Top Reasons to work at Voyagers’ Community School

Voyagers’ Community School, in Eatontown, New Jersey, the preeminent private and non-profit progressive school in Monmouth County, provides daycare, preschool, and elementary, middle and high school. Our core values among our employees are Integrity, Trust, Excellence, Teamwork, and Lightheartedness. We have a tight-knit team of professional faculty and staff and we want to hire YOU to join us, if you are inspired by Excellence!

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A great group of kids and staff

    • Free or reduced childcare.
    • Health Insurance options.
    • Paid holidays.
    • Digital equipment and services.
    • Teacher appreciation massages, meals and snacks.
    • Coffee and tea on-site.
    • Curious and engaged students.
    • Supportive and involved families.
    • Beautiful, spacious classrooms.
    • Plenty of teacher materials and supplies.
    • Opportunity to be creative and flexible in designing and implementing curriculum.
    • Freedom to capitalize on “teachable moments” rather than adhering to a rigid plan.
    • Real, authentic work that matters for the children, teachers and parents.
    • Team oriented, cooperative, resourceful and friendly co-workers.
    • Recognition for a job well done.
    • A referral program with opportunities for bonuses and celebrations.
    • Mentorship provided to new teachers.
    • Opportunities to make a positive difference in our school and the surrounding community.
    • Endless opportunities for growth.
    • Time to get to know children over years, form relationships with them and watch them grow into adults.
    • Fun, fun, fun!
    • Operating for 14 years, with an average teacher tenure of 8 years; collectively we have over 102 years of teaching experience!

Current Openings

Voyagers' Community School, located in Eatontown, New Jersey, is a progressive, Reggio Inspired, nature and project-based school for children, 3 months to 18 years of age. We are accepting cover letter, resume and a philosophy of education statement for Lead Teachers/Associate Director. Employment will begin on or before December 2017. We will assist with relocation costs if apropos.

Leadership and Management:

      • Establish and oversee the daily operations of the classrooms you are assigned to;
      • Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the program being offered;
      • Lead team meetings with the assistance and guidance of the Pedagogista;
      • Research and maintain current best practices in ECE.

Participate in ongoing tasks for the Infant, Toddler and Preschool programs

      • Compose weekly blog, newsletters and other correspondence;
      • Manage the program calendar;
      • Assist in pursuing And maintaining accreditations;
      • Attend and present at professional development workshops and conferences;
      • Oversee the organization and aesthetic of each classroom environment;
      • Coordinate staff scheduling and approve time records.

Promote the program and increase enrollment

      • Communicate the Vision and Mission of Voyagers’ to staff, parents and community members;
      • Participate in designing promotional campaigns;
      • Plan and Host open house events;
      • Be present in professional and social circles that increase our reach into communities and our contact with parents;
      • Join professional organizations and remain cognizant if new trends and approaches to promoting preschool programs.

Staff Development

      • Observe and coach preschool staff;
      • Coach interns, student teachers, associate teachers and aides;
      • Demonstrate best practices for teaching staff;
      • Establish systems and routines for tracking staff progress and development;
      • Conduct formal evaluations of staff;
      • Plan and organize training for staff;
      • Produce individual child and classroom documentation;
      • Assist in identifying developmental concerns and refer children for further evaluation when needed.

Professional Qualities

      • Collaborative and reflective;
      • Focused on innovation and creative problem solving;
      • Thinker, listener, observer and strong communicator;
      • Adept at building positive relationships with children parents and teachers;
      • Ability to lead, train and inspire;
      • Resilient, flexible and able to organize time and responsibilities.

Qualifications

      • Bachelor degree in ECE required;
      • Masters degree in education preferred;
      • Minimum of 2 years teaching in a progressive, constructivist, Reggio Inspired ECE program;
      • Must meet all state requirements.

*Apply: [email protected]

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After School Activities Manager

Everything we do at Voyagers’ Community School is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. That means a focus on the individual student. Through activities, instruction and support we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and strive to be their very best individually and collectively.

