities and educational activities.

(Full Position Description will be shared with applicants selected for in-person interviews; to request full description, email or call 507-316-0610 (toll free 800-277-8418).)

Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. is a non-profit agency providing economic opportunities that strengthen individuals, families and communities in southeastern Minnesota.

This full time position will be based in Northfield with occasional travel to visit families of students, as well as for training and meetings.

Excellent benefit package, including generous Paid Time Off (PTO).

Job offers are contingent on a reference check, as well as a  Background Study and fingerprinting through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

This is a seasonal position subject to layoff between school years.  


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate
    • Candidates without a CDA may be considered for a Classroom Aide position
  • AA in Early Childhood/Child Development preferred but not required
  • Bilingual (English/Somali or English/Spanish) beneficial but not required
  • Able to obtain certification in CPR/First Aid within 3 months
  • Able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Basic computer skills
  • Current, valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with the ability to complete travel for home visits, meetings, training, etc.
  • Able to work occasional evening hours for home visits and work-related event
  • Able to lift and/or carry 50 pounds from floor to shoulder height frequently
  • Able to reach above shoulder level; bend/stoop; squat; crawl; climb; kneel; balance; push/pull; sit on the floor; and move quickly in the event of an emergency. (Additional detail included with job description.)


Online application preferred. However, a paper application form may be requested at our Zumbrota, Faribault or Rochester office; by calling 507-316-0610 (toll free 800-277-8418); or by emailing

Three Rivers is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources at
Phone: 507-322-3344

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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