Open Opportunities:


Breakwater School AfterCare & Enrichment Teacher/s - PT School Year

Position Description: Breakwater School is accepting applications for 1 to 2 part-time afterschool teachers in our vibrant and dynamic AfterCare and Enrichment Programs. 1 position available is the lead Middle School after school teacher.

About the Position: We seek creative, compassionate, and energetic AfterCare & Enrichment teachers who have a strong interest in child-centered learning and community building. AfterCare & Enrichment Teachers direct activities and ensure students' safety and well-being. Candidates interested in leading specialized group activities will be given special consideration [e.g. culinary arts, outdoor and wilderness activities, photography, film making, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), dance, music, fine arts, creative writing, jewelry making, swimming, lacrosse, etc.). Our AfterCare and Enrichment programs serve children from Breakwater School as well as students from surrounding public and independent schools. 

Schedule: Hours for the position are part-time during the school year, Mondays through Thursdays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm, and from 1:00 to 6:00 pm on Fridays, with opportunities to staff our week-long school vacation camps in February, April, June, and August. The position begins in late August.

Qualifications and Qualities:

  • 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
    Experience driving a 15 passenger van and/or mini bus highly preferred

About application: 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: "Attention Kelly Steinhagen, Enrichment Director".


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.