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Open Position -

Para-Educator

When you join the staff of Whatcom Center for Early Learning (WCEL), you join a dedicated, mission-driven team of professionals who believe every child should have access to Early Support services and the opportunity to grow their skills and abilities. Our staff are passionate about our county-wide work with children and families with developmental delays and disabilities and aim to actively contribute to an equity-minded culture of appreciation and growth.

WCEL’s mission is to partner with families to provide high-quality, equitable, and comprehensive therapy and support services to children experiencing developmental delays and disabilities. Our vision is an equitable society where children with disabilities and their families thrive, experience meaningful connections, and have a deep understanding of their strengths and needs.

This position is located in beautiful Bellingham, WA. Bellingham is uniquely placed at the heart of the Pacific Northwest, nestled between the mountains and the sea. Living here you can discover your inner adventurer by exploring iconic cities, trying countless outdoor activities, and becoming part of a welcoming community.

Join our life-changing organization today!

Position Summary:

The WCEL Classroom Para-Educator is an hourly position under the direct supervision of the Classroom Teacher during classes, and the Early Learning Program Manager for reflective supervision and professional development. 

Work schedule will be as needed.   

Locations:

Possibility of working at WCEL sites in Bellingham or Ferndale, and in the community offerings in Ferndale, Lynden or Bellingham.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in maintaining indoor and outdoor safe learning environments 

  • Set up necessary supplies and materials for learning activities 

  • Help create necessary items for learning activities as needed 

  • Assist with setup and cleanup classroom program service areas (indoor and outdoor) for all group activities 

  • Welcome and assist children and families at arrival and departure times 

  • Interact directly with children, parents and families in developmentally appropriate learning activities 

  • Welcome and assist student and community volunteers in all programs  

  • Clean and vacuum program areas, wash (and sanitize as necessary)dishes and toys, maintain diaper changing stations and launder and fold bibs/towels as needed.

  • Empty trash & diaper genie 

  • In addition, this position may be asked to work on special projects related to Whatcom Center for Early Learning (WCEL) as directed by the Classroom Teacher or Early Learning Program Manager or other WCEL Lead staff these projects 

Skills and Abilities:

  • A motivated self-starter and problem solver with energy, flexibility, creativity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to pitch in wherever needed

  • Professional work habits (punctual, responsive, organized, ability to manage multiple activities, attention to detail). 

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff as a foundational team member. 

  • Ability to lift and move play equipment 

  • Reliability and flexibility 

  • Organized with attention to detail and a “can do” positive attitude 

 

Education and Knowledge

  • Minimum of high school degree with further course work in human services and/or child and family related fields preferred 

  • Experience working with typically developing young children and children with special needs preferred  

Pay Range: Hourly/Non Exempt DOE

 

Schedule: TBD

 

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@wcel.net

Please send your resume and cover letter describing your interest in our mission and how your work or life experience had prepared you for this role.

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