University Cooperative School

(206) 524-0653

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Employment Opportunities

Open Positions


Full Time Teacher: 1st – 2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Role Description:
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 full-time salaried position in the K-2 Pod. The teacher will work collaboratively as a member of a multi-aged pod, and be responsible primarily for instruction in 1st and 2nd grades, including all 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: 2022-2023 School Year with the intent to continue on for subsequent years
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/guardian meetings and/or community events (annual auction, Mudfest etc.) after hours and on weekends. Additionally, there are short class trips usually in the fall and spring. Events are always scheduled ahead of time.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developmentally appropriate/engaging instruction for 1st and 2nd grade students- including the implementation of self-curated curriculum and resources
  • 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.
    Modeling professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parent/guardians, peers, and community. Including communicating positively, courteously and respectfully both orally and in writing, with will all community members on a regular basis.
  • Ensuring that student growth and achievement is continuous and appropriate for age group.
  • Participating in goal setting and assuming responsibility for meeting their personal goals, team goals and student goals.
  • Demonstrates gains in student performances. Also provides narrative reports of student progress. Works with parents to promote understanding of their child’s growth and development. Conducts regular formal and informal parent/teacher conferences on each child’s progress.
  • Welcoming and encouraging parent participation. Effectively trains, supervises and utilizes parent/guardian classroom volunteers. Attends parent/guardian meetings.
  • Supervises all activities to ensure safety at all times.
  • Participates in professional development opportunities.
  • Meets professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules and other people’s time, coordinating with peers.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Education Director. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established as part of the annual performance planning process or as the result of organizational planning.

WA State teaching certification
Experience teaching elementary aged children (preferably in a progressive setting)
Ability to deeply connect and relate well with children
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/guardian 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/guardian 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, are also welcome. The position will remain open until filled.

Assistant Teacher

University Cooperative School is seeking Assistant Teachers to join our collaborative teaching team for the 2022-23 school year. This is a full-time position.

Position Summary
The Assistant Teacher supports teachers and children in the classroom, outdoors, and in specialist classes. The Assistant Teacher position is unique and dynamic in that every day is different. You may support the educational, emotional, and social success of a single student, or be assigned to assist a particular subject or grade depending on your skill-set and interest. Our educational approach is emergent and dynamic, and successful candidates should appreciate this approach and have the flexibility to enjoy variety in our curriculum. Flexibility will be a must. We are looking for candidates who are committed to creating a more equitable world and a classroom environment that celebrates, welcomes, and embraces diversity. The Assistant Teacher may work in after-school programs as well, depending on hours and availability.

• Professional experience in early childhood education (grade K-5 preferred)
• Ability to relate well with young children
• Ability to create a fun and safe environment
• Ability to communicate well with children, teachers, and parent/guardians
• Passion for working with children
• Responsible, reliable, caring, patient, and conscientious.
•Flexible, sense of humor, creative, enthusiastic, and energetic
• Loving and respectful approach to issues of conflict and problem solving
• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and skilled at taking initiative.
• Bachelor’s degree preferred

Salary: Competitive

Interested teachers should send their resume, letter of interest, and three letters of reference to Philosophies of education, teaching artifacts, and work samples, are 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 diversify its workplace.