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Available Positions for the 2021-22 School Year

To apply for a position, submit letter of interest and resume to erin@cedarrivermontessori.org.

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  • Outdoor Educator, Early Childhood and Lower Elementary

    Job Description: Cedar River Montessori School, on the outskirts of Seattle, WA, seeks an experienced Outdoor Educator to create and implement lessons for our early childhood and lower elementary students (ages 3-9). The right candidate will:
    • Be an energetic, positive, patient, and joyful educator seeking to make an impact on our youngest generation of global citizens
    • Have a love of the great outdoors along with experience planning and implementing dynamic lessons and experiences in the outdoors
    • Bring a background of diverse experiences and perspectives to foster connections with our students, families, and staff
    Position Overview:
    Cedar River Montessori is looking for an educator who would enjoy taking a lead role in building onto a newly created program and is excited about incorporating environmental education, hands-on science, and social and environmental justice in the outdoor classroom. The Outdoor Educator designs and implements an outdoor curriculum for small groups of children ages 3-6 and 6-9 on our 12 acre campus. This full-time, 12-month position will design a program to be provided to young children in 2-3 hour blocks, throughout the school week. This educator will work in collaboration with current outdoor staff, including part-time gardening and ecology specialist and full-time animal behavioral specialist, and as an extension of our foundational Montessori classrooms. The Outdoor Educator must be willing to spend time outdoors, in all weather, with their students. Start date as soon as possible and no later than August 16 for planning and preparations for the school year.

    About us:
    Located on 12 acres of forested wetland and pasture, Cedar River Montessori is an American Montessori Society accredited, independent, non-profit school for students ages 3 through 14 in Renton, WA. Cedar River Montessori students follow their natural interests as they explore their world, discovering the interconnectedness of personal responsibility, environmental stewardship, and social equity. Students learn how to work independently and collaboratively, experiencing a transformative education as they grow into the next generation of engaged, global thinkers who compassionately challenge the status quo. Founded in 1981, we strive to be a diverse and inclusive community. Cedar River Montessori values the rich cultures, traditions, and ethnicities our families come from, and we are looking for diverse applicants who represent these backgrounds.

    This job is for you if you:
    Are inspired by our mission
    Love young children and supporting their development
    Have a deep personal connection to nature and can be outdoors in all seasons
    Thrive in leadership roles
    Have a commitment to high quality care and learning
    Delight in all aspects of program design and development
    Are a highly relational and effective communicator
    Are able to multi-task and manage a variety of program details
    Have a positive attitude and are able to roll with a dynamic and creative organization
    Care about equity, diversity, and social and environmental justice
    Enjoy working in a progressive, relational, collaborative, and nature-loving team of dedicated and talented individuals

    Principal Responsibilities:
    Develop and implement seasonal, place-based, emergent curriculum that promotes early childhood development and deep nature connection
    Create and maintain a healthy, safe, and positive environment for children utilizing nature as the organizing principal for learning
    Support social-emotional learning and solution-finding opportunities using the Positive Discipline framework
    Communicate with teachers and parents about the child’s development and daily experiences, including monthly newsletter articles and conference reports twice per year
    Develop and facilitate family events and parent education programs as needed
    Collaborate with parents, children, and staff to foster a sense of community and belonging
    Observe and document children’s progress in the areas of their social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive skills
    Ensure the indoor and outdoor learning environments are in good condition to support safe, engaging, rich in experience, and positive child development

    Education and/or experience in outdoor education for preschoolers, with deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem, natural history, and the Indigenous experience
    Experience working with young children and families in a group setting
    Minimum of Lead Teacher qualifications through Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families, including bachelor’s degree
    Experience or knowledge of Montessori approach, or willing to take introductory coursework
    Positive Discipline training and Anti-Racist/Anti-Bias training, or willing to take
    CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens certified or be willing to obtain

    Desired Skills and Abilities:
    Experienced teacher in a preschool or early elementary setting
    Strong communication skills with parents, staff, and children
    Good knowledge and desire to independently learn about nature, science, and Pacific Northwest ecology
    Strong decision-making skills to respond to risk management, emergencies, or difficult situations
    Ability and desire to create excellent place-based, child-centered, emergent curriculum
    Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally
    Proficient with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) 

    Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes:
    Leader, team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, organized, flexible, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated.  Passionate about Cedar River Montessori’s mission and environmentally conscious.

    Benefits and Compensation:
    Excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits. Matching retirement, paid professional development, paid time off and vacation. This is a full-time, 12-month position.

    To apply, please submit resume with cover letter to Erin Karnofski, Head of School, at erin@cedarrivermontessori.org.
  • Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

    Are you an enthusiastic and responsible collaborator who loves working with lower elementary students (grades 1-3)? Do you find passion in guiding students to be their best selves socially, emotionally, and academically? Cedar River Montessori is excited to announce an opening for an assistant teacher in Lower Elementary for the 2021-2022 academic year. Our school community values the rich cultures, traditions, and ethnicities our families come from, and we are looking for diverse applicants who represent these backgrounds.
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  • Substitute Teachers

    We are always looking for great additions to our teacher and assistant substitute list. If you are interested, please send a cover letter outlining your Montessori experience, a resume, two references, and the DCYF Employment Application form to info@cedarrivermontessori.org.

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of Cedar River Montessori School that no person shall be subject to discrimination because of race; color; age; religion or creed; national origin, immigration status, citizenship or ancestry; sex, including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; sexual orientation; gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, or sexual stereotypes; genetic information, including family medical history; disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; marital status; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; or any other characteristics or activities protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all school programs, practices, policies and activities including client services and employment practices.