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 (PPS), 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.

Instructional Manager Position

Instructional Manager Core Responsibilities 

  • Creating a positive environment by enforcing discipline to maintain safety as well as improve morale;
  • Ensuring logistics and schedule of the school day runs smoothly;
  • Manage school budget and ordering of materials;
  • Oversee student data and records;
  • Oversee school safety emergency and safety procedures ensuring onsite building safety;
  • Work with a team of colleagues and families to provide a nurturing and positive climate that encourages student responsibility and intrinsic motivation;
  • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques;
  • Support the high expectations for student behavior at KairosPDX through:
    • Collaborate with school leadership to implement mission consistent systems, strategies and language for cultivating behavior support/change;
    • Coordinating academic and behavioral data collection and analysis;
    • Supervising, designing, coordinating and implementing behavior and academic supports;
    • Development and supporting systems to create consistency in the Student Support Team process;
    • Collaborate with PPS school Psychiatrist to coordinate Student Support Team processes and systems;
    • Collaborate with the PPS Special Education team on specific instruction and strategies for children on Individualized Education Plans;
    • Collaborate with Counseling staff regarding specific student needs and current social-emotional planning.
  • Collaborate with leadership staff to train in and implement strategies and common language including: Collaborative Problem Solving, Restorative Practices and Non-violent Crisis Intervention;
  • Collaborate with behavior support team including debrief protocols and strategy sessions to build skill;
  • Utilize PPS’ Synergy system and oversee the maintenance of attendance and discipline records/ reports;
  • Oversee scheduling of instructional staff and leave request;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observation and reflection;
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall;
  • Building opening and closing as needed;
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Instructional Manager Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s preferred
  • Administration experience preferred
  • At least three years of successful school experience with children ages 5 to 10
  • Experience managing daily logistics
  • Experience to manage budget and materials school wide
  • Ability to track multiple data points
  • Curriculum knowledge (workshop model; inquiry based)
  • Classroom experience that supported school improvement plans that resulted in improved academic performance for students, gains in closing the achievement gap
  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds
  • Actively participated in professional development, both as part of the school activities and on your own
  • Trained in applied behavior analysis preferred
  • Trained in nonviolent crisis intervention preferred
  • Trained non-neurotypical neuroscience
  • Effective interpersonal skills in managing and interacting with diverse groups of community members.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with the neuroscience behind mindfulness and sensory processing
  • Training in early education and/or human development preferred
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture
  • Open to learning and practicing a constructivist approach
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration
  • 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
  • CPR First Aid Certificate (cost paid by applicant)
  • Ability to pass a criminal 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 “Instructional Manager application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous experience, 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.

After-School Assistant Positions

After-School Assistant Core Responsibilities 

  • Shared responsibility with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school;
  • Responsible for upholding classroom expectations and language as set by Care Coordinator while providing supervision of children;
  • Assist Care Coordinator and after school teachers with development and implementation of individualized academic and behavior supports by:
    • Collaboration and communication of all observations and experiences while implementing support needs;
    • Participating in professional development and training around trauma-informed care;
    • Supporting individualized plans and providing consistent responses to daily behavior;
    • Daily documentation in internal student databases
  • Responsible for leading students in recess, nutrition breaks, transitions, bathrooms and end of day;
  • Assist Care Coordinator and after school teachers with individual and/or small group instruction for children;
  • Assist Care Coordinator with facilitation of home/school information and relationship:
    • Responsible for the exchange of information between home and school ie: creation of flyers, conference reminders, etc.
    • Supporting Care Coordinator to communicate with families regarding student behavior, needs and growth
  • Assist Care Coordinator to develop culturally relevant programming opportunities that engage and empower all students;
  • Distributing food during nutrition breaks in classrooms;
  • Tracking and maintaining first aid and safety supplies in classrooms;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations;
  • Perform other related duties as needed by teaching staff.

After-school Assistant Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of relevant college experience;
  • 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 11, 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 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 (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to passa a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications.
  • Benefits include: Paid holidays, participation in Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

How to Apply

Intersted candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “After-school Assistant 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 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.

Advocacy Intern

Advocacy Intern Core Responsibilities 

  • Ability to work within the community and with parents/families;
  • Ability to update the newsletter weekly, social media, email updates;
  • Experience writing summaries related to grants, policies, bills and legislation;
  • Experience in conducting intensive research, that will be analyzed and shared;
  • Support Executive Director with KairosPDX vision;
  • Background, experience, or knowledge of writing testimony, cheat sheets, phone banking, lobbying, and other politically charger work;
  • Ability to attend meetings and be a liaison with community partners;
  • Knowledge of advocacy and organizing work;
  • Work with a team of colleagues to further the mission of the school;
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration;
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall.

Intern Qualifications

  • Full-time student
    • Undergraduate (completed freshman year);
  • Minimum of a B average (cumulative 3.0 on 4.0 scale);
  • Plan to continue education in the following term/semester
    • Internship assignment may coincide with last term/trimester, inter must disengage upon graduation;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Ability to analyze and summarize data/research;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • 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;
  • Willlingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Kairos’ mission and values;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred;
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Submit with Application

  • Resume;
  • Recent transcript attesting to their GPA and standing as a full-time student;
  • Unpaid interns must also provide documentation of the participation in a bona-fide college intern program under which their internship either qualifies them to receive course credit OR fulfills a graduation/coursework requirement.

How to Apply

Intersted candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org.  Please state “Advocacy Intern application” in the subject line.  In the cover letter please briefly describe your previous advocacy experience, 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.