Careers

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 and 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 Engagement Programming, Professional Development and Policy.

Working at KairosPDX

KairosPDX is always seeking candidates for year-round positions. Persons of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

KairosPDX Learning Academy was launched in 2014. It is a public charter school sponsored by Portland Public Schools, located on N. Gantenbein Avenue in Portland. Our educational model is inquiry-based. Our curriculum approach is culturally-responsive, workshop model that infuses mindfulness, restorative practice, studio art, STEM, music and fitness in our teaching. 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, and 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 work 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. KairosPDX values data, reflection, feedback and continuous improvement as we work together on behalf of our children and families.

Family Engagement Organizer

Family Engagement Organizer Core Responsibilities:

  • Creating a warm, welcoming and collaborative environment for Kairos families
  • Plan, develop and execute family involvement programs and activities designed to engage families
  • Maintain a flexible daily schedule that requires working non-traditional work hours and days
  • Develop relationships with currently enrolled families
  • Conduct formal and informal interviews with families
  • Communicate regularly with leadership team in regards to parents’ and families’ ideas, needs and concerns; Provide referrals & follow-up on needs & concerns
  • Responsible for ongoing communications with families, teachers and partners to enable consistent support for families
  • Daily pick-up and drop-off duties to interact and engage with families and main office support to welcome families, interact with community and identify needs;
  • Serve on Steering Committee of Family Council;
  • Cultivate awareness, engagement and attendance at family events/conferences
  • Relationship building and planning with key partners
  • Maintain accurate, current information in all databases & files: SYNERGY, cum files, Kairos Internal and community resources
  • Responsible for kindergarten recruitment for students and families
  • Support ELN Coordinator to identifying quarterly partnerships and event needs
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with partners, and community organizations
  • Support family advocacy needs
  • Administer preferred communication and intakes with Kairos families
  • Assist with grants management relating to family programing
  • Create marketing materials, e-newsletters & fliers for events, recruitment, and calendar reminders
  • Create and maintain systems that support school leaders and families in meeting school culture goals
  • Manage assigned projects and paying close attention to detail, following up regularly, meeting deadlines, and producing high-quality work
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Family Engagement Organizer Qualifications:

  • Minimum AA degree
  • Two (2) years experience in social service or combination of equivalent experience and training
  • Home visit experience preferred
  • Experience working with children ages birth to 5th grade preferred
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of practices and principles of parent education
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive in handling changing priorities in a fast paced work environment
  • Effective computer, social media and internet skills
  • Ability to work independently with considerable self-direction, and also as a contributing member of a team
  • Effective service-related people skills and problem solving skills as this position is generally the first contact and has significant responsibility in representing the school
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal relationship skills between students, staff, parents, and community members
  • Effective organizational skills to balance demands of a multi-tasking position
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Must be comfortable working with clients who have a range of ethnicities, cultures and socio-economical living environments
  • Ability maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • CPR Training/first aid and Food Handlers Card required (cost paid by applicant)
  • Ability to pass a background check

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
  • Benefits include: Up to three weeks of school closure breaks, paid sick/personal leave days, paid holidays, participation in Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), employer contribution for health insurance, professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org. Please state “Family Engagement Organizer  application” in the subject line. In the cover letter please briefly describe any previous experience you have working with children & families, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job. Resumes will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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.

After School Coordinator

After School Coordinator Core Responsibilities:

  • Share responsibility with a team of colleagues and families to honor the mission and values of the school
  • Responsible for administration of the after school program which includes:
    • Planning, organizing, developing, implementing, staffing, and evaluating the program
    • Providing leadership and support services for after school programming
    • Coordination and communication with program partners
    • Communication of program offerings, schedules and updates to families
  • Work with Education Director in addressing program needs
  • Running daily logistics and operations of the program
  • Implementing and collecting data throughout the program
  • Ensuring that lessons implemented with fidelity
  • Implementing schedules and procedures on a daily basis
  • Monitoring and reporting on inventory of supplies and materials
  • Monitoring meal program
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations
  • Preparing materials and technology needs in support of learning
  • Participation in professional development
  • Perform other related duties as needed and assigned

After School Coordinator Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in nonprofit management, social work, public administration or education preferred
  • Minimum two years experience working in school, nonprofit, community setting
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds
  • Interested in exploring the field of education
  • Training in early education and/or human development, preferred
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 10, preferred
  • Ability to work with children and families from a low-income background and with whom English is a second language
  • Demonstrated ability to manage student behavior
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict through equitable decision-making and effective problem solving
  • Open to learning and practicing a new 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
  • Possess a passion for helping each child reach his or her social, emotional and academic potential including a commitment to differentiated instruction and ongoing assessment
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR First Aid Certificate required at time of hire
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
  • Benefits include: Paid sick/personal leave days, paid holidays and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org. Please state “After School Coordinator application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe any previous experience you have working with children, why you are interested in this position and what strengths you will bring to the job.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.

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