Open Opportunities:

Early Childhood Floater/Toddler 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-Friday,  12-5:30 pm

Ending times may fluctuate with enrollment.

Qualifications and Qualities:

   • Minimum of 1 full 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 care

   • Kind, joyful, encouraging, organized, professional, prompt, dependable, flexible, creative, strong team player

Compensation:

Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.

Position is year round/12 month position and includes working EC vacation camps during Feb and April Vacation when school is not in session, as well as working extended care for a couple of evening events and PD day camp care.

Summer hours are full time and applicants must be available to work the 8 week summer program in addition to camp clean up day.

Position begins in April 2019, includes summer 2019 and includes some training/shadow days.

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

Applications will be reviewed at the time they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please


Summer Assistant Toddler Teacher

About Position

We are seeking a loving, skilled and energetic assistant teacher for our Early Childhood Summer Toddler program to provide a safe and welcoming play environment for children ages 18 months to 3. Must have experience teaching young children and communicate well with children, co-workers, and parents.

2019 Summer Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8 hour shifts between 7:30 am-5:30 pm as needed. Weekly hours may fluctuate with enrollment and daily ratios.

The right candidate will be:

  • A loving and patient advocate for all children

  • Accountable for supporting 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 early childhood program's goals, curriculum, and benefits to children, to the school, and to the Portland area community.

Responsibilities:

  • Teaches and supports children in multi age classrooms serving ages 18 months through  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.  

  • Help to maintain a clean and tidy classroom consistent with health and safety standards.

  • As assistant, helps to plan 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.

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Passionate early childhood teacher-researcher fluent in applying current best practices, particularly through the lens of Reggio and/or earth education or interest in training.

  • 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 in support of 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:

  • 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

  • Early childhood 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

Compensation:

  • Hourly. Pay depends on experience and education.

  • Position begins in June for the summer program running June 24-Aug 16th, 2019 in addition to orientation and some Training days to be scheduled in early June.

  • Resumes will be reviewed as they are submitted.

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to:

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

Applications will be reviewed at the time they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls please


Fundraising Coordinator

The Fundraising Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Advancement to provide leadership for the fundraising program as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school and community. Special focus will be given to the annual fund, scholarships for enrichment programming, and corporate sponsors for events and initiatives. This job requires  a self-starter comfortable with making calls, knocking on doors, meeting with people and asking for support. The ideal candidate is a successful networker and an enthusiastic ambassador for Breakwater. Most importantly the candidate should have a passion for helping to provide learning and growth opportunities for children.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Fundraising Coordinator will:

  • Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivating a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.

  • Establish and execute forward-thinking fundraising programs that optimally grow the annual fund, increase enrichment scholarships for underserved children, and build corporate and foundation awareness and support for our programs.

  • Utilize parents and other volunteers in a focused and productive way to raise funds.

  • Collaborate with the administrative team to create/produce fundraising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.

  • Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni giving.

  • Enhance existing relationships while building new relationships, systems, and programs that further tap into the generosity and resources of the Breakwater community, greater Portland community and beyond.

  • Help maintain a database of all contributors and provide fundraising reports as required.

  • Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the Executive Director and other Directors, supporting them in all their fundraising responsibilities, and accompanying them on donor visits when appropriate.

Qualification Requirements

  • Experience in fundraising or sales

  • Not for profit experience preferred

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style

  • A desire to work with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds

  • Comfort with fundraising data software and database management software

  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members

  • Familiarity with the local community

  • Social media savvy

Position details

Full-time position: Some flexibility with office hours and opportunity for some working remotely. Two scheduling options: 12-month position with 4 weeks vacation, or 12-month position with school vacations and 4 weeks off in summer.

Benefits: $6,409 toward health and dental benefits ($2,700 salary if you have health benefits elsewhere), $25K life insurance policy, short and long term disability insurance, generous tuition remission program for children

Salary: base of $28,000 with the range based on experience and work schedule

Start date: July 1, 2019

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter, resume, three letters of reference and proof of fingerprinting to:

 

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org


Middle School (Grades 5-8) Spanish Essentialist

  • This is a part time teaching position (.25 FTE/ approx. 10 Hours per week)

  • Must have flexible availability during the hours of 9:00-3:00, Monday- Thursday

Position Description:

Breakwater language program fosters development in the following key concepts:

  • to develop an appreciation of  the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries

  • to understand how to learn and  study a language and

  • to gain basic speaking and literacy skills in Spanish

The Spanish teacher assumes the valuable role of continuing the Spanish program in grades 5 to 8. Breakwater students begin their journey in the Spanish language in Preschool.  The work of the middle school Spanish teacher is to prepare students for high school Spanish as well as to travel internationally to Costa Rica in their 8th grade year and to attain basic conversational skills while immersed in a school exchange experience. This work requires organization, dedication, and motivation. An effective Spanish educator models what it is to experience the world as a bilingual person  and shares their delight with their students.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree or comparable preferred.

  • At least 3-5 years of classroom or relevant teaching experience is expected.

General Expectations:

  • Demonstrates a passion for teaching and learning languages.

  • Applicant has a high level of proficiency in the Spanish language

  • Knowledgeable of best practices in language development

  • Multi-age classroom experience, or experience with a diverse range of learners, is especially helpful for this position. Understands how to develop and implement differentiated instruction.

