Office Assistant

POSITION TITLE: Office Assistant
REPORTS TO: Executive Director

Office Assistant
Palouse Prairie Charter School is looking for a dynamic, highly qualified, highly motivated candidate to support staff, families and students as the Office Assistant 30 hours a week.  The Office Assistant is responsible for providing support to the Business Manager, Director and Administrative Assistant/ISEE Specialist, actively engage in faculty meetings, and ensure clear communication amongst all PPCS Stakeholders.  Specific areas in which the Office Assistant will be responsible for include: front desk customer service, lunch program lead, homeless/migrant education liaison, inventory and acquisitions, other duties may be assigned by the Director.   The Office Assistant is to maintain a high level of professionalism when engaging with staff and family community, this includes professional dress and communication. The job also demands a professional that wants to learn in grow in their practice. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeneille Branen at jbranen@palouseprairieschool.org.

Responsibilities:
Front Office/Customer Service:

  • Maintain professional point of contact in language and dress as school’s first contact
  • Receive all calls/messages and forward communication to personnel in a timely manner
  • Provide families needed paperwork (enrollment, lunch, etc)
  • Receive and document payments and donations
  • Conduct basic First Aid for students sent to the office with minor injuries
  • Track student attendance and lunches in student database
  • Manage trip coordination with families and staff (driving permissions, payment,, etc.)
  • Oversee advertising, registration and tracking of Art Camps
  • Prepare deposits for Business Manager review
  • Update emergency contact information in student files as needed
  • Maintain a clean and organized front desk, work space and public office space 
  • Update and follow the operational database, prioritize tasks and track completion
  • Collaborate effectively with Director, Office Staff and Teachers

Communication:

  • Welcome all families and students as they enter the school
  • Maintain a professional and friendly tone of voice when communicating with families on the phone
  • Maintaining confidentiality and calm and professional language in sensitive situations
  • Facilitate effective communication between staff and families

Lunch Program:

  • Manage the school’s Federal Child Nutrition Program; meet all State and Federal deadlines 
  • Ensure CNP training records are complete and up to date (Civil Rights, Safety)
  • Communicate daily lunch count to food vendor
  • Ensure daily pick-up and serving of lunches (getting subs as needed)
  • Oversee lunch serving staff to ensure all regulations are followed
  • Conduct monthly meetings with lunch serving staff and send report to the Executive Director
  • File required monthly paperwork for lunch program claims 

School Safety:

  • Send in daily bus rider count
  • Track student attendance, following up with families as needed
  • Find subs for crossing guards
  • Schedule fire drills and send out reminders to staff on the Monday of the scheduled week
  • Maintain role and responsibilities of Homeless/Migrant Liaison

Inventory and Acquisitions:

  • Inventory office, custodian and classroom first aid supplies, request purchases as needed
  • Conduct instructional and operational purchasing  
  • Receive and verify purchases and deliver to requestor
  • Pick up PO box mail 2-3 times a week and distribute

Why Work at Palouse Prairie Charter School?

Palouse Prairie Charter School is an EL Education school.  The school is a positive professional culture were trust is built so the professionals working at the school can take risks, show vulnerability and under the vision of supporting all students emotionally, academically and socially.  The work environment supports a growth-oriented and impact-focused professional collaboration.  Palouse Prairie Charter School is wonderful community built by strong relationships between families, students, staff and stakeholders.  Leadership fosters an environment where all staff members feel safe, valued, and productive in a culture that respectfully challenges them to do more than they think is possible. 

PPCS prefers candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 3 years experience as an office assistant

Compensation
Depends on Experience. It can range from $12-$15/hour.
Full Benefits


Physical Education Teacher

POSITION TITLE: Physical Education Teacher (part time .75-1.0 FTE)
REPORTS TO: Executive Director

Physical Education Teacher

Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS) is looking for a highly qualified, highly motivated candidate to teach physical education to grades K-5 and lead Adventure. Teacher candidates will instruct school-age students on healthy living, exercise and physical fitness including an element of social-emotional wellness in all lessons; potentially lead students in outdoor adventure and investigations of the natural world; teach with an emphasis on cooperation rather than competition; organize and supervise students during class activities; instruct students on proper exercise routines and technique and use norms to ensure emotional safety and to promote courage and risk-taking in intellectual and physical adventure.

