Ojai Valley School is a pre-kindergarten to grade 12 boarding and day school located on two campuses in Ojai, California. The Lower Campus serves students in grades PK-8 and the Upper Campus serves students in grades 9-12.
Summary of Position
Ojai Valley School, Lower Campus is seeking a dynamic, creative, student-centered, and well-organized Pre-Kindergarten Teacher. The pre-kindergarten teacher will be responsible for the effective execution of the pre-kindergarten curriculum, instruction, programs, and activities. The ideal candidate will work effectively as a member of a grade-level team to plan all aspects of the pre-kindergarten program. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a passion for teaching, a growth mindset, flexibility, commitment to ongoing professional development, strong communication skills, and the skills to engage and inspire students. The pre-kindergarten teacher is responsible for maintaining an engaging classroom environment, assessing and reporting the progress of the students, leading parent/teacher conferences and managing parent communication.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities designed to promote academic, social and emotional growth for children, keeping in mind the stated goals and philosophy of Ojai Valley School.
Provides a stimulating learning environment where children can develop their potential and experience growth.
Identifies and provides for the learning needs of individual children, reaching a range of learners within the classroom.
Prepares and administers assessments with the aim of evaluating and communicating the progress of the students.
Communicates effectively with children, parents and colleagues in a professional and positive manner. Communicates student progress clearly and accurately in verbal and written form, including progress reports, emails, parent conferences, and meetings.
Demonstrates professionalism through punctuality, collaboration, organization, participation in meetings and staff development opportunities and maintains a respectful attitude in professional relationships.
Plans and supervises field trips and classroom activities to extend student learning.
Keeps current in contemporary and developmentally appropriate pedagogical thinking, strategies, and techniques through the reading of professional journals and attendance at professional conferences, workshops, and courses.
Integrates meaningful and appropriate use of technology within the curriculum.
Other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; prior teaching experience required. Minimum of 12 ECE units or Childhood Development units.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to calculate grades, and possesses basic skills to work with budgets.
Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Current CPR and First Aid preferred.
California Driver's License preferred.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to use training and experience to teach children of all ages.
Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
Good character, integrity, and adaptability.
Ability to supervise children of all ages.
Ability to relate to one’s peers.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands, fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
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 essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Ojai Valley School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religions, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.