Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12


Lower School Head (2019-20)

Cascades Academy is seeking a qualified professional to join the team as Lower School Head for the 2019-20 school year.

Position Summary:

Position Title: Lower School Division Head

Reports to: Head of School

Start Date: July 1, 2019

The Lower School Head is responsible for the faculty, curriculum, program, and student growth of grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The Lower School Head works collaboratively with the other division heads and Head of School and understands the importance of the whole school’s needs, initiatives, and philosophy.

Essential Duties:

  • Serve as the spokesperson for the philosophy, pedagogy, and mission of both the Lower School and Cascades Academy as a whole
  • Work with the Director of Curriculum to oversee the development of the curriculum and the articulation of academic goals within the division; work with the other Division Heads to coordinate and ensure continuity of curriculum between divisions; ensure that the curriculum of the division supports the mission of Cascades Academy
  • Ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day operations of the division including communication with families, students, teachers, and staff
  • Oversee the social-emotional development of students within the division
  • Coordinate academic and social/emotional support for lower school students
  • Provide small-group teaching as assigned
  • Oversee teaching assignments and scheduling within the division; identify teaching needs and to assist the Head of School in the hiring process
  • Oversee lower school faculty evaluation, instructional coaching and professional development
  • Maintain a positive professional divisional culture
  • Interview prospective lower school families and work with the office of admission to enroll new lower school students
  • Coordinate the licensing and training requirements for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs
  • Assist the Head of School, as requested, with projects and needs of the school

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Lower School Head is directly responsible for the supervision and professional development of the lower school faculty.

Required Skills:

  • A positive, outgoing, nurturing personality
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team of teachers and members of administrative team
  • Ability to provide feedback and assist teachers with professional growth
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Knowledge of lower school curriculum and experiential education
  • Knowledge of early childhood education and child development
  • Knowledge of social-emotional curriculum
  • Knowledge of innovation and technology approaches in elementary education
  • A commitment to the "whole child" through age-appropriate, child-centered, experiential learning

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Lower school teaching experience required
  • Experience as lower school head preferred

Application Requirements:

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and two letters of reference to No phone calls, please.

Application submission deadline is February 18, 2019

Advancement Coordinator (2019-20)

Cascades Academy is seeking an Advancement Coordinator to join the team for the 2019-20 school year. The Advancement Coordinator works closely with the Director of Advancement to support all fundraising campaigns, community events, marketing and communications, as well as serving as the database administrator and liaison with the business office to keep all records accurate and up to date.

General Administrative Support

  • Support the coordination of meetings, materials, and communications as needed
  • Manage expense reporting and reimbursements as needed
  • Attend weekly front office meetings and help ensure smooth running of the school
  • Provide backup support for the front desk
  • Support the Director of Advancement and perform other duties as required or assigned

Gift Processing and Database Management

  • Record, process, and track all gifts and donations, and regularly reconcile with the business office
  • Maintain ongoing accuracy of fundraising database records
  • Create and run regular lists, reports and exports from database as needed
  • Support year-end audit and IRS 990 filing with business office
  • Support planning and roll-out of annual fund campaign, including:
    • Prepare solicitation lists and mail merges for annual fund mailings
    • Track and follow-up on corporate matching and in-kind gifts
    • Track and generate electronic pledge reminders and send acknowledgements in a timely manner

Event Planning & Support

  • Send event invitations, take RSVPs, organize vendors, and oversee logistics for all events organized by the Advancement Office
  • Serve as event lead for select events
  • Support the Auction Committee and Director of Advancement

Community-Building and Stewardship

  • Coordinate and manage the Volunteer Program
  • Support the Parents Association
  • Establish strong working relationships with volunteers and donors alike, and participate in stewardship and cultivation efforts
  • Support the Director of Advancement in donor stewardship and cultivation
  • Assist with the Alumni Program

Marketing & Communications Support

  • Maintain and update website content, including copy, photos, and video
  • Regularly photograph and video the daily, monthly, and annual activities of the school, and maintain media archives
  • Coordinate professional photography as needed to keep digital and print materials up to date
  • Produce video content for website and social media
  • Create and execute a social media plan
  • Support weekly email newsletter to community with latest information and updates
  • Organize, order, and track school merchandise
  • Assist in management of grade report process

Print Materials

  • Support the publication of print materials (brochures, newsletters, etc.) with writing, editing, photography, and layout contributions
  • Keep school signage and bulletin boards up to date with current events and photos

