As part of the dynamic learning community of The School at Columbia University, the incumbent will engage and interact with K–8 students during designated enrichment hours, teach in the After School Program, and participate in staff meetings that address best practices and support professional growth. This position will be supervised by the Assistant Director and follows The School at Columbia University calendar; employees are expected to work on all school days.
Direct and oversee daily school recess and enrichment activities, both indoor and outdoor year round. Exhibit and practice attentiveness to social and emotional skill development specific to age groups within grades K–8. Plan activities that are developmentally appropriate, provide close supervision, and maintain safe environment for children. Enforce school rules and behavioral expectations.
Provide programmatic support by assisting Lead Teachers of diverse classes of the After School Program. Be prepared and willing to act as Substitute Teacher during personnel absences. Maintain classroom order and monitor materials.
Establish and maintain professional communication with school staff. Examples include, but are not limited to, participation in staff meetings; timely communication with Supervisor, Division Heads, Nurses, and Social Emotional Team; attendance at professional development meetings that address best practices and support professional growth.
Participate in summer cubs.
Perform other duties as assigned.
2 years of experience working with children in an educational environment with direct service responsibilities preferred (school, camp, after school program, etc.)
Ability to manage multiple developmental levels of age groups and create child-centered play/learning experience
Strong verbal and written communication skills; writing sample will be requested
Full-time availability and flexibility; some weekend/evening child care work may be required
BA degree strongly preferred
Familiarity with Google Apps preferred
CPR certification and first aid training strongly preferred
The School at Columbia University works with a dynamic and diverse community, drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. We dedicate ourselves to fostering in our students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. Our pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives, which challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. We tailor our instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors.
Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 985-12115
About Columbia University, The School
The School at Columbia University is an independent K-8 school founded in 2003 with the goal of providing an excellent education to a diverse student body. Our intentional school culture embraces shared beliefs across disciplines and grades, which underlie important values expressed through everyday behaviors and visible symbols throughout our community:
Collaboration: Encouraging creative problem-solving in dynamic groups where outcomes are not always predictable, but ultimately greater than any individual perspective could envision.
Community: Promoting inclusivity, facilitating open communication, and providing clear expectations to all members of the community to ensure a healthy, productive environment, inside and outside the school.
Diversity: Reveling in an environment of myriad learning experiences that address important aspects of diversity, including identity development, anti-bias skills, and the idea that difference is better.
Innovation: Taking thoughtful risks grounded in current research, putting new technologies to work in classrooms, and always seeking new approaches to learning to provide a meaningful 21st-century education to all students.