Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Employment

Short-term Part-time Upper School Humanities Teacher, Spring 2020

The Cascades Academy upper school program consists of an exciting academic curriculum that combines both traditional and hands-on experiential learning methods. Both the fall and spring trimesters are approached in a place-­based thematic format, with each culminating in an expedition to the studied region. The goal of the Cascades Academy upper school program is to create lifelong learners, critical, independent thinkers and socially responsible individuals who are ready for the years ahead of them, both in college and beyond.

Cascades Academy is seeking an 11th and 12th-grade humanities (integrated social studies and English focusing on Latin America) teacher to join our upper school team for the 2020 spring trimester. Spring 2020 coursework is Latin American studies. The school will be filling this position full-time for the 2020 - 2021 school year, and 20-21 courses will include American Literature / History. Applicants for this short-term position are eligible to apply for the full-time position.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree is required, Master's degree is preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience teaching high school (grades 9­-12).
  • A passion for teaching English and social studies.
  • A passion for teaching in a creative, integrated, and innovative way.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other upper school teachers.
  • A commitment to experiential learning and outdoor education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning.
  • A desire to be part of a vibrant, “all-in” community of students, families, and faculty/staff.

Responsibilities:

General responsibilities include curriculum development, classroom instruction, assessment, communication with parents, and general engagement with the entire school. Specifically, this position would be expected to:

  • Teach an integrated Humanities Latin American studies course during the spring trimester including both social studies and English. The course curriculum will have already been designed and will allow room for customization and personalization.
  • Co-facilitate a weekly experiential learning course on Wednesday afternoons.

Reports to: Upper School Head

Start Date: Training the week of March 9th, classes start the week of March 30th. The school is on spring break from March 16 - March 27.

Anticipated Schedule: Monday, Thursday, Friday mornings and Tuesday, Wednesday full-days.

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

Upper School Humanities Teacher, 2020-21

The Cascades Academy upper school program consists of an exciting academic curriculum that combines both traditional and hands-on experiential learning methods. Both the fall and spring trimesters are approached in a place-­based thematic format, with each culminating in an expedition to the studied region. The goal of the Cascades Academy upper school program is to create lifelong learners, critical, independent thinkers and socially responsible individuals who are ready for the years ahead of them, both in college and beyond.

Cascades Academy is seeking an upper school (grades 9-12) humanities (integrated social studies and English) teacher to join our upper school team for the 2020-21 school year.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree is required, Master's degree is preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience teaching high school (grades 9­-12).
  • A passion for teaching English and social studies.
  • A passion for teaching in a creative, integrated, and innovative way.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other Upper School teachers.
  • A commitment to experiential learning and outdoor education.
  • A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning.
  • A desire to be part of a vibrant, “all-in” community of students, families, and faculty/staff.

Responsibilities:

General responsibilities include curriculum development, classroom instruction, assessment, communication with parents, and general engagement with the entire school. Specifically, full-time teachers are expected to:

  • Teach the equivalent of four academic courses per year.
  • Teach a minimum of two electives per year.
  • Help plan and attend all major off-campus and overnight experiences.
  • Serve in the role of Upper School Advisor and meet with advisees on a weekly basis.
  • Help co-plan at least one traveling school trip a year.
  • Serve on at least one Professional Learning Community (Diversity/Inclusion, Innovation, Experiential Learning or Health & Wellness).

Reports to: Upper School Head

Start Date: August 19, 2020

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

Middle School Division Head, 2020-21

Position Summary:

Cascades Academy is seeking a qualified professional as the school’s next Middle School Division Head for the 2020-21 school year. Because of the small division size, the Middle School Division Head also teaches a minimum of two classes. The middle school is currently at full capacity with 60 students.

This is a salaried, benefits-eligible, full-time 1.0 FTE position beginning July 1, 2020.

