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The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.

Director of After School Programs

The Little School is currently looking for a Director of After School Programs open beginning in early August of 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for an educator committed to progressive education ideals and practices and program management. The Little School serves approximately 160 children ages 3-11 on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue filled with inspiring child-centered learning spaces in and outside. We are seeking candidates who understand and appreciate the power of childhood and the possibilities of children as unique individuals learning in a social context. We hire staff committed to collaborative work within a vibrant adult learning community. This is a full time, 12-month position overseeing a program that is a critical component of our educational offering to families.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage our before and after school programs, maintaining the philosophy and practices consistent with the school day program.
  • Supervise Extended Day staff
  • Communicate with parents about after school programs in a professional manner.
  • Hire vendors and staff to provide quarterly enrichment classes and Break Camp during school vacations in February and April.
  • Connect Extended Day staff and classroom teachers to ensure continuity of programming.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and experience working with preschool and elementary school children required.
  • Current First Aid, CPR and Food Handler Permit required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills required.
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Excel required.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Strong candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments

  • An excitement for teaching and learning alongside young children
  • An appreciation for the complexity and uniqueness of children’s developmental timetables
  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with children, colleagues and families
  • A sense of humor and a love of the life of school
  • The ability to work hard and have fun simultaneously
  • Strong verbal, written, planning, organizational and relational skills
  • The ability to learn from direct and honest feedback
  • Creativity, intellectual agility and initiative
  • A willingness to pitch in when/where needed
  • Understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, democratic values, equity, inclusion and social justice

Compensation includes competitive salary and a chance to work with great kids and colleagues.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

 

Music Specialist

The Little School has a part-time Music Specialist (0.4 FTE) teaching position open beginning in August of 2018. We are looking for an educator who is excited about working with small classes, enjoys combining movement and/or theater to teach creative expression, and can incorporate both choral and instrumental elements into instruction. The Little School has a long history of integrating music into the classrooms and this position includes opportunities to collaborate with classroom teachers around developmental and instructional themes. We have weekly Community Sings and music is a central component of school life. The Music position serves our elementary age students with a focus on music appreciation within a global context, musicianship, composition, instrumental skill development (ukuleles, xylophones and rhythm instruments) and performance. We want students to enjoy making music as individuals and a part of a group. The position is eligible to be combined with a part-time Teaching Assistant role (0.5 FTE) should the selected candidate desire more contact time with children, full-time employment and the option of benefits.

The Little School serves approximately 160 children, ages 3-11, on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. We aim to teach, nurture, and challenge every student by building deep understandings of children and their learning within social contexts. We hire teachers committed to collaborative teaching within a vibrant adult learning community.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Music, or related field and/or teaching certificate
  • Elementary Education, Music teaching experience of 1 year or more

Candidates must also have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments:

  • An excitement for teaching and learning alongside elementary-aged children
  • An appreciation for the complexity and uniqueness of children’s developmental timetables
  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with children, colleagues and families
  • A sense of humor and a love of the life of school
  • The ability to work hard and have fun simultaneously
  • Strong verbal, written, planning, organizational and relational skills
  • Orientation as a learner with the ability to learn from direct and honest feedback
  • Creativity, intellectual agility, initiative, and stamina
  • A willingness to pitch in when/where needed
  • Understanding of and commitment to progressive education ideals and practices, democratic values, equity, inclusion and social justice

Compensation includes a competitive salary and the chance to work with great kids and colleagues.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

 

Teaching Assistant

The Little School serves approximately 160 children, ages 3-11, on a 12-acre wooded campus in Bellevue, Washington. We seek candidates who understand and appreciate the power of childhood and children as unique individuals learning in a social context. This is a full-time 10-month position, scheduled around the school day with regular before-school and after-school responsibilities. Teaching Assistants support two classroom teachers and are involved in planning, professional development activities, and all aspects of campus life. The position begins August 22, 2018.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the social, emotional and academic needs of students using general principles of developmentally appropriate practice
  • Engage in ongoing communication with 1-2 lead teachers to develop effective work plans, schedules, and regular responsibilities
  • Become familiar with classroom routines and behavioral expectations to be consistent with each classroom teacher’s approach
  • Work with students individually, in small groups and as a whole class
  • Independently supervise outside time, maintaining appropriate limits and boundaries, and engaging with students in ways that promotes outside time as an extension of the classroom
  • Assist in classroom chores (sorting, organizing, cleaning, etc.)
  • Learn and grow professional skills and maintain an authentic interest in being part of a passionate progressive educational community

Requirements

  • Minimum of one year of experience working with preschool or elementary school age children
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field preferred
  • Prior experience working collaboratively with another adult in a school or similar setting
  • Technology skills

Compensation will be based on candidate’s experience and background and is competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.

Important resources to get to know The Little School include:

Review of applications will begin June 1. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

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It is our strong desire to build a diverse community of students, families, and staff. The Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or family composition in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, hiring or any other school-administered programs.​