Open Opportunities:


Early Childhood Aftercare/Floater Teacher Position

Position Summary: Breakwater School seeks an experienced, creative and collaborative aftercare/floater teacher to join its dedicated Early Childhood team. This is a part-time hourly school year position which changes to full-time hours in the summer months.  The position includes working four evenings of P.D. Care Program and Feb and April vacation week care program during the school year. 

Schedule: School Year Schedule: Mondays and Fridays 1-5:30 pm ;Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays hours 2:30-5:30 pm. Weekly hours may fluctuate with enrollment and daily ratios. Additional contracted hours include working aftercare programming during our professional development dates, Some evening events during the school year and vacation care during February and April vacation weeks. Position begins January 2, 2018 in addition to orientation and some training hours to be scheduled. 

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.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Teaches and supports children ages 18 months - 3  and 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.  
  • Help to maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.
  • As Aftercare Teacher, plans and maintains daily schedule and routine. As Floater Teacher, helps maintain 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.
  • 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 
  • Establishes work patterns and relationships within Breakwater that are sustainable, productive, mutually respectful and supportive, in service to children and families.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years 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 lift 40 pounds, haul or drag up to 25 pounds, sit, stand, squat, and otherwise get down on the level of children
  • Willing and able to change diapers and assist children with toileting and other self care
  • Toddler and 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

For a complete list of all qualifications including Essential Position Responsibilities, About Breakwater and Compensation 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 position is filled. All applications should include your cover letter, resume and three professional references MAILED to Human Resources, Breakwater School Preschool Position, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, Maine 04102, FAXED to (207) 772-1327or EMAIL materials in PDF format to humanresources@breakwaterschool.org.


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. To apply: email humanresources@breakwaterschool.org or call 207.772.8689 for more information.

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.