“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: Floater teachers
Department: PCLC Early child education
Type: Part time
This is a part time teaching position at an early childhood education center with kids ages 6 weeks-5 years. The center is open 7am – 6pm, Monday through Friday and regular hours will be within this timeframe. A floater helps out as needed in classrooms and is also on call to fill in for teachers who are absent. This position requires a person who is reliable, flexible and can take initiative.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in an early childhood center in N Portland
Communicate with parents at drop of and pick up
Serve meals and snacks in accordance with developmental best practices and USDA standards
Adhere to licensing regulations for the program and center rules and requirements
Work in classrooms with a 4:1 or 10:1 ratio depending on children’s age, assisting lead teachers in all aspects of developmentally appropriate childcare
Report to the operations director
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Some experience working with young children
Dedicated, reliable, organized with a strong interest in children and/ or education
Have or able to get immediately CPR/ First Aid Certification, Food Handler’s Card, RCAAN certification and Oregon Central Background registry number
Available between the hours of 7am and 6pm; regular schedule will be assigned
Basic computer knowledge including email
Enrollment in the Child Care Division Criminal History Registry and willing to obtain the following within the first 90 days of employment:
First Aid and Infant CPR certification
Food Handlers Card
Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention training
A Step 8 or higher on the Oregon Registry (AA in Early Childhood Education or higher preferred)
Computer ability to keep online child portfolios and assessments (TS GOLD)
Ability to sit, bend, and lift up to 50 lbs
Ability to quickly move around a classroom or playground
Ability to physically move, lift, or control children in unsafe or emergency situations
Ability to read, write, and understand verbal and written English
Ability to maintain educational/training hours as outlined by state licensing agency and center
We are located on the MAX line. Check out our website at penchild.org.
To apply, please submit resume and cover letter via one of the following methods –
You may also apply for the position via email if the above links aren’t working for you, we just ask that you please try the application through ADP first before emailing.
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