Assistant Teacher (Part-Time)

Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 08-29-2018
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal-arts University 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 University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific 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 Assistant Teacher is a part-time (16 hours per week) position reporting to the Lead Teacher-Researcher, Director Early Learning Center.  We are looking for a morning assistant teacher for preschool children ages 3-5. We follow a Reggio inspired, play based, constructivist model where children lead much of the curriculum based on their interest. The assistant teacher provides support to the lead teacher-researcher in planning and facilitating daily activities with preschool age children. The environment is one of the components of the Reggio classroom; maintaining a natural and inviting space where children feel a continued sense of wonder and belonging is also part of both teachers responsibility.
 
We spend a fair amount of time building social-emotional and self-management skills as these are life skills for wherever they go next! As the assistant teacher you will participate in building community within the classroom as well as with parents and others in the community at large. This position will also work closely with University work-study students who are gaining knowledge about child development and working with young children. We are state licensed and accredited by NAEYC and our practices adhere to the requirements of both agencies.
 
Essential Functions:   
                                                     

A.  Teach full day class of no more than 29 children.                                                                                                                             
B. Provide an engaging, developmentally age appropriate environment for children to interact with. 
 
C. Provide Center Administrative Duties. 
 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • CDA/AA or coursework in ECE
  • Enrollment in the Criminal Registry
All staff must have a criminal background check.Before starting work, you must go to the website below, pay a $35 fee, and connect your registry with the Early Learning Center: 

http://www.employment.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/CCD/On-line_application_informationpage.shtml
 
  • Experience/training in Early Childhood Education
And within 90 days of hire:
  • RRCAN and ICCHS
  • Current CPR/First aid certification
  • Current food handler’s license
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of Reggio inspired classrooms
  • 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.
 
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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