Job Description and Desired Qualifications:

We are seeking a dynamic, energetic, playful, and responsible activity manager to cultivate inquisitive minds among participants in our after-school program during the 2017-2018 academic year and in our summer camp 2018. Amass a team and a menu of offerings that leads to fun, innovative, and quality experiences.

Build children’s confidence through creative clubs and classes, physical activities and free play.

We are interested in hiring a person who demonstrates flexibility, a positive attitude, and professional demeanor.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with children in a school or camp setting, an understanding of the social needs of K-8 students, strong communication and organizational skills, the ability to detect and manage others and the motivation to create the very best after school program in the county.

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

      • Supervise, interact with and engage students
      • Facilitate clubs, classes and recreational activities
      • Communicate program needs to the Founding Director
      • Attend regular staff meetings and professional development

Successful candidates must also demonstrate the following:

      • An understanding and love of children
      • High energy and creativity
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor

Schedule and Hours:

  • This is a part-time position from October 2017 through June 13, 2018. The after-school workday is Monday-Friday 2:30-6:30 p.m.
  • The summer camp work day is 8:00 – 4:30 for 8-10 weeks. Additional hours are necessary during school holidays, in-service days, school vacations and while planning and hiring for summer camp.

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Preschool Assistant (Part-Time)

We are seeking a Toddler/Preschool Assistant and Aftercare Provider for Monday through Friday, part-time, about 20-25 hours per week. You will have the opportunity to work with our youngest children and get to know the older children too. You’ll be part of the preschool team. This position could lead to a full-time opportunity with our awesome preschool.
The ideal candidate meets the following requirements:

      • THE DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of others
      • Minimum of 1 year experience working in a child care center.
      • A professional, positive attitude.
      • Classroom duties include but aren’t limited to: helping children with eating, diapering/toileting, cleaning, keeping a clean and safe room, keeping appropriate logs and making sure everything is in compliance with our school standards.
      • Able to stand for long periods of time, frequent walking, sitting on the floor and playing with children, being able to lift up to a 40 lb child in an emergency situation. You must be able to get up off the floor and stand up quickly. This is a physically ACTIVE role.
      • A loving demeanor with children!
      • Classroom experience and CPR certification.
      • Able to communicate with other staff and parents clearly in both verbal and written form. Ability to speak a second language fluently is a plus.

All candidates must pass a criminal background check.

We hire for ATTITUDE, not necessarily aptitude. We will train you to excel in a child care environment, if you have the passion to do so! So even if you don’t meet all the requirements listed above, still consider applying if you’re a bright, motivated, loving, positive person who wants to be a part of a winning team and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

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Math Teacher, Upper School (Part-Time)

We are seeking a math teacher who can provide instruction and support teachers who are instructing in pre algebra, algebra, statistics and probability, personal finance and calculus. If you love math and enjoy teaching with manipulative and real life examples, we are looking for YOU.

      • The ideal candidate meets the following requirements:
      • A professional, positive attitude.
      • Classroom duties include but are not limited to: supporting teachers, working one to one and in small groups with students, providing direct instruction, creating curriculum, communicate and collaborate with fellow teachers, and documenting children’s learning using a digital portfolio platform
      • A caring and patient demeanor with students!
      • Classroom experience. We will consider certified and noncertified teachers and interns

All candidates must pass a criminal background check.

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Lead Teacher K-2 Classroom

IMMEDIATE OPENING

Seeking an innovative and experienced teacher for grades K-2 mixed classroom, with strengths in Literacy, Global Studies, Science and Humanities to join our teaching team. Interest in Music and Art and Diversity Education is helpful.

Responsibilities Include:

• Developing and delivering an integrated, project-based, elementary core curriculum, including science, math, and diversity education following student interests and passions, in collaboration with colleagues.

