Refugee Transitions (RT; is a nonprofit agency that provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs to low-income newcomers who have sought refuge in the U.S. Refugee Transitions is currently seeking a Early Childhood Development Assistant/Intern to work in our Women’s Initiative Program. This person will assist the Early Childhood Development Co-Coordinators in caring for and engaging toddlers/preschool-age children while their moms participate in our women-only English language and literacy classes.

Position: Early Childhood Development Assistant/Intern

Time Commitment: 15 hours/week. 8:45 am – 1:45 pm, Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Compensation: $15-$16 per hour (depending on education and experience in the field of early childhood development) for this hourly non-exempt position. Benefits include paid sick time.

Program/Employment Dates: August 27, 2018 - May 30, 2019 following the Oakland Unified School District Calendar.

Location: Harbor House, 3103/1811 11th Ave, Oakland


Your primary responsibilities will be to:

- Develop skills to become an early childhood development provider;

- Assist Early Childhood Development Co-Coordinators in providing care for children in the childcare room (including helping moms sign in/out their children and fill out forms);

- Attend trainings as needed to be effective in your role as childcare provider;

- Contact students outside of class as needed and directed by teacher;

- Help the instructor/childcare providers with cleaning/organizing as needed;

- Work collaboratively and maintain positive relationships with moms, children, and program team members;

- Help to provide a clean, safe and nurturing environment for children;

- Nurture the English language development of children, all of whom are native speakers of other languages;

- Aim to meet each child’s individual needs;

- Respect the backgrounds and cultures of our families, who come from all over the world; and

- Respect confidentiality of information that you may learn about students and their families.


- Desire to learn safety rules for childcare programs;

- Work with childcare professionals to ensure the safety and care of toddlers in the childcare program;

- Report any safety concerns to the Program Manager and Co-Coordinators;

- Submit online time sheets (2 times per month);

- Maintain professional relationship with site partners; and

- Represent RT in a professional manner.


- Strong interest in working in the field of early childhood development and gaining hands-on experience;

- High proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, and speaking);

- Minimum 1 year experience working with children ages 2-5;

- Flexible, self-starter, positive attitude, team player;

- Excellent rapport/communicator with children and families;

- Experience working effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, languages, and family structures;

- Strong verbal and written communication skills;

- Strong boundaries and ability to maintain the confidentiality of information that you may learn about students and their families; and

- Excellent references.


- From a refugee or immigrant family;

- Fluency in Arabic, Dari/Pashto, Tigrinya or other language; and

- Some training and/or schooling in Early Childhood Education/Child Development

Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person; seeing to read to children; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to work with manipulatives and materials; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve supplies, being able to lift 40 lbs (the weight of the average preschool child).

Special Requirements: Must be able to accept some late afternoon assignments and be able to work Monday-Friday from 8:45-1:45 pm (following the Oakland Unified School District calendar).

Application procedure: Send your resume and cover letter (or short introduction email)  to with Early Childhood Development Assistant/Intern - Oakland in subject line.

AuthorAndrew Bogrand