Desired Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Two or more years experience working in a school fundraising office
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with commitment to high level of data integrity and accuracy
  • Fluency and experience with fundraising databases, confidence in learning and troubleshooting new databases
  • Must be proficient in: Macintosh operating systems, Microsoft Office components, Google Suite; Desired proficiency in: iMovie, Adobe InDesign, and photo editing tools
  • Experience in event planning and project management
  • Ability to keep information in the strictest of confidence
  • Strong ability to exercise independent judgement to manage multiple projects to deadlines with minimal oversight
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, open work environment with a sense of humor
  • Ability to handle interruptions and other unexpected events and make necessary adjustments in a poised and professional manner
  • Entrepreneurial mindset: strong work ethic, energetic, tenacious, flexible, and resourceful

Additional Details:

  • 1.0 FTE
  • Start Date: July 1, 2019
  • To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to No phone calls, please.

Director of Counseling (2019-20)

Cascades Academy seeks a highly motivated professional to serve as the school’s Director of Counseling for the 2019-20 school year.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Implement a comprehensive school counseling program in alignment with the vision and mission of Cascades Academy. This program will provide developmentally appropriate personal, social, and emotional counseling services for all students, either individually or in groups, in grades PK-12.
  • Provide a safe, confidential counseling environment conducive to students sharing their needs and concerns while referring those with more intensive counseling needs to the appropriate mental health care professional.
  • Consult and collaborate effectively with all stakeholders; faculty, parents, administration, and community health professional regarding a student’s social and emotional growth and success.
  • Oversee the development and sustainability of an effective Advisory Program for grades 6-12.
  • Oversee the development of the PK-12 Health and Wellness curriculum. Provide direct instruction when possible for MS and HS advisory and health classes.
  • Participate in the weekly grade level meetings providing support for student and teachers around specific student needs/concerns.
  • Provide families with referral sources for community mental health providers and act as the liaison between that provider and the school so that effective action can be taken on behalf of the student.
  • Provide or facilitate professional development for faculty and parents in key areas of social, emotional, and behavioral development.
  • Assist Crisis Response Team members during critical incidents.
  • Serve as a member of the admission committee, including screening prospective students for admission.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding student and family issues
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and development through self-analysis, participation in professional development activities, exploring educational research, participating in professional organizations, and through formal renewal programs.
  • Represent Cascades Academy with students, parents, staff and the broader school community in a professional manner.
  • Attend monthly faculty meetings and participate in school-wide in-service days
  • Assist with lunch, recess, and other duties as assigned

Qualified candidates will demonstrate:

  • A track record of working successfully with a variety of constituents, including parents, students, and faculty and staff.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact comfortably with a variety of people.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills in order to carry out effective operations.
  • Integrity, sound judgment, self-confidence, maturity, collaborative spirit, and a sense of humor.

Other Considerations:

Reports to: Head of School

Compensation: Full-time with benefits DOE

Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred

Start Date: July 1, 2019

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a current resume, two letters of reference and a cover letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for this leadership position to No phone calls please.

Upper School Track and Field Coach (2018-19)

The school is seeking an Upper School Track and Field Head Coach for the spring 2019 season.

Job Title: Upper School Track and Field Head Coach

Reports to: Athletic Director

Compensation: Salary dependent on experience; competitive with mountain valley league.

Job Summary:This position is responsible for coaching and providing direction to student-athletes so that they might achieve a high level of skill as well as an appreciation for discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork in track and field. Candidates must possess knowledge of coaching fundamentals related to track and field. The coach will need to drive student-athletes to practice and meets in a small school bus (no CDL required). Coach is responsible for OSAA coaching course work that is required prior to season’s start.

Season: Spring OSAA Schedule. Late February through mid-May.

