Job Description

Job Number:2017-2855

Preschool Instructor-PreK Play
ERAC-Instruction & Innovation

FTE: 0.000
Hours Per Day: 3.00
Position Type: Non-Continuing

Start Time:
End Time:

Salary: $21.32 - $23.31

Closing Date: 12/13/2017 - To be considered for this position, please submit a completed
online application and upload required documents on or before this date.

Additional Information: 1-2 positions available with our Pre-K and Learn Program
Hours will vary between placement and facilitator availability. 8-15 hours per
week, Monday-Thursday- No Fridays


GROUP: Teamsters III - Specialist LEVEL: 19

: Non-exempt

: 180 HOLIDAYS: 11 to 12 dependent on school start date

SUMMARY: The Preschool Instructor works with pre-school children in the district’s PreK Play and Learn program.

Responsibilities include preparing program materials, integrating daily activities with curriculum, monitoring

children safety and well-being, and working with parents/caregivers to extend learning at home.

CONTEXT AND MISSION: Highline Public Schools serves approximately 19,000 students in the communities of

Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park and White Center Heights in Washington State.

Starting in the fall of 2012, the Highline community came together to develop a four-year strategic plan outlining

the community’s bold goals and big dreams for its children. The plan’s promise is that every student in Highline

Public Schools is known by name, strength, and need, and graduates prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

The collective commitment embodied in the plan is grounded in the community’s deep belief that Highline

students are capable of reaching the plan’s ambitious goals and is driven by students’ aspirations for their future.

The instructional vision articulated in the plan is organized around Four Pillars that guide professional and

organizational practices:

- Equitable access to rigorous, standards-based instruction. High-quality instruction for all students.

- Results-focused professional learning and collaboration. Investing in our people so they continuously fine-
tune their craft and grow in their profession.

- Strong partnerships with families and community. Schools can’t do it alone. We are better when students,
families, community and educators work hand-in-hand.

- A culturally responsive organization. Our diversity is a strength and an asset. We are committed to equity,
excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not

exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also

be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the

essential functions.

- Develops and implements classroom activities and curriculum in accordance with program standards and

Kindergarten Readiness guidelines.

- Designs, implements and evaluates lesson plans on a weekly basis.

- Organizes and coordinates classroom activities and programs, including field trips

- Assists with development of instructional leadership skills and abilities of teacher assistants and volunteers

through supervision and training

- Assists with the development, implementation and communication of district and site policies and

procedures related to the PreK Play and Learn Program

- Maintains close contact with families and caregivers

- Maintains working knowledge and skills in the area of early childhood education

- Actively participates in professional development opportunities offered through HPS and other agencies as



- Evaluates the needs of individual children using a variety of means such as screening tools, checklists,

enrollment information, observations, parent interviews etc.

- Develops and implements programs based on individual children’s needs and developmental level.

Participates in regular staffing meeting and individual parent/child meeting and ensures students are making


- Maintains organized, accurate written records on individual children’s progress as required to assist students

with the successful transition to a regular kindergarten class room

- Performs other related duties as assigned

Associate Degree in the field of early childhood education or child development with a minimum of 30 quarter
units or equivalent semester hours in the field of early childhood education or child development
Two (2) years of related work experience with adults/teen-parents and young preschool children

Bilingual in Spanish/English or Somali/English or Vietnamese/English
Bachelor degree in the field of early childhood education
Valid Washington State Elementary Education Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Early Childhood

Education (Pre-K-Grade 3) or Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education


Criminal background clearance

Post hire, Pre-Employment Physical Assessment

Washington State Driver’s License

Early childhood education systems and programs
Early childhood development
Effective behavior management techniques
School board policies and procedures

Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Operate a variety of modern office equipment including microcomputers and related software
Maintain effective working relationships with individuals and groups in a multicultural and diverse community
Work collaboratively with school and central office administrators, parents, and community members
Demonstrate understanding of and experience with cultural competence
Remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations
Organize activities, set priorities, and select actions plans
Attend to detail and follow tasks through to completion
Work effectively and safely with children
Make quick and effective decisions
Work independently
Maintain accurate records
Maintain confidentiality
Screen and treat minor illnesses and injuries
Deal with children in a warm and confident manner
Comply with school board policies and follow administrative procedures



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by

an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will constantly bend neck and back, use hands for

repetitive grasping and pushing/pulling. The employee is frequently required to stand/walk, squat, kneel, use

hands for fine manipulation, and push/pull. The employee will occasionally be required to sit, climb

stairs/ladder, lift and reach overhead, crawl, knee stand, and lift/carry. The employee must constantly lift/carry

up to 10 pounds and must frequently lift /carry up to 20 pounds. The employee will occasionally lift/carry a

maximum of 50 lbs. The employee is occasionally required to push/pull a maximum weight of 10 pounds.

Anything over the weight limits should be done as a two-person lift or with a mechanical lift.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an

employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be

made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions for long periods of

time and regularly works near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and

occasionally loud. Exposed to infectious diseases carried by children. The employee must deal with angry and

upset students, parents, and community members. The employee must adjust to frequent interruptions in their

work schedule.


Revised the "Preferred Qualifications" as outlined by the Director of Early Learning, 2014.11.14
Updated the "Ability To" section to include standard statements discuss with union business rep, 2014.05.12
Revised to use for Preschool Instructor in the new PreK Play and Learn Program, 2014.02.20
Transferred to newest format by Human Resources, 2014.02.13
Updated by Human Resources, 2012/08
Updated by Human Resources, 07/2010
Created by Human Resources, June 2, 2010

Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not

intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

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