Sunstone Montessori, Woodstock Campus


posted 6.27.24

Sunstone Montessori School, an AMI-recognized school serving 180 children from 16 months through 8th grade in SE Portland is seeking a Classroom Assistant to join our Upper Elementary community, beginning in Fall 2024. The Classroom Assistant works under the direction of the Guide; responsibilities include supporting the children in their follow-up work, maintaining the environment, preparing materials, overseeing the Going Out program, and more.

This position will also cover the Guide’s parental leave in spring 2025 and during that time, the Classroom Assistant will assume the full responsibilities of the Guide. An AMI Elementary Diploma is required; experience working with Upper Elementary children is strongly preferred.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A deep affinity for working with and supporting this age group (9-12 years)
  • Strong organizational skills • Flexibility and the ability to work as a member of a team
  • A clear, compassionate, and direct style of communication
  • A sense of humor and a passion for building community

Compensation depends on experience and will reflect the changing responsibilities of the position. Benefits include medical, dental, and retirement. Before beginning work, candidates must be enrolled in the Criminal Background Registry.

Please email your resume, cover letter, and three references to: Caitlin Sweeney, Program Director

expires 7.27.24


  • Health insurance (including dental and vision)
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health savings account

General Behavior Expectations

  • Support children’s independent functioning whenever possible.
  • Maintain a friendly, professional, but objective distance in relationships with the children, and a professional relationship with staff and the Administration.
  • Be punctual and present at work during agreed-upon work hours.
  • Maintain required professional qualifications, including:
    • Current CPR/1st Aid certification
    • Current Food Handlers certification
    • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (RRCAN) training
    • Any required hours of professional development

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or otherwise communicate, hear and observe the children and employees and their surroundings.
  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit; use hands and feet; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must lift and/or move up to 50-100 pounds.
  • Specific vision requirements include the ability to see at close range.
  • Fine hand manipulation.
  • Strong, focused mental acuity is required to efficiently analyze, process, manipulate and accurately record the extensive amount of data and other information that serves as the basis for the primary duties of this position.
  • Emotional fortitude and ability to regulate emotions and maintain appropriate reactions and responses to emergencies and non-emergency situations that may arise in the workplace.
  • Patient and calm demeanor to provide a nurturing learning and working environment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of the position successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to assist them in performing the essential functions of their positions.  Please contact the Program Director or the Head of School if you need an accommodation. 

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. It is intended as a general guide of the duties and tasks we may ask you to perform as part of your employment with us. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all of your duties or responsibilities with us. Job descriptions are a dynamic living document that changes as business needs change. We may elect to clarify, change or even add to this job description and your list of assigned duties in the future. We operate as a team at Sunstone Montessori School, and from time to time you may be asked to perform tasks that you may have observed other people doing. Performing all tasks that you may be asked or assigned to do is an important part of being a team member.