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 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.

Primary  Teacher

Teacher Core Responsibilities

  • Teach and manage a primary (K-4) grade classroom with approximately 20 children
    • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques
  • Work with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school
    • Help create and participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the school overall
  • Interpret, plan and work toward the goals of the learning community
    • Plan and prepare the environment for the academic and non-academic needs of each child in his/her classroom
    • Assess for progress, document and maintain an educational portfolio for each child in his/her classroom
    • Align curriculum, instructional strategies, and student assessment to the Common Core
    • Maintain accurate and timely student records and utilize data to inform instruction
  • Communicate regularly with families concerning the school’s program and their child’s progress
    • Responsible for planning for and orchestrating academic, social, emotional and cultural growth outcomes
    • Responsible for quarterly family conferences and annual home visit
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations

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
  • Training and/or experience with at least one special population such as special needs children, Talented and Gifted children, and/or English Language Learners, preferred
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 nine 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 “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 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.

Educational Assistant 

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: careers@kairospdx.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.