Must have experience creating engaging lesson plans; knowledge of P.E. curricula; extensive knowledge of physical fitness, sports and exercise; planning classroom activities to motivate students; coaching students individually or as a group; communicating with parents and other teachers about a student’s progress. In addition, teacher candidates will co-lead or lead an outdoor adventure program with the support that incorporate team-building, courage, and risk-taking activities in the natural world.

This job demands a professional that believes that all young adolescents can succeed and who is dedicated to growing their practice in a professional learning community. All teachers at PPCS must work to support, engage, and hold all kids accountable through the implementation of the EL Education model of education (https://eleducation.org/).

Why Teach at Palouse Prairie Charter School?

EL Education schools were founded on the ideals of Outward Bound and organize their curriculum around rigorous, multidisciplinary learning units called expeditions. The PPCS faculty enjoy a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in all aspects of the school program, including team-teaching; caring for students; developing curriculum and standards; leading students in service on and off campus; experiential methods of learning in environments outside the classroom; participating in shared decision-making; and engaging in professional development.

What Makes a Good PPCS Teacher?
Each Palouse Prairie teacher has a profound respect for the life of the child and believes that all young people are capable of great intellectual achievement and profound compassion. Palouse Prairie teachers are familiar with research on the teaching of reading, writing, math, and science, and they are comfortable with collaborative curriculum planning, working with students from various learning backgrounds, team-teaching, and working together with parents to help students achieve academic and personal success. In addition, the Palouse Prairie faculty is creative, innovative, and caring. The school community actively encourages teachers to remain intellectually engaged in their individual content areas as well as creatively inspires faculty to take on new intellectual and social challenges while continuing to hone their practice as teachers.

PPCS prefers candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Current K-8 Idaho Teaching Certificate with a focus on Health Enhancement and Physical Education
  • Appreciation for the life and mind of the child
  • Sense of humor and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and spontaneity
  • Teaching experience at the appropriate grade levels consistent with PPCS’s constructivist, project-based educational philosophy
  • Understanding of how to pinpoint each student’s strengths and weaknesses and then apply differential instructional practices to meet the diverse learning needs of each student
  • Ability to manage student behavior in a caring, compassionate, effective manner and in
  • Strong desire to teach in a demanding, cutting-edge program in which all aspects of school life are open for discussion, reflection, and continuous improvement
  • Collaborative approach to working with a diverse population of children and adults
  • Deep and abiding sense of inquiry

Position open until filled.

Compensation: Depends on Experience
Employee benefits include; medical, dental, and optional vision insurance coverage as well as payment into the state employees’ retirement plan (PERSI).

Extensive on-site professional development delivered by EL Education school designers, and opportunities for off-site professional development opportunities at EL Education Institutes, Site Seminars, and Conferences (PPCS pays for courses, airfare, lodging, substitute teacher, and daily per diem)

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeneille Branen (jbranen@palouseprairieschool.org).


K-8 School Counselor

Job Description:

Provide emotional and academic counseling and guidance, individual and group, for students, and consultations, coordination, and information services for students, staff, and parents consistent with district benchmarks for comprehensive guidance and counseling.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to use effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to listen and react professionally.
  • Ability to give and take directions.
  • Ability to remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to set priorities.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parent, and community.
  • Ability to deal with staff and others in a warm and confident manner.
  • Ability to accept responsibility and make decisions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, minimum.
  • Demonstrated communication skills: written with proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech; speaking with poise, voice control and confidence, using correct English.
  • Demonstrates high energy and professionalism.
  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.
  • Read a variety of materials with understanding.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Three years counseling experience in public schools.

LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Idaho Pupil Personnel Services Certificate endorsed for Counselor K-12.
  • Must be able to pass all applicable background checks.

