Catlin Gabel Job Openings

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Temporary Custodian

Position Title: Temporary Custodian
Department: Facilities
Reports to: Custodial Supervisor
Pay Rate: $11.00/hour

No experience required, just a responsible, hardworking individual.


To clean and maintain assigned buildings with the Custodial Crew.

Job Functions:

• Clean and sanitize restrooms.
• Clean chalkboards and whiteboards.
• Empty trash containers.
• Wash various surfaces.
• Dust, sweep, vacuum, and mop classrooms, halls, offices, and other spaces within a building.
• Clean windows and walls.
• Clean carpets and hard floors.
• Prepare for special events or activities; arrange seating, and clean up after event.
• Secure building if appropriate.
• Other duties as assigned.

Special Requirements:
The person employed for this position must be able to verify identity and employment authorization. The candidate selected for this position must complete a pre-employment record check and be approved by the State Department of Education after having a fingerprint based criminal history verification made. The selected candidate will pay for fingerprinting and Catlin Gabel will reimburse.

This is a temporary position but could possibly lead to full time.

*** Equal employment opportunity and treatment shall be practiced by Catlin Gabel School regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or disability, if the employee, with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position ***

Substitute Teachers

Position Title: Substitute Teachers
Department: Lower School

Catlin Gabel School in Portland has opportunities for Substitute Teachers in our lower school, with a specialty or focus in any, or all of the following areas: Home Room (reading, writing, social studies, mathematics), Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, art, music, wood Shop, science and PE/health.

The Catlin Gabel Lower School provides a warm environment for students from 1st grade through 5th grade.

The teachers shape the curriculum to develop the students' capacity to think critically and deeply, to infer, experiment and question. Teachers balance and consider the needs of each student as they guide students to meet curricular expectations.

Substitute teachers work on an as-needed basis to cover teacher or teacher aide positions.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

At least 2 years' experience teaching elementary school-age children

A Masters or Bachelor's degree in Education or Elementary/Early Childhood Education is preferred

Experience using technology in the classroom

Candidates offered a position must be able to pass a background check through Oregon Child Care Division and Oregon Department of Education.

Candidates offered a position must provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

*** Equal employment opportunity and treatment shall be practiced by Catlin Gabel School regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or disability, if the employee, with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position ***

Night Lead Custodian

Position Title: Night Lead Custodian
Department: Facilities
Reports to: Plant Manager
FTE: 1.0 Non Exempt

Full-time position responsible for the daily cleaning of assigned buildings.

• Perform routine cleaning procedures in buildings and areas as assigned and scheduled by the Custodial Supervisor or the Facilities Director.
• Clean classrooms, entrance ways, restrooms, offices, public areas, laboratories, stairwells, storerooms and other areas.
• Use basic procedures for above floor surfaces, hard floor surfaces, carpeted floor surfaces, and restroom/shower rooms.
• Use advanced cleaning procedures for floors as required.

• Verify that doors and windows are locked and latched when leaving a building outside of school business hours.
• Set up and takes down furniture for events. Return furnishings to storage.
• Maintain neat, orderly and well stocked custodial closets.
• Observe all safety regulations and policies and pay special attention to the Hazard Communication Program.
• Maintain a professional attitude and neat appearance.
• Perform additional duties as required or requested. Work with associates to complete assignments.
• Monitor garbage compactor. Notify the Custodial Supervisor when pressure gauge reaches 1800psi.

Perform routine cleaning procedures as directed by the Custodial Supervisor or the Facilities Director. Work with minimal supervision.

• Provide leadership for and coordination of the night custodians.
• Change daily work assignments as required.
• Lead pre-event preparations and post-event cleaning.
• Monitor capacity of the garbage compactor.
• Monitor levels of cleaning supplies and alert Custodial Supervisor. Inspect cleaning.

• Require daily verbal and written communication with faculty and staff. (Politeness required)
• Infrequent verbal communication with parents, students, trustees and alumni.
• Frequent verbal communication with visitors renting the facilities. Responsible for meeting diverse needs on short notice.
• Must be skilled in politeness and skilled at disagreeing without being disagreeable.

• Demonstrate the ability and willingness to communicate promptly using telephone, 2-way radio, voice mail and pagers. Check voice mail daily.
• Physical ability to lift 30# and push or pull 75#.
• Demonstrate prompt arrival and daily attendance at work.
• Demonstrate the ability and willingness to follow instructions and complete work on time.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform sweeping, dusting, wall washing, floor stripping and waxing, carpet shampooing, window cleaning, dusting, locker cleaning, metal surfaces, light fixture cleaning.
• Demonstrate the ability to use ladders, scaffold, low speed buffers, carpet equipment, various types of vacuums, pressure washers and cleaning chemicals.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform basic cleaning, floor care, carpet, and restroom maintenance procedures as well as advanced floor care procedures.
• Demonstrate the ability and willingness to perform the duties described above.
• Demonstrate the ability to read written work assignments.
• Demonstrate respect for others and is sensitive to diversity.
• Demonstrate the ability and willingness to participate in continuing education and professional development.

• High School diploma or G.E.D.
• Five years prior experience in the custodial field.
• Must have 3 years' experience in leadership position.
• Basic cleaning procedures for above floor surfaces, hard floor surfaces, carpeted floor surfaces and restroom/shower rooms; advanced floor care procedures.
• Background check required. History is interpreted based on Oregon Board of Education guidelines.

