Location: SEATTLE, Washington
Type: Part Time
- A curious and creative mentor excited to bridge intellect, heart, and imagination during summer day camp programming?
- A compassionate and collaborative educator and role model for students?
- An enthusiastic community member eager to collaborate and build relationships?
- A mentor that loves empowering students through integrity, compassion, and responsibility?
Yes? Then read on!
Ideal candidates possess a background in working with pre-Kindergarten and elementary children, previous experience working with diverse learners and share the belief that diversity brings perspectives and authentic experiences central to preparing responsible and active global citizens.
We seek someone who enjoys partnering with staff, and is passionate and committed to meeting the needs of students in an afterschool setting. The ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to advancing our belief that the challenges of our world require culturally competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are empowered to inquire, investigate, innovate, and impact their communities. We also seek candidates committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the belief that a learning environment that is inclusive and more diverse will promote a deeper understanding of varying points of view, and will fuel innovation, creativity, and progressive change.
Who we are:
An independent K-5 school, The Meridian School is located in a grand, century-old building nestled in verdant 6.5-acre Meridian Park in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The school cultivates a balance of mind and heart to nurture caring and confident learners prepared to thrive in and contribute to their local and global communities. Education at Meridian is much more than lessons in the classroom or problem-solving on Smart Boards. It’s about life. Meridian is a place where the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning. By integrating curriculum, citizenship, and community, the school provides the foundation for well-rounded students.
At the core of Meridian’s philosophy is the relationship between teachers and students. Small classes ensure that students thrive; children feel known, and safe both intellectually and emotionally. The intimate learning environment affords rich opportunities for cooperative and interactive experiences – we believe that student participation and personal choice lead to a powerful investment in and passion for learning. The curriculum promotes integration across subjects, connected to thinking, and real-world application. The school’s inclusive community supports all learners and encourages active listing to different viewpoints and opinions. Learning how to solve problems and make good choices are a priority, as is respect for oneself, others, and the environment.
Meridian prompts diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum, connecting awareness to actions, and celebrating the contribution of the individual community. We believe that the challenges in our world require culturally-competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who are prepared to be responsible and active global citizens; that diversity brings perspectives and authentic experiences central to an education that balances the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of children; and, that a school community and learning environment that is inclusive and diverse will promote a deeper understanding of varying points of view, and will fuel innovation, creativity, and progressive change.
About Meridian's Summer Quest Program:
Our program is designed to offer opportunities for youth to create, learn, play, explore, have fun, and make new friends. These memorable seven weeks are full of summer adventure, fun, and learning. Summer Quest Day Camp groups (ages 4.5-12) will engage in activities that are appropriate and enjoyable for the group members’ age and developmental level. Campers participate in arts and crafts projects, sports, games, drama, community projects and events, multicultural events, and more.
Both within a team environment and under minimal supervision, PM staff creates a safe and engaging space for campers in the Summer Quest program. Summer Quest PM Staff use their unique expertise and experiences to connect with campers through positive social interaction, age-appropriate projects, crafts, and play.
How to Apply:
If this sounds like you, please click here, complete our online employment application, and upload your resume and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and in The Meridian School.
Don't meet every single requirement? At Meridian we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. If you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.
Employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All individuals who are offered a position will be required to provide a valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to starting employment. Exemptions for documented medical conditions or seriously held religious beliefs may be requested.
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
The Meridian School is an equal-opportunity employer. This means we do not discriminate in employment decisions or policies in violation of law on the basis of any legally protected status, including race, color, national origin, citizenship status, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age (over 40), marital status, physical or mental disability, use of a trained service animal, gender identity, sexual orientation, political ideology, HIV status, and veteran status. Our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, reduction in force, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. We comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment. This policy applies to admissions and administration of all of its programs, as well as to all areas of employment.
Visit our website at www.meridianschool.edu.
- Oversees the health and safety of Meridian Summer Quest campers during operational hours
- Engages with campers in games, crafts, and sports
- Monitors campers’ behavior and redirect negative behavior
- Supports the Summer Quest Director and other areas as assigned
- Communicates to parents and Summer Quest staff important student information through phone, email, and in-person conversation
- Coordinates with parents and Summer Quest staff concerning special medical needs for students
- Provides injury and illness treatment and reporting
- Is familiar with and complies with all sign-in/sign-out policies
- Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
- Actively participates in the full life of the school
- Vigorously engages in professional development; demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning by enhancing their skills, and embracing innovative technologies and creative thinking
- Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
- Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities
- Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education and Experience:
- High school diploma or GED required, bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university preferred
- 1+ years of experience working with school-aged children and their families, including management of child health and safety preferred
- A valid drivers license
- Current certification in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and First Aid
- Experience working in an independent school preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Warm and friendly demeanor
- Detail-oriented and organized
- Calm under pressure or difficult situations
- Comfortable asking questions and seeking help
- Ability to think critically and learn new systems
- Ability to work both individually and in groups
- Disciplined and reliable
- Comfortable dealing with bodily fluids, including blood and vomit
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal with both children and adults
- Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
- Ability to keep information in the strictest of confidence
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
- Ability to stand for up to 4 hours per day
- Ability to talk on the phone
- Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds
- Ability to stand, go up and down stairs frequently, crouch
- Ability to work outside in all types of weather
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About The Meridian School
Founded in 1976, The Meridian School is an independent, co-ed elementary school (K-5), located in the historic Good Shepherd Center in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. The Meridian School is a place where the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning. By integrating curriculum, citizenship, and community, we provide the foundation for well-rounded students.
Committed to developing global citizens in an equitable and inclusive culture, Meridian promotes diversity of thought and identity and actively seeks dedicated and engaged culturally competent faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
The Meridian School promotes a balance of mind and heart, of contemplation and action, of individuality and a commitment to the community.
The Meridian School is an equal opportunity employer seeking a culturally diverse workplace and does not discriminate against age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race/color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, veteran or marital status, disability, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.