Why Work at BlueSkies?

Why work at BlueSkies?

  • Competitive salaries
  • Support for professional and educational growth
  • Health (including vision) and dental insurance
  • Paid sick and vacation leave
  • Employer matched IRA
  • Tuition assistance for children of employees (space permitting)
  • Weekly or biweekly staff meetings
  • Consultation and guidance from medical experts from early mental health to physical therapy and sensory integration specialists
  • Additional support for Head Teachers: Monthly reflective supervision meetings, biweekly leadership meetings, time out of the program to change equipment, write reports, and maintain academic records.

Teachers at BlueSkies...

  • Create a classroom setting where children’s social and emotional growth are supported
  • Provide balanced programs that are nurturing and enriching, and are based on principles of respect for children’s unfolding growth process, individual temperament, proven principles of early childhood development, and the needs of an individual as part of a society
  • Are supported in their professional growth and expanding their careers in Early Childhood Education

Grow in your career!

  • Identify skills you have and get support to strengthen them
  • Identify skills you want to gain and get support to build them
  • Continue your education and receive tuition assistance

 

Current Openings

Executive Director

Overview: This is a unique opportunity to serve as Executive Director of BlueSkies for Children, Inc., a nonprofit that operates an early care and education center for infants and young children, ages 0-5 years.

About BlueSkies for Children: Founded in 1983, BlueSkies is dedicated to providing high-quality support to children and their working families. BlueSkies provides a full-day, year-round early care program that incorporates the best qualities of both home and school. The program is designed to allow parents to focus on their jobs knowing that their children are experiencing balanced days of healthy play, nurturing, and learning. The mission of BlueSkies is to practice and teach an optimal approach to education and care of young children based on the interrelated disciplines of human development. Such an approach sustains and supports today’s children and families and provides a model of excellence and an educational center for caregivers and the community. BlueSkies is the only child care center in Oakland that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

BlueSkies provides diapers and all meals and snacks, and provides breastmilk or formula to infants, as directed by parents. Nutritious, organic meals are cooked onsite, with flexibility to accommodate allergies or other dietary needs. BlueSkies also provides music enrichment, speech therapy, psychotherapy and special education consulting to children and families as needed through third-party contractors.

Note: Prior to the recent COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, BlueSkies operated with an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million and employed approximately 30 full-time teachers and staff. The budget is typically funded by approximately 92% tuition and fees, and 8% donations. BlueSkies also manages a community-funded scholarship fund that supports over 16% of families with tuition assistance in Fiscal Year 2018-19. Families enrolled in Fiscal Year 2018-19 identified as 54.5% White, 28.7% Multiracial, 7.9% Asian, 5.9% Black, and 3% Hispanic/Latinx.

Thanks to strong Board and staff leadership and unflagging support from the parent community, BlueSkies was able to weather a recent closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reopen under a revised operational model in keeping with guidelines for health and safety during this unprecedented time.

Position Summary: The Executive Director is a full-time, salaried employee reporting to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director:

  • Manages the entire agency on behalf of the Board of Directors, in close coordination with two direct reports, the Operations Director and Program Director;
  • In collaboration with the Operations Director, ensures budget, facilities, equipment and supplies, and staff all support program needs, and ensures achievement of agency goals;
  • Stays abreast of changes in the field of Early Childhood Education;
  • Establishes an atmosphere of caring, trust, and respect for staff, children and families;
  • In collaboration with the Program Director, maintains and creates quality programs that meet stated goals, including through supervision, training and ongoing education of program staff;
  • Oversees compliance with applicable regulations and maintains positive relationships with regulators; stays informed of new legal and regulatory developments that could affect the operations or finances of the agency;
  • Keeps the Board informed of relevant issues, both opportunities and challenges, facing BlueSkies for Children.
  • Fundraises for operations and the scholarship program; and
  • Cultivates relationships and maintains open lines of communication with colleagues, enrolled families, alumni, donors and other stakeholders to sustain the agency.

Occasional early or late hours may be required to support school operations, parent community and Board meetings, and cultivation and fundraising activities.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of the theory and practice of early care and education, understand the benefits of BlueSkies’ whole-child, developmentally-appropriate, play-based approach, and have a general understanding of the context of a private, nonprofit center operating in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This candidate will cultivate a community of mutual respect among staff, children and families. The candidate will have the capacity to skillfully communicate program goals to diverse audiences: staff, parents, and funders. The candidate will demonstrate the ability to work well in collaborative teams, and show discretion in situations of delicate client concerns. We are looking for equity-minded candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the broad diversity (including socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structures, and racial and ethnic) reflected in our community.

Candidates should have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education (or equivalent), with a master’s degree in early childhood education (or equivalent) preferred, at least five years of experience in a child-initiated or play-based classroom, and five years of early childhood program leadership, including staff training and supervision. Candidates should also hold the minimum qualifications and training necessary to serve as an administrator as defined by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services (California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 12, Section 101215.1). Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Strong acumen with facility management, budget development and management, working with governing boards, identifying and pursuing new fundraising opportunities, and managing grant-funded programs will be of particular interest. The ideal candidate will be responsible for developing a vision for how BlueSkies can evolve to stay sustainable and relevant into the future.

