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Careers at KairosPDX

KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, 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. We do this through an organizational approach that includes our Learning Academy, Community Relations, Government Affairs, and Training Academy.

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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 launched our flagship program, our Learning Academy, a public charter school sponsored by Portland Public Schools, located on N. Gantenbein Avenue in Portland in 2014. Our educational model is a mix between direct instruction and inquiry-based. Our curriculum approach is a culturally-responsive, workshop model that infuses mindfulness, restorative practice, studio art, STEM, music and fitness in our teaching.

KairosPDX launched our Training Academy in 2021. KairosPDX Training Academy is focused on training current leaders across multiple sectors on how to lead in an equity movement that is grounded in transformational change and rooted in a framework of belonging and the neuroscience of love. We provide training and professional development around rehumanization practices and protocols for administrators, educators, early childhood professionals, organizations, and businesses the tools to do the work in equity that KairosPDX puts into practice daily.

Current Positions Open for Application

(see position description by clicking on each title below)

Email careers@kairospdx.org if interested or have any questions.

Interested in Subbing at KairosPDX for positions such as Teacher, Educational Assistant, office Assistant and Nutrition Assistant! 
Please sign up with ESS https://ess.com and email careers@kairospdx.org as soon as you complete the application paperwork with ESS. Clerical Front Office & Early Learning Teacher, 3-5 Teacher Long term sub to hire.

School Administrator Core Responsibilities: 

  • Creating a positive environment by enforcing discipline to maintain safety as well as staff morale; 
  • Overseeing the logistics and schedule of the school day runs smoothly and supports instructional excellence; 
  • Work with a team of colleagues and families to provide a nurturing and positive climate that encourages student responsibility and intrinsic motivation;
  • Coordination of all day to day administrative processes related to students staff and school wide events;  
  • Overseeing the implementation of school budget and ordering of materials; 
  • Overseeing school compliance and processes including TSPC, PPS and ODE; 
  • Overseeing record keeping of student data and records; 
  • Overseeing school safety emergency and procedures ensuring onsite building safety; 
  • Overseeing the implementation of Learning Academy community partnerships programs such as, OMSI, Community Action Sessions & SUN; 
  • Managing family concerns and communication with care, clarity and consistency; 
  • Supervise instructors including overseeing training, evaluation and protocols related to the effective execution of KairosPDX approved curriculum and continuous improvement practices;
  • Supervise Student Support Coordinator overseeing training and protocols related to the effective management and execution of the behavior support team and  behavior approaches;
  • Support the culture and climate of KairosPDX through: 
    • Contribute to a relational learning environment designed to build skill, confidence and a positive cultural and academic identity; 
    • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques; 
    • Ensure that student and staff expectations are clear and visible for all 
    • Collaboratively work with student, school team and families to address unexpected behaviors in line with KairosPDX policies; 
  • Support the high expectations for student behavior at KairosPDX through: 
    • Collaborating with school leadership to implement mission consistent systems, strategies and language for cultivating behavior support/change;  
    • Overseeing coordination of academic and behavioral data collection and analysis;
    • Overseeing KairosPDX staff collaboration with PPS school Psychologist to create consistency within the Student Intervention Team (SIT) processes and systems; 
    • Overseeing KairosPPDX staff collaboration with the PPS Special Education team on specific instruction and strategies for children on Individualized Education Plans and 504 plans; 
    • Collaborate with Counseling and support staff regarding specific student needs and current social-emotional planning; 
    • Overseeing the use of data to assess student progress, formulate instructional practices and to differentiate instruction; focus on narrowing disparities between the highest and lowest performing students in order to meet the academic needs of individual students; 
    • Participate in the development and evaluation of educational programs and curriculum;
    • Coach, support, supervise, and evaluate teachers and other staff as assigned by the Education Director; 
  • Provide direct student support as need:
  • Supervise students during recess and other non-instructional times
  • Substitute in classroom teacher
  • Administer attendance and student medication 
  • Coordinate, facilitate and/or support the proctoring of formal school wide assessments including Kindergarten readiness, NWEA and SBAC 
  • Utilize PPS’ Synergy system and oversee the maintenance of attendance and discipline records/ reports; 
  • Overseeing daily building staffing schedule to ensure students safety and seamless classroom instruction;
  • Assisting with the hiring, recruitment, training and onboarding of new instructional staff;
  • Lead staff meetings and training sessions as needed;
  • Overseeing the planning and supervising of field trips (both local trips and overnight) and school bus usage

