Jobs at Trillium


Job Title:  Head of Lower School Department:  Administration
Reports To:  Executive Director Status:  Full Time
Posting Date:  25, January 2015 Salary:  $45-55,000/ year DOE


About Trillium

Trillium is a K-12 Public Charter School in North Portland, Oregon.  Trillium students are actively involved learners building a personal knowledge of the world around them through action, experience, and reflection. Trillium’s education philosophy centers on contextual teaching/learning and constructivism.  We utilize a relationship-based model that focuses on problem solving, project-oriented, and collaborative learning. Students engage as active participants in their learning and develop their own meaning and knowledge in the process, while learning about their place in world through a lens of social justice and equity.

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Position Overview

Trillium is incorporating a new administrative model over the next calendar year that will move from a single Director to separate Heads of the Lower and Upper Schools and an Executive Director in charge of overseeing the Non Profit organization.  The Head of Lower School will oversee all teaching staff at the K-5 level as well as serving as an instructional leader for the program.  The Head will report to the Executive Director of the organization.   Ideal candidates will welcome the opportunity to collaborate in building a new model at the school that emphasizes experiential learning through a lens of social justice and equity.

The position is year round.  All full time staff at Trillium are enrolled in a generous retirement package through the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System.  Trillium also offers health, dental and vision insurance.


Bilingual and applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Job Functions

  • Supervision of all K-5 teaching staff (9 teachers), including hiring, firing, direct observations, facilitation of instructional rounds and facilitating evaluations.
  • Instructional Coach for K-5
  • Train and mentor lower school teachers in constructivist and democratic teaching practices including Scottish Storyline Method, Writer’s Workshop, Restorative Justice Circles, Community Meetings, etc.
  • Collaborate with Head of Upper School, Executive Director and Student Support Specialist on school leadership.
  • Develop and supervise internship program in conjunction with Portland State University.
  • Help organize events and trips including campouts, conferences, project nights and open houses
  • Assist Student Support Specialist with mediations, collaborative problem solving and restorative justice circles.
  • Communication with Trillium lower school families
  • Manage Professional Development, activity and supply budgets for lower school
  • Coordinate State Testing and other required assessments (DRA, Easy CBM).
  • Attend required School District Trainings and Meetings
  • Emergency Substitute
  • Assist with lunch and recess supervision as needed
  • Responsible for ensuring that classroom and curriculum meet Trillium philosophy and Oregon State/ Common Core Standards (where applicable).
  • Adheres to Ethical Educator & Professional Practices as set forth by Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC).
  • Supervises students both in and out of the classroom in a respectful and positive manner.
  • Engages in bi-weekly staff meetings, weekly team meetings and serves on a school committee.
  • Responsible for appropriate use of space, equipment, and material storage.
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a healthy and safe environment within the classroom and the school.
  • Adheres to all school systems, protocols and policies that are developed.
  • Maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality when dealing with student information.
  • Arrives at work on time.
  • Required to be a respectful, cooperative, and reliable team member.
  • Maintains professional competence through participation in school provided in-service activities and/or self-selected professional growth activities related to job responsibilities.
  • For candidates with Oregon state certification: Maintains a valid Oregon teaching or administrative license registered in the manner provided by law during employment.
  • For candidates without Oregon state certification: Maintains a valid Oregon Charter School Registration in the manner provided by law during employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience with
    • Constructivist philosophy
    • Democratic Education philosophy
    • Experience or familiarity with the Scottish Storyline method
    • Experience or familiarity with the Writer’s Workshop Model
    • Restorative Justice Discipline practices
    • Proficiency- Based Grading Practices
    • Courageous Conversations about Race or similar Equity work
    • At least 3 years of classroom experience at the K-5 level
    • Comfort with high degree of flexibility
    • Oregon State Teaching License


  • A Bachelor’s Degree.  Preferred Master’s Degree in Education.
  • Must meet Highly Qualified state standards for the position (OAR584-100-0002 through OAR584-100-0111).
  • Clear communication skills, both orally and in written form.
  • Ability and desire to work within a collaborative leadership structure, with peers, supervisors and reports.
  • Ability to create a positive, nurturing environment for the student.

To apply: please send your cover letter, résumé, a statement of education philosophy and 3 professional references to Kieran Connolly at email hidden; JavaScript is required

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.