Open Opportunities:

 

Preschool Teacher

Position Description: Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative preschool teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a full-time salaried co-teaching position, academic year with the option to start during our summer program.  

Position Overview: Breakwater is seeking an experienced Early Childhood Teacher to care for and teach preschool age children in a developmentally responsive program through play based, emergent curriculum rooted in a celebration of the natural world and in accordance with Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, and teaching model. Qualifications required to teach effectively in our program include knowledge of best practices in preschool education, understanding of current research in child development, and familiarity with the principles of an emergent curriculum model,  Candidates must possess the skills to engage children in their own process of learning, and the ability to earn student’s trust and attention. Candidates should be able to effectively collaborate with early childhood colleagues and to be a participating member of our toddler - eighth grade faculty community.

The right candidate will be:

  • A loving and patient advocate for all children
  • Accountable for the short and long-term success of the preschool program regarding curriculum, learning environment, and relationships with children, parents, staff.
  • A spokesperson within and outside of Breakwater who embodies and articulates the preschool program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.

Responsibilities:

  • Teaches children ages 3-5 in a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the best practices of Reggio Emilia and grounded in intentional, integrated and researched based teaching.  
  • Create and maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.
  • With co-teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine.
  • Works with the Academic Director,  Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to ensure optimum learning for each student and to cultivate a kind, welcoming, and vital classroom community.
  • Works with the Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to vision, execute, evaluate and revise curriculum and corresponding student assessment tools for a play-based, collaborative, and emergent preschool program based on Breakwater's principles teaching model.
  • Works with the Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to articulate the preschool program within the Early Childhood Division and on the continuum of grades at Breakwater in support of the whole school community.
  • Demonstrates skilled and timely oral and written communication with parents, children, co-workers and supervisor.
  • Articulates a personal working early childhood education philosophy in alignment with Breakwater mission, principles and teaching model.
  • Demonstrates ability to learn and teach in response to individual children's needs and developmentally appropriate best practices.
  • Works with the Head of School,  Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, and faculty to communicate, support and model Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, principles and the Breakwater Way 
  • Able to lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children
  • Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.

Requirements:

  • Accomplished early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education.
  • Loving, warm, playful, creative, inclusive, enthusiastic, calm.
  • Practiced observer of children with skill in varied methods of documentation.
  • Demonstrate trust in and respect for children's innate abilities.
  • Organized and attentive to detail and planning, prompt, meets deadlines, follows through.
  • Demonstrated classroom leadership ability, strong classroom management skills and skilled in positive guidance for individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrates lifelong learning, including continued research and implementation of best practices in early childhood education related to Reggio Emilia and earth education and multi-age early childhood education.
  • Initiator, inventive, adventurous.
  • Skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution.
  • Effective and caring communicator, skilled listener.
  • Collaborative, generous and positive co-worker and team member.
  • Resourceful, resilient, great sense of humor, and flexible.
  • Joyful, energetic, and welcoming regarding children 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field - Master's Degree Preferred
  • 3-5 years lead preschool teaching experience
  • Preschool teaching experience in at least one of the following settings preferred: Reggio Emilia inspired, Montessori, and/or nature based preschool program
  • Experience with one or more of the following is desired: school gardens, early childhood art, music, movement, nature studies, science, tinkering, woodworking

Certifications: Water safety, CPR and First Aid preferred; not required at time of hire.

Supervision and Support: This position reports to the  Academic Director and Early Childhood Coordinator; training and support provided as needed to meet the needs of the program and children.

Pay: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits, including health insurance.


Toddler Teacher

Position Description: Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative Toddler Teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a year round co-teaching position with a start date of June 20.  

Position Overview: Breakwater is seeking an experienced Toddler Teacher to co-create experiences and opportunities with students that allow for the development of curiosity, initiative, problem-solving and creativity, as well as a sense of self and belonging within a community. Teacher will  care for toddler age children in a developmentally responsive program through play based, emergent curriculum rooted in a celebration of the natural world and in accordance with Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, and teaching model. Qualifications required to teach effectively in our program include knowledge of best practices in early childhood care and education, understanding of current research in child development, and familiarity with the principles of an emergent curriculum model.  Candidates must possess the skills to engage children in their own process of learning, and the ability to earn student’s trust and attention. Candidates should be able to effectively collaborate with early childhood colleagues and to be a participating member of our toddler - eighth grade faculty community.

The right candidate will be:

  • A loving and patient advocate for all children
  • Accountable for the short and long-term success of the toddler program regarding curriculum, learning environment, and relationships with children, parents, staff
  • A spokesperson within and outside of Breakwater who embodies and articulates the toddler program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.

