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Substitute Assistant Teacher - Early Learning Community

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Forest Grove Campus - Forest Grove, OR


This is an on-call Substitute Teacher position in the Early Learning Community at Pacific University



The Early Learning Community (ELC) at Pacific University seeks applicants who are committed to working on-call as a collaborative member of a team of educators in a progressive preschool/kindergarten education environment that models best practices.

Functions as Substitute Teacher in Preschool, Kindergarten, First/Second or Third/Fourth grade classrooms, coordinating with classroom Lead Teacher or teacher on duty to provide a supportive learning environment so that children acquire connected, meaningful knowledge about themselves and the world. The Substitute Teacher collaborates with all staff in responding to the developmental needs of young children and in nurturing their well-being, employing NAEYC-recognized best practices which express the educational philosophy and goals of the ELC and College of Education.


  • Work with the Lead Teacher to facilitate learning experiences using a project-based approach.
  • Assist in the implementation of lesson plans designed to meet curricular goals and support the development of language and literacy in all learners.
  • Interact with children in ways that respect each child’s individuality and nourish growth in intellectual, socio-emotional, artistic, and physical domains.
  • Lead groups of children as suggested by the daily schedule of activities, using practices which promote constructive play, positive group interaction, and respect for school environment.
  • Assist in identifying and meeting the developmental, health, safety, and security needs of each child.
  • Create and maintain positive relationships with parents, observing appropriate boundaries in the communication of information and feedback about children.
  • Assist throughout facility with the maintenance of orderliness and positive aesthetic. General housekeeping tasks may include dishes, laundry, restocking of supplies and light cleaning.
  • Maintain and nurture positive and effective relationships with guests of the Early Learning Community.
  • Communicate regularly and appropriately with Lead Teacher on classroom activities and child progress, ask Lead Teacher for direction in any uncertainty about teaching approaches, be receptive to feedback and suggestions for improvement, and work cooperatively with all staff.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and openness to take on duties as needed for the smooth operation of school and well-being of the children.




  • Familiarity and experience with project-based, constructivist educational approaches and working with young children.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain pleasant, effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and the general public.
  • High degree of reliability and commitment to work hours scheduled.
  • Flexibility of hours in response to needs of the school for optimal staffing.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently with a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Understanding of and ability to uphold the NAEYC code of ethical conduct.




  • Classroom and outdoor playground environment.
  • Position involves a public interface and continual interaction with parents, children, university students and faculty.
  • Annual schedules closely follow the public school calendar, September through mid-June.


We are dedicated to providing services that center student experience and are authentic, holistic, equity minded, integrous and responsive. GBP along with the School of Business continues to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.


Studies have shown that women and POC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.




Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.


Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.


At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 28,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.



It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,