Assistant Teacher-Outdoor Preschool

Job Title:
Assistant Teacher-Outdoor Preschool

Child Development Center

Reports to:
Operations Director

FLSA Status:
Non- Exempt        

TS Range:

Opening Date:
December 2, 2019

Closing Date:
December 16, 2019


Must be able to meet the requirements of Section 0100(4) General Staff Qualifications for Outdoor DCYF Standards

The Outdoor Preschool Assistant Teacher with guidance from the Lead Teacher and Operations Director will provide a safe, quality education and joyful, nature rich childhood experience, full of exploration and wonder. He/she will also assist in the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum according to current guidelines.

(Other duties may be assigned)

Staff/Child Relationships

·   Communication- Interact frequently, affectionately and respectfully by smiling, touching, and holding children. Communicate with children at their level. Engage and communicate constructively with individual children during activities and routines.

·   Relationship- Respect and observe children’s interests. Intervene when needed to maintain safety. Enhance children’s play with language, toys, activities. Be attentive, flexible, and supportive of children and their families during transitions.

·   Discipline- Encourage and model social behavior and expectations, which are developmentally appropriate. Acknowledge feelings with sensitivity and demonstrate appropriate expressions of emotion. Practice positive discipline techniques in guiding children’s behavior according to current standards.

Staff/Parent Relationships

·   Communication- Acknowledge all parents and visitors. Demonstrate a friendly, courteous, professional demeanor at all times.

·   Relationship- Establish and maintain a Primary Caregiver relationship with the children and families assigned.

Assist Lead Teacher with planning and facilitating regular parent communications regarding orientation, transitions, and goals with appropriate tools.

·   Environment- Assist in planning of and attending special events, conferences, meetings and trainings.

Program/Curriculum(with direction from Lead Teacher)

·   Development- Implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum, which reflects observations and assessments of individual children and goals jointly developed with parents. Plan a daily schedule which provides a balance of activities in an outdoor classroom environment. Plan and implement child-oriented, self-initiated activities while limiting large group, staff initiated activities. Set up and take down classroom daily.

·   Environment- Design an environment which responds to children’s individual development levels, physical and emotional needs, and current interests. Foster positive self-concept by supporting individuality, independence, and the ability to make positive choices. Encourage creative expression. Create documentation of children’s accomplishments through anecdotal notes portfolios and pictures.

·   Activities- Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities, which foster social skills and encourage children to think, problem solve, question, and experiment. Demonstrate respect for diversity by providing anti-bias, non-sexist language, images and experiences, which reflect both center and local communities. Provide more than one option for group activity and maintain flexibility in changing planned activities, according to children’s interests.

Health, Safety, and Licensing

·   With direction from Operations Director adhere to all State of Washington licensing standards and requirements in the following areas: Health and Safety Conditions, Nutrition, Environment, Staff/Child Ratios, and Program/Activities.

·      Maintain and follow all Safety and Health Guidelines that include the following: Hand-Washing, Medicine Policies, and Arrange working areas in accordance with health, safety and fire regulations.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Must be 18 years of age. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Meet federal, as well as individual state requirements ( i.e. TB tests, physical, First-Aid) and maintain credentials for the position. . Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to needs of parents and faculty. Hold or obtain a valid Food Handlers Card within 30 days of hire date.

Completion of High School or G.E.D; Completion of Initial Certificate through DCYF within 5 years of hire date. Prefer 1-year experience working with children in an outdoor classroom setting.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and draw and interpret bar graphs.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Must be able to pass an employee background check

The physical demands of an Assistant Outdoor Teacher are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. At any given moment during the employees shift the position may require frequent lifting, carrying, holding, bending, stooping, stretching, pushing, pulling, squatting, kneeling, reaching or moving children with a weight    range of 10-50 pounds, or responding immediately and appropriately to multiple or unexpected situations or emergencies. Employee will be outdoors in all types of weather for the majority of the assigned shift. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Attend administrative and staff meetings, training sessions and other center events. Positively project the organization, mission, goals, philosophies and policies to parents, staff and the community. Maintain confidentiality about issues concerning other staff, children and families.

The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening, in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace policy.

Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position consistent with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.

Submit application packets including a resume and cover letter to   Contact Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.