Job Openings at WCNS

Classroom Teacher

What Makes WCNS Special

  • Independent, small, play-based school with a long history and strong ties to the community. 
  • Creative, curious kids who love learning with their friends and teachers. 
  • Collaborative, close-knit learning community. Parents and teachers all work closely to support the school and the curriculum. 
  • Flexible schedule that follows the Watertown Public Schools calendar. 
  • School day hours (8-4). The position runs the length of the school year (36 weeks) and a 6-week summer program. Teachers have the whole month of August off.
  • This position includes all school vacations and Holidays as paid days off. 
  • Opportunities to shape the school’s future. We value diverse opinions and are looking to grow and try new approaches.

 

School Overview:

 

Watertown Cooperative Nursery School (WCNS) is a non-profit, non-sectarian preschool for 2.9 to 5 year olds that has served Watertown and neighboring communities for over 68 years. The school is dedicated to making families an integral part of their children’s preschool experience and providing a safe, nurturing, and inclusive mixed-age environment that balances self-directed learning with whole group experiences. As a cooperative school, families take turns assisting teachers in the classroom and assume positions on the Board of Directors. This approach allows families and teachers to work together and support each other. The result is a diverse and cohesive community in which everyone’s perspectives and feelings are known and valued.

 

Position Description: 

 

The classroom teacher will support a play-based, mixed-age class of approximately 20 students.  The role includes developing and supporting daily learning activities; indoor and outdoor play; and lunch/extended day programs. WCNS teachers are expected to model cooperation; foster independence; invite creativity and curiosity; and support children’s development. 

 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Support and help coordinate a dynamic curriculum that fosters children’s curiosity and independence through play-based learning 
  • Work with caregivers and fellow teachers to support WCNS’s cooperative culture and values of deep caregiver involvement
  • Ensure safety and stability in the classroom environment 

 

Characteristics 

 

The ideal candidate will have the energy and enthusiasm to support students and their caregivers through this important developmental phase in the children’s lives. Ideal candidate will demonstrate: 

  • Curiosity and creativity in collaborating on and implementing a dynamic curriculum 
  • Patience, attentiveness and enthusiasm in creating a secure and positive classroom climate
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills 
  • Flexibility and adaptiveness to respond to the evolving needs of the school and its students and families. 
  • Care and community-building to foster a diverse, just, and equitable working and learning environment.

Schedule/Calendar

The position is 5 days per week from 8:15am-4:00pm (M-Th) and 8:15am-3:00pm (F). WCNS follows the Watertown public school calendar. Holidays and school vacations are paid. 

 

Qualifications and Experience: 

 

Required:

  • Classroom experience
  • EEC Teacher certification (Preferred but not required, must be able to obtain within 9 months)
  • Valid Massachusetts Criminal History Records Check
  • COVID vaccination required

 

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field

 

Terms & Benefits: 

 

  • Pay range is $22-24/hr based on qualifications and experience. 
  • Reports to the Director.

 

To Apply: 

 

Please send a resume and one page cover letter to copresidents@watertowncoop.org The position is open until a suitable candidate is found.

 

WCNS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.