Bilingual (Cantonese) Teacher Assistant

Oakland, California, United States | San Antonio/Garfield (LBFRC) | Part-time


Come join Lotus Bloom as our new part-time Bilingual (Cantonese) Teacher Assistant at our Garfield Preschool site in the Cleveland Heights neighborhood!  We are looking for someone who is passionate about bringing early childhood education to traditionally underserved communities throughout Oakland through a variety of daily activities geared at promoting healthy outcomes for both the child and their family to join the Lotus Bloom team.

What You’ll Do

The Bilingual Teacher/Playgroup Assistant supports the Teacher/Playgroup Facilitator in fostering parent/caregiver-child interactions and build on attachment and bonding programs through facilitating daily playgroup program. Collaborating with their Playgroup Facilitator, the Playgroup Assistant  delivers curriculum to engage children’s learning and development. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Playgroup Assistant helps to increase school readiness skills for children 0-4 years old, while modeling caregiver competence and leadership skills and supporting parents.

What Experience You Will Bring

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in teaching or childcare for children 0-5 years of age
  • Minimum of 6 units of child development coursework
  • Verbal and written skills in Cantonese required.
  • Intermediate proficiency in either MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) or Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets).
  • Excellent people skills; relates well on the phone and in person; demonstrates patience, kindness, and tact in all interactions with children and parents
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task; strong organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Verbal and written skills in Spanish or Arabic languages a plus
  • Educational attainment/degree, in education, child development, or related field

Personal Attributes

  • People-orientation- able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. Comfortable working with non-English speaking and culturally diverse stakeholders
  • Self-motivated, self-directed, reliable, and dependable
  • A people-centered mindset, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate well with others on a team
  • Creativity to leverage limited resources, a willingness to try new ideas, and an innovative spirit 
  • Personal alignment with Lotus Bloom’s mission. Ability to demonstrate the Mission and Values of Lotus Bloom and Social Responsibility, act as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Friendly, reliable, and flexible demeanor.

Physical Requirements

This position performs its duties in an open classroom and office environment.  You must be able to perform the following duties with or without accommodation:

  • Stand, sit, kneel, walk, bend, and perform repetitive motions for the duration of shift.
  • Able to operate standard office equipment including computers, keyboard, phones, and printers.
  • Traverse safely throughout the entirety of the facility.
  • Safely lift, move, and transport items weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Communicate in a clear speaking voice in person, over the phone and during video conferences.
  • Ability to complete health screening including Tb clearance and DOJ LiveScan screening.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Compensation & Benefits

This is a regular part-time, non-exempt position scheduled to work 8-12 hours per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The rate of pay is $19.44 - $24.00 per hour, depending upon experience. Lotus Bloom offers the following benefits for this position including:

  • Paid Sick & Safe Leave
  • Ability to participate in ADP 401(k) plan.
  • Access to LifeCare Employee Assistance and Employee Discount programs.

How to Join The Lotus Bloom Team

We encourage all who are interested to apply regardless of whether they meet all the skill requirements listed here. We are committed to opening access to all people who wish to learn and grow in a creative environment.

Apply for this position by submitting your cover letter(optional) and resume here. Your cover letter should include why you would be a good fit, what you’d bring to Lotus Bloom and what appeals to you about this position. Due to the size of our team and physical nature of our work, we are unable to respond to phone calls.

About Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center

Lotus Bloom is a family resource center where children aged 0-5 and their parents/caregivers learn, play, gain confidence, and find connections to other parents, health resources, and education resources. Many of our staff are former caregivers who participated in Lotus Bloom playgroups previously. Our diverse and dedicated staff members are thus able to connect with families using both their educational knowledge, on the job learning, and lived experiences.

Lotus Bloom's mission is to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space to traditionally underserved populations to come together as a community to provide children with a rich learning foundation. ​

Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics ), incarceration history, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, denial of family and medical care leave, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.