UCP Charter Schools Staffing
Each Charter School campus has a Principal. The Principal is the instructional leader of the campus and responsible for the classrooms/education program. The Therapy Program Manager is responsible for the therapy program operations of the campus. Some campuses have an Assistant School Principal, based on enrollment and overall campus design. Based on capacity and enrollment, each classroom is staffed with three instructional staff members. In some classes, there is a Teacher, a Lead Teacher Assistant/Paraprofessional, and a Teacher Assistant. Some of our elementary schools utilize a co-teacher model with two teachers in the classroom and a paraprofessional for additional instructional support. The minimum qualifications are below (most of our staff exceeds these qualifications):
Teacher (except Infant Room) | Highly qualified – BA or higher with Florida Teacher certification in either Birth to PreK, PreK -3rd Grade or Elementary Education. Each teacher is also certified in Exceptional Education.
Paraprofessional/Lead Teacher Assistant | Associate Degree (or equivalent college credits), Child Development Associate (CDA) or for K-12th Grade paraprofessional – passing the Parapro test.
Teacher Assistant | High School Diploma with a minimum of 1-year experience working with children.
All staff are fingerprinted and must pass a Level II background check, as well as have reference checks, drug test, basic orientation and on-going professional development.
UCP Charter Schools meets or exceeds the Department of Children and Family ratios and the Florida Department of Education class size requirements.
UCP Charter Schools – Careers
Are you an individual who wants to make a difference every day? Do you like to think out of the box and get creative to help every student reach their full potential? Do you love using technology, the arts and project-based learning? Do you want to be part of a school that always does the right thing for students? Do you like to be part of a multi-disciplinary team? If you answered yes to these questions - we have some great opportunities for you! UCP Charter Schools offers competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits including subsidized health insurance for all full-time team members (free health insurance for team members who have been employed for one year), free life insurance, Paid Time Off, Holiday Pay, Short and Long-Term Disability and Continuing Education reimbursement. We also have discounted childcare (for PreK and below students) and free tuition at our charter schools for K-5th grade! We are also currently offer a Relocation Bonus for certified classroom teachers who are relocating from out of state (or at least 75 miles from one of the UCP Campuses).
Teachers – Our teachers are the instructional leaders in the classroom. Depending on the class size, each class could have either two teachers and a paraprofessional or one teacher and two paraprofessionals. All our teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and be dual certified with a Florida Teacher ESE Certification and a grade level certification (based on the grade level they are teaching i.e. elementary, PreK-3rd, etc.). But if you don’t have these yet, don’t worry, we can help!
Paraprofessionals – Our paraprofessionals (for K-12th grade), Lead Teacher Assistants (For PreK and Below) and Teacher Assistants (PreK-12th grade) are the instructional support in the classroom – helping to run small groups and support students.
Our paraprofessionals are required to have either an Associate Degree (or 60 college credits) or a Parapro Certificate. Our Lead Teacher assistants are required to have either a CDA or an Associate Degree (or 60 college credits). Teacher Assistants are required to have a high school diploma or GED. We have lots of opportunities for advancement with financial support if you want to grow to the next position! Paraprofessionals also can work additional hours if desired (assuming we have needed enrollment) at our after school or summer enrichment programs.
School Nurse/Health Assistants
School Nurse/Health Assistants – Some of our campuses also have a school nurse or health assistant. These positions help to support the day-to-day medical issues that arise, track physicals/immunization records, administer medication and support some of our more medically fragile students. Requirements include a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN).
Behavior Specialists and Behavior Techs
Behavior Specialists and Behavior Techs – UCP Charter Schools believe that social/emotional growth is critical to student’s success. Our behavior techs lead weekly social skills groups with students. Behavior Specialists are required to have a Florida ESE Teacher Certification and our Behavior Techs are required to have an Associate Degree.
ESE Staffing Specialist
ESE Staffing Specialist – Each UCP Charter School Campus has an ESE Staffing Specialist who coordinates and leads IEP meetings with the primary responsibility to ensure special education compliance. ESE Staffing Specialists are required to have an ESE Teacher Certification.
Substitutes – If you are looking for a flexible opportunity or a way to get into the workforce then becoming a UCP substitute might be a great option! Subs are required to have a minimum of a high school degree.
Other Instructional Support Positions – UCP Charter Schools also employ School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Reading Specialists, Visual Art Integration Specialists, Performing Art Integration Specialists, Physical Education Teachers, Technology Specialists, Robotics Specialists, Family Services Case Managers, Curriculum Specialists and other education leadership positions.
Hiring Process Overview:
Hiring Process Overview – All team members are required to pass a Level II background/fingerprint clearance and drug test prior to beginning work.
1. Complete an online application for the position(s) you are interested in. CLICK HERE Make sure you upload any documents (i.e. certifications.)
2. Our Principals/hiring managers will review applications and set up interviews for qualified candidates. We do in-person interviews and Skype/Facetime interviews, if needed.
3. Upon being offered a position, our Human Resources department will verify all hiring documents and eligibility for the position. Once approved by HR, you will receive a Job Offer Letter and be sent for fingerprinting and a drug screening. It’s important that you go to your appointments quickly as sometimes it takes time to get the results back.
4. Once you are cleared you will be invited to a New Team Member Orientation (usually held on Mondays). The morning is spent with our HR team reviewing benefits and policies. The afternoon is spent learning about our education program and policies.
5. The next day you will report to your campus or perhaps you will visit an established classroom for an opportunity to shadow one of our more experienced teachers. Through the school year, you will have opportunities for additional professional development and orientation.