Employment


We welcome your interest in a career at The Oakwood School, an independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory school. We are committed to attracting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff to carry out our mission. We seek talented and experienced individuals who celebrate and respect childhood, know how to blend traditional teaching methods with 21st century resources, and are excited about incorporating character education and service learning in their work with students.


Current Employment Opportunities

Lower School Art and Upper School Ceramics Teacher

Lower School Art and Upper School Ceramics Teacher

The Art Teacher will be responsible for developing in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression, developing aesthetic understandings and appreciations, while encouraging students to discover and develop talents in the field of art.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Model and instill a love of art and learning.
  • Develop and administer school art curriculum consistent with the school’s mission.
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and translate lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for art instruction.
  • Demonstrate and teach knowledge and skills in art, including crafts, drawing, painting, lettering, design, commercial art, art history, and three-dimensional art to elementary students
  • Possess an excellent understanding of the social, emotional, and academic needs of Upper School students and how to enthusiastically provide for them and teach techniques of ceramics.
  • Provide instruction by which students develop aesthetic concepts and appreciation and the ability to make qualitative judgments about art, art appreciation, and what constitutes art.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of student skills and learning in artistic techniques and expression, and modify instructional methods to fit individual student's needs; conduct individual and small group instruction as needed.
  • Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment used in art classes.
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the Oakwood community.
  • Continue to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops, or professional meetings.
  • Encourage parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.
  • Ensure that student conduct conforms to the school's standards and policies.
  • Coordinate with other school professional staff members, especially within division(s), and participate in faculty meetings and committees.
  • Selects and requisitions appropriate books, art materials, instructional aids and other supplies and equipment and maintains inventory records.
  • Emphasize STEAM education in school by promoting interactive learning within art, math, and science classes as well as helping organize STEAM focused family events.
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage tasks.
  • Participate in grade-level, division meetings, before and after-school duties, faculty meetings, Oakwood functions, clubs and athletic events, and any other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain strong, professional relationships with colleagues in an environment where listening, critical thought, respectful debate and compromise is welcomed and essential.


The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Education, or a related field;
  • at least three years work experience as an Art Teacher;
  • knowledge and experience in teaching ceramics;
  • the ability to differentiate a rich, varied, and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on best practices and current research;
  • a willingness and ability to reflect on one’s own lessons and teaching and adapt them to meet the different needs of students;
  • a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive school environment;
  • a commitment to work collaboratively and innovatively with colleagues; and
  • ability to communicate respectfully, proactively, and honestly both verbally and in writing with parents, colleagues, and administrators regarding curriculum, students, and child development issues.

Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher

Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Model and instill a love of learning.
  • Design and implement appropriate instruction of content area(s) assigned in with the school standards, curriculum, and student needs.
  • Create a positive educational climate for students to learn in an atmosphere of respect and rapport.
  • Create and deliver relevant and rigorous lessons that maximize student engagement and achievement.
  • Utilize a variety of teaching practices and methodologies that reflect diverse educational cultural and linguistic backgrounds in order to meet the individual needs of students.
  • Emphasize STEM education in school by promoting interactive learning within math, and science classes as well as helping organize STEM focused family events.
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage tasks.
  • Observe, evaluate and monitor student performance and mastery of standards.
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by utilizing effective classroom management strategies.
  • Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to Oakwood’s initiatives while developing students’ character and sense of community in the classroom.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect.
  • Participate in grade-level, division meetings, before and after-school duties, faculty meetings, Oakwood functions, clubs and athletic events.
  • Take all responsible precautions to provide for the health and safety of students and protect equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Appropriately maintain and secure confidential records, inquiries, and data.
  • Maintains appropriate certifications and professional development hours as required.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:

  • a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Math, Science, or a related field;
  • at least three years of teaching in Lower/Middle School grades;
  • excellent understanding of the social, emotional, and academic needs of lower/middle school students and how to enthusiastically provide for them;
  • the ability to differentiate a rich, varied, and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on best practices and current research;
  • a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive school environment;
  • a commitment to work collaboratively and innovatively with colleagues; and
  • ability to communicate respectfully, proactively, and honestly both verbally and in writing with parents, colleagues, and administrators regarding curriculum, students, and child development issues.

