Experienced Educator Needed!

Director / Teacher Job Description

We are seeking an experienced, welcoming, and innovative teacher to direct and lead our family-centered parent cooperative preschool, Woodland Parent Nursery School (WPNS).  If you enjoy working with children, enjoy seeing them grow alongside their parents, and are motivated by a play-based, messy art, positive and enriching environment where young children thrive – then perhaps you belong here!

About Woodland Parent Nursery School:

Established in 1956, WPNS is a play based, parent cooperative nursery school.  It is affiliated with the Woodland Joint Unified School District’s Adult Education Program (WAE) and is a member of the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS).  At WPNS, the parents are the students.  WPNS parents attend parent education classes to enhance parenting skills and have an opportunity to participate in their children’s education by participating in the classroom with their children.  Parents are an essential part of the school and fulfil all roles; including serving on the board of directors, maintaining the school grounds, fundraising, and organizing school activities with the guidance of the Director/Teacher.  For more information,visit www.woodlandparentnurseryschool.org 

Overview of the Role:

The Director is responsible for managing and teaching the Nursery School Program for preschool-aged children (3 to 5-year-olds) and supervising the Parent and Tots program (18-month to 3-year-olds).  The new Director will oversee both programs, however, there is currently a separate teacher for the Parents and Tots program.  The Director is also responsible for advising the Board of Directors and facilitating adult education classes.  The Director provides parents-learners with opportunities in the classroom to apply what is learned from parent education and in-depth after-school meetings.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Lead family education and ensure overall success of the program.

  • Provide for and facilitate the cooperative work of the parent/family (as learner and teacher) in a play-based, holistic approach to child development through organizing monthly parent-education classes, guiding opportunities for parents/families to participate in the classroom and apply what is learned from classes, and debriefing with working parents at the end of each school day.
  • Facilitate and lead a play-based preschool lab (the Nursery School Program), working with parents/families to foster the learning of child development and best practices. Supervise and guide parent-learners the 4-hour daily classroom lab, which includes 2.5 hours with children.
  • Provide instruction from September-May, generally following the academic Woodland public school calendar.  Depending on direction from the board and WAE, teach a 4-6-week summer session during the June to August timeframe.
  • Create imaginative and nurturing play and learning environments and instruction based on the children’s interests and needs.
  • Address concerns and needs of member families.  Hold parent-teacher conferences upon request. Provide referrals to the school district and other community and professional resources and agencies,attending related meetings to assist member families.

Facilitate innovation and process improvements

  • Together with member families, review and revise curriculum as needed following standards set forth by the state, WAE, and CCPPNS.
  • Work with the board president to ensure the handbook has been updated, and set a calendar of events.  
  • Participate in an annual review of the program with member families as set forth in the handbook.

Perform administrative duties 

  • Attend monthly board meetings and other meetings throughout the year as needed, serving as a non-voting advisory member, to support WPNS goals and direction as established by the Board. 
  • Attend workshops or conferences for continuing education and personal growth with board approval and budget allowance. 
  • Act according to WPNS bylaws during meetings as: WPNS DIRECTOR, who shall be an advisory member, not an officer, to advise on the educational implications and  to guide in establishing priorities. Interact with individual Board members as necessary to facilitate ongoing operations. Work with the treasurer and board as needed to plan annual budgets and forecast expectations on a yearly basis.  Work with the parent education family to plan monthly educational night meetings. Work with the purchaser family to maintain or obtain supplies/equipment as needed in accordance with the budget.  
  • Keep attendance records and report weekly to WAE.
  • The position reports to the WAE principal and the Board.

Minimum Qualifications, Skills, & Expectations:

  • California Teaching Credential required. 
  • 2+ years of experience teaching in a licensed childcare center or comparable program. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in Early Childhood Education / Child Development. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Ability to communicate clearly (written and orally) to both children and adults. 
  • Self-motivated.
  • Positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic about working in a non-profit environment with a unique approach to early child development.   
  • Bilingual or multilingual preferred but not required, as our families come from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Commitment to a career in family and child development.  Our families seek lasting relationships in our co-op, not only for the parents and children served today, but for generations to come. 
  • Provide three letters of reference.
  • Candidate(s) must pass a background check, including fingerprinting upon employment.  CPR training for both adults and children needed along with a cleared TB test and proof of vaccinations against measles and pertussis as per SB 792. 
  • Final candidate(s) will be asked to demonstrate their teaching technique for the interview committee.
  • This is an hourly position with partial health and retirement benefits.  Current typical paid working hours are 16-18 per week (not including summer).  Starting pay is $33.92/hr.  Benefits begin after four months of employment.   
  • The applicant will be reviewed at the six month mark, and the Board will determine recommendation to WAE regarding permanent hire. 

To apply: Qualified candidates must respond with a letter of interest and resume. Include a copy of your references, teaching credential and any other relevant certifications or awards and mail to Woodland Parent Nursery School, 655 Fourth Street, Woodland, CA, 95695, Attn: Veronica or email to wpns_membership@yahoo.com. The deadline for submitting information is June 26, 2020 or until the position is filled.