ENVIRONMENT:
Office environment: constant interruptions.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
Requires frequent standing, walking, and sitting. Be able to work efficiently while experiencing frequent interruptions and schedule changes. Required to deal with a wide range of situations, behaviors and information.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides individual and group educational and social-personal counseling for all students.
  • Provide students with mental health guidance.
  • Implement social and emotional curriculum in classrooms
  • Ability to handle high pressure situations.
  • Communicate effectively with district staff.
  • Provides for developmental classroom-guidance activities.
  • Consults with parents regarding parenting concerns and problems that are related to students’ school adjustment and performance.
  • Works with teachers and principal to create a positive learning environment throughout the school.
  • Identifies and refers children in need of specialized services and instruction.
  • Helps with orientation of students involved in grade level changes, transfer, and entry within and outside the district.
  • Ability to relate in a positive way to the full range of students staff, parents, and community.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other staff, administrator, and support personnel in a team approach to solve individual learning problems.
  • Ability to apply group problem solving and team development skills while working with a variety of groups.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Why Teach at Palouse Prairie Charter School?
EL Education schools were founded on the ideals of Outward Bound and organize their curriculum around rigorous, multidisciplinary learning units called expeditions. The PPCS faculty enjoy a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in all aspects of the school program, including team-teaching; caring for students; developing curriculum and standards; leading students in service on and off campus; experiential methods of learning in environments outside the classroom; participating in shared decision-making; and engaging in professional development.

What Makes a Good PPCS Teacher?
Each Palouse Prairie teacher has a profound respect for the life of the child and believes that all young people are capable of great intellectual achievement and profound compassion. Palouse Prairie teachers are familiar with research on the teaching of reading, writing, math, and science, and they are comfortable with collaborative curriculum planning, working with students from various learning backgrounds, team-teaching, and working together with parents to help students achieve academic and personal success. In addition, the Palouse Prairie faculty is creative, innovative, and caring. The school community actively encourages teachers to remain intellectually engaged in their individual content areas as well as creatively inspires faculty to take on new intellectual and social challenges while continuing to hone their practice as teachers.

PPCS prefers candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Current K-8 Idaho Teaching Certificate with a focus on counseling
  • Appreciation for the life and mind of the child
  • Sense of humor and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and spontaneity
  • Teaching experience at the appropriate grade levels consistent with PPCS’s constructivist, project-based educational philosophy
  • Understanding of how to pinpoint each student’s strengths and weaknesses and then apply differential instructional practices to meet the diverse learning needs of each student
  • Ability to manage student behavior in a caring, compassionate, effective manner
  • Strong desire to teach in a demanding, cutting-edge program in which all aspects of school life are open for discussion, reflection, and continuous improvement
  • Collaborative approach to working with a diverse population of children and adults
  • Deep and abiding sense of inquiry

Position open until filled.

Compensation: Depends on Experience
Employee benefits include; medical, dental, and optional vision insurance coverage as well as payment into the state employees’ retirement plan (PERSI).

Extensive on-site professional development delivered by EL Education school designers, and opportunities for off-site professional development opportunities at EL Education Institutes, Site Seminars, and Conferences (PPCS pays for courses, airfare, lodging, substitute teacher, and daily per diem)

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeneille Branen (jbranen@palouseprairieschool.org).

PALOUSE PRAIRIE IS SEEKING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Eligibility Criteria.
1. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
2. Have successfully completed an Idaho State Department of Education background check & fingerprinting, at employee’s expense (PPCS will provide State Department of Education fingerprinting forms)
3. Prior experience in schools is preferred
4. Preference is given to substitute teachers who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree

Selection Criteria.
Experience in an educational setting and/or training in an educational program

General Duties & Responsibilities.
1. Assume the responsibilities for instructing classes when a teacher is absent
2. Assumes responsibility for overseeing pupil behavior in class and during lunch and other regular activities.
3. Consult with the director before initiating any teaching or other procedures not specified in the lesson plan

Compensation. $95 per day

Availability. As Needed 
Substitute Application Packet

None at this time