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Classroom Support Teacher (Early Childhood Specialist 1)

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, Washington
Child Care Services


A Community College District in Puyallup and Lakewood, Washington invites applications for the position of:

Classroom Support Teacher (Early Childhood Specialist 1)


$2,509.00 - $2,864.00 Monthly

$30,108.00 - $34,368.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 07/15/21

CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation, Pierce College is an innovative and equity-focused community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals. This is Pierce College’s second time as an Aspen Prize top finalist.

Check out our Aspen Institute Award for Community College Excellence.

Please note:

Pierce College is transitioning back to working on campus after more than a year of primarily-remote work. One or two days in the office per week will be required at first (other days remote). This will increase over time. Health and safety precautions are in place.

About the District:

The College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. The campuses have modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development centers; and health education centers, all with a beautiful view of nearby Mount Rainier.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom - Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340- acre community and recreational park, and Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup - Located on a lush 125-acre wooded site with beautiful spaces for exploring.

Pierce College at JBLM - Located at the Joint Base Lewis

Job Summary:

The Early Childhood Specialist will be responsible for the overall health and welfare of children ages 1 to 5 years old, who are enrolled in the Child Development Center. The Early Childhood Specialist will provide a stimulating and developmentally appropriate educational environment which encourages cognitive, social, emotional and adaptive skills. This position involves monitoring and supervising children, leading activities, assisting staff in maintaining a safe and positive environment, tracking and reporting children’s progress and development, meeting with parents and other staff members and maintaining open and cooperative communication.

*Position is open until filled.


Classroom Supervision and Personal Interactions:

Provide a safe and clean environment to ensure children’s safety. Identify potential risks and hazards. Engage children in daily educational activities as well as schedules and routines such as hygiene (e.g. washing hands), lunch/snacks, naps, free time, field trips and transitioning between classroom and playground. Implement activities that promote the development of social, creative, motor, language and physical skills. Maintain awareness of children and staff in the classroom to ensure legal ratios are upheld. Ensure that each child is given appropriate levels of individual attention and guidance. Adapt teaching methods if necessary to the child’s individual needs. Foster independence and self-help skills while promoting respect, good behavior and habits. Communicate with Director/Pedagogical Leader and Lead Teacher regarding information and insights that affect the efficient and cohesive functioning of the program.

Program Support:

Oversees health and safety of the classroom to ensure a stimulating, caring, positive, and clean environment. Assist in developing appropriate early childhood education programs for children ranging from 1 to 5 years of age. Provide opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration and problem solving applicable to developmental stages and learning styles. Help maintain daily schedules, prepare classroom setting, implement curriculum, document student learning, and supervise children. Compile individual assessments of each child’s progress and enter data into the online assessment tool. Through observations and assessments, detect developmental or cognitive difficulties and apply necessary corrections or teaching methods under the direction of Supervisor or Director. Maintain open communication with parents and staff. Participate in staff meetings, in service training, and District activities. Comply with state requirements and adhere to policies as stated in the Child Development Center handbook.

Customer Service:

Communicate regularly with staff and parents in a professional manner that demonstrates respect for diverse learning styles and cultural differences. Ability to listen attentively and maintain confidentiality Identify the strengths and needs of the classroom. Explain procedures and program routines and communicate with Early Childhood Program Specialist 4 and/or Director. Receive visitors, answer telephone inquiries, support front office staff and perform miscellaneous job duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
  • State ECE certificate.
  • Six (6) months of experience working in ECE. 
Desired Qualifications:
  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (Psychology, Sociology, Human Development, Home Economics, Family Studies, Social Work, or Special Education along with 20 credits in Early Childhood Education).
  • A minimum of one (1) year experience working with children, 1-5 years old, who are enrolled in a group setting to include program planning, developing and presenting educational activities and/or lesson plans.
Basic computer knowledge in:

MS Office (Word and Outlook): Create, format, edit, preview, print, and save documents. Email: Correspondence, update calendars, accept meeting requests.

Internet: (Google/Chrome): Browse and research information. Teaching Strategies Gold: Online Assessment Tool.

Competencies Required:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Traits & Characteristics:
  • Knowledge of and experience with early childhood education theory and practices, including child development, developmentally appropriate practices, observation and ongoing assessment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to accurately prepare and maintain records, files reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to handle difficult and stressful situations while maintaining professional composure.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.
  • Ability to direct and organize activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish goals, prioritize tasks and keep deadlines.
  • Ability to incorporate lessons and activities.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of appropriate techniques for diapering, sanitation, napping, feeding, and toilet training.
  • Ability to create environments which provide for the inclusion of all children, including children with disabilities, diverse language, socioeconomic and/or cultural backgrounds.
  • Adheres to high standards of integrity and honesty; complies with laws, rules, policies and procedures; follows guidelines of Family Educational Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and maintains confidentiality. 
Special Requirements and/or Conditions of Employment:

The successful candidate must consent to and pass DEL criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Ability to regularly travel between worksites in Puyallup and Lakewood.

Valid Food Handlers Permit upon employment.

Completion of HIV/AIDS training upon employment.

Written proof of TB testing prior to starting work.

Valid First Aid and CPR Card upon employment.

Willingness and ability to operate Pierce College van and meet the following requirements: Valid Washington State Driver’s license.

Proof of personal vehicle insurance.


Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.

Complete the online application profile at

Apply for the specific job opening.

Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners. (Cover Letter)

Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)

Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)

Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Provide a response to the following question (Supplemental Questions):

1. Briefly describe how you have worked in your previous or current positions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organizations and how you would do that in this position. Please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words.

Terms of Employment:

Recruiting to fill three vacancies. The vacancies are full-time (40 hours per week) classified-cyclic, 11.13 months, overtime-eligible positions with Pierce College District. The primary work location will be at Pierce College, Puyallup but infrequent travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These positions may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:

The starting salary range of this position is $2,509.00 - $2,864.00 a month (dependent upon qualifications), with annual periodic increments up to $3,294.00. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:

Physical Work Environment:

This position works indoors and outdoors in an Early Childhood Education Classroom. During this time, core staff approved by their supervisors to come onto campus are covered by a safety plan that follows social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols. This includes minimizing close contact by limiting time on campus; conducting meetings virtually; and implementing other creative strategies to reduce the density of employees on campus to keep everyone safe.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.

Conditions of Employment:

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Bargaining Unit:

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

Equal Opportunity:

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Sean Cooke, Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 840-8472

Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer
(253) 864-3229


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