Job Details

Pre-K Teacher

Neighborhood House, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 04/16/2018

“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” - Loris Malaguzzi

Who we are:

Neighborhood House assists low-income, recent immigrant and other vulnerable people living in the greater Portland area. Our programs serve disadvantaged children needing help to be successful in school, families facing hunger and homelessness, and seniors needing support so they can remain living active and independent lives.

Neighborhood House's program participants represent a remarkably diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. To meet the needs of these diverse communities, Neighborhood House offers culturally-specific services for African, Latino, Middle Eastern and Russian immigrants in various programs. We have many bilingual staff who speak Spanish, Russian and Somali and other African languages to effectively reach out to non-English speakers and to insure they feel welcome and are getting the help they need. We believe an equitable workforce will strengthen and enrich our organization and strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or otherwise.

Peninsula Children’s Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House, is a non-profit early childhood center with a social justice mission. We are set apart from other local early learning programs by our mission to support families of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, our vibrant and diverse community, comprehensive health and social service supports for children and families, and the support, training and planning time that are built into our staff’s schedules. We are historically rooted in the North Portland community and are committed to providing quality early childhood education to the families in our community, regardless of income, race, religion or orientation. We are inspired by the practices of the early childhood communities in Reggio Emilia and practice anti-bias philosophy. We are seeking early childhood educators who are flexible, positive and energetic. We value those who have a hunger for knowledge, education and life-long learning, and encourage our staff to bring their passions to the classroom. A strong commitment to communicate and collaborate with children and co-teachers is required!

What we offer our employees:

Neighborhood House believes our employees are our best investment. Because of this, we provide an excellent full-time (30 hours and above) benefits package including a low-cost medical plan with no additional out-of-pocket expenses (really!) through our Nonstop Wellness broker, low-cost dental insurance, paid life insurance, paid long term disability insurance, 403B, FSA, and more. We also offer generous paid time off policy, 11 paid holidays a year, and a flexible working schedule for most positions. Finally, Neighborhood House eligible for credit in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

What Sets Peninsula Children’s Learning Center Apart:

3 hours of weekly planning time for teachers
1:4 ratio in 0-3 program; 1:10 ratio in 3-5 program
Built in support staff to cover breaks, planning and lunches
Beautiful, large playground with plenty of opportunities for nature-based play
Large common area where children and families congregate
Beautiful, historic building with spacious classrooms and lots of natural light
Sliding fee tuition scale to support families of all income levels
Tuition discounts for employees
Early Head Start community partner
24 hours of in-house professional development yearly
Early childhood mental health consultants
Community celebrations throughout the year
Cozy teacher planning library
Well-stocked resource/work room
Comfortable break room with complimentary tea

Job Title: PCLC Preschool Teacher
Department: Peninsula Children's Learning Center
Reports To: Program Manager
Pay Rate: $11.25-13/hr
Type: Full-time non-exempt

The Teacher is dedicated to the development of the whole child and creates and engages in interactive and fun activities that promote the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of children ages six weeks to five years (depending on classroom assigned).


Teach classroom of up to twenty young children (depending on age) for up to eight hours/day
Share leadership and teaching responsibilities with lead and/or assistant teachers
Create environment that provides a rich variety of physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language experiences for children ages six weeks to five years
Co-supervise classroom volunteers in professional and supportive manner
Maintain classroom records, cleanliness and orderliness
Engage with and be responsive to current and prospective families
Support the philosophy that children learn through play
Respect ethnic and cultural differences
Comply with all PCLC and governmental regulations regarding the care of children
Complete timely and accurate documentation according to school and other licensing or regulation requirements
Assist in and accept responsibility for temporary duties if other personnel are not available
Attend and participate in meetings, events, and parent/family meetings as requested


This position does not supervise.


Coursework in Early Childhood Education, A.A. or B.A. preferred
Step 8.5 on Oregon Registry
Preschool CDA
Experience working in a culturally, racially, and economically diverse community
2+ years of early childhood education experience working in licensed center
1+ years of direct experience in licensed center working with assigned age group preferred
Able to set and maintain professional boundaries with families\
Excellent verbal, listening, and written communication
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Enrollment in the Child Care Division Central Background Registry and willing to obtain the following or supply documentation of prior training within the first 90 days of employment:
First Aid and Infant CPR certification
Food Handlers Card


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing and oral form. Ability in researching, analyzing, and problem solve.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Depending on activities and season, may be required to be outdoors for regular, prolonged activities while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee must be able to stand up to 95% of the day and sustain a high level of energy. Must be able to regularly kneel, bend, and sit on the floor to attend to children's needs. The employee is frequently required to sit for long periods of time using a computer monitor and keyboard; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk; kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee must possess acceptable hearing and visual capabilities to monitor the environment and assure children's well-being.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters. Both indoor and outdoor environment are typically found in daily work. Depending on activities and season, may be required to be outdoors for regular, prolonged activities. Interact on the playground with children and spread out from other teachers to be able to appropriately supervise play


AT RISK: This position has been determined to be at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposure. In addition to the standard hazard communication training, this employee is required to take annual bloodborne pathogen and personal protective equipment training prior to working.

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