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 currently seeking candidates for several full-time, year-round positions starting in mid July 2017. 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.
AmeriCorps VISTA Positions
Volunteer and Development Communications Position:
Summary of Position and Project Goal: KairosPDX is a non-profit organization and public charter school focused on delivering equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Our mission is to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating confident, creative, compassionate leaders. The Communications Specialist VISTA will build the human and resource capacity of KairosPDX to increase educational enrichment opportunities for economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse students. Specifically, the VISTA will create consistency across communication channels (online newsletters, mailings, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and create processes for sharing our information with the public. We currently have a sustainable donor and volunteer support team and have a need to share more updates about our work to ensure they are part of the community. These consistent communication channels will then be used to share the work we are doing with the greater community to cultivate more support and awareness of our organization.
- Create templates and language to be used by staff for all communication.
- Develop communication documents specific to giving campaigns and our annual fundraiser.
- Creating consistency across communication channels.
- Designing processes for sharing our information with internal and external communities.
- Putting our social media outlets to use.
- Deepen understanding of equity and racial injustice through participation in the professional development opportunities offered by KairosPDX.
- Engage in community and Kairos culture to gain an understanding of the population we are serving.
- Project management experience
- Event coordination experience
- Proficient in all Microsoft Office software
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:
- Attend all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required trainings and events
- Complete and submit all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required progress reports, timesheets, and other paperwork
Important Beginning-Of-Service Dates
- VISTA Pre-Service Orientated (hosted by CNCS): August 14th to August 17th 2017
- Campus Compact of Oregon September In-Service Training: September 5th to September 7th 2017
- 18 years and older
- Must have at least an Associates Degree
- Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
- A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
- Able to serve full-time for 365 days
- Ability to pass a criminal history background check
- Site Specific Requirements:
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:
- A living allowance of $11,676 for the term of service, dispersed monthly
- An education award of $5,730 or cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
- Health benefits
- Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment on qualified student loans
- Child care (if eligible)
- Low-cost life insurance (optional)
- Training and professional development opportunities
- Access to an extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums
- Federal jobs non-competitive eligibility for one year after service
Site Specific Benefits:
- Experience working in a culturally-responsive school
- Access to high quality professional developed hosted on site
- Networking opportunities with other non-profits in the community
Educational Assistant Core Responsibilities
- Share 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 classroom teachers while providing supervision of children
- Assist classroom teacher and support team 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, park, nutrition beaks, transitions, lunch duty and community action sessions
- Assist classroom teacher with preparing the environment for the academic and non-academic needs of children
- Assist classroom teacher with individual and/or small group instruction for children
- Assist classroom teacher 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 classroom teachers to communicate with families regarding student behavior, needs and growth
- Assist classroom teachers to develop culturally relevant instructional 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
- Preparing materials and technology needs in support of learning
- Perform other related duties as needed by teaching staff
Educational Assistant Qualifications
- Two (2) years, 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 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 (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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state “Educational 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.