West Seattle Blog… | Subject: Senior Early Childhood Education Teacher in Des Moines – Greater Seattle YMCA

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Summary of work

We are looking for early education professionals who are passionate and dedicated to providing children and their families with an excellent educational experience. This opportunity is fantastic for someone who wants to grow in an environment that values ​​your contributions and communication skills. You will work in a supportive and caring environment with a responsive management team and phenomenal resources and equipment.

Every day, hundreds of children are welcomed into our fun and engaging YMCA childcare programs. Be part of an incredible team of employees who provide children with a learning environment in which they feel safe, comfortable and important. You will help create a nurturing, child-centered environment through enrichment and activity while supporting children as they grow and learn. The daycare is more than a safe place, it’s a place where our team strives to create an environment that allows children to reach their full potential. You will be responsible for the development of activities and all class plans, while providing support and guidance to staff or volunteers supervising activities and children.

Job Type/Location

We are looking to hire a full-time seasonal teacher. Ideally, the candidate would start on June 20 and end at the end of August. It is possible that this role will turn into a permanent position. Scheduled hours are Monday-Friday approximately 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but there is a slight flexibility in these exact times. This candidate will work at Midway Elementary in Des Moines for the first 4-5 weeks of the program, then at an elementary school in Renton for the last 4-5 weeks. Do not hesitate to contact [email protected] for any questions regarding the type of position or the location.

What you will get out of working at the Y

YMCA of Greater Seattle Individual Membership
Free access to mental health resources
Fast-accumulating paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire

Minimum pay: $24.00/hour

As of March 12, 2022 COVID vaccination requirements: highly recommended, not mandatory.

*Some programs may require proof of vaccination, per local and federal guidelines. If applicable, will be assigned upon onboarding.


Plans and implements culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate program activities consistent with YMCA youth development goals. Ultimately responsible for the quality and completion of all class plans, including lesson, behavior and event plans.
Program direct to meet the needs of all enrolled children to include their interests, behavioral adaptations and individual learning style.
Supervises a group of children to ensure their health and safety and to provide a positive experience for each child.
Participate in a coaching and feedback process with the quality groups of the Early Achievers and YMCA programs.
Provides guidance to staff/volunteers supervising activities and observations of groups of children.
Professionally communicates and maintains daily reports, confidential and evaluative information with parents/guardians, including newsletters, one-on-one parent communications, and parent/teacher conferences.
Adheres to YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, and emergency procedures.
May replace the program supervisor during short-term absences.
Maintains a developmentally appropriate classroom, including site appearance, decor, and cleanliness.
Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.


18 years or older.

Experience working with children of the same age as those to be supervised.

High school diploma or equivalent.

Knowledge of culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate practices.

Prefer knowledge and previous experience with diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). The ability to speak any language in addition to English can be helpful.

Cleared from portable background check in National MERIT Registry.**

** Upon hiring or when integrating into the position.

You’ll be a perfect fit for the Seattle Y if you:

Enjoy working in a collaborative environment
Are very adaptable
Have strong ownership and a strong work ethic
Are an excellent problem solver who can think on your feet
Really enjoy serving people
Enjoy being part of a team that cares about each other as people and enjoys working together
You want to know that the work you do helps build a better and stronger community for everyone

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people who share a commitment to developing youth potential, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility. We also believe in the well-being of our employees and offer free Y membership as an employment benefit.

Become a leader of our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote an environment of continuous learning and career opportunities.

“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other protected status by local, state or federal law.

We are a drug and alcohol free workplace; all job offers are subject to the results of a background check and (for applicable jobs) drug screening, including marijuana screening. We participate in the federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, contact [email protected] or the Human Resources Department at 206.382.5082. »


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