Employment Opportunities – We are hiring!
Hilltop Children’s Center and Hilltop Educator Institute are internationally recognized as a school for early childhood education (ECE) and as a professional development and training organization for educators and administrators. Hilltop has been providing and promoting child-centered early education for young children for 50 years. Drawing inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and from Anti-Bias Curriculum, Hilltop’s faculty engages daily in rigorous reflective practice – collaboratively designing our environment and curriculum around the emerging interests and curiosities of children. Through the Institute, we strengthen our teaching practice alongside our colleagues and partners in the field.
Hilltop is, first and foremost, a center of inquiry – for children, families, faculty, and colleagues in the early childhood field. Our educators are early learning professionals dedicated to celebrating the wonders of childhood alongside children, while also deepening their practice with children through regular reflection and study.
We are closely guided by our vision: Hilltop honors and trusts children, engages families, and inspires educators to create a more just and joyful world; by our mission: Hilltop is transforming early childhood education through play, collaboration, and reflection: in our classrooms with children, partnerships with families, and professional development with educators; and by our values of Learning in Relationship, Emergent Curriculum, Leadership in Community, and Organizational Integrity.
Hilltop is an equal opportunity employer, pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and valuing what diversity brings to the workplace. Applicants of color, men, LGBTQ+ and candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.
Our Core Values
- Learning in Relationship – We believe in reciprocal influence
- Emergent Curriculum – We believe learning should be self-led and is constructed through experiences, inquiry, and reflection
- Leadership in Community – We believe that collective contributions lead to bold action
- Organizational Integrity – We believe that root tending creates stability and intentional growth
Support Educator(s) (FT)
We are seeking full-time (40 hours/week) Support Educators who are passionate, creative, intentional, and reflective in their work with children. These positions will support teaching teams in different classrooms in implementing emergent curriculum through observation, documentation, and in dynamically designing the classroom environment. We seek teachers who are eager to grow their practice as researchers, learners, and facilitators in collaboration with children, their families, and colleagues. Potential job growth and advancement opportunities may be available in the future.
Mentor Educator(s) – (1) Infant/Toddler, (2) Preschool, (1) Preschool/School Age
Hilltop Children’s Center is hiring several Mentor Educator for our Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Preschool/School Age programs to support our team at our Fremont and Queen Anne location starting in the fall. The ideal candidate has strong coaching and team building skills, and desires to work with a dynamic administrative team to support our work in Early Childhood Education. Hilltop Children’s Center is a licensed, non-profit, tax-exempt center providing early childhood education for approximately 120 children (ages birth to 12) in the Queen Anne and Fremont neighborhoods. We also provide professional development for educators in our region. Learn more about us at: www.hilltopcc.com
THE ROLE: The focus of the mentor educator’s work is on linking pedagogy—the philosophical underpinnings of the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to teaching and learning—with daily teaching practices that bring this pedagogy to life.
Key elements of this pedagogy are:
- understanding the environment as an educator
- growing relationships: among children, between children and educators, between children and families, among families, and among staff
- creating “provocations,” or invitations for learning
- inviting children to represent and re-represent their experiences, ideas, and understandings to communicate, reflect on, critique, and revise their theories
- developing curriculum based on observation and analysis of children’s play and conversation
- growing in-depth projects anchored in children’s developmental themes and their intellectual pursuits
- deepening collaboration and collegiality among educators
- weaving anti-bias, culturally relevant teaching practices throughout the daily life of each classroom
- using a range of documentation strategies to make children’s experiences and ideas visible
- involving families in the daily life and in the curriculum of each classroom.
The mentor educator provides a bridge for educators between theory and practice with on-going, consistent support on three levels: meeting individually with educators, working collaboratively with each classroom teaching team, and facilitating center wide professional development experiences. The mentor educator works with both morning and afternoon staff, aiming to strengthen our whole program at Hilltop.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The mentor educator for preschool reports to the Program Supervisor and is part of the administrative team that works closely with program educators, faculty, families, and volunteers throughout the organization.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
Education Requirements: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent combination of education experience. Experience with Preschool children required. Advanced training and/or experience preferred. Age specific development and experience preferred for each position.
Experience Requirements: Minimum of five (5) years working with preschool as an educator and (2) years of teaching and mentorship experience in a non-profit, educational program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
Working in Partnership with Individual Educators
In dialogue with individual educators, the mentor educator will establish a professional development plan with goals for their growth as educators in conjunction with the program supervisor’s annual evaluation of each educator. An aspect of these plans will include articulating specific ways in which the mentor educator will coach and support them in moving towards their goals. This may include resource gathering, specific coaching during their work with children, discussions about elements of child development, child guidance, curriculum planning, and environmental design, and helping educators identify and register for classes and trainings in other settings.
Working in Collaboration with Classroom Teaching Teams
Meeting regularly with each of the preschool classroom teaching teams, the mentor educator will aim to strengthen educators’ collaboration and bring each member of a team into full participation in decisions about the life of the classroom. A long-standing challenge at Hilltop arises from the unequal participation of educators on each team in establishing classroom practices, planning curriculum, maintaining the integrity of the classroom environment, and partnering with families. This unequal participation arises in large part from differences in experience and education. In facilitation of team meetings, the mentor educator will aim to shift the dynamics of unequal participation, inviting a range of educator perspectives and voices to take part in shaping the life and identity of each classroom. One primary focus during team meetings will be on enhancing collaboration and strengthening relationships among co-educators, enhancing educators’ ability to offer ideas, reflect on and offer feedback about each other’s ideas, and sustain collaboration through conflict.
Facilitating Center wide Professional Development Experiences
A third arena in which the mentor educator will help educators link theory and practice is through center wide professional development experiences attended by the full faculty at Hilltop. In planning for center wide staff meetings, in-service workdays, and retreats, the mentor educator will aim to strengthen the cohesiveness of Hilltop’s program by growing a shared vision and shared practices. As this cohesiveness deepens, Hilltop will move from a collection of individual classrooms to a more holistic program, in which classroom practices overlap, resources are shared, and families and children experience continuity and connection across classrooms. As our program is further strengthened, we can more confidently again offer ourselves as a model for other childcare programs and extend professional development experiences to the wider early childhood community.
Other Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Reflective thinker who approaches challenging situations with a lens of inquiry, empathy, and curiosity
- Familiarity with DEL licensing requirements.
- Well-developed interpersonal and group skills, collaborative nature, outstanding communication skills
- Excellent group facilitation and coaching ability
- Motivated to take initiative and improve systems.
- Ability to maintain regular and reliable attendance.
- A high level of organization
- Able to switch gears quickly and deal with multiple issues with consistent clarity and thoroughness.
- Holds faculty team and self-accountable for success.
- Exhibits a high level of professionalism at all times.
- Work Environment/Conditions: On-site time is required a majority of the time. There may be evening meetings required.
- Hours/Pay: The position requires 40 hours per week. Annual rate paid will be $46,000-$56,000, depending on qualifications.
- Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, EAP, Life insurance, paid holidays, paid sick and vacation time. Family and Medical Leave; opportunity to participate in a 401(k) plan, and other benefits provided by Company policy.
Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing, some walking/mobility; regularly operate a computer, monitor, and mouse; speaking and typing.
Thank you for your interest in Hilltop Children’s Center! Our learning environment is dynamic and fueled by educators who are lifelong learners themselves. The number of advanced degrees attained, and hours of yearly professional development completed, are a testament to how seriously our teachers view their profession. Through their own growth, they model for our children both the persistence and resilience necessary for success.
Whether teacher, administrator, or staff, if you find joy in the challenge to be your best, we look forward to reviewing your application.