Founding Lead Preschool Teacher
Overview: Boston Outdoor Preschool Network is growing! We build joyful communities of children and teachers connected to each other and their outdoor environments through discovery and play. We believe that children are intrinsically motivated to learn, and that they do so by exploring the world around them. Our programs are located on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum; as we expand, we seek experienced early childhood educators to lead new half-day preschool programs at Christopher Columbus Park, Fenway Victory Gardens, and Joe Moakley Park. This is the right opportunity for a highly experienced preschool teacher eager to build community and express his/her creativity in an outdoor setting.
- Location: Christopher Columbus Park, Fenway Victory Gardens, or Joe Moakley Park
- Start date: early fall 2020 (exact start date TBD)
- Hours: Teach from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday and spend 10 hours/week on program administration
- Compensation: $17/hour starting salary
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Nurture the spirit and curiosity of each child while building strong relationships with parents and children. Learn about the neighborhood with the children and use a place-based and child-centered approach.
- Be responsible for the health and safety of each child. This includes helping children stay warm and dry in rainy and cold weather, managing risk in an outdoor setting, and addressing conflict
- Gracefully and professionally communicate with parents, caregivers, park visitors, and the wider community
- Use daily written documentation as a tool for communication, reflection, new learning, and advocacy
- Respond to admissions inquiries, schedule visits, and manage enrollment forms
- Mentor and supervise the Assistant Teacher and student interns
- Manage program supplies
- Attend occasional evening/weekend events as needed
- Other duties as assigned
- At least 5 years of experience as a Lead Preschool Teacher or Director of an early childhood program
- Strong classroom management skills and ability to maintain a safe learning environment
- Experience with place-based education—real-world learning experiences rooted in the local community and environment
- Embrace a wide variety of weather conditions as unique and interesting, part of the ebb and flow of the natural rhythm and seasonal changes. Able to handle the physical demands of teaching young children outdoors in all types of weather.
- Eager to work in a start-up culture
- Preferred: Masters Degree in early childhood education and experience mentoring new teachers
Hiring process is rolling; please apply at your earliest convenience.
This position requires successful reference and background checks.
Candidates who add to our diverse community are encouraged to apply.
Please email resume and cover letter to Sarah.Besse@bopn.org