Essential Duties:

  • Lead US track and field team in a positive experience during the track and field season.
  • Lead practice four days/week from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
  • Ensure a certified coach is present at all track and field practices and meets.
  • Attend meets on weekends and weekdays as per the season schedule.
  • Interact thoughtfully and courteously with students, staff, parents, fellow coaches, officials, and the media.
  • Communicate with parents and athletes in writing and in person on a weekly basis (at a minimum).
  • Instruct and demonstrate skill sets and techniques necessary for individual and team achievement in track and field.
  • Work with the Athletic Director in preparing practice and meet schedules.
  • Develop appropriate training programs.
  • Arrange transportation for athletic participants.
  • Arrange hotel room reservations for all overnight events (as needed).
  • Drive (or accompany) student-athletes on the team bus both to and from games.
  • Adhere to all school policies in regard to the collection and disbursement of money, expenses, and receipts.
  • Make recommendations regarding the purchase of uniforms, equipment, and supplies.
  • Ensure that proper form(s) for all participants (insurance, attendance, medical) are obtained and current.
  • Ensure that all student athletes are eligible, and are in good physical condition from the beginning to the end of the season.
  • Emphasize sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles.
  • Maintain a safe environment and facilities for student athletes at all times
  • Ensure that medical and safety requirements are adhered to.
  • Complete injury report for any student injured within 24 hours even if student athlete does not see physician.
  • Consult with Athletic Director regarding any off-season training programs.
  • Assign duties to all assistant coaches under his/her jurisdiction; including pre-season practice sessions.
  • Attend any/ all required OSAA coaches meetings.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Card (prior to hire)
  • Support the philosophy and vision of Cascades Academy by cultivating a supportive and inclusive environment for all students and employees

Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter describing track and field experience (personal and coaching)
  • Professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation or personal references
  • Successful applicant will be subject to criminal history background check and fingerprinting

To apply:

  • Please send a cover letter, resume, and letters of recommendation/references to No phone calls, please.

Extended Day Program Assistant Position (2018-19)

Cascades Academy is seeking an assistant to join our Extended Day Program team for the 2018-19 school year. The position is part-time.

The Extended Day Program at Cascades Academy provides a nurturing and educational extended day care option for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Throughout the program, the staff facilitates activities such as arts and crafts, games, and additional speciality programming. The hours for this position are 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 1:00-4:00pm on Friday. The position also includes special all day care programming for inservice days at the school and evening programs during school events. Scheduling and planning will be a collaborative effort between the Auxiliary Program Director and the Extended Day Program Assistant.

EDP Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement the program curriculum as planned by the Auxiliary Program Director to ensure a quality experience for all participants.
  • Work with program personnel to implement and create engaging, developmentally appropriate curriculum and programming.
  • Help guide students to their appropriate after school enrichment classes at 3:30pm.
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships through effective and timely communication with Auxiliary Program Director and other building staff members, such as the head of school and teachers.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively as a team member by communicating and contributing information on a continuous basis.
  • Assist the Auxiliary Program Director in addressing the ongoing needs of the students and parents.
  • Manage and submit daily rosters to teachers.
  • Track and submit monthly extended day charges to the Business Office.
  • Implement program procedures effectively to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • Observe, monitor, and participate in the children’s activities.
  • Efficiently redirect inappropriate student behaviors and implement the program discipline system to effectively monitor and guide appropriate student behavior.
  • Report any concerns and questions regarding the program (students, parents, equipment needs, supplies, other staff, volunteers, etc.) to the Auxiliary Program Director.
  • Maintain accurate and organized records such as attendance records, snack/supply inventory, timesheets, incident reports, and all other paperwork as instructed by the program director.
  • Help prepare snacks for the children and clean-up the kitchen and snack area.
  • Assist in the cleaning and straightening of the room and equipment before, during, and after the program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the program director.


  • 18 years of age or older with minimum of a High School Diploma
  • Willing to get a background check and become enrolled in the Oregon Registry for child- care programs
  • First Aid/CPR Certified, or willing to become First Aid/CPR Certified within the first thirty days of employment
  • Oregon Food Handler Certified, or willing to become Food Handler Certified within the first thirty days of employment.
  • Training and/or experience with school-aged children ages 4-12 in childcare, youth development, and/or recreational settings
  • Ability to lead student activities and work as part of a team
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Reliable, dependable, creative, and organized
  • Knowledge of how to talk through problems with students and keep students safe
  • A commitment to the "whole child" through age-appropriate, child-centered, experiential learning

Application Process

To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Alicia Martin, Auxiliary Program Director, at No phone calls please.

It is the policy of Cascades Academy to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other status protected by applicable law. Specifically, employment opportunities are and shall be open to all qualified applicants solely on the basis of their experience, aptitudes, abilities and training; advancement is and shall be based on the individual’s achievement, performance, ability, attitude and potential for promotion. Minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.