P uget Sound Community School (PSCS), an innovative, approved private middle & high school in Seattle, has an open teaching staff position for a middle school specialist for the upcoming school year, 2012/2013, and likely beyond. PSCS is growing and part of that growth involves providing a new focused program for 6th & 7th graders. The middle school specialist will be training under and working closely with the school director to implement this program and, in many ways, create it. This 10 month, renewable school year position (August 22, 2012 through June 21, 2013) is a salaried position with with full medical, dental and retirement benefits. The salary is set at $42,277 regardless of prior experience.
Founded in 1994, PSCS is based on the belief that people are compelled to learn intrinsically and will eagerly learn what they are interested in learning when provided a positive environment and support in their self-selected pursuits. Engaging the community, acting with courage, practicing integrity, and otherwise living as a responsible citizen are among the valued goals of a PSCS education. A compassionate staff of talented and interesting people work together as a team to provide a nurturing, respectful and vibrant school environment for approximately 50 students in a multi-age setting. We hold those involved with PSCS to very high standards of behavior and demand that everyone strive to build relationships based on mutual trust, honesty, support, and understanding. A primary role of all staff members is to sustain this environment while providing the students with a variety of educational opportunities.
In hiring staff members, PSCS first looks for strength of character and personality as well as deep passions and a willingness to be open to experiencing whatever it is that life offers. It is our belief that people teach who they are. In addition to this, the ideal candidate will possess some of the following characteristics, skills or experiences:
- see life as an exciting adventure
- have experience working with middle school students
- have a visual arts, performing arts, outdoor education, math, science, and/or counseling background, especially in a teaching capacity
- have teaching experience in an alternative “free” school setting
- be familiar with planning emergent curriculum, hands-on/discovery, student-centered approach to education
- be multi-lingual
- is certified to teach in Washington State (note, this is not a requirement for this position)
Andrew Smallman, Director
Puget Sound Community School
660 S. Dearborn St.
Seattle, WA 98134
In your cover letter be sure to include what has attracted you to PSCS and two or three of the things that stand out to you about our educational philosophy. We strongly encourage you to be creative in the presentation of your application materials.
Direct questions to Andrew Smallman at 206-324-4350 or email@example.com.
Minorities and people of color encouraged to apply. Click here to meet the rest of the staff.