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Substitute Therapeutic Classroom Teacher in Seattle, WA at BetterJobs

Date Posted: 2/13/2019

Job Snapshot

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    Seattle, WA
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Job Description

Childhaven has an exciting opportunity to join the Early Learning Team in Seattle as our next Substitute Therapeutic Classroom Teacher report to the Early Learning Branch Manager. Facilitating learning in children is the gift that keeps on giving. If you feel the call to serve, this career opportunity is for you! Every role at Childhaven makes an impact!


Mission: We partner with parents and community to strengthen families, prevent childhood trauma and its damaging effects, and prepare children for a lifetime of well-being.

Vision: All children are safe and healthy; flourishing physically, socially, emotionally, and educationally; well-nurtured by family and community.

Values and Commitment: Childhaven serves families from diverse communities and are committed to racial equity in our programs and services. We also value diversity and inclusion in our workforces and we are committed to recruiting candidates who reflect this diversity. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are highly encouraged to apply!


The Substitute Therapeutic Classroom Teacher partners with other Therapeutic Classroom Teachers in implementing developmentally appropriate activities to meet the individual needs of the children between the ages of 1 month to 5 years enrolled in this program.

Substitute Therapeutic Classroom Teacher responsibilities include:

  • Based on availability and the needs of Childhaven, the role of the Substitute Therapeutic Classroom Teacher is on a non-regular basis; e.g. covering for sick leave and vacations.
  • The Substitute Therapeutic Classroom Teacher participates with the permanent Therapeutic Classroom Teacher to implement weekly activity plans. These plans incorporate group and individual activities to appropriately meet the developmental needs and aid individual children in reaching their goals as outlined in their Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP)
  • Interacts with children to foster the development of attachment, positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and communication skills;
  • Models consistent classroom and van behaviors which promote the development of positive self-image within their classrooms by setting age appropriate limits regarding children s behaviors. Strategies may include redirecting inappropriate behaviors, building positive reinforcements, building on positive choices and encouraging the child s development of conflict resolution and problem-solving skills;
  • Completes daily physical/emotional checklist, Childhaven Client Profiles (CCP), flow notes, van observation forms, and incident / accident reports in a timely manner;
  • Interacts with parents/caregivers in a positive, supportive manner and makes referrals to the Case Manager (CM) when appropriate;
  • Models appropriate child development techniques for parents/caregivers;
  • Drives or assist on van routes;
  • Participates in conferences, courses, or seminars, and reads job related journals and periodicals as required for the position and/or requested by your supervisor;
  • Complies with the agency policy and procedure regarding the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse;
  • Complies with all Childhaven policies and procedures;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Will believe in meeting the needs of children and families through strengths-based collaboration that improves their lives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Valid Washington state driver s license
  • Verifiable safe driving record with absence of DUI/DWI
  • Must pass internal Childhaven background check requirement and drug test

Desired Qualifications

  • Current certifications including:
    • First aid
    • Child/infant CPR
    • HIV and blood borne pathogens
  • Current cleared portable background check through State of Washington Department of Early Learning
  • MERIT identification number

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, and Respect. Here s a little bit about what we offer our staff:

  • The ability to work alongside and learn from a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled and experienced professionals.
  • We believe in fully transparent hiring practices. The salary for Substitute Therapeutic Teacher position is $15.00 DOE.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, education reimbursement and a 403(b) savings program with employer contributions. A full listing of benefits is available.
  • No matter what your role is, you'll get opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy, management skills, and more. We also work hard to make sure that you have a mentor—a person who's helping you grow professionally.
  • We re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that s relevant to them and their values.
  • As a Childhaven employee, you re encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and to serve on our Racial Equity Team, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.

To Be Considered

All applicants must:

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. Include a cover letter that details how your experience and education qualifies you for the position.
  3. Include a resume.

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.