The Children's Museum of Tacoma is a cornerstone of early education in the South Puget Sound region. The Museum's fun, inviting staff work diligently to provide responsive, progressive, and inclusive programs that allow children to test their independence and gain self-confidence through the arts, sciences, and creative play and present adults and parents with the tools to understand and support the young children in their lives.
Children's Museum of Tacoma is currently Hiring
- Substitute Teacher for Preschool Powered by Play and The Muse: A Children's Center
More information about this opportunity is below. Please note application instructions, requirements and deadlines when applying.
Substitute teachers at The Muse: A Children's Center
Substitute teachers support educators of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma in the care and education of children both in the context of enrichment preschool classes and The Muse, a licensed childcare center. Their interactions are kindhearted, fair, and at times firm. They collaborate with Muse and Children’s Museum colleagues to establish supportive working relationships. They are adept at listening to children, families, and colleagues with consideration and empathy. Substitute teachers are flexible thinkers and creative problem solvers. They show respect for diverse parenting styles and cultural differences. They care for children in a nurturing and supportive manner. They trust and are trustworthy. Substitute teachers believe in the capability and competency of children. They are themselves capable and competent.
Substitute teachers are employees of the museum who work on an as-needed or limited-term basis for museum educators when an employee is absent. Substitute teachers who qualify and are hired will be included in a pool of individuals who will be called to fill vacant educator positions on an intermittent basis. Notification for the need for a substitute will occur as far in advance as possible but may occur by 6 a.m. on the day the substitute is needed.
Status: Hourly, part-time employment that is available only on an intermittent basis, does not accrue paid time off or medical benefits
Rate of pay: $12-13 per hour based on experience, overtime eligible
Supervised by: The Muse Director, Lisa Hoover & Learning Experiences Director, Alyssa Tongue
Hours & Days: Monday – Friday between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours will vary based on assignment. At minimum days will be 5 hours, maximum days will be 8 hours.
- Familiar with children’s developmental stages 12 months – 5 years of age
- Assist with emergent curriculum and project-based learning approaches to early learning
- Assist with creation of indoor and outdoor open-ended learning experiences
- Assist with documentation of children’s learning experiences by way of text, photographs, and video
- Assist in writing and implementing lesson plans and a daily schedule inclusive of children with special needs
- Assist with organization of indoor and outdoor spaces to maintain a beautiful and clean environment
- Help promote children’s language and literacy development
- Support children’s independence and self-help skills
- Support children’s ability to take physical, social, and emotional risks.
- Support implementation of guidance methods that respect each child’s individuality
- Assist with implementation of observation and assessment tools
- Comply with DEL licensing regulations particularly; child/teacher ratios; child supervision; health, safety, and emergency procedures; diapering and toilet training practices; and nap time, meal and snack practices
- Follow best teaching practices as stated by DEL, NAEYC, and NAREA
- Comply with required MERIT trainings to maintain good standing
- Help maintain accurate record-keeping systems
- Help complete record-keeping and other tasks in a timely manner
- Ability to assume Lead Teacher job duties if asked when LT is unavailable
- Other responsibilities requested by Director such as the care and maintenance of center
- 30 quarter hours or 20 semester hours of college coursework in Early Child Education, OR
- Minimum of 6 months experience working in an early childhood program, special education, or similar
- Completed Department of Early Learning MERIT portable criminal background check
- Written proof of TB testing
- Effective verbal and written English skills
- Strong ability to work independently and as a team member
- Ability to work with persons of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Very good interpersonal communication skills
- Very good customer service with families and community members
- Required to work indoors and outdoors in varying weather
- Able to take walking field trips
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds
- Able to physically interact with children at their level
- AA in ECE, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Human Development, Teaching through the Arts, or other related ECE field, or CDA
- Experience working with children experiencing special needs
- Bi-lingual Spanish candidates
- Knowledge of Pierce County community resources for families and children
Conditions of Employment:
- Completion of HIV/AIDS training upon employment
- Completion of Blood Borne Pathogens training within 3 months of hire
- Valid Food Handlers Permit upon employment
- Valid First Aid and CPR Card upon employment
- Valid Washington State Driver’s license
How To Apply:
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts if applicable the Museum's Recruitment Team at email@example.com.
In your cover letter please include the following:
- Experience working in a childcare setting
- Reason for wanting to work at for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s Muse and Preschool programs
- Describe how you work with colleagues, young children and their families