KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership we are closing Portland’s persistent achievement and opportunity gaps in measurable, sustainable ways.  Our mission is to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating, confident, creative, compassionate, leaders. We do this through an organizational approach that includes:  Kairos Learning Academy, Family Connections Programming, Professional Development and Policy.

Working at KairosPDX

KairosPDX is always seeking candidates for our Substitute Teacher List as well as Interns.  Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

KairosPDX was incorporated in 2012 with an Early Learning Network. KairosPDX Learning Academy was launched in 2014.  It is a public charter school sponsored by Portland Public Schools, located at Humboldt School, 4915 N. Gantenbein Avenue in Portland.  Our educational model is inquiry-based and Reggio–inspired. Our approach is multicultural, service focused and STEM infused.  Small class sizes, extended school-day and year-round schooling are some of our distinguishing elements.

Kairos is Greek for a special moment in time and we believe we are creating this time and space for children and families, making KairosPDX  a very special place to work. We are committed to the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Honesty & Service.  We value data, reflection, feedback and continuous improvement as we work together on behalf of our children and families. We are collaborative, creative and passionate about being voices for change in our city. We believe that attacking systemic racism is foundational to our work and that considering our own identity, biases and experiences is a necessary step toward igniting change.  Our expectation is that staff at Kairos are invested in our mission and participate in creating structures, developing school culture and communicating our work to families and the larger community.  Staff works together to support the whole child – academically, socially, emotionally and culturally, using published curriculum, current research and children’s own interests to build their curriculums.

Substitute Teacher

KairosPDX is always seeking candidates for our Substitute Teacher List.  Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Teacher Core Responsibilities

  • Share responsibility with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school
  • Teach and manage a primary grade classroom with approximately 20 children
  • Interpret, plan and work toward the goals of the learning community
  • Plan and prepare the environment for the academic and non-academic needs of children

Teacher Qualifications

  • Valid TSPC license for the grade level(s) taught
  • Documentation of “Highly Qualified Teacher Status” under the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s, preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a classroom
  • At least one or two years experience teaching in an elementary classroom; three to five years experience preferred
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds
  • Training in early education and/or human development, preferred
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 10, preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture
  • Open to learning and practicing a constructivist approach to teaching and learning
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families
  • Current Food Handlers Card
  • CPR First Aid Certificate preferred
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check

Salary and Benefits

Salary:  Dependent on qualifications.

How to Apply

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: Please state “Substitute Teacher application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous teaching experience, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted and kept on-file.

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer.  KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.