Open Window School nurtures and inspires students of high intellectual potential.
Open Window School (K-8, coed, 358 student day school) is seeking highly qualified candidates for its Associate Teacher position.
Open Window is dedicated to serving gifted students. With a strong commitment to social-emotional learning, these exceptional young people are nurtured and inspired in both their academic and personal growth. Parents/guardians and students alike are quick to point out the strength in the faculty and the close relationships Open Window teachers forge with their students. Open Window students have true enthusiasm for deep and accelerated learning, with an emphasis on project-based initiatives with real world application. Innovation and risk taking are encouraged within a supportive environment. Open Window School graduates are empathetic, academically well-prepared, innovative problem solvers, purposeful global citizens with a commitment to equity and inclusion. This is a place where it is cool to be smart and the expectation is that our students will graduate and make a difference in high school and beyond.
Located on a beautiful campus in Bellevue, Washington, 10 miles from the center of downtown Seattle, Open Window benefits from its unique location; it is surrounded by woods right in the middle of one of the fastest growing metro populations in the country. The school enjoys a robust and growing pipeline of students which will continue to drive demand for the type of rich educational experience guided by Open Window’s mission and values.
Associate teachers at Open Window work with experienced lead teachers to support our students as they cultivate their love of learning. This job requires passion for working with middle school students, energy, empathy, flexibility, initiative, 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. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who are interested in learning and explore valuable skills for future lead teaching opportunities, understanding independent schools and entering graduate programs in the field.
Major Areas of Responsibility/Specific Duties:
Assisting in classrooms
Subbing for lead teachers
Leading advisory groups, teaching clubs or elective classes
Supporting educational activities such as special projects, events and field trips
Chaperoning overnight trips with students
Supporting students with organization and planning
Rotating coverage duties for lunch, recess and dismissal and occasional before care or afterschool study hall coverage
Overseeing students in guided study halls
Administrative tasks such as copying, preparing for classes and events
Maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
Other duties as needed and assigned.
Qualities & Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree and/or relevant experience.
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.
Dedication to our mission, in which we inspire and nurture students of high intellectual potential and to promoting our core values: Bobcats are Kind, Inclusive, Respectful and Responsible.
Ability to work independently, collegially, and collaboratively. Positive team member.
Demonstrate a warm, engaging demeanor towards families, colleagues, and public.
Position Classification: Exempt, Full Time (10 month school year), benefit eligible
Hours: 8am – 4pm, 5pm on Tuesdays. Occasional weekend and evening work required
Sick/personal leave and paid holidays
Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (paid 100% for employee only coverage)
Employer paid Health Reimbursement Account
Flexible Spending Accounts
403(b) Retirement Account, Pre-tax & Roth Options (eligible for employer contribution and employer match after one year of service).
Life and AD&D Insurance
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Professional development and training opportunities
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be verified by the Human Resources Manager after an employment offer has been extended and accepted. Please reach out to Human Resources at email@example.com if you need information on a medical or religious accommodation.
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below on our Career Opportunities website. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
How would you define diversity?
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.
Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply online, 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.
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.