The Middle School Division Head is charged with the comprehensive responsibility for all activities involving students and faculty in the middle school. Their specific responsibilities include the following:

Division Head Responsibilities:

  • Maintain congruency between the school’s mission and all activities of that division.
  • Ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day life of the division including communication with families, students, teachers, advisors, and staff.
  • Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum in partnership with the Director of Curriculum.
  • Lead the articulation of the school mission, school goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment for the division.
  • Anticipate, plan for, and communicate future division needs related to human and financial resources, including budget management, program development, and any strategic priorities necessary for future operations.
  • Make recommendations to the head of school regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of faculty.
  • Oversee and manage professional development of all middle school faculty with specific focus on the school’s professional growth model and enhancing instruction.
  • Conduct regular meetings with faculty which deal with both routine school matters and the stimulating exchange of ideas on issues of educational/philosophical interest and concern.
  • Oversee the coordination of the co-curricular and extra-curricular activity programs of the division; assist in the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; assist in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events.
  • Coordinate and oversee risk management of all division programming in conjunction with the risk management team, safety committee, and the Head of School.
  • Provide for the academic guidance of students and oversee the grading and reporting of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement.
  • Work with the Director of Counseling to support the social, emotional and academic needs of students.
  • Establish guidelines for proper student conduct and dress, maintain student discipline consistent with school policies, monitor students’ adherence to established school rules and maintain accurate records of student citizenship.
  • Be a visible presence in all areas of the school, work toward a resolution of all problems - both routine and unique - as they arise, and keep the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
  • Prepare a master school class schedule and assign teachers and students to classes and other obligations.
  • Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of applicants for enrollment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
  • Support the school and its leadership.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Teach the equivalent of two core academic courses (math or social studies preferred but flexible).
  • Teach an elective each semester.
  • Plan and co-lead all major off-campus and overnight experiences including but not limited to:
    • Fall Orientation Program
    • Fall and spring traveling schools trips
    • Spring Interim Course
    • Weekly experiential “Confluence” activities including winter sports / ski program
  • Routinely integrate the experiential learning model into teaching and learning.
  • Provide feedback and grades to students on a weekly basis.
  • Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding student performance.
  • Serve in the role of Middle School Advisor, and meet with advisees on a weekly basis.

Personal Qualifications:

  • Demonstrate an accomplished track record of instructional leadership in social and emotional learning, student-centered learning, experiential learning and/or other progressive educational practices.
  • Work effectively and relate well with others, including supervisors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the school.
  • Exhibit a professional, informal and fun manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing, with supervisors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the school.
  • Exhibit a high degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Broad-based, hands-on experience with curriculum design and implementation.
  • Exceptional skills as a deep thinker, collaborator, and facilitator, along with a disposition to act and achieve completion in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Experience working positively and effectively with families.
  • Strong organizational, facilitation, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Middle school teaching and administrative experience required
  • Experience as a Middle School Head preferred

Application Requirements:

Applicants should submit their résumé, two letters of recommendation, an educational philosophy statement, and a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position to hr@cascadesacademy.org. Please include Middle School Division Head in the subject line. No telephone calls please. The position will be open until filled.

Upper School Physics and Math Teacher, 2020-21

Cascades Academy is seeking an experienced upper school (grades 9 - 12) physics and math teacher to join our upper school team.

The Cascades Academy upper school program consists of an exciting academic curriculum that combines both traditional and hands-on experiential learning methods. Both the fall and spring trimesters are approached in a place-­based thematic format, with each culminating in an expedition to the studied region. The goal of the Cascades Academy upper school program is to create lifelong learners, critical, independent thinkers and socially responsible individuals who are ready for the years ahead of them, both in college and beyond.

Candidates must be qualified to teach the following courses:

  • Physics
  • Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry
  • Environmental Science (if possible)
  • Calculus (if possible)

Candidates who are not qualified to teach calculus or environmental science are still encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree is required, Master's degree is preferred
  • 3-5 years experience teaching upper school (grades 9­-12) including physics labs
  • A passion for teaching math and science
  • A passion for teaching in a creative, integrated, and innovative way
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other upper school teachers
  • A commitment to experiential learning and field-based education
  • A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning
  • A desire to be part of a vibrant, “all-in” community of students, families, and faculty/staff

Responsibilities:

General responsibilities include curriculum development, classroom instruction, assessment, communication with parents, trip leadership and supervision, and general engagement with the entire school.

Reports to: Upper School Head

Start Date: August 19, 2020

To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and two letters of reference to hr@cascadesacademy.org. 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.