We’re Hiring! Curriculum Coach and Teacher Mentor

We’re growing! Tiny Trees is seeking a collaborative, passionate, and skilled teacher and coach to help our teachers reach their full potential. What we need is you! Please spread the word. This is a new position and will work closely with coaches Rachel & Khavin.

CURRICULUM COACH

(Full time, 50% teaching & coaching, 20% Coordination, 30% classroom support.)

Tiny Trees Preschool gives children a quality education and a joyful, nature rich childhood: one full of play, exploration, and wonder. By using outdoor classrooms in Seattle & King County parks, Tiny Trees eliminates the cost of a brick and mortar facility, making preschool affordable and accessible to all families and allowing us to invest in what really matters: empowering great teachers.  Tiny Trees has 9 outdoor preschools in the Puget Sound region.  More information is available by watching this video, reading this Seattle Times article, or at TinyTrees.org.

With the help of a courageous board of directors, a capable CEO, and a gregarious director of education, we’ve built the organization needed to bring affordable, high quality, and culturally responsive preschool to scale at parks across Seattle and Puget Sound.  What we need now is a collaborative, passionate, and skilled teacher and coach to help our teachers reach their full potential. What we need is you!

As a Roving Lead Teacher and Curriculum Coach you will:

Work closely with our education team  to support teachers in 5-6 outdoor classrooms. This will include:

50% Instructional Coaching

  • Provide coaching and support for your team of teachers through regular:
    • Joint planning, Observation, Modeling
    • Reflection and analysis of strategies, Feedback, Providing resources, tips, and tricks
  • Facilitate feedback between teaching teams, and ensure teaching team health (including cultivating a shared vision for the classroom, goal-setting, and relationship-building)
  • Build teachers’ capacity to carry out the Tiny Trees Preschool Mission and Vision and to:
    • Create an inviting, culturally responsive, and emotionally safe classroom that will be able to receive a high Early Achievers rating.
    • Ensure risk management policies and procedures are followed, including 2x/yr safety drills.
    • Ensure that the classroom operates within the guidelines and standards of the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL, aka Licensing).
    • Coach teachers in collecting regular assessment of students using Teaching Strategies GOLD.
    • Adapt classrooms to the cultural needs of the student body. This includes incorporating an anti-bias curriculum and delivering culturally responsible programs.
  • Role model best practices for staff while you substitute teach and use your time in the classroom to help develop and refine the curriculum of Tiny Trees Preschool (in conjunction with each site’s teaching team and using High Scope as the framework).

20% Professional Development of Teachers

 

  • Identify and plan for teachers’ individual and organization-wide professional development.
  • Coordinate training and professional development (in partnership with others) on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual scale.
  • Instruct/facilitate trainings for all staff based on emergent needs and teachers’ long-term goals.

 

30% Classroom Support

  • Order education supplies and ensure your classroom has a plan for ordering snacks.
  • Coordinate classroom site improvements as needed.
  • Floating teacher as needed
  • Substitute teaching as needed (and on short notice) or teaching at a classroom for a 2-4 week stretch during a teacher transition.

You Are:

  • An experienced teacher, able to develop and adapt curriculum to an outdoor classroom setting.
  • Love solving problems and managing details so your teaching teams feels supported and cared for.
  • Able to hold self accountable for deadlines and following through.
  • Dedicated to equal access to education, early learning, child-directed and play-based learning, and the outdoors.  You love children, equity in education, and the environment.
  • Engaging and easily able to communicate with students, families, and peers.
  • Excited to get dirty and laugh a lot while teaching outside in all types of weather.
  • Flexible. Able to change plans on short notice while remaining positive.
  • Fiercely optimistic about the future and always working to improve your own practice.
  • Inter-culturally fluent and familiar with anti-bias approaches.
  • Able and happy to use your own car for the good of the organization.
  • Bonus Points!
    • Multi-lingual: Spanish, Mandarin, Somali.
    • BA or higher in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Birth-K or P-3 endorsement, Environmental Education, or related.
    • Experience teaching children 2 to 8 years old in an outdoor setting and/or 3+ years in a traditional setting.
    • Experience with: High Scope and Teaching Strategies GOLD
    • Special talent (play an instrument, sing, puppetry, storytelling, knot tying, artistic, etc).

We are especially eager to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to those of the young people we serve. Multi-lingual and people of color encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Curriculum Coach

  • Reports to the Director of Education and Operations or Regional Manager.
  • Classroom location: this position is based out of public parks with a central office in Pioneer Square, Seattle.
  • This position is Monday through Friday, full time, and salaried (40 hours a week).
  • The position is slated to begin April/May, 2018.
  • Tiny Trees Preschool is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates who add to our diverse community are encouraged to apply.

Salary: This is a full time, 40 hours a week, salaried position. Pay is $39,000 – $40,000 a year.

Benefits: The following benefits are split between bi-weekly pay periods:

  • Health insurance: Choice of stipend of $3,600/year or Gold level health care plan from Kaiser Permanente.
  • Retirement benefits: $1,425/year cash contribution after 6 months of employment.
  • Technology stipend: $300/year
  • Additional: 80 hours paid time off (PTO) plus 10 holidays and some school closure days (total paid time off: 5 weeks). Paid training & a budget for your professional development. Discounts on outdoor clothing.

Apply at: Please submit a cover letter and resume with contact info for three references at tinytrees.org/about/careers. We are hiring top candidates in two rounds. Priority Deadline March 25, Final Deadline to apply April 6. Please no paper, mailed, or hand-delivered applications.

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