Floating Teacher (Full-Time)

Our mission is to help families break out of the cycle of poverty. For 76 years, Mainspring Schools has led Austin’s effort to provide quality early childhood education, nutrition and support services to underserved families in the community.

We are a NAEYC-accredited, nonprofit preschool that partners with United Way, AISD, Workforce Solutions, Early Head Start and numerous foundations to make sure that our kids are prepared for kindergarten socially, emotionally and educationally and that their families are in the best position for future success. 

We are looking for a full-time floater who would move from class to class for breaks, planning time, etc. The floater is our go-to position when things go awry, so we need someone who is confident with all ages at our school (infant to 5) and willing to step in to any position. We want someone outgoing, who speaks well and often and is also comfortable interacting with parents and adult volunteers.

We hold teacher-child interaction above all else, so the perfect candidate should know how to engage with, affectionately care for, and provide supportive structure for our children.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

At Mainspring, you’ll experience low ratios, less paperwork and a hard-but-rewarding opportunity to make a real difference in kids’ lives. Good things happen here every day, so if you are inspired by the mission and want to feel challenged and fulfilled by your job, we hope you’ll be part of the team. 


  • 18 years or older with a high school diploma
  • Ability to take direction and support lead teachers in the classroom
  • Available 40 hours a week
  • Experience working in a licensed childcare center
  • Have or be willing to obtain CPR certification
  • Willing to complete an FBI background check
  • A desire to serve low income families and their children
  • Patience and flexibility

Preferred qualifications:

  • An associate's or bachelor’s degree in child development (or in progress towards an associate's or bachelor's)
  • Experience working with low-income or diverse populations
  • Experience with children dealing with trauma
  • Experience working in a NAEYC accredited center

What we offer:

  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • The opportunity to make a real difference with underserved kids
  • A diverse population of families and staff
  • A dynamic and fun place to work (casual dress code, freedom to teach your passions, etc.)
  • Annual paid training and staff development (usually on site)
  • A supportive admin staff (including a full-time Director of Family Services)

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to director@mainspringschools.org.