Lead Teacher

Location: Portland, OR
Date Posted: 02-20-2018
Warner Pacific College’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts College dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
Warner Pacific College’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific College is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Summary Description:  The Lead Teacher is a full-time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Director of the Early Learning Center.  This role will plan for and teach the morning class of preschoolers, supervise college staff, and maintain an environment conducive to learning.
All staff must have a criminal background check.  Before starting work, you must go to the website below, pay a 3$ fee, and connect your registry with the Early Learning Center: http://www.employment.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/CCD/On-line_application_informationpage.shtml
 Essential Functions:  
  1.   Teach morning classes of no more than 29 children.  Percent of Time:  60%
  1. Establish working relationships with the children and families in the ELC
  2. Deliver a developmentally appropriate curriculum for the three through five year olds. 
  3. Develop a multi-disciplinary (i.e. science, art, language, social/emotional development, spiritual development, motor development, outdoor experiences, music, math…) curriculum following the DAP model in a center based classroom.
  4. Maintain a daily schedule.
  5. Research topics to be used in curriculum or class themes; purchase or check out books from the public library that support curriculum.
  6. Write weekly lesson plans and maintain lesson plan records.
  7. Lead the Christmas program.
  8. Participate in parent orientation before the academic school year starts.
  9. Perform assessment of children as they learn and develop.
  10. Keep assessment records (i.e. portfolios) for children to share with parents.  Including ongoing observations and collecting work samples for each child.
  11. Hold parent/teacher conferences annually and as requested.
  12. Participate in weekly support plan with director for the classroom and staff.
       B. Provide an engaging, developmentally age appropriate environment for children to interact with.  Percent of Time: 20%
            1.     Set-up and maintain two dramatic play centers.
            2.     Maintain a wood-working area for children.
            3.     Provide hands-on math, science, sensory, language, and writing activities.
            4.     Provide activities that encourage small and gross motor development.
            5.     Provide daily art projects.
            6.     Oversee/set-up daily snack.
            7.     Provide and organize outdoor experiences that promote motor development and physical growth.
            8.     Keep the classroom stocked with books on what children are studying.
            9.     Display children’s art work and academic work on the walls and bulletin boards.
10.   Create a child-friendly environment by placing posters and visual learning aides on the walls.
            11.   Set-up activities, play-centers, and maintain the classroom environment in general.
            12.   Provide a monthly fire drill.
            13.   Schedule two times for a deep cleaning of the environment.                               
  1.  Oversight of College Practicum Students.  Percent of Time:   10%
  1. Meet with ED 281 practicum students to schedule time for them to teach lessons.   
  2. Discuss appropriate curriculum for lessons that meet the center goals and objectives.
  3. Observe ED 281 practicum students who are teaching lessons for college courses.
  4. Provide feedback and evaluations (written and verbal) for ED 281 practicum students after they implement lessons.
  5. Lead the meeting with practicum students daily to discuss current classroom issues such as role of the teacher, curriculum, classroom management, professional lesson plans, child development, etc.
  6. Provide resources such as up to date information regarding early childhood education, supplies, materials, etc.
  7. Model and demonstrate teaching techniques for practicum students in the lab setting
D.   Center Administrative Duties. Percent of Time:  10%
  1. Prepare sign-in sheets, name tags, and other needed classroom charts
  2. Develop the newsletter for parents
  3. Oversee the upkeep of the ELC children’s library
  4. Oversee the Parent Library and parent information bulletin board
  5. Take phone calls re: enrollment when director is not available
  6. Responsible for purchasing of supplies cleaning and consumable at Costco and other stores
  7. Perform office duties when needed and provides additional assistance for the ELC director as needed and mutually agreed upon.
  8. Support and participate in parent events
  9. Participate in organization and ongoing upkeep of storage and resource areas.
  10. Supervise work study students and classroom volunteers
  11. Work with the director to train college students as the ELC “staff”
  12. Assign college students and volunteers daily classroom tasks
  13. Oversee college students in conjunction with the director as they carry out their tasks 
  14. Ensure child teacher ratios are met.
  15. Oversee/participate in the daily cleaning routine after classes
  16. Observes students teaching, giving verbal feedback and does written evaluations with the director 
  17. Operate the center in compliance with certification requirements (OAR 414-300-0000 through 414-300-0415).  Lead Teacher must meet head teacher qualifications (OAR 414-300-0090) and will be trained and qualified to serve as substitute director (OAR 414-300-0080) as the center is certified for less than 40 children in director’s absence.
  18. Is present in the office during all assigned shifts unless arrangements are made with the employee’s direct supervisor
  19. Contributes to the support and implementation of the College Strategic Plan.
  20. Participates in Warner Pacific College professional development opportunities.
  21. Adheres to College policies and procedures.
  22. Demonstrates commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the College and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  23. Exhibits commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  24. Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Enrollment in the Criminal Registry
  • Bachelor degree
  • A valid Oregon Early Childhood Education license
  • Experience/training in Early Childhood Education
  • RRCAN training
  • Current CPR/First aid certification
  • Current food handler’s license
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of state licensing requirements and protocol
  • Knowledge of NAEYC accreditation requirements
  • Awareness of trends in Early Childhood at the state and federal level 
Physical Demands – Work Environment: 
The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business casual attire is required.

Employment and Lifestyle Standards:
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.   The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.   A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4. A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.
Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
Further, to ensure orderly operations and provide the best possible work environment, all Warner Pacific University employees are expected to maintain the highest levels of ethics, professionalism, integrity, and judgment.  Employees must obey all laws governing the workplace and the business of the University, as well as treat others (students, suppliers, and co-workers) with honesty, respect, and personal dignity in all interactions.  Conduct that is malicious, abusive, threatening, dishonest or unlawful is not acceptable.  Employees who feel they are being subjected to conduct of this kind should bring the concern to Human Resources. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs. 
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or marijuana is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.
Commitment to Diversity: 
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Warner Pacific University offers a full range of traditional benefits for qualifying employees, including medical/dental insurance, disability, life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, mission leave, tuition remission, and retirement savings.
To Apply:
In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at www.warnerpacific.edu/jobs.  Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter with names/contact information for three professional references

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