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration
  • Participate in professional development (meeting, training and/or workshops) to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall
  • Participate in the school wide communication of instruction goals and perspectives with  families
  • Attend several KairosPDX staff and family events
    • Work hours may include evening and weekend activities
  •  Building opening and closing as needed; 
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Masters required
  • Valid administrative license issued by TSPC (or ability to obtain by start date
  • Administration experience preferred 
  • A minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience and experience in a teacher/educator leadership position is required
  • One year of relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural  backgrounds 

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • 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; 
  • Work hours may include on- and off-campus evening and weekend activities and meetings and district, school and student functions; 
  • 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; 
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices; 
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR/First Aid Certificate required (cost paid by  applicant); 
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen; 
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families; 
  • Experience working with diverse populations, specifically people of color; and 
  • Passion for KairosPDX’s mission. 

Salary and Benefits 

  • Salary: Dependent on qualifications, ranging from $124,000- $158,000
  • 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 sign up with ESS https://ess.com and email careers@kairospdx.org as soon as you complete the application paperwork with ESS. Please state “Interim School Administrator Application” in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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

Core Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with a team of colleague to further the mission of the school;
  • Teach and manage a classroom with children;
  • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques;
  • 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; 
  • Assess for progress in the academic, social, emotional and cultural domains of student development;
  • Align curriculum, instructional strategies, and student assessment to the Common Core; 
  • Co-plan instruction with grade team towards maximizing learning for all students in the grade
  • Document and maintain educational records for each child in the classroom; 
  • Utilize data to inform instruction; 
  • Responsible for planning for and orchestrating academic, social, emotional and cultural identity growth outcomes;
  • Work with a team of colleagues and families to provide a nurturing and positive climate that encourages student responsibility and intrinsic motivation; 
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observation, reflection and collaboration;
  • Communicate regularly with families concerning the school’s program and their child’s progress (including quarterly family conferences, and annual home culture visit); 
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall;
  • Attend several KairosPDX staff and family events;
  • Participate in supervising students during recess and other non-class times and
  • Assist in planning and supervising field trips (both local trips and overnights).

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Attend several KairosPDX staff and family events
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations
  • Participation in professional development; and
  • Perform other related duties as needed and assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s, preferred
  • Valid TSPC license for the grade level(s) taught
  • Documentation of “Highly Qualified Teacher Status” under the No Child Left Behind Act
    • At least one or two years of experience teaching in an elementary classroom; three to five years of 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 11, 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

Knowledge & Skills:

  • High tolerance for ambiguity, changing work priorities and deadlines, and a willingness to take on responsibilities and to prioritize work on multiple projects;
  • Highly detail-focused and results-oriented;
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituencies including families, parents, staff and students;
  • Team-player attitude and strong customer-service orientation;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a classroom
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR/First Aid Certificate required (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
    • Ability to adhere to Governors Vaccination Requirements for Teachers and School Staff, note this applies to all KairosPDX non-Instructional staff.
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families;
  • Experience working with diverse populations, specifically people of color; and
  • Passion for KairosPDX’s mission.

Salary and Benefits:

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

Apply Here!

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

Position Responsibilities:

  • To create a classroom Social Environment where learning can thrive.
  • To design a classroom Physical Environment that welcomes all children, respects them and sustains learning.
  • To create a Collaborative Community of Learners.
  • To strengthen Habits of Mind that provide the building blocks of all learning.
  • To introduce and practice Curriculum Structures that strengthen Habits of Mind through an inquiry approach to teaching and learning.
  • To embed Early Academic Awareness within curriculum structures, protocols and routines.
  • To Document the Learning Process of the group and individual children.

