Open Opportunities:


Grade 1-2 Elementary Long Term Substitute Teaching Position

Position Description: The 1st/2nd multi-age grade teaching position is part of an elementary school covering all subject areas. A successful candidate will be able to teach literacy, math, integrated studies, physical education/outdoor adventure and library. Our highly talented “Essentialists” are responsible for teaching performing arts, visual arts, foreign language, science and tinkering. Abilities in other subject areas are welcome. As a “homeroom” teacher duties will also include parent communication and managing student programs. Our class size is no greater than 18 students.

We are seeking to fill this position with passionate, energetic educators, who enjoy children and think creatively about what is the best way to teach each child, informed by best practice. Each teacher will be part of a dynamic, collaborative team, designing and delivering developmentally responsive, integrated curriculum. This opening is due to the voluntary leave of a faculty member.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree preferred. 
  • At least 3-5 years of classroom or relevant teaching experience is expected.

General Expectations:

  • Multi-age classroom experience, or experience with a diverse range of learners, is especially helpful for this position.
  • Understanding of and experience with "social curriculum" and building strong, positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues.
  • Ability to create a safe, organized, and well managed classroom (teachers handle most of the discipline issues in their own classrooms).
  • Being an effective member on a collaborative team, as much of the curriculum is developed in tandem with your teaching partner. 
  • Deep understanding of child development, human growth and learning, and developmentally responsive best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and using formative assessment, as well as summative measures, to improve instruction.
  • Experience and proven ability to effectively plan and deliver project based-learning/expeditionary learning/integrated curriculum experiences while ensuring students are learning essential skills and concepts.
  • Breakwater’s faculty is a community of learners and a commitment to your own professional development, openness to truly challenge your own teaching practices to do what is best for students, and willingness to contribute to the team’s growth is expected. 
  • Our faculty maintains a reputation of working collaboratively with families and knowing each child very well. Excellent communication skills are essential as is the ability to effectively write narrative reports and classroom newsletters and blogs.

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 factor. 

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, three letters of reference and proof of fingerprinting (if available at time of application) to:
Breakwater School, c/o Renee Hall, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME  04102 or EMAIL materials in PDF format. Position starts immediately to January 2018.


Summer Camp Director

Position Summary: Summer Camp at Breakwater is an extension of our Enrichment Program offerings. Position reports to the Director of Aftercare and Enrichment. Breakwater Summer Camp is intended to deliver a variety of options for students of Breakwater and the wider community in the areas of Science, Athletics and Creative Arts. The Summer Camp Director owns the primary responsibility for conceptualizing, developing and delivering all aspects of the 8 week summer camp. Director will collaborate with existing enrichment and arts staff of breakwater to plan the year and Breakwater administrative staff to ensure effective coordination of space utilization, production of marketing materials, ensure sufficient enrollments and payments from families, Human Resources and Finance coordination, training and overall operation of the camp.  

Schedule: Year round. Part time as needed to ensure camp success September to mid-June. Full time for at least 9 weeks, 8 weeks of which are summer camp sessions. Position requires full time active summertime attention to all details of camp. During the weeks that camp is not in session, Director will work as required to meet deadlines for planning and organizing the camp year to come.  This may require extensive work during some weeks of the year that are not directly camp weeks.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3-5 years directly related professional experience required
  • Satisfactory completion of Department of Education Criminal History Record Check required.
  • Must have a sufficiently clean background check determination through Child Protective Services Case Records Search and the State Bureau of Investigation in addition to positive supervisory reference checks.
  • Clean Driving Record preferred.

For a complete list of all qualifications including Supervisory Responsibilities, Essential Position Responsibilities, Non-essential Position Responsibilities, Key Competencies and Philosophical Orientation PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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 factor. 

How to Apply: Resumes will be reviewed as they come in until the positions are filled. All applications should include your cover letter, resume and three professional references along with any special application materials specified in the posting sent to Breakwater Enrichment, c/o Kelly Steinhagen, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, ME 04102 or EMAIL materials in PDF format.


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.