Charles Wright Academy (CWA), located on a beautiful, wooded 107-acre campus, serves students in preschool through 12th grade. The only coeducational independent preschool-12 school in Tacoma, Washington, CWA provides challenging, college preparatory academics that prepare students to thrive in college and in life. Equally important is a wide array of experiential education, artistic, athletic, and service opportunities that promote students’ social-emotional development and provide avenues by which they discover and pursue their passions. Close, respectful, and trusting relationships between faculty and students result in an environment in which all community members embrace both the hard work and the joy inherent in the journey of intellectual and personal growth.
The Lower School (LS) serves 208 students with an emphasis on the whole child’s growth and development. There is a magic to the Lower School that is evident as you observe the joy of students and teachers in action. Attracting a diverse and representative student body is a priority at the school. For the 2020-2021 school year, 42% of lower school students identify as people of color. Families are attracted to the Lower School for its breadth of opportunities for students to discover passions, focus on the individual child through active, hands-on learning, expert teaching, and a warm, inclusive community. Lower School teachers are dynamic, experienced, and passionate about their work with children. Charles Wright’s Lower School draws students from a geographically broad area spanning four counties in the South Puget Sound area.
The early childhood program includes preschool, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten. The 12- month preschool and the junior kindergarten are licensed under the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
Charles Wright Mission Statement: To inspire active, joyful learning while nurturing and challenging our students to develop the character, creativity, and skills to successfully navigate the future with confidence.
This position is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, academic leadership appointment for the 2021-21 academic year. The LS Assistant Director/ECE Director reports to and works in tandem with the LS Director to advance and execute on a mission-congruent vision for students in Preschool-Grade 5. The LS Assistant Director/ECE Director will collaborate to provide direction and guidance for teachers and staff as well as parents in an environment that allows young children to thrive.
Priorities for the LS Assistant Director/ECE Director:
Early Childhood Education Pedagogy, Licensing, Oversight:
Serve as the pedagogical leader for Early Childhood Education promoting observation to inform curriculum design in an emergent, project-based curriculum model
Acquire and maintain MERIT child care director qualifications as required by WA State DCYF, including - but not limited to - ECE units or degree, current CPR/First Aid, STARS 10-hour annual training
Maintain appropriate program licensing through DCYF
Maintain required records, develop health and safety procedures, and monitor adherence to all DCYF regulations and guidance
Create a continuous and consistent experience for students in preschool (12-month program), junior kindergarten, and kindergarten (academic year programs)
Teach periodic parent education classes for internal and external audiences, develop an annual early childhood speaker series
Collaborate with the LS Director and Director of Enrollment Management to develop assessment protocols and observations days for all ECE applicants and families
Make enrollment recommendations to admissions
Provide classroom coverage and support as needed
Provide primary administrative presence and oversight for the ECE summer program serving preschool and junior kindergarten students
Student and Family Support, Administrative Support, Special Events:
Coordinate closely with the Lower School learning specialist, school counselor, academic leadership team, and Lower School Director to support students and families
Coordinate and manage special events, manage daily duty schedules, and assist with a range of administrative tasks
Oversee the recruitment, training, and retention of a robust substitute teacher pool.
Assist with divisional communication
Regularly observe teachers and participate actively in annual goal setting and evaluation processes PS-5
Extended Day Program Development, Oversight, Management:
Oversee all after school programming including trimesterly enrichment classes, youth athletics, and extended day program
Supervise and support Lower School Extended Day lead and develop procedures to monitor and oversee extended day program serving 50+ students daily
Develop trimesterly after school enrichment program including class curation, internal advertisement, registration, daily attendance, and health and safety procedures; recruit and manage outside providers for enrichment classes
In collaboration with the athletic director oversee running club, youth basketball, and other youth sport opportunities
Employment is contingent on the successful completion of a national background screening and fingerprinting process.
Charles Wright Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D.
The School seeks an experienced early childhood teacher and thinker, ideally with administrative experience, who is an advocate for early childhood learning and wants to collaborate with faculty and administrators to effectively incorporate contemporary research and best practices. A Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education is preferred. Candidates should have a clear vision of their role as a leader and a strong understanding of what it means to support teachers in their growth as well as an interest in ongoing learning and professional development. In addition, the ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, an interest in engaging in the school community, and the ability to work closely with parents and young children. Candidates can articulate the value of experiential learning and its role in building a student's intellect, character and wellness. Candidates should demonstrate cultural competency in and out of the classroom and understand culturally responsive teaching practices. Candidates should be able to work flexibly with various educational technologies and a familiarity with Google G-Suite for education and Mac hardware/systems is preferred. The ideal candidate should be interested in representing the Lower School in the greater South Sound community and beyond.
Additional Salary Information: The salary range is dependent upon length and breadth of experience. Charles Wright offers a generous benefits package to employees and their families designed to provide choice, flexibility, and value. In addition to health (medical, dental, vision), life and disability insurance, and a flexible spending account, we offer participation in the Academy’s 403(b) retirement plan, including a generous employer contribution once you meet eligibility, paid time off, tuition remission for immediate dependents, and professional development.