Assistant Lead Teacher - Early Learning Center

Location: Portland, OR
Date Posted: 09-22-2017
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 Assistant Lead Teacher is a full-time position reporting to the Director of the Early Learning Center. This role is responsible for monitoring the morning and afternoon class, supporting the Lead Teacher, supervising college staff, and maintaining an Early Learning Center environment that is conducive to learning.
  
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
 
Essential Functions:                                                         
A.  Teach full day class of no more than 29 children.  Percent of Time:  65%
  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 Reggio classroom philosophy.
  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. Co-lead with morning lead teacher and director the Christmas Service/Program event.
  8. Participate in parent orientation before the academic school year starts.
  9. Track informal 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 in the Fall and Winter with full day students and as requested.
  12. Participate in bi-weekly staff meetings to support & plan with director for the classroom and staff.
  13. Participate in Work Study / Teaching Aide trainings.
  14. Collaborate with Morning Preschool Teacher and Director in 2 collaboration days and monthly planning meetings.                                                                                                                                               
       B. Provide an engaging, developmentally age appropriate environment for children to interact with.  Percent of Time: 25%
           
  1. Set-up and maintain two dramatic play centers.
  2.  Provide hands-on math, science, sensory, language, and writing activities.
  3.    Provide activities that encourage small and gross motor development.
  4.    Provide daily art opportunities
  5.  Oversee/set-up daily snack.
  6.     Provide and organize outdoor experiences that promote motor development and physical growth.
  7.    Keep the classroom stocked with books on what children are studying.
  8.     Display children’s art work and academic work on the walls and bulletin boards.
  9.     Create a child-friendly environment by placing posters and visual learning aides on the walls.
  10.   Set-up activities, play-centers, and maintain the classroom environment in general
  11.   Provide a monthly fire drill. Schedule two times for a deep cleaning of the environment.                               
     
 C. Provide Center Administrative Duties. Percent of Time:  10%
  1. Prepare sign-in sheets, name tags, and other needed classroom charts
  2. Respond to email daily.
  3. Develop the newsletter for parents in collaboration with lead teacher and director
  4. Oversee the upkeep of the ELC children’s library
  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 with support from director.
  11. Assign college students and volunteers daily classroom tasks
  12. Oversee college students in conjunction with the director as they carry out their tasks 
  13. Ensure child teacher ratios are met.
  14. Oversee/participate in the daily cleaning routine after classes 
  15. Operate the center in compliance with certification requirements (OAR 414-300-0000 through 414-300-0415).  Assistant 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.
  16. Be present in the office during all assigned shifts unless arrangements are made with the employee’s direct supervisor
  17. Contribute to the support and implementation of the College Strategic Plan.
  18. Participate in Warner Pacific College professional development opportunities.
  19. Adhere to College policies and procedures.
  20. Demonstrate commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the College and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement.
  21. Exhibit commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  22. Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Enrollment in the Criminal Registry
  • Bachelor degree
  • 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
  • Knowledge and experience Reggio Emilia philosophy
 Employment and Lifestyle Standards:
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The College 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 College 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 College. 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 College 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 College, 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 College 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 College community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs. 
 
Warner Pacific College desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on College property, in its vehicles, or at any College 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 College 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 college, the college exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose.
 
Commitment to Diversity: 
Warner Pacific College 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 college. Warner Pacific College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
 
Benefits:
Warner Pacific College 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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