Preschool–5th Grade

Spanish Specialist Teacher

Beginning the Academic Year 2024-2025
Full Time/In Person – 1.0 FTE

University Child Development School (UCDS) located in Seattle, Washington is an independent school serving 350+ students from Early Elementary (Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten) and Elementary (1st through 5th grade) students.

UCDS encourages students to stretch, reflect, collaborate, and think expansively—enriching their educational growth and ensuring they thrive in school and beyond. UCDS sets individualized curriculum goals, as well as high expectations for every student, and inspires them to go beyond self-imposed limits.

We cultivate reflective, collaborative, skillful thinkers who ignite positive change in their communities. From our youngest to our oldest students, we strive to help everyone develop a worldview that identifies, understands, and values diversity in race, culture, gender, religion, ability, and more. Teachers make a thousand choices a day—both big and small, explicit and implicit—and with each of these, our goal is to expand and deepen students’ understanding of self and others. We strive to engage our students in authentic and meaningful conversations, experiences, and learning that help them recognize that while there is so much work left to do, they have the tools, strategies, and resources to make a difference.

UCDS seeks to add a Spanish Specialist Teacher. Specialist Teachers work in their subject areas with all the students. UCDS has specialists in Art, Design and Technology, Library, Music, Physical Education, Science, and Spanish. Specialists work in close coordination with classroom teachers to connect their curriculum to what is being taught in the classrooms and to meet the individual needs of students. Specialists meet once a week with faculty for staffing sessions to talk about the progress of students; they also meet as a Specialist group once a week to coordinate and plan their curricula. 

This applicant should have experience building generative and collaborative Spanish curricula. Applicants must also be willing to support the mission of UCDS, engage in mentorship models, and demonstrate flexibility. Each teacher at UCDS works as a team member to design curriculum, instruct students, individualize learning, and support school-wide events and programs. In the spirit of innovation, faculty share teaching methods, materials, and assessment techniques within and beyond our school community. The process of building, implementing, evaluating, and revising programs is at the core of UCDS and is required of every faculty member.

We encourage members of marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as members of other underrepresented groups, to apply and potentially become a part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Our goal is to hire the best employees of all backgrounds who will bring their unique talents and abilities to our school.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Art of Teaching:

  • Oversees the Spanish Program at UCDS.
  • Creates and implements hands-on Spanish curricula (including language and culture) which is appropriate to the grade and developmental level of the students.
  •  Employ effective and differentiated teaching strategies to meet the needs of a diverse range of students’ Spanish-speaking abilities.
  • Creates and sustains classroom culture based on the mission and values of the school
  • Provides a variety of learning opportunities, methods, and materials, with a strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning and hands-on experiences for the students.
  • Show an appreciation for the craft of teaching along with a passion for Spanish as a discipline
  • Ability to switch between grade levels quickly and effectively, this position requires organization, planning, and collaboration. 
  • Create daily lesson plans that are engaging, educational, hands-on, and exciting for the students
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and inspires students to participate fully in the learning process
  • Practices thoughtful, respectful, and successful classroom management techniques that support active learning and promote responsibility and self-management
  • Advises and works with students, parents/guardians, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs   

Community:

  • Provides and maintains a dynamic and safe environment
  • Communicates effectively (verbally and in writing) with others, including administrators, colleagues, staff, and parents/guardians to maintain constructive and professional relationships
  • ​​Builds partnerships with parents/guardians through clear written and verbal communication in formal and informal meetings as well as documentation
  • Attends school-related events and meetings outside the scheduled school day, i.e. after-school planning, committee meetings, overnight trips, and community events
  • Collaborates and works effectively in teams with colleagues 
  • Employs strong interpersonal skills, including being patient and positive

Reflective Practice:

  • Participates in annual goal setting and receives regular feedback, facilitated by the Division Head, Assistant Head of School, and Head of School
  • Participates in professional learning opportunities at UCDS, the UCDS Institute, and in the larger community
  • Actively completes other duties as assigned (i.e. lunch/recess duty/door duty

Experience & Professional Competencies

  • Fluency/proficiency in Spanish & English
  • At least 5 years of teaching experience with a focus on Early Childhood through Elementary
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • A Master’s degree is preferred
  • A teaching certificate is preferred

Additional Requirements

  • Meet the school’s standards when completing all background screenings.

Compensation & Benefits
Salary Range: $63,318–$123,138 depending on degree/experience based on the UCDS Faculty Salary Grid.

The school offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to benefits-eligible employees subject to the discretion of the Head of School, which includes:

  • Employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Health Savings Account with employer contribution
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with available employer matching
  • Paid sick leave
  • Employer-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Employer-paid Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program for employees and their dependents
  • Wellness benefit is to be used on items or services that promote wellness
  • Professional Development opportunities
  • Free parking

How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this position, click the “apply now” button to submit a resume and cover letter outlining your educational philosophy.

Non-Discrimination Policy
University Child Development School is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and to seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates. The School does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.