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Preschool Teacher

Location:

The Discovery School at Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

Start Date: November 15, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

POSITION SUMMARY
The Discovery School (TDS) at Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) seeks a Preschool Teacher. As a member of a teaching team, the Preschool Teacher will provide daily care and supervision of children enrolled in the Discovery School program, collaborate with their teaching team, and work directly with families and the school leadership.

Ideal candidates will have deep commitment to and passion for learning along with a growth mindset, some experience co-creating an inquiry-based curriculum and documenting learning, knowledge of child development, love and respect for young children and their capabilities, and interest in serving in an entrepreneurial and evolving school community.

The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool. Our program is the only museum-based preschool in California, and we draw upon the BADM’s 30 years of child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning, as well as best practices in creativity development from BADM’s research. We are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio and an incredibly engaged parent community. BADM also provides an unmatched location, on 7.5 acres of National Park land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and with immediate access to the beach, coastal habitat, historic batteries and hiking trails.

This is a full-time position working a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00am to 4:30pm. This non-exempt position pays up to a rate of $25.00 per hour, less applicable withholdings. The teaching calendar runs from mid-August to early June. Preschool Assistant Teachers may be eligible for separate employment opportunities that may exist with BADM’s camp staff while TDS is not in session.

Effective September 1, 2021, all BADM positions require proof of COVID vaccination.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Works alongside children in the classroom daily, planning and preparing activities, curriculum development, and documentation of learning.

Ensures the safety and wellbeing of all children enrolled in the program at all times.

Works collaboratively to collect, display, and disseminate documentation of children’s learning. This includes careful observational notes and intentional photos and videos.

Actively builds relationships with individual parents to support their child’s development and learning and to meaningfully engage all families in the school and museum communities.

Meets with families formally twice a year for a Family-Teacher Dialogue to share the growth and development of their child, which includes goal setting for children’s individual development. This includes creating a portfolio and a written document.

Ensures proper maintenance, cleanliness, and preparation of classroom and supplies daily.

Provides assistance to the researchers that work with The Discovery School students.

Communicates and works collaboratively with all other museum departments.

Additional duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Licensing Requirements

LiveScan and criminal record clearance through DOJ Child Abuse Index as well as proof of absence of tuberculosis (TB) are required before starting employment.

Minimum of 12 completed ECE units required, 12+ preferred.

Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR and AED for adult, infant and child.

Additional Requirements

AA considered, BA or BS preferred. Degree in education, early childhood education, child development or relevant field strongly preferred. Minimum 2 years of experience in a preschool setting required.

Experience in Reggio Emilia-inspired curricular development and environment design is strongly preferred.

Knowledge of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and inquiry-based learning.

Must be willing to follow and enforce CDC guidelines and the institution’s health and safety procedures. Due to the current pandemic climate, candidates with experience in, or an understanding of, trauma-sensitive practices are strongly preferred.

Professional commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion; thoughtful and open about the role of a workplace and cultural institution in creating sense of welcome and belonging for students, staff, and visitors.

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast pace work environment a must

Strong organizational and time management skills

Ability to use computer equipment required (Microsoft Word, Excel, Zoom, and Google Docs)

Must work well with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures

Flexible, good-humored, team player with a strong work ethic

Ability to move from place to place, work outdoors, bend and lift and carry up to 35 pounds short distances

Salary & Benefits

Application Procedures

TO APPLY
Qualified candidates should apply online here: https://bit.ly/2PKeCSu

Program Description

ABOUT US
Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

At the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM), we believe that providing children with the high-quality early learning experiences they need to be successful is the best investment we can make as a society.

The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool. Our program is the only museum-based preschool in California, and we draw upon the BADM’s 30 years of child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning, as well as best practices in creativity development from BADM’s research. We are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio and an incredibly engaged parent community. BADM also provides an unmatched location, on 7.5 acres of National Park land at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and with immediate access to the beach, coastal habitat, historic batteries and hiking trails.

Whether at the Museum, online, or in the community, BADM provides experiences that spark children’s natural curiosity for the world around them, while building their creative problem-solving skills and STEM content knowledge. Both on-site and off-site, BADM facilitates research-backed learning experiences that are fun and engaging for children and families. At our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this includes hands-on exhibits, rich STEM and art programming, an on-site preschool, and camps and classes. Off-site, our museum educators bring hands-on STEM programming to students and families at schools and libraries in all nine Bay Area counties.

We believe that these research-backed on-site and off-site experiences should be made available to all children and families and offer a variety of access initiatives toward this goal. We are currently at a reduced attendance capacity, following strict COVID-19 protocols, and working our way back up to our pre-pandemic numbers:

350,000 visitors each year, including nearly 100,000 with free or reduced admission
10,000 member families
26,000 children through our school and community programs
587 schools and 215 libraries through all nine Bay Area counties

BADM is committed to being welcoming and inclusive. We are continuously working toward the goal of reflecting the diversity of the Bay Area both within our organization and with those we serve.

WHAT WE OFFER
The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative, and fun environment. Employees enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at other museums, regular all-staff celebrations, professional development trainings, and more. All staff members are valued for their contributions toward creating a high-quality experience for visitors, and their work allows us to achieve our mission.

BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off.

In addition, we offer the opportunity for each employee to make a unique impact on more than 350,000 museum visitors each year on-site, online, and many more in the community through BADM’s research-backed school and community programs.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses, credentials, or vaccinations pertinent to the position.

Contact Info

Michelle Barreras, Head of School
mbarreras@badm.org

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