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. BlueSkies offers employee benefit programs that include:

  • Health Benefits (choice of Kaiser Platinum HMO A or Sutter Gold HMO A) – employer pays employee premium; employee pays full premium for dependents
  • Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Flex Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care expenses
  • Life Insurance – employer covers premium for $5,000 of coverage; cost to employee varies at higher coverage levels
  • Vanguard Simple IRA – Up to 3% match provided by employer
  • Employee Assistance Program including travel assistance, mental health counseling, financial counseling, legal counseling, will preparation and identity theft assistance
  • Leave benefits to include __ paid holidays, personal sick and vacation day benefits, and Paid Family Leave wage continuation benefit

Budgeted coaching support and continuing education (professional organization membership, conference attendance, etc.) will be funded or reimbursed as appropriate.

Application Process: To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application to include a resume, and cover letter. Resume should reflect years and months of employment, as well as the size of the organizations you have served (either budget or number of employees).

Resumes and letters of interest will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined above. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview.

BlueSkies for Children is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. The organization’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic.

BlueSkies also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.

Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant at https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf.

BlueSkies for Children is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Applicants with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact BlueSkies at the information included in this job posting. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Job Type: Full-time

COVID-19 considerations:
Note: In light of COVID-19 we are limiting on-site in-person interviews to final round candidates only. All other interviews will be virtual.

Work Location:

  • One location

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Achievement-oriented — enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Autonomous/Independent — enjoys working with little direction

Company’s website:

  • www.blueskies4children.org

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply
  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Temperature screenings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

You can find more details on Indeed

Head Teacher

BlueSkies for Children has an immediate opening for a Head Teacher. A national model for early care and education, and the only child care center in Oakland accredited by NAEYC. We are hiring now and looking for a teacher who is thoughtful, loving and smart, who understands child development and working with a teaching team in a supportive play based environment.

Head teachers are expected to:

  • Demonstrate and model appropriate interactions in speech and action, set limits with the goal of helping children internalize self-regulation and control in a well-supplied classrooms and yards with excellent child to teacher ratios
  • Provide a developmentally appropriate, stimulating, balanced program for children, ensuring consistency and continuity with program-wide procedures and routines.
  • Maintain a healthy, safe and attractive environment.
  • Supervise and coordinate an effective classroom teaching team including Substitutes, specialty teachers and Aides; take responsibility for the success of the program, work proactively to avert problems, and take initiative solving problems
  • Keep records, write reports, evaluate development and collaborate with other professionals about children in your care.

BlueSkies offers employees:

  • Competitive salaries and benefits including vision and dental insurance
  • Paid sick and vacation leave
  • Employer matched IRA
  • Tuition assistance for children of employees (space permitting)
  • Are supported in their professional growth and expanding their careers in Early Childhood Education

Ideal candidates have:

  • B.A. or M.A. in Early Childhood Education preferred. Core 12 units of ECE classes are required include (3 units Child Development class, 3 units Home, School and Community, 3 units Pre-School Curriculum);
  • 5 years of experience in a child-initiated classroom generally preferred
  • Experience working in and structuring a play-based classroom.
  • Commitment to the BlueSkies philosophy and approach
  • Ability to work in a flexible and creative way, adapting to changes
  • Strong communication skills and experience communicating with parents as well as staff
  • This is a school leadership position requiring collaborative teaching team throughout the school.

BlueSkies is a multicultural community, welcoming applicants of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $22.00 – $28.00 per hour

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Location:

  • Oakland, CA 94602 (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible — enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Detail-oriented — would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Temperature screenings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

You can find more details on Indeed

Full -Time Preschool Teacher

BlueSkies for children is a national model for early care and education, and is the only child care center in Oakland accredited by NAEYC, providing a balanced program of nurturing and enrichment all day and all year for children from infancy through age five. We are looking for committed teachers who are looking for an environment where they:

  • Create a classroom setting where children’s social and emotional growth are supported
  • Provide balanced programs that are nurturing and enriching, and are based on principles of respect for:
  • Children’s unfolding growth process
  • Children’s individual temperament
  • Proven principles of early childhood development
  • The needs of an individual as part of a society
  • Are supported in their professional growth and expanding their careers in Early Childhood Education

This is a full-time position during the school’s hours, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

BlueSkies offers employees:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Support for professional and educational growth
  • Health (including vision) and dental insurance
  • Paid sick and vacation leave
  • Employer matched IRA
  • Tuition assistance for children of employees (space permitting)

Ideal candidates will have:

  • 12 units of ECE (AA or BA preferred)
  • 1-3 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education
  • Experience working in a play-based program where children are guided in a flexible, subtle manner
  • Commitment to the BlueSkies philosophy and approach
  • Ability to work in a flexible and creative way, adapting to changes
  • Strong communication skills
  • Skills working in a collaborative team environment

BlueSkies is a multicultural community, welcoming applicants of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently implementing special health and safety procedures, including limiting class sizes to 15 children, keeping classrooms stable, enhanced cleaning and mask wearing for all staff.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $16.00 – $22.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Discount
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Vision Insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Location:

  • Oakland, CA 94602 (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible — enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction

This Job Is:

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more
  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education
  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply
  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma

Work Remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Temperature screenings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

You can find more details on Indeed

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