Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.
The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Position Title: LOWER SCHOOL TEACHING ASSISTANT / ASP
Department: LOWER SCHOOL & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
FTE: 1.0 (Non-Exempt)
Reports to: LOWER SCHOOL HEAD/ASSISTANT LOWER SCHOOL HEAD/ DIRECTOR OF BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
A Lower School Teaching Assistant supports teachers and children in the classroom, outdoors, and on field trips. Teaching Assistants also supervise children in the Before and After-School Program (ASP).
Assist with supervision of children in the classroom, outdoors, and on field trips.
Support the teaching team through material preparation, technology support and attention to classroom details.
Work individually with students on academic tasks.
Support children’s learning in all subject areas.
Correct student work and record results.
Assist with care and maintenance of the classroom and ASP environments.
Participate in some planning sessions with teachers.
Participate in Lower School overnight retreat in August.
Work collaboratively with Grade Level and ASP teams.
Supervise students in, and plan projects for, the Before and After-School Program.
Assist with planning and leading activities for ASP All-Day Programs during the school year.
Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
Take advantage of professional development opportunities, complete at least 15 clock hours of additional training each year of employment.
Attend designated meetings for in-service, Orientation days, and ASP trainings.
Demonstrate willingness to learn about conflict resolution, differentiation, classroom/group management strategies, and child development.
Show initiative – i.e. notice what needs done and doing it.
Support school efforts in inclusivity, diversity, and multicultural curriculum.
Use technology to help with curricular/planning needs and parent communication – i.e. photo management, posting to web pages, word processing, publishing student work, etc.
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS
Must have sufficient math, reading and writing skills in order to be able to support children’s learning and tutor children in the classroom as needed.
Must have sufficient technology skills to support the team with help in organization, publishing student work, organizing digital photos, developing curricular materials, ordering supplies, conducting research, etc.
Must enjoy working with and have a basic understanding of the developmental needs of young children.
This job requires energy, empathy, flexibility and the ability to collaborate. Good health, mobility, willingness to be active, and ability to lift 50lbs are important.
Regular attendance, punctuality and dependability are also required.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
BA, AA or BS from an accredited college or university is desirable but not required.
Experience working with young children.
Required Qualifications for ASP Staff
(a) Completion of 20 credits (semester system) or 30 credits (quarter system) of training at a college or university in:
Early childhood education
(b) A one year state or nationally recognized credential:
Related to school-age care
(c) At least one year of qualifying teaching experience, with at least one year as a teacher, in a Certified Child Care Center or comparable group care program, in the care of:
(d) Completion of 10 credits (semester system) or 15 credits (quarter system) of training at a college or university in:
At least six months of qualifying teaching experience in a Certified Child Care Center or
comparable group care program, in the care of:
Early childhood education
About Catlin Gabel School
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beautiful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.