  • 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) that encourages responsible student behavior and supports student autonomy, orderly thinking, and metacognition in the classroom.

  • Being an effective member on a collaborative team, as well as assume leadership.

  • 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/student-centered/integrated curriculum experiences while ensuring students are learning essential skills and concepts.

  • 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.

  • Excellent communication skills are essential and ability to effectively write narrative reports and classroom blogs.

How to Apply:

Submit your cover letter, resume, three letters of reference and proof of fingerprinting to:

 

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

 

The posting for this position will be active filled with a start date of August 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Part Time Visual Arts Teacher/ Arts Essentialist

  • This is a part time K- 4 teaching position (15 hours).

  • Must have a flexible schedule during school hours (8:00-3:30)

Application deadline: April 12, 2019

Start date: August 2019

Position Description:

Breakwater School's visual arts program fosters the development of visual literacy by creating a meaningful context for students to explore and appreciate media, technique, art worlds and history. We engage students in a wide range of activities aimed at mining their creativity, expanding their knowledge, developing their own individual aesthetic, and empowering them with a language with which they can analyze and discuss art. Project selection is informed by student interest and often reinforces thematic content in other disciplines.

Students receive sequential instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking, yet we remain open at all times to change and the chance discoveries that transform the art making process. We proudly mount student art throughout the school, though we prize effort and creativity above specific product outcomes.

The Arts Essentialist assumes the valuable role of galvanizing a strong visual arts program across Breakwater’s three studio learning environments, in coordination with the Mechanical Arts Essentialist, and in alignment with the overarching objectives of the Visual and Mechanical Arts Department. It requires organization, dedication, and motivation. An effective Art Essentialist models what it is to experience the world as an artist and shares their delight in discovery with their students.

Breakwater offers a vibrant after-school enrichment program serving over 200 families from throughout greater Portland. Breakwater offers more than 30 classes per six-week session providing transportation to eight public schools. The Art Essentialist will offer several sections of after school enrichment courses throughout the year.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in Art Education or comparable preferred.

  • At least 3-5 years of classroom or relevant teaching experience is expected.

General Expectations:

  • Demonstrates a passion for the visual world.

  • Applicant actively maintains a studio practice

  • Uses a range of traditional and contemporary studio practices aligned with the history, context, and development of the visual arts.

  • Encourages innovation and divergent responses to art.

  • 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) that encourages responsible student behavior and supports student autonomy, orderly thinking, and metacognition in the studio.

  • Being an effective member on a collaborative team, as well as assume leadership.

  • 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/student-centered/integrated curriculum experiences while ensuring students are learning essential skills and concepts.

  • 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.

  • Working collaboratively with families and knowing each child very well.

  • Excellent communication skills are essential and ability to effectively write narrative reports and classroom blogs.

How to Apply:

Please include a portfolio of student work with evidence of assessment, along with an artist portfolio of at least 10 images with your application. Submit your cover letter, resume, three letters of reference and proof of fingerprinting to:

 

Breakwater School

c/o Renee Hall, Human Resources

856 Brighton Avenue

Portland, ME  04102

humanresources@breakwaterschool.org

 

The posting for this position will be active until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.




Breakwater Enrichment Center Teacher/s - PT Summer Programs

Breakwater School is accepting applications for 1 part-time summer teacher in our vibrant and dynamic Summer Enrichment Programs. We are currently accepting applications for the following art programs:

  • Animation & Illustration

About the Position: We seek creative, compassionate, and energetic Summer Programs Teachers with a strong background in the aforementioned subject who is willing to take a hands-on and project-oriented approach to teaching students aged 8-14. The focus of each subject’s camp can be developed by the teacher with direct support from the Summer Programs Director. The teacher will have creative liberty to design an age- appropriate approach to animation and illustration. Experience creating animations and illustrations utilizing iPads highly preferred.

Our Summer at Breakwater program serves children from Breakwater School as well as students from surrounding public and independent schools.

Schedule and Start Date:

Hours for the position are part-time during the summer, Mondays through Friday from 8:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Summer program dates: July 8 - July 19.

Qualifications:

History of professional work experience with young children Demonstrated ability to engage in positive relationships with staff, supervisors, children, and families Bachelor's degree preferred, though current undergrad student applications in the education field accepted

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. Applications should be sent to:

Breakwater School

Attn.: Summer Programs

856 Brighton Ave

Portland, ME 04102

summer@breakwaterschool.org



COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM

Open to students ages 14-18
All Summer @ Breakwater sessions (June 24th-August 16th)

The CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program is designed for high school students with an interest in the arts, science, nature, writing, sports, and leadership who enjoy working with children in a cooperative, team environment. CITs work with the Program Directors to create an individualized schedule for the summer, assisting with classes which interest them, help to maintain the positive energy of camp, and assist with supervising students at attendance, lunch, and checkout. Modest stipends are awarded based on grade in school and experience. CITs are accepted after an application and interview process with the program directors.CIT applicants must be ages 14 to 18 and have completed at least one year of high school. Download an application here All application materials can be sent to summer@breakwaterschool.org or mailed to

Breakwater School

Attn.: Summer Programs

856 Brighton Ave

Portland, ME 04102


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. How to Apply: Resumes will be reviewed as they come in. All applications should include your cover letter, resume, three professional references, and proof of CHRC approval and should be emailed to 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 factor.