University Cooperative School

(206) 524-0653

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Employment Opportunities

PreK Lead Teacher

University Cooperative School in Seattle seeks an engaging, dynamic and fun teacher for its ½ day PreK program starting in August 2020. This position is .8FTE (32 hours/week) and includes benefits.

About U Co-op

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, 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.”

About the Position

Until now, U Co-op has been a K-5 school. We will be expanding this year to include a ½ day (4 hour) PreK (4-5y/o) program and are searching for the right teacher to join us on this adventure. This teacher will work closely with an assistant, other staff members, and regular parent volunteers (as part of our cooperative model of education). We are looking for someone with initiative who is ready to bring their ideas and experience to the process of starting a new program. The right candidate is energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about teaching young children. They are well-versed in the value of play and interested in advocating for the journey of childhood. They are also dedicated, reliable, and responsible.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience + full benefits

This teacher will be responsible for:

  • Creating a warm, inviting, and magical classroom in a brand-new space
  • Crafting developmentally appropriate curriculum with a strong emphasis on play-based learning, the arts, and the natural world
  • Regular communication with families and community members
  • Attending and participating in staff and parents meetings as an integrated member of our community
  • The safety and wellbeing of children in indoor and outdoor settings


Degree/Training in Education or relevant field
Experience teaching preschool aged children (preferably in a progressive setting)
Ability to deeply connect and relate well with children.
Experience with leadership
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

Strongly Desired

Teaching Certification/Completion of Teacher Training/CDA Credential
Experience working with a collaborative teaching team
Background in drama or the creative arts
CPR/First Aid Certified

How to Apply

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.

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