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Neighborhood House
  • Full Time
  • Portland
  • $58-$65k/yr+benefits

“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 fully paid medical plan with no out of pocket expenses for co-pays, prescriptions, out-of-pocket expenses (really!) through our Nonstop Wellness broker, paid dental insurance, paid life insurance, paid long term disability insurance, 403B with matching, FSA, and more.  We also offer generous paid time off accrual at four weeks for the first year and five weeks for the second year (building up from there), 240 hours PTO paid out upon leaving, 11 paid holidays a year, and a flexible working schedule for most positions.

What Sets Peninsula Children’s Learning Center Apart:

3 hours of weekly planning time for teachers
1:4 ratio in 0-3 program; 1:7 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: Peninsula Children’s Learning Center Director

Department: PCLC

Reports To: Associate Director

Pay: $58,000-$65,000/year

Type: Full Time Exempt


The Center Director at Peninsula Children’s Learning Center is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, coordinating, and controlling services of the childcare program, exercising independent judgment and decision-making authority as delegated, including budget, policies, procedures, and staff supervision. Under general supervision, the Center Director operates the childcare program in conformance with institutional regulations and licensing provisions. Responsibilities include the overall management of the center’s early childhood program and its operation, facilitating, planning and coordinating of the children’s educational programs and activities. The Center Director is dedicated to the development of the whole child and creates and engages in interactive activities that promote the social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth of children, working with families and staff to carry out the mission and vision of the center.


Lead a collaborative strategic assessment, planning, and growth process to align the newly merged PCLC with other NH programming.

Administer the operations of the Peninsula Children’s Learning Center by ensuring the quality of all activities and instruction.

Oversee all contractual compliance and operate the center in accordance with Child Care Division licensing regulations, QRIS/Spark!, Public Health, and other governing agencies at all times.

Implement age appropriate curriculum, subject matter, and developmental activities for all children served. Demonstrate understanding and articulate and instruct others in the use of a variety of early childhood education pedagogies.

Provide leadership, planning, implementation, and compliance with performance standards of Neighborhood House Head Start in designated pre-school classrooms and OCDC Early Head Start infant, toddler, and junior rooms.

Hire, supervise, train, coach, mentor, evaluate, and discipline assigned employees; ensure that staff provide prompt, courteous, and high quality service to internal and external customers.

Maintain own professional development plan and promote both mandatory and elective professional development opportunities for PCLC staff.

Lead the PCLC team in promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural agility, and work in collaboration with NH to implement these goals as continual improvement practices at PCLC.

Assist in the development of the PCLC annual budget. Monitor and control revenue and expenditures, and present course corrections and budget modifications as necessary and provide fiscal reports to agency, funder, and advisory committees as required.

Deepen parent engagement at PCLC by establishing a welcoming environment for parents and recruit parents and grandparents as volunteers. In addition, provide center tours to prospective families and discuss enrollment procedures, fees and policies of PCLC with families.

Confer with appropriate NH coordinators to ensure that appropriate nutrition, health, family services, and other related services meet the needs of children and families being served.

Collaborate with Early Childhood Director, Parenting Program Manager, and Head Start Supervisors and OCDC for program planning.

Engage in innovative program planning by doing the following:

Assist in performing the periodic community assessment and strategic plan.
Assist in development of yearly calendars and annual staff training plan.
Participate in the annual self-assessment process, including development of an assessment form, findings report, and improvement plan.
Collaborate with the Development department to produce effective marketing materials and methods to increase visibility and enrollment of PCLC and to drive revenue through grants and fundraising.

Provide effective record-keeping and reporting by the following:

Submit monthly reports by the 10th of each month with previous month data on enrollment, health and family services, monitoring updates, staff issues/concerns, trainings, meetings attended, etc.
Submit quarterly report on the 10th of the month after each quarter to include center progress on goals, major accomplishments, monitoring activities, trainings, and enrollment and budget statistics
Provide reports as requested by funders, Early Childhood Director, or NH Associate Director.
Hold regular supervision meetings with all direct reports. Lead regular PCLC admin team meetings. Participate in NH management meetings.

Actively participate in NH All-Staff and PCLC trainings and pertinent Head Start meetings/trainings.


Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a degree in early childhood education, child and human development or a closely related field and a minimum of 5 years of mid-management and strong supervisory experience over an early childhood function/program is required. Step 10 or higher on the Oregon Registry is also required, OR;

MA/MS degree plus 3 years management experience and 3 years supervisory experience. Step 10 or higher on the Oregon Registry is also required


The Center Director is responsible for the overall tone and success of staff management for the child care center, but maintains direct supervision of the PCLC management team.


Knowledge of principles and practices of the care and education of young children.

Understanding of developmental and special education issues and needs of young children.

Knowledge of resources and services available to meet developmental and special education needs

Knowledge of State and Federal child care regulations

Knowledge of Head Start regulations.

Ability to obtain the Food Handler’s Card.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Good organization and planning skills.

Good math and analytical skills.

Good computer skills.

Ability to work independently, with little supervision, and as part of a team.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and have good professional boundaries.

Must establish responsive and inclusive working relationships with all staff, children, families, community partners and other involved with PCLC and Neighborhood House.


Accept new assignments at the discretion of the Associate Director.

Serve on agency-wide committees


Active commitment to pursuing diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural agility at PCLC and NH.


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.


Minimum of Step 10 on Oregon Registry


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 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 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.


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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☆ Dont forget to tell your interviewer that you heard about this opportunity from the Urban League of Portland ☆