University Cooperative School

(206) 524-0653

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Employment Opportunities

Open Positions

1-Year Contract Teacher: 1st – 2nd Grade Math/STEM Lead

U Co-op is looking for a teacher to provide an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth. The teacher is responsible for effective classroom management and fosters an environment that is responsive to student needs and in alignment with U Co-op values.

This is a 1-year contract position (maternity leave). The teacher will work collaboratively as a member of a multi-aged pod, and be responsible primarily for math and science instruction in 1st and 2nd grades, as well as 2nd grade “homeroom” and self-contained subjects. U Co-op is a joyful, dynamic, and exciting place to teach and learn. The ideal candidate is hands-on, values curiosity, and is passionate about building relationships with kids and their families. They are committed to creating a more equitable world and a classroom environment that celebrates, welcomes, and embraces diversity. They foster contagious excitement for the subject matter they teach and are committed to preserving the joy of childhood.

Contract Duration: 2021-2022 School Year

Reports to: Education Director

Schedule considerations: You will work primarily onsite at U Co-op and must be occasionally available for in-person (or remote) parent meetings and/or community events (annual auction, Mudfest etc.) after hours and on weekends. Events are always scheduled ahead of time.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developmentally appropriate/engaging math and science instruction for 1st and 2nd grade students- including the implementation of self-curated curriculum and resources
  • 2nd grade homeroom and content area instruction and support
  • Facilitation of a multi-aged environment
  • Identification, selection, and modification of instructional resources to meet the needs of the students with varying backgrounds, academic needs, and learning styles
  • Maintaining effective and efficient record-keeping procedures, including progress records of each child’s growth and development, attendance records, etc.
  • Providing an encouraging environment in which students are motivated to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  • Collaborating with peers to enhance the instructional environment, promote teamwork and create a positive school atmosphere. This includes meeting weekly and participating fully in staff meetings.

    WA State teaching certification
    Experience teaching elementary-aged children (preferably in a progressive setting)
    Ability to deeply connect and relate well with children.
    Experience with elementary math and science instruction
    Ability and desire to create/implement a curricular scope and sequence
    Strong knowledge of child development
    Respectful and positive approach to child behavior, conflict resolution, and problem-solving
    Flexibility, sense of humor, excellent communication skills
    Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a team
    Ability and desire to have regular parent volunteers in the classroom
    Strong References
    Enthusiasm for working with children
    Engaging and inspiring teaching style
    Passion for social justice and commitment to inclusivity

    Strongly Desired:
    Experience with parent education
    Experience working with a collaborative teaching team
    Background in the creative arts
    CPR/First Aid Certified

    Salary: SPS salary schedule equivalent + full benefits

    Interested teachers should send their resume, letter of interest, and three letters of reference to Philosophies of education, teaching artifacts, and work samples also welcome. The position will remain open until filled.

About University Cooperative School

University Cooperative School is a family-oriented PreK-5 school with a progressive, child centered, hands on, multi-age approach to learning. Social development, academics, the creative arts, and outdoor and service learning are key components of our program. University Cooperative School features small class size, a team of passionate, dedicated teachers, and a committed group of parents. Since 1975, University Cooperative School has been nurturing the whole child. We believe fully that “childhood is a journey not a race.”

The University Cooperative School community prioritizes equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in meaningful ways for our students and their families. University Cooperative School is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is actively seeking to diversity its workplace.