Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Employment

Second Grade Teacher (one-year position)

Cascades Academy is seeking one full-time Second Grade Teacher for the 2019-20 school year. This is a one-year position.

Cascades Academy is an independent PK-12 day school with about 200 students located in the beautiful mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides on an award-winning 21-acre campus located on the Deschutes River. The school’s unique mission weaves challenging academics with experiential learning and actively cultivates a nurturing and inclusive school community.

Position Title: Second Grade Teacher

Reports to: Lower School Head

Start Date: August 22, 2019

Responsibilities Include:

Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement second-grade curriculum
  • Design curriculum allowing children to build on prior knowledge, experience, and interests
  • Maintain a warm, nurturing child-centered environment
  • Cultivate an enthusiasm for teaching and learning
  • Co-plan and co-lead social-emotional programming and community gatherings for K-5th on a rotating basis
  • Communicate with families on a regular basis regarding program via weekly newsletters, monthly blogs, etc.

Leadership:

  • Provide feedback and written grade reports to families via twice-yearly grade reports
  • Lead two family/teacher conferences per year
  • Plan and attend a four-day, three-night traveling school in the spring
  • Plan and attend one overnight at school
  • Supervise all winter ski-program days (5 days/winter)
  • Supervise duties as assigned (recess, lunch)

Institutional:

  • Participate in all professional development days before, during, and after the school year
  • Pursue and execute additional professional development throughout the school year via conferences, school visits, books, webinars, etc.
  • Attend weekly faculty and division meetings
  • Attend school events and functions outside the normal school day, including fundraisers, presentations, board meetings, etc. (as indicated by the Head of School or Lower School Head)
  • Serve on at least one committee or PLC (professional learning community)
  • Other duties as assigned by the Lower School Head or Head of School

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years experience with elementary aged children
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other teachers and staff
  • A commitment to the "whole child" through age-appropriate, child-centered, experiential learning

Application Requirements:

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

Salary dependent on experience and education.



Upper School Math and Science Teacher (full time)

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

Cascades Academy is an independent pre-k through 12th-grade day school located in the beautiful mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides on an award­-winning 21­-acre campus located on the Deschutes River.

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.

Course load would include:

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

Candidates who are not qualified to teach calculus 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 environmental science 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 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.

Reports to: Upper School Head

Start Date: August 22, 2019

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


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 hr@cascadesacademy.org. No phone calls, please.


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 hr@cascadesacademy.org. No phone calls, please.


Camp CREATE Counselors

Cascades Academy is an independent pre-k through 12th grade day school located in the beautiful mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides on an award­-winning 21­-acre campus located on the Deschutes River.

Join us this summer as one of our counselors. Our camp is looking for experienced, responsible, and enthusiastic individuals who are excited to spend their summer working with kids in our unique summer program.

Submit your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference from an employer that relates to the field of youth recreation or education to the Auxiliary Program Director, Alicia Martin, at martin@cascadesacademy.org

Positions Available

Lead Counselor

  • Supervise groups of campers (between PreK and 4th grade)
  • Learn new nature and STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) curriculum that will be taught to campers throughout the summer
  • Work with program director, guest educators, and your co-instructors in teaching activities, guiding field trips, and managing campers
  • Lead songs, games, activities, and excursions related to our weekly theme
  • Oversee camper safety both physically and emotionally
  • Create an inclusive, non-threatening environment through the use of team building and other engaging activities
  • Plan and prepare daily equipment needs
  • Keep group check in/out area clean and in a neat, orderly fashion at all times, and be welcoming to families during check in/check out times
  • Able to maintain high energy and positivity, while also having patience and compassion with students
  • Ready to energize their students and peers with songs, games, and learning activities
  • Hardworking and collaborative with others while also able to take on projects independently

Requirements

  • Minimum age: 21
  • First Aid/CPR certified
  • At least two years or more of experience working with children in a summer camp, youth recreation, or educational setting
  • Valid Driver’s License and insurance, and interest in learning and/or experience driving 14-passenger bus

Compensation

  • Instructors are paid at an hourly rate of $13
  • Instructors are also hourly compensated for their three day training period


Assistant Counselor

  • Assist Lead Counselors in teaching activities, guiding field trips, and managing campers (PreK through 4th grade)
  • Oversee camper safety both physically and emotionally
  • Function as a mediator in camper conflicts, homesickness, and other behavioral issues, and administer camper disciplinary procedures, when warranted
  • Escort and assist campers between activities, during lunches, and on various breaks throughout the day
  • Create an inclusive, non-threatening environment through the use of team building and other engaging activities
  • Plan and prepare daily equipment needs
  • Keep group check in/out area clean and in a neat, orderly fashion at all times, and be welcoming to families during check in/check out times


Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • First Aid/CPR certified
  • At least one year or more of experience working with children in a summer camp, youth recreation, or educational setting
  • Valid Driver’s License and insurance, and interest in learning and/or experience driving 14-passenger bus


Compensation

  • Camp assistants are paid at an hourly rate of $11
  • Assistants are also hourly compensated for their three day training period


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.