Open Window is currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 Associate Teacher positions. Applicant experience is matched with open positions, as they become available. Interviewing and hiring will continue through June.
Open Window School Associate Teachers work with experienced Lead Teachers to support our students as they cultivate their love of learning. This job requires energy, empathy, flexibility, initiative, the ability to collaborate and a commitment to teamwork. Successful Associate Teachers must be able to actively work outside in various kinds of weather, maintain regular attendance, be punctual, and dependable.
Many of our Associate Teachers stay with Open Window for 2-3 years before pursuing a lead teaching opportunity, returning to school for a graduate program, or moving overseas to teach internationally. We understand that this position may be your stepping stone on your way to a successful teaching career. Open Window is excited to have exceptional candidates who enrich our school and endeavor in return to provide practical and unique experiences in gifted education that will enhance your long-term career goals.
Applicants must meet these requirements to be considered for the position.
Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree
Experience working with students, middle school preferred
An interest in the social-emotional development of early adolescents
Supportive of the school’s Diversity Commitment, in which we embrace both our commonalities and complex range of differences that enrich our school
The following are not required, but would enhance a candidate’s application:
Experience with intellectually gifted children
Experience helping students with organization, planning, and executive function skills
Teaching certificate or relevant college coursework
Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
Working with students in small groups and in one on one settings providing authentic, differentiated learning experiences
Leading a small advisory group in daily team building and social emotional learning experiences
Supporting students with organization and planning
Actively participating in class meetings and other community building activities
Supervising the playground, implementing recess rules, resolving student conflicts, and discipline
Supervising lunch, transitions and study halls during the school-day
Assisting with administrative tasks such as photocopying, mounting displays, etc.
Attending required in service days, meetings, seminars and training sessions
Attending and participating in school events
Participating in frequent field trips (all grades) and annual overnight hallmark experience
Maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
Engaging in self-assessment and working toward professional goals
Assuming the Lead Teacher role when necessary
Before and After School Program:
Associate Teachers may be asked to supervise for one day per week, for one quarter during the school year or cover for an absent coworker. The before school program begins at 7:15 AM. The before/after school program is an important part of the students’ day and provides an opportunity to work with a broader age range of students.
Start Date: August 20, 2019
Compensation & Benefits:
This is an exempt, faculty position, not eligible for overtime. Work schedule, not including before school care, is generally 7:50 AM – 3:50 PM, Tuesdays until 5:00 PM for faculty meetings.
First year pay is $33,000 paid over 10 months (September-June). This position is eligible for benefits, including school provided medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage. Eligible employees may make pretax contributions to the 403(b) retirement savings plan and flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses. The school is not easily accessible by public transportation.
Opportunities to earn additional pay ($30/hour) coaching or leading after-school programs in area of expertise or passion. These programs vary by age (K-8) and interest and have included sessions such as yoga, Model UN, sports, debate, math club, and knitting.
CLICK HERE to submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your current or prior job. If necessary, candidates can draw upon their experience in community organizations if professional experience is limited.
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Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply on line, you are welcome to fax your resume, cover letter, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions to 425-644-6320.
Open Window School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, or other status legally protected by local, state, or federal law. We encourage minority applicants and applicants with non-traditional backgrounds to apply.
About Open Window School
Open Window School, an independent K-8 school serving intellectually gifted students, is is located in Bellevue/Issaquah, Washington and is fully accredited by NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). Founded in 1983 to provide an educational environment specially designed for gifted learners, Open Window is, to use the school’s motto, a place “Where Students Love to Learn.” Current enrollment is 340 students. More Information is available at openwindowschool.org.