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[Priority Listing] Early Childhood Lead Teacher 2023-2024

Cedarwood Waldorf School

Portland, OR, USA

Full time

Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Jan 18

We are looking for an early childhood lead teacher to join our dynamic professional team in beautiful Portland, Oregon. We have a robust, resourceful, and inspiring early childhood program currently offering two pre-kindergarten classes, and two kindergarten classes. We seek to open a fifth mixed age classroom in 2023-2024. Early childhood employees are given the opportunity for at least 15 hours annually of professional development.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to mhansen@cedarwoodschool.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEAD TEACHER

GENERAL OBJECTIVE:  To be the lead teacher for a Pre-Kindergarten or a Kindergarten class.

REPORTS TO: The Pedagogical Director

HOURS WORKED:  Usual hours are 7:45am to 1:00pm leading class, with afternoon meetings and occasional evenings and weekends. The academic year begins July 1st and ends June 30th. This position is full time and benefitted. Salary is competitive, based on experience.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Teaching and student support

  • Plan and evaluate daily classroom activities that are developmentally appropriate and correspond with the goals set for individual children.
  • Bring children of concern to the early childhood faculty for consultation and recommendation.
  • Work with the Pedagogical Director, Educational Support Team and other EC teachers to form PEP as needed. 
  • Model appropriate behavior, dress professionally and maintain healthy hygiene at all times. 
  • Arrange a substitute to cover classes or seek support from the section leader in case of personal absence.

Space use, supplies, and budget

  • Ensure that the classroom environment meets the standards of Waldorf Pedagogy.
  • Keep the classroom, storage areas, faculty room, and common areas neat and clutter free.
  • Ensure that the class is supplied with all needed materials and supplies.
  • Make appropriate use of space, equipment, and material storage.
  • Keep expenses within the yearly budget.

Assessments, reports, and communications

  • Maintain child behavior observation notes to be used for parent-teacher conferences, year-end reports, and assessment completions.
  • Maintain complete and accurate child files, forms, and reports within allotted timelines to document and track the needs of children and services provided.
  • Communicate with families regarding child behavior, parent education, and school events.
  • File year-end reports for students by July 15th or end day of employment.

Work with parents, outreach, and community building

  • Prepare for and complete parent/teacher conferences in the fall and spring for rising kindergarten and for rising 1st grade children. 
  • Provide a minimum of three parent evenings a year and inform parents of class activities.
  • Offer optional home visits to each new child in their class. 
  • Provide parent education in collaboration with shared faculty agreements on topics related to early childhood.
  • Welcome prospective parents and students visiting class during tours.
  • Agree within the section on a rotation for faculty coverage for outreach events to cultivate relationships with feeder schools and other marketing opportunities arising throughout the school year with a minimum of three weeks’ notice.
  • Reply to referrals for prospective students by the enrollment director within 24 hours with a plan to interview prospective families. 
  • Apply a culturally responsive lens to communication practices with colleagues and families. 

Hiring and supervision

  • EC section is responsible for hiring and supervising assistant teachers. 
  • Hiring should be approved by HOS and Pedagogical Director.

Summer work and accessibility

  • Assure all training and preparatory work for curriculum and classrooms should  be completed.  
  • Report to school by August 15th for mandatory in-service and classroom preparation for the first day of school.
  • Be available for communication and meetings with prospective students, or delegate acceptance authority to the Pedagogical Director and Enrollment Director.

SCHOOL PARTICIPATION AND TEAMWORK

  • Arrive at work on time, punctually attends and actively participates in all required meetings and training including committee work.
  • Be a respectful, cooperative, and reliable team member and participant in school activities.
  • Attend faculty, early childhood section, and committee meetings.
  • Attend outreach events, including but not limited to, open houses, Journey through the Grades, and Winter Faire.
  • Participate in in-service days during the year and at the beginning and end of the school year.
  • Adhere to a professional code of conduct.  
  • Log in time offs and sick leave monthly.
  • Respects the confidentiality of information about enrolled children and families, personnel issues, and other school operations.

TRAINING:

  • Develop own professional work goals and training and mentoring plan in consultation with the Professional Development Committee and Pedagogical Director.
  • Attend February Teacher’s Conference or submit a proposal for alternative professional development.
  • Be aware of, and adhere to, current state and federal laws that affect educators.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Waldorf Teacher training, working towards completion of training, or has equivalent experience.
  • Able to work cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Must have a commitment to self-development.
  • Must have a commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a first aid card within two months of being hired.
  • Must have current CPR training within two months of being hired. 


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