Full-time (40 hours). Indoor work. Some outdoor work picking up garbage.
Sunday-Thursday 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Breaks at 1:00 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. Meal break at 3:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Preliminary and annual training for:
Asbestos 2-hour Awareness Training
Bloodborne Pathogens
Hazard Communications (Right-to-Know)

*** Equal employment opportunity and treatment shall be practiced by Catlin Gabel School regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or disability, if the employee, with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position ***

Middle School/Upper School Mandarin Chinese Teacher

Position Title: Middle School/Upper School Mandarin Chinese Teacher
Department: Middle and Upper School
Reports to: Middle and Upper School Head
FTE: 1.0 Exempt

Catlin Gabel believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to the school's success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his or her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

A Middle and Upper School teacher is typically responsible for teaching four classes. The classes could be in one grade level, one discipline, or across grade levels and in more than one discipline depending on the needs of the school. In addition to daily responsibilities, teachers are expected to participate in, and lead, activities that include but are not limited to extra-curricular, experiential, and community service learning across grade levels. All staff participate in overnight retreats and trips with students at different times during the year.

The ideal candidate for this split Middle and Upper School teaching assignment will have a strong Mandarin Chinese background, the ability to teach all Mandarin Chinese levels, use a wide variety of teaching approaches, the desire to teach students who work at the regular level of academic abilities as well as those passionate about the language and culture, and will be excited about helping students learn through discovery and exploration. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency with new technology and a willingness to integrate technology into classroom lessons. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated use of a variety of teaching methods to support different learning styles and have experience teaching the whole spectrum of students. The candidate should be excited to help students build self-confidence.
Catlin Gabel demands much from its teachers, beyond their classroom responsibilities. Such demands include working with students and colleagues to enrich the school's life outside the classroom. These demands highlight the fact that any teaching position at Catlin Gabel entails more than just working with students in a subject. Though this may be taxing at times, we feel it is both necessary and rewarding.
• Work collaboratively with fellow staff members and administrators in curriculum design, assessment, and instruction as it pertains to specific grade levels and program.
• Collaborate with other middle and upper school teachers, educators, and specialist teachers to develop curriculum, plan trips, and special projects.
• Collaborate actively with K-12 Chinese teachers.
• Communicate in a clear and timely fashion with parents, students, and colleagues.
• Be a positively contributing member of small and focused teams as needed.
• Have a high collegial quotient and be a committed and dedicated team player.
• Attend, actively listen, and contribute to meetings regularly.
• Develop, plan, and lead or co-lead an experiential learning activity with a small group of students.
• Pursue professional growth opportunities, and be accountable and responsible for individual professional development.
• Actively review, plan, and develop school's curriculum, horizontally, and vertically.
• Plan and teach a challenging course of study in a developmentally appropriate manner, with an eye towards differentiating instruction.
• Coordinate and implement at the classroom level appropriate student assessments and utilize assessment results to enhance student learning.
• Integrate the use of technology to enhance student learning.
• Create an inclusive classroom environment through regular class meetings, supportive exchanges with students, and clear expectations for classroom behavior.
• Actively support the school through participation in the variety of activities that make the Catlin Gabel School a vibrant community.
• Cooperatively work and effectively communicate with parents in conferences and written reports in ways that meet the needs of the student and the school.
• Support and follow the Handbook for Policies and Procedure.
• Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
• Be a positive and contributing member of the professional community.
• Work cooperatively with parents to meet the needs of students.
• Contribute to team by working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
• Act as either Middle or Upper School advisor.
• Plan trips and travel with students to align with the school's global education program's goals.
• Other duties as assigned by Middle and Upper School Heads.

Work is performed largely independently, in consultation with the modern language department, grade level team, and Middle and Upper School Heads. There is considerable autonomy in designing courses, choosing materials and running classrooms.


Interactions occur most routinely with students in the classroom and during other activities. Many informal interactions with students for whom the teacher has no direct supervision or responsibility occur. Daily contact ranges from direct teaching of curriculum, student advising, and to informal exchanges of a personal or social nature. Regular contact with Middle School colleagues, particularly those working on the same grade level, discipline or on a joint project is expected. Frequent contact with parents either for scheduled conferences or casual conversation is a community norm. Responsible and active collaboration with colleagues, in all divisions, is expected. Important personal qualities include interest in and demonstrated ability to teach and support pre-adolescents and adolescents, ability to work effectively with a team, a sense of humor, flexibility, organizational ability, energy, and collegiality.

• BA or BS in teaching, Mandarin Chinese, or closely related field is required.
• MA or MS in teaching, education, or related field is preferred.
• At least two years demonstrated effective teaching experience is preferred.
• Experience in curriculum development a plus.
• Teaching background and demonstrated experience with adolescents.
• Use of internet, e-mail, and other appropriate technology applications.
• Willingness to sponsor an activity, club, or coach is highly desirable.
• Ability and comfort teaching students of different proficiency levels, from beginner to intermediate levels of Mandarin Chinese.
• Native or near native fluency in Mandarin Chinese as classes are predominately conducted in target language.
• Non-native speakers must have a strong oral proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
• Extended immersion visit to a Mandarin Chinese speaking country is preferred.
• Understanding and experience with student-centered teaching, project-based learning, and performance-based assessment.

This is a teaching position with an academic year schedule. Teachers are expected to be on campus at least between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily and to attend other functions as designated. Full-time faculty is expected to travel to retreats, conferences and workshops as well as accompany students on various experiential activities throughout the year. There are some mandatory evening and weekend commitments.

*** Equal employment opportunity and treatment shall be practiced by Catlin Gabel School regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or disability, if the employee, with or without reasonable accommodation, is able to perform the essential functions of the position ***

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