Additional Responsibilities:

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Plan, facilitate and reflect on age-appropriate learning experiences designed to nurture children’s social-emotional, cognitive, cultural and creative intelligences.
  • Facilitate inquiry-based learning experiences grounded in an understanding of the developmental stages and needs of children ages 3-5
  • Create a social environment that supports children to nurture and challenge their sense of self and community
  • Establish and maintain authentic and respectful relationships with children, families and colleagues
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Health & Safety

  • Maintain healthy and safe conditions for children, families and colleagues
  • Follow all rules and regulations for certified child care centers
  • Follow all policies and protocols of KairosPDX

Communication & Partnership

  • Communicate with families about students’ experiences, challenges, and progress
  • Engage as a member of a teaching team which practices and values collaboration, listening for understanding, and respectful communication
  • Maintain professional commitment to the mission of KairosPDX and its approaches to teaching and learning
  • Attend several KairosPDX staff and family events
  • Participate in professional development to facilitate the growth of each student, staff member and the organization overall
  • Participate in continuous improvement practices including observations, reflections and collaborations 
  • Participate in all staff, department and team meetings and seminars

Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change with or without notice.

Required Qualifications:

    • At least two full years of teaching experience in a licensed/certified, constructivist preschool required
    • Documentation of attaining at least Step 8 in Oregon registry
    • Enrollment in Oregon’s Criminal Background Registry through the Office of Child Care (cost paid by applicant).
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills 
    • Agility to work across multiple, simultaneous projects and meet deadlines with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledgeable of the practices of the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Values families as essential partners in children’s learning.
  • Finds joy in working alongside children and other adults.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • High tolerance for ambiguity, changing work priorities and deadlines, and a willingness to take on responsibilities and to prioritize work on multiple projects;
  • Highly detail-focused and results-oriented;
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituencies including families, parents, staff and students;
  • Team-player attitude and strong community and service orientation;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and implementation skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word;
  • Demonstrated initiative, leadership, and tenacity; 
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture;
  • Commitment to culturally relevant practices;
  • Commitment to professional reflection and ongoing collaboration;
  • Current Food Handlers Card and CPR/First Aid Certificate required (cost paid by applicant);
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
    • Ability to adhere to Governors Vaccination Requirements for Teachers and School Staff, note this applies to all KairosPDX non-Instructional staff.
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families;
  • Experience working with diverse populations, specifically people of color; and
  • Passion for KairosPDX’s mission.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $43,853- $73,797
  • Benefits include: Up to three weeks of building closure breaks, paid sick/personal leave days, paid holidays, employer contribution for health insurance, professional development opportunities.

Apply Here!

Interested candidates please submit a cover letter and resume via email to: careers@kairospdx.org. Please state “Teacher-Early learning 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 application or employee on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and/or gender identification.

Bus Driver Core Responsibilities 

  • Share responsibility with a team of colleagues and parents to honor the mission and values of the school;
  • Safely operates school bus for the purpose of transporting students over scheduled routes to and from school
  • Operates District school bus in accordance with procedures and in compliance with all State of Oregon traffic laws and regulations regarding the operation of a school bus
  • Appropriately and safely operates all devices associated with operating and inspecting a school bus, including but not limited to: electronic inspection devices; first aid kits; bodily fluid kits; fire extinguishers; emergency triangles; tire irons; car seats; safety vests; wheelchairs and wheelchair securements; wheelchair lifts; oxygen tanks; backpacks; securement straps; seat belts; and two-way radios.
  • Support, manage and discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using clear routines and expectations as well as school approved behavior support techniques;
  • Regulates heating and ventilating equipment provided on bus for the comfort of passengers.
  • Instructs, supervises, and assists students and other passengers in safely crossing roadways and the safe entry and exiting of the bus during regular and emergency situations. Twice each year instructs students and other riders on safe bus riding and bus evacuations as required by law.
  • Performs designated pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the assigned school bus in accordance with District procedures and laws of the State of Oregon. Undertakes inclement weather procedures as necessary, including chaining the bus when necessary.
  • Cleans interiors and windshields of school buses for the purpose of ensuring safety, appearance and sanitation of the vehicle in accordance with District procedures.
  • Prepares all required reports, forms or other documents and maintains accurate records.
  • Maintains confidentiality, with specific understanding of the privacy rights of students.
  • Effectively communicates with students and parents to create an orderly and safe experience for student riders.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with other members of the transportation staff, school personnel, students, and parents. Effectively works and communicates with students, parents, and staff from diverse cultures or backgrounds including those who speak limited or no English.
  • Complies with all procedures outlined in the Code of Professional Conduct and Annual Notices for Education Practitioners, Teachers, Support Staff, Administrators, Substitutes Handbook; and the Employees Handbook; and all other District Policies and Procedures.