Upper School History Teacher

Upper School History Teacher

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create and deliver relevant and rigorous lessons that maximize student engagement and achievement in the areas of Ancient and Medieval World History, Modern World History and AP European History.
  • Develop meaningful relationships with students and parents that drive students to love learning and make exceptional academic gains.
  • Design and implement appropriate instruction of content area(s) assigned in with the school standards, curriculum, and student needs.
  • Create a positive educational climate for students to learn in an atmosphere of respect and rapport.
  • Utilize a variety of teaching practices and methodologies that incorporate various learning modalities.
  • Teach students research skills, presentation skills, and note-taking skills.
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage tasks.
  • Observe, evaluate and monitor student performance and mastery of standards.
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by utilizing effective classroom management strategies.
  • Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to Oakwood’s initiatives while developing students’ character and sense of community in the classroom.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect.
  • Participate in grade-level, division meetings, before and after-school duties, faculty meetings, Oakwood functions, clubs and athletic events.
  • Oversee the Model UN program and chaperone off-campus education trips.
  • Take all responsible precautions to provide for the health and safety of students and protect equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Appropriately maintain and secure confidential records, inquiries, and data.
  • Maintains appropriate certifications and professional development hours as required.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:

  • a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, and/or a related field or specialty area;
  • at least three years of teaching History in the Upper School preferably in European and World History;
  • excellent understanding of the social, emotional, and academic needs of Upper School students and how to enthusiastically provide for them;
  • the ability to differentiate a rich, varied, and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on best practices and current research;
  • a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive school environment;
  • a commitment to work collaboratively and innovatively with colleagues; and
  • ability to communicate respectfully, proactively, and honestly both verbally and in writing with parents, colleagues, and administrators.

Upper School Chemistry/Physics Teacher

Upper School Chemistry/Physics Teacher

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop meaningful relationships with students and parents that drive students to love learning and make exceptional academic gains.
  • Design and implement appropriate instruction of content area(s) assigned in with the school standards, curriculum, and student needs.
  • Create a positive educational climate for students to learn in an atmosphere of respect and rapport.
  • Create and deliver relevant and rigorous lessons that maximize student engagement and achievement.
  • Utilize a variety of teaching practices and methodologies that incorporate physical sciences: chemistry, physics and engineering inquiry-based labs.
  • Emphasize STEM education in school by promoting interactive learning as well as helping organize STEM focused family events within the science department.
  • Effective facilitation and personal use of technology as a communication and educational tool to improve student achievement and manage tasks.
  • Observe, evaluate and monitor student performance and mastery of standards.
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by utilizing effective classroom management strategies.
  • Implement a clear and consistent behavior management system that aligns to Oakwood’s initiatives while developing students’ character and sense of community in the classroom.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect.
  • Participate in grade-level, division meetings, before and after-school duties, faculty meetings, Oakwood functions, clubs and athletic events.
  • Take all responsible precautions to provide for the health and safety of students and protect equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Appropriately maintain and secure confidential records, inquiries, and data.
  • Maintains appropriate certifications and professional development hours as required.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:

  • a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Chemistry, Physics, and/or a related field or specialty area;
  • at least three years of teaching Physical Sciences in the Upper School preferably in Chemistry and Physics;
  • excellent understanding of the social, emotional, and academic needs of Upper School students and how to enthusiastically provide for them;
  • the ability to differentiate a rich, varied, and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on best practices and current research;
  • a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive school environment;
  • a commitment to work collaboratively and innovatively with colleagues; and
  • ability to communicate respectfully, proactively, and honestly both verbally and in writing with parents, colleagues, and administrators.

