Post Date: 01/30/2018
Close Date: 03/01/2018
“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: Infant Teacher (ages 0-3)
Reports To: PCLC director
Type: Full time
The Early Childhood Education Teacher at Peninsula Children’s Learning Center (PCLC) is dedicated to the development to the whole child and creates and engages in interactive activities that promote the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of children ages six weeks to five years (depending on classroom assigned).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Teach classroom of up to twenty young children (depending on age) for up to eight hours/day
Interaction and engagement with children should be eye to eye and responsive in efforts to build strong relationships with children
Provide Positive discipline/PBIS techniques for children
Give children positive and specific feedback daily
Share leadership and teaching responsibilities through collaboration with co-, lead and/or assistant teachers. Direct communication with co-workers and the age group team.
Create an intentional learning environment which facilitates children’s exploration 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
Implement and comply with Oregon Child Care licensing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Provide an environment that promotes good health and nutrition, instruction and meal conversations
Follow procedures for maintaining CACFP records; accurately count and report CACFP reimbursable meals
Help children develop basic health habits and plan health and educational activities
Promote and support the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children through a planned, culturally and developmentally appropriate emergent curriculum using intelligent materials and the Creative Curriculum format
Maintain classroom records, cleanliness and orderliness
Observe children using TS Gold and maintain anecdotal records to track growth, development and learning
Create and maintain portfolios which include work samples, anecdotal dictations and photographs which reflect the learning of each child
Engage with and be responsive to current and prospective families
Appreciate and work with children and families particularly those from a culturally and/or socio-economically diverse background and partner with families to involve them in their child’s educational process
Make contact with families through a variety of methods and maintain confidentiality
Comply with all PCLC and governmental regulations regarding the care of children
Complete timely and accurate documentation according to school and other licensing or regulatory requirements including QRIS
Assist in and accept responsibility for temporary duties if other personnel are not available
Attend and participate in meetings, trainings, events, and parent/family meetings as requested and/or required.
Performing Opening/Closing duties for the room assigned if assigned opening or closing shift.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Course work in Early Childhood Education, A.A. or B.A. preferred
Step 8.5 or higher on Oregon Registry
Experience working in a culturally, racially, and economically diverse community
2+ years of early childhood education experience working in a licensed center
1+ years of direct experience in licensed center working with assigned age group preferred
Teacher will commit to and follow the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
24 hours of ongoing professional development to meet QRIS standards and manage these hours through ORO independently
Staying current with knowledge and research of early childhood education and care
This position does not supervise
OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES
Able to set and maintain professional boundaries with families and children
Excellent organizational skills and attention to details
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.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Enrollment in the CCD Criminal History Registry and maintain this.
Obtain the following or supply documentation of prior training within the first 90 days of employment and maintain:
First Aid and Infant CPR certification
Oregon Food Handlers card
Enrollment in Oregon Registry Online
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk; regularly kneel, bend and sit on the floor to attend to children’s needs. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 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 while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 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.
This position has been determined not to be at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposure. This employee is required to take the standardized annual hazard communication training prior to working.