• Working with diverse learning styles and a wide range of student needs.

• Using portfolio assessment to evaluate teaching effectiveness and student progress.

• Providing instruction in electives as requested by students (mixed age K-12).

• Serving as a student mentor, leading community service efforts, planning and chaperoning class trips and other duties as assigned.

• Serving as a mentor to Associate Teachers, interns and aides

• Working closely with paraprofessionals to provide effective support to students.

• Attending professional development programs that will occasionally require weekend days and travel.

Required Qualifications:

• B.A. or M.A. in Elementary Education, Liberal Arts or Humanities

• Significant Elementary classroom experience.

• Experience in a progressive education (Reggio, Montessori,etc.) setting that provided opportunities to inspire ideas, create from the ideas of others and face challenges for growth and development among students and teachers, the curriculum, and school culture.

• Success in working collaboratively with colleagues, staff, parents, volunteers, and the surrounding community.

• A commitment to foster an inclusive and diverse learning environment that cultivates an awareness of and sensitivity to differences among people.

• Excellent communication skills, sound judgment, and emotional maturity.

• An affinity for working with elementary school aged children.

• A willingness to learn and improve professionally and collegially.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Graduate work in educational philosophy, administration and/or instructional methods.

• Special Ed background preferred

• A demonstrated commitment to community service.

• Expertise in art, music and/or French/ASL

• A sense of humor

Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience

Job Type: Full-time

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Student Assistance Counselor

The Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) maintains an important and effective place in the school. The SAC is uniquely positioned to provide both individual and school-wide services that directly impact classroom environment and instruction, behavior and collegiality, student health and safety, family support, and community relations.

Direct services include individual student assessment, counseling and referral, and student-specific input and collaboration with other faculty during Intervention and Referral Services, Child Study Team and individualized education meetings. Additional services include individual case conferencing with teachers, parents, guidance consultants, child study team members, administrators and in some cases students.

School-wide services include development and adherence of policies (and facilitation of in-service trainings) on state-mandated topics (substance abuse, suicide, physical/sexual abuse, and sexual harassment policies); services addressing social anxiety and school refusal, self-harm, and bullying; and developing and implementing lessons on social skills and executive function skills for staff and students. The SAC is equipped to develop and implement school crisis response plans in the event of catastrophic emotional events that could impact on multiple students. The SAC acts as a liaison with community agencies as a regular participant in local and county meetings and on-going communication with local law enforcement officials.

The New Jersey Administrative Code (§18A:40) requires policies for suspicion of substance use among students. This policy is predicated on a knowledgeable staff—both in terms of familiarity with common drugs of abuse and their related symptoms, as well as response procedures. The SAC is specifically trained in all mandated subcomponents of these statutes, including staff training on current trends, signs and symptoms of abuse, knowledge of local and community organizations that are available for the prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals who show symptoms of substance abuse, legal guidelines for the implementation of substance abuse policies, and the ability to interview students suspected of abuse in order to assess a student’s current level of drug/alcohol involvement.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Holds valid New Jersey Instructional Certificate and Substance Awareness Coordinator endorsement.
  • Possesses minimum of three years’ experience as a teacher, guidance counselor or school social worker.
  • Has demonstrated successful experience in substance abuse curriculum development, counseling and staff development.
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, outside agencies and community groups.
  • Completes required criminal history check and has proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board of Directors may find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO: Behaviorist and Founding Director

JOB GOAL: To provide leadership and guidance in the support of school faculty, staff and students as it relates to Social Anxiety and school refusal, self-harm and suicide, physical/sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and bullying. Develop substance abuse prevention and intervention activities; social skills and executive function staff and student training; and other educational programs to assure all Safe Place terms are understood and adhered to. Remain in tough with and where appropriate involved in related committees sponsored by local community, county and state agencies and organizations.

 To apply for any position listed above email a letter of interest and resume to
Karen Giuffre’, Founding Director, [email protected].