Olympic College seeks to fill 3 positions in the Sophia Bremer Early Learning Academy on the Bremerton campus.
In collaboration with the Lead Teacher, the Assistant Teacher (Early Childhood Program Specialist 2) positions will help direct the educational activities of children in one of 3 categories:
Infants: age 6 weeks - 12 months
Toddler: age 12 months – 29 months
Preschool: age 30 months - 5 years
The ECE Program Specialist 2 will also provide child development and parenting information to parents as requested.
The Sophia Bremer Child Development Center (SBCDC) is the lab school and early learning center for Olympic College students. All teachers are expected to stay current in Early Childhood Education (ECE) best practices in order to guide practicum students in the daily application of these practices.
As a federally funded program, we abide by all Head Start and Early Head Start program standards. Lead teachers and Assistant teachers maintain the same classroom workload.
In collaboration with the lead teacher:
Work directly children with children in the classroom delivering educational activities; as well as during snacks, lunch, nap time, free time, field trips and transitional activities and playground periods
Direct children in educational activities as well as during snacks, lunch, nap time, free time, field trips and transitional activities and playground periods.
Prepare lesson plans and materials for the implementation of individual, small group and large group activities based on the developmental needs of the children presentation to children in collaboration with the Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 (Lead Teacher).
Conduct developmental and educational assessments for assigned children.
Administer first aid and handle medical emergencies as they arise.
Provide positive guidance to children.
Maintain positive, open communication with families while maintaining appropriate professionalism and confidentiality.
Discuss each child's progress with the families on a regular, on-going basis both anecdotally and formally and maintain records of these discussions.
Maintain an inventory of all supplies and order or co-ordinate replenishment when needed.
Provides a developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive environment based on ITERS and ECERS, which should be changed periodically in response to the ever-changing needs of the children in the classroom.
Provide responsive care to all children according to their needs developmentally, emotionally and academically.
Demonstrate cultural-competency and respect for each child's background by incorporating culturally-responsive activities, classroom items, songs, etc. that cultivate each child's sense of importance and belonging.
Participate in ongoing professional development both through the program and outside the program in order to maintain professional credentials and professional relevancy.
Perform other duties as needed or assigned.
Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from an accredited College.
Associate's degree in a related field from an accredited CollegeandECE State General certificate or 20 credit hours in ECE
One year experience caring for children ages 1-5 in a center-based program required
Basic level computer competency, including Microsoft Office applications.
Successful Applicants will be able to:
Work effectively with individuals representing a wide range of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences and abilities.
Model appropriate communication skills, positive guidance techniques and nurturing qualities while promoting positive attachments between caregivers, children and families.
Familiarize themselves with all educational equipment used in the program and it's use.
Assist in maintaining a learning environment that supports all children and families while being responsive to individual needs to promote healthy growth and development.
Collaborate professionally, positively and successfully with colleagues, staff and students as part of a work team.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrate excellent organizational skills with precise attention detail.
Respond to children, families and colleagues with respect.
Maintain strict confidentiality.
Play with the children and work with them on the floor at their level.
Lift children throughout the day.
Demonstrate an appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the Olympic College mission, vision and values.
Demonstrate ethics, integrity and sound professional judgment
Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time classified position scheduled to work 40 hours per week. Olympic College provides an excellent benefits package which includes vacation, holiday & sick leave, medical/dental/vision/life insurance. A collective bargaining agreement exists and this position is represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA). Employees may be required to attend training during evenings and/or weekends on the Bremerton campus.
Conditions of Employment:
Successful completion of a criminal history background check. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
Obtain and maintain all certifications including: educational requirements as established by state and federal guidelines; CPR/First Aid certificate for infants and children; TB test; Food Handlers card; Blood Borne Pathogens and HIV Training; DEL Portable Background Check; initial and yearly STARS certification;
Working Conditions: This position requires punctual and regular attendance. Work occurs both inside and outside. There is occasional exposure to blood and other bodily fluids.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position. Must be able to lift and carry children up to 50 pounds daily and in emergency situations. Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, kneel, stand, reach, set up and clean up after activities, snacks and lunch, and play on the floor with children at all times. Must be able to assist with emergency evacuations and exit strategies, including, but not limited to, lifting and carrying children while moving quickly.
Olympic College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
About Olympic College
Olympic College is a public two-year community college that educates more than 13,000 students a year. Founded in 1946, the college has three campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton and serves a population of 280,000 residents living in Kitsap and Mason Counties.