Bus Driver Required Qualifications

  • Must be able to operate all student transportation vehicles.
  • Must have successfully completed a Bus Driver Trainee program.
  • Must possess a satisfactory driving record and an understanding of safe driving practices.
  • Must read, speak, and write the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public.
  • Must understand highway signs and signals in the English language.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to chain a bus.
  • Must maintain a sound driving record.
  • Must remain drug-free and will be subject to drug testing at various times: pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident and return to work.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Bus Driver Qualifications

  • At least one or two years relevant experience working with children from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience working with children ages 5 to 11, preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage student behavior
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and a driving record that meets the standards in place by the District.
  • At the point of hire, must be able to pass the Physical Capacity/Agility Test and must pass a
  • DOT physical examination and drug test. Must attain and maintain a DOT Physical Card.
  • At the point of hire, must be able to attain and maintain an Oregon Commercial Drivers’
  • License and Oregon School Bus Driver Certification.
  • Must possess and maintain a First Aid/CPR Card.
  • Must pass a Criminal Background Check.
  • Must pass a Drug Screening Test.
  • Must obtain all other necessary certifications and licenses necessary to operate a school bus in the state of Oregon including complying with new regulations that may be enacted subsequent to the first day of employment.
  • Must possess a reaction time of 3/4 of a second or less from the throttle to the brake control.
  • On a continuous basis, hearing must be not less than 7/15 in at least one (1) ear.
  • On a continuous basis, vision must be with near acuity and far acuity of no less than 20/40 in each eye either with or without corrective lenses binocular acuity of at least 20/40 (Snellen) in each eye with or without corrective lenses a field of vision of not less than a total of 140 degrees depth perception and color vision to distinguish red, green and yellow colors.

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.

Working Conditions

  • This position works outside in all kinds of weather, and often in the dark.  Much of this positions work time consists of seated time in the driver’s seat of a school bus.  This position will routinely ascend and descend stairs, use leg and hand motions associated with the driving of a bus.
  • This position will have potential exposure including, but not limited to, chemical, diesel, grease and oil fumes; fuel, grease and oil; blood-borne pathogens; heavy traffic patterns; cold and hot temperatures; and inclement and severe weather.

Apply Here!

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

School Nurse Core Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the health service programs of KairosPDX
  • Provide basic healthcare to students in case of injury or acute illness
  • Treat students and staff as needed
  • Develop care plans for students with ongoing conditions, chronic illnesses and disabilities
  • Consult with educators, school administrators, special education and other school staff regarding student care
  • Administer medication
  • Participate in student IEP, 504 and Safety Planning & monitoring as needed
  • Keep track of students’ vaccination records
  • Educate students, staff and families on health procedures, healthy habits, such as proper nutrition and hygiene
  • Support students who have disabilities
  • Perform hearing, vision and other health screenings
  • Detect health problems in early stages through regular screenings
  • Update students’ medical history
  • Ensure school environment is safe for children and school staff (e.g. prevention of communicable diseases)
  • Write referrals for pediatricians and other health specialists
  • Ensure compliance with national and local health laws
  • Participate in professional development facilitating growth of each student, staff member and the organization
  • Current Food Handlers Card
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

School Nurse Qualifications

  • Proper TSPC licensure to develop and deliver a comprehensive school health services, including current School Nurse Certification issued in the State of Oregon
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in public health nursing, community health nursing, school health nursing or pediatric nursing preferred
  • Knowledge of many areas of health including mental health
  • Knowledge of school laws and policies
  • Ability to work independently or with others
  • Ability to communicate well with others both written and orally
  • Ability to assess situations and act quickly
  • BLS/CPR certification
  • Knowledge of state health regulations
  • Ability to multitask
  • Use a computer and various software applications.
  • Willingness to learn about and adapt to KairosPDX culture
  • Must be organized, accurate, thorough, and able to monitor work for quality
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Must be able to keep discretion and confidentiality
  • Share KairosPDX’s stance that excellent public education is a civil right of all children and families
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen

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.

Apply Here!

KairosPDX is an equal opportunity employer. KairosPDX will not discriminate against any job application 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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