Director of Finance and Operations

There is an opening for a Director of Finance and Operations at The Oakwood School for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a full-time, 12-month position that begins on July 1, 2019. The Director of Finance and Operations oversees all financial aspects involved with the operation and maintenance of economic growth and sustainability for The Oakwood School. They serve as a member of The Oakwood School Administrative Team and report directly to the Head of School in fulfilling all duties.

Primary Responsibilities (but not limited to):

  • Establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with members of the school community.
  • Supervising all personnel working in the Business Office and related areas of the school’s operations.
  • Participating in the development of school strategy, providing recommendations, financial analysis, projections, and other data to inform the process.
  • Preparing and managing an operating budget, with input from key administrators and department chairs to ensure expenses are managed efficiently and budget goals are met.
  • Preparing and presenting accurate, timely, and clear financial reports.
  • Directing or assisting with contract negotiations on behalf of The Oakwood School.
  • Serving as a liaison to the Board’s Resource Committee, Facilities Subcommittee, and Audit Committee, and assisting the Head of School in preparing and providing such other information and reports for use by the Board and its committees as the Head of School may direct.
  • Ensuring that necessary and efficient systems, processes, and controls are in place to carry out all financial functions of the school.
  • Collaborating on efforts in risk management and ensuring that appropriate levels of insurance are maintained.
  • Developing and maintaining cash management practices and strategies.
  • Managing debt issuance and continuing debt compliance.
  • Overseeing all fiscal reporting activities for the School, including financial audits and legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Ensuring that human resources policies and practices are clearly articulated, consistently applied, and conform to legal requirements.
  • Keeping abreast of evolving educational legislation and communicating with administrative colleagues regarding changes.
  • Informing the Head of School in a timely manner about the status of all outstanding work.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (MA/MBA preferred) in Accounting, Business, Management, or Finance;
  • At least 8-10 years of professional experience in financial management and accounting;
  • Extensive background and experience in
    - Accounting
    - Financial and budget analysis
    - Institutional planning and forecasting
    - Data collection and management
    - Human resource management
    - Contract negotiations
    - Capital projects
  • Experience in an independent school or other non-profit setting is preferred;
  • Verbal skills and positive personality to handle contacts with trustees and trustee committees, professional colleagues, and any other individuals who come in contact or have business with the Business Office;
  • An understanding of and ability to track evolving legislation related to school operations;
  • The ability to serve as a financial advisor, providing the Head of School with information and feedback that will enhance the ability to achieve school-wide goals;
  • A team player, willing to work with the administrative team for the common goals of the school;
  • The ability to maintain a positive working climate for Business Office employees with clear communication and performance expectations;
  • The ability to uphold the extreme nature of confidentiality of the work of the Business Office.

Upper School History Teacher - Temporary

Position is temporary for maternity leave from August 19, 2019-November 5, 2019

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Deliver relevant lessons that the current teacher will provide that maximize student engagement and achievement in the areas of United States history.
  • Deliver lessons to 8th graders, 11th graders, and 12th graders.
  • Create a positive educational climate for students to learn in an atmosphere of respect and rapport.
  • Utilize a variety of teaching practices and methodologies that incorporate various learning modalities. Teacher will leave lesson plans to follow for the length of leave.
  • Observe, evaluate and monitor student performance and mastery of standards. Substitute will need to grade assessments left by primary instructor.
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by utilizing effective classroom management strategies.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with students and families based on trust, understanding and respect.


Qualifications:

  • Background in teaching history preferred;
  • excellent understanding of the social, emotional, and academic needs of Upper School students and how to enthusiastically provide for them;
  • the ability to differentiate a rich, varied, and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on best practices and current research;
  • a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive school environment;
  • ability to communicate respectfully, proactively, and honestly both verbally and in writing with parents, colleagues, and administrators.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, résumé and list of three references with telephone numbers to Dan Quesnel, Head of School, at dquesnel@theoakwoodschool.org.