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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.

Teacher Assistant/Extended Day Program Teacher

Are you looking to gain professional teaching experience working in a dynamic school setting with great colleagues and mentors? The Little School has a Teacher Assistant/Extended Day teacher position open beginning immediately. This position works with a classroom of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds from Monday through Friday, 12-6 p.m.

Primary Responsibilities

Teacher Assistant: 12-2 p.m.

  • Support the lead teacher in a pre-K classroom (4-5 year-olds) for two hours during the school day.

Extended Day teacher 2:30-6 p.m.

  • Co-lead daily afterschool activities indoors and outdoors with 3-6 year-olds.
  • Maintain appropriate limits and boundaries.
  • Interact professionally with parents, guardians and other staff members.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of After School Programs.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of one year’s experience working with preschool and/or elementary school age children.
  • Prefer Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field.

Candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments

  • An excitement for teaching and learning alongside young children.
  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with children, colleagues and families.
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Strong communication and relational skills.
  • Orientation as a learner with the ability to learn from direct and honest feedback.
  • Interest and curiosity about progressive education, child development, equity, inclusion and social justice.

To Apply: please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Brief cover letter 

Compensation: This is an hourly position (6 hours/day) with excellent benefits, $19/hr. Opportunities for additional subbing and other work could arise depending on experience and availability

 

Learning Specialist

The Little School is considering qualified applicants for a Learning Specialist position (0.8 FTE) starting August 2019 and serving the school’s pre-K through 5th grade student population. We are looking for an individual experienced in emergent literacy, math foundations, classroom and curriculum-centered models of support, student assessment, and research-based literacy and math interventions.

The Learning Specialist works on the Student Support Team (SST) alongside the Director of Learning and Support and School Counselor. They provide classroom-based supports, small group instruction and one-on-one teaching that addresses learning needs. The Learning Specialist is a school leader who must be fluent in progressive educational practices and able to work at all levels of the school, collaborating with teachers, parents/guardians and school administration.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide in-house assessments of literacy and numeracy for planning accommodations, making recommendations and making referrals
  • Create Learning Support Plans (LSPs) and Accommodation Plans to guide instruction and to facilitate communication between the individuals who support the student
  • Help build partnerships with parents/guardians as they learn about, grapple with and understand their child’s learning challenges
  • Plan and implement small group and individual instruction for students with diverse learning needs
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers in offering differentiated instruction and supports
  • Maintain regular communication with families regarding student support needs, progress and goals
  • Review evaluation reports to prioritize goals and coordinate school-based work
  • Direct and support the use of assistive technology in upper elementary classrooms
  • Assist in the admissions process for students through assessments, observations and file review

Requirements

  • Master’s degree (preferred) with academic credentials in elementary education, special education, reading, psychology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or related field
  • Elementary school experience – 5 years in a lead teacher, learning specialist, reading specialist, math specialist or related role
  • Strong preference given to candidates with training and experience serving students with learning disabilities

Candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments

  • Strong verbal, written, planning, organizational. and relational skills
  • Creativity, intellectual agility, initiative and stamina
  • Appreciation for the uniqueness of children’s developmental timetables and the complexity of their neurodiverse profiles
  • Commitment to collaboration and partnership-building
  • Orientation as a learner
  • Sense of humor and a love of school life
  • Understanding of progressive educational practices and dedication to democratic values, equity, inclusion and social justice

Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits package plus the chance to work with great families and colleagues.

Review of applications will begin Feb 15, 2019. To be considered, please submit the following to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

  • Resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three references

 

Development Assistant

The Little School is hiring a development assistant to begin immediately. This 12-month, full-time position will support the work of the director of development and community relations with fundraising, events, community, and alumni relations. The department’s focus is expanded this year as the school is celebrating its 60th anniversary and in the midst of the quiet phase of a capital campaign.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop a clear and active understanding of the mission, vision and core values of The Little School.
  • Demonstrate the integral role development plays in the life of a school and a community.
  • Maintain development databases, including gift entry, acknowledgements and constituent updates.
  • Produce reports to track fundraising progress and reconcile with the business office.
  • Assist in the preparation and support of development events, including the auction and Art Festival.
  • Create, edit and proof digital and print materials for various audiences through a variety of platforms with attention to branding and aesthetics.
  • Provide excellent customer service to Little School constituents.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum two years development office experience preferred.
  • Strong technology skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, required. inRESONANCE or FileMaker database, Photoshop and inDesign experience preferred.

Candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments

  • Willingness and flexibility to work outside regular business hours, including some nights and weekends.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Think proactively, work in partnership and independently with little supervision, and act with initiative.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and manage changing priorities with speed and accuracy.

To Apply: please submit your resume and cover letter to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

Compensation: This is a salaried, non-exempt position. Salary is based on qualifications and experience.

 

Early Childhood and Early Elementary Teaching Positions

Want to work with curious fun children and dynamic colleagues on a campus without peer? The Little School has Early Childhood (3-5-year-olds) and Early Elementary (5-7-year-olds) teaching positions open beginning in August of 2019. These are exciting opportunities for educators committed to progressive education ideals and practices. The Little School serves approximately 165 children ages 3-11 on a 12+ acre wooded campus in Bellevue filled with inspiring child-centered learning spaces in and outside. The school is in an enrollment growth phase and in the process of building new teaching/learning spaces … an exciting time. 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 teachers committed to collaborative teaching within a vibrant adult learning community.

Requirements:

  • Early elementary and/or early childhood teaching experience
  • Early elementary and/or early childhood degree or teaching certificate

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

  • A palpable 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 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, health, vision, dental and retirement benefits.

Submit: Resume, letter of interest and three references to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible.

 

Library Learning Center Specialist

Want to work with curious fun children and dynamic colleagues on a campus without peer? The Little School Library is a sanctuary for books, reading and learning – a child-centric place filled with wonder and opportunity. This all school full-time position includes a traditional librarian role infused with current practices in information sciences, research resources, media and technology coupled with classroom teaching support. This newly designed position in a renovated space will lead the next phase in the evolution of the library as a hub for learning for children and adults. This position begins in August of 2019. 

This is an incredible opportunity for an educator committed to progressive education ideals and practices. The Little School serves approximately 165 children ages 3-11 on a 12+ acre wooded campus in Bellevue filled with inspiring child-centered learning spaces. We are in an enrollment growth phase and in the process of building new teaching/learning spaces … an exciting time. 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.

Requirements:

  • Information Sciences degree and Teaching degree/certificate
  • Elementary teaching experience

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

  • A palpable excitement for teaching and learning alongside young children
  • A love for books, reading, teaching, learning, research and experimentation
  • A clearly articulated vision of the role of a Library Learning Center in a preschool/elementary school
  • 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 and initiative and 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, health, vision, dental and retirement benefits.

Submit: Resume, letter of interest and three references to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible.

 

Enrollment & Marketing Assistant

Are you looking to use your digital media savvy, marketing and interpersonal skills in a dynamic school setting with great colleagues and interesting clients? The Little School Enrollment Management team is hiring an assistant beginning immediately. This full-time position works to attract and support families through the enrollment process from initial inquiry to enrollment and transition to the school program. It also supports our marketing and communication efforts on an expanding set of advertising platforms.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop an active understanding of the school mission, vision, and core values and be able to represent and advocate for the school with prospective families
  • Foster relations and coordinate communications with prospective families through the admissions process
  • Assist in preparation for admissions and retention events and participate as needed
  • Conduct research and compile/maintain admissions data and metrics from admissions database, digital media, website, and other platforms
  • Post to digital and print media, developing stories to capture the spirit of The Little School

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Marketing or Communications
  • Strong interpersonal skills including excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Works well as part of a team, as well as being someone who can take the initiative, is resourceful, and can work independently
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience using various digital and print media platforms
  • Excellent attention to detail, well-organized with strong follow through

Candidates must have the following professional and personal attributes and commitments

  • A commitment to collaboration and building partnerships with colleagues and families
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable
  • Orientation as a learner who seeks challenge and has the ability to learn from direct feedback
  • Willingness to work on occasional evening or weekend events

To Apply: please submit your resume and cover letter to employment@thelittleschool.org as soon as possible:

Compensation: This is a salaried, non-exempt position. Salary is based on qualifications and experience.

 

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.​