Responsibilities:

  • Teaches children ages 18 months- 3 years in a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the best practices of Reggio Emilia and grounded in intentional, integrated and researched based teaching.  
  • Create and maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.
  • With co-teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine
  • Works with the Academic Director,  Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to ensure optimum learning for each student and to cultivate a kind, welcoming, and vital classroom community
  • Works with the Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to vision, execute, evaluate and revise curriculum and corresponding student assessment tools for a play-based, collaborative, and emergent preschool program based on Breakwater's principles teaching model.
  • Works with the Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator and early childhood faculty to articulate the toddler program within the Early Childhood Division and on the continuum of grades at Breakwater in support of the whole school community
  • Demonstrates skilled and timely oral and written communication with parents, children, co-workers and supervisor
  • Articulates a personal working early childhood education philosophy in alignment with Breakwater mission, principles and teaching model
  • Demonstrates ability to learn and teach in response to individual children's needs and developmentally appropriate best practices
  • Works with the Head of School,  Academic Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, and faculty to communicate, support and model Breakwater's mission, core beliefs, principles and the Breakwater Way. 
  • Able to lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children
  • Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field - Master's Degree Preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years lead or co-teaching experience with toddlers
  • Toddler teaching experience in at least one of the following settings preferred: Reggio Emilia inspired and/or nature based preschool program
  • Experience with one or more of the following is desired: school gardens, early childhood art, music, movement, nature studies, science, tinkering, woodworking

Requirements: 

  • Accomplished early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education
  • Loving, warm, playful, creative, inclusive, enthusiastic, calm
  • Practiced observer of children with skill in varied methods of documentation
  • Demonstrate trust in and respect for children's innate abilities
  • Organized and attentive to detail and planning, prompt, meets deadlines, follows through
  • Demonstrated classroom leadership ability, strong classroom management skills and skilled in positive guidance for individuals and groups
  • Demonstrates lifelong learning, including continued research and implementation of best practices in early childhood education related to Reggio Emilia, earth education and multi-age early childhood education
  • Initiator, inventive, adventurous
  • Skilled in facilitation and conflict resolution
  • Effective and caring communicator, skilled listener
  • Collaborative, generous and positive co-worker and team member
  • Resourceful, resilient, great sense of humor, and flexible
  • Joyful, energetic, and welcoming regarding children, families, community and teaching

Certifications: Water safety, CPR and First Aid preferred; not required at time of hire

Supervision and Support: This position reports to the Academic Director and Early Childhood Coordinator. Training and support provided as needed to meet the needs of the program and children.

Pay: Salary commensurate with experience; benefits, including health insurance.


Breakwater School Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher

Position Description: We are seeking a loving, skilled and energetic teacher for our Early Childhood Aftercare program to provide a safe and welcoming play environment for children ages 18 months to 5. Must  have experience teaching young children and communicate well with children, co-workers, and parents.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • All duties associated with caring for children ages 18 months to five years in a group setting
  • Teaching in accordance with Breakwater's mission and the Breakwater Early Childhood program vision.
  • Creating and maintaining a safe environment in accordance with DHHS licensing and Breakwater School policies
  • Planning, set up and clean up under the direction of the lead aftercare teacher and Division Director

Schedule: Monday-Thursday,  2:30-5:30 pm; Friday, 1:00-5:30 pm. Note: Ending times may fluctuate with enrollment.

Qualifications and Qualities:

  • Minimum of 1 year experience teaching children between the ages of 18 months and 5 in a group setting
  • Must either be working toward a degree in early childhood education or related field, hold  an associates degree in early childhood education, or have earned an early childhood certificate
  • Able to sit on the floor and ground and get up and down often;  able to lift up to 30 pounds and haul or drag 25 pounds
  • Willing and able to change diapers and assist children with toileting and other self Kind, joyful, encouraging, organized, professional, prompt, dependable, flexible, creative, strong team player

Compensation: Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.


Guest Teacher

Breakwater School is looking for teachers to work on an on-call basis. The ideal candidate can work with a wide variety of ages as Breakwater serves toddler to middle school students. Applicants should have prior teaching experience, the ability to follow lesson plans, excellent classroom management skills, as well as the ability to communicate clearly with the classroom teacher about the day's events. Please indicate if you have any experience that you feel may be beneficial, such as specific age ranges, foreign languages, art, music, science or outdoor education experience. On-call substitute teachers will be contacted as far in advance as possible but often are notified the day of a vacancy. Rate of pay is $12.50/hr.


Class B CDL Driver

Breakwater School is currently seeking a part-time as-needed CDL-licensed driver with S endorsement for the Day Program throughout the school year, and potentially year-round. Routes run throughout Portland and surrounding areas, with potential out-of-state trips on occasion. Applicants must enjoy working with children, and maintain a positive and professional attitude while representing the School. Smoking is strictly prohibited during field trips. Compensation is $18/hr.

Application Details: Please send a resume, proof of CDL certification and current drug testing results.


How to Apply. 

All applications should include your cover letter, resume and three professional references along with any special application materials specified in the postings. Applications should be sent to:

Breakwater School
c/o Human Resources

856 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME 04102
humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

Breakwater is an equal opportunity employer (EOE), and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.