Employment at Park Day School
Park Day School Mission
At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.

The School
At Park Day School, expert teachers and dedicated staff are committed to the enterprise of providing a place where students learn deeply, think creatively, act compassionately, and live fully.
Founded in 1976, Park Day offers an outstanding coeducational K-8 program to over 300 students. The school community embraces the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Oakland. The school is rooted in the tenets of progressive education and reinforces 21st Century learning. Our student-centered approach cultivates deep thinkers and compassionate and courageous people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world. Park Day is a leader in public purpose initiatives; our community outreach program collaborates with public schools and community groups to create meaningful service-learning opportunities for our students.

Located in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, the school is situated on a four-acre campus that has been described as "glorious" and "a jewel" with trees,gardens, and quiet niches as well as outdoor play and athletic facilities; it is a campus for all ages. Park Day has become a leader in developing innovative educational connections between campus and classroom, including our living labs, specialized learning gardens, nature zone, chicken coop, and edible gardens.


POSTING: East Bay Mini Maker Faire Coordinator 
Overview of the Position
Working with the Volunteer and Events Coordinator and the Development Office, this position will be the lead coordinator for the Park Day East Bay Mini Maker Faire taking place October 22, 2017. This one-day event is attended by 6,000-8,000 people annually, and includes more than 120  booths, vendors and activities. The EBMMF Coordinator will take the lead on all aspects of planning, permitting, communications, logistics and operations to bring the event to life, leading a team of 40-50 parent volunteers, securing in-kind donations, and supporting the Development Director in securing corporate sponsorships, and other duties as assigned.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire

  • Logistics including permits, rentals, insurance, 1099s for cash payments etc.
  • Generating and producing school-wide communication.Identifying volunteers for major tasks and then coordinating them (Volunteer Coordinator, Area Managers, Logistics, Eventbrite and ticket manager)
  • Maker Relations: Call for Makers, follow up communications, building relationships with maker community, giving back to the maker community in the form of lunches, party, opportunities for strategic relationships (for example, a meeting with Arts Board Of Oakland, etc.)
  • Outreach to community stakeholders including public schools, community centers, area places of worship and other youth serving organizations.
  • Content for marketing message and market event via press releases, online and print advertising, grass roots marketing, and PSAs. 
  • Donor/sponsor acknowledgement and stewardship.  

Requirements and Qualifications 
Event planning and operations,, donor and volunteer relations, special event experience, marketing and computer skills are necessary. Excellent communication and organizational skills essential. Bachelor’s degree with at least two years related experience. We are seeking excellent communicators with high levels of empathy who have experience collaborating closely with colleagues and clients. This is an annual, seasonal position.
The schedule will require a weekly commitment of 10-20 hours during  June, July and August; a weekly requirement of 20-30 hours in September and October; and 5-10 hours per week in November. This includes occasional weekend and evening hours to manage volunteer group activities, committee meetings and events to benefit the organization.

How to Apply
E-mail cover letter and resume (subject: EBMMF Coordinator) with at least 2 professional references to personnel@parkdayschool.org . Please do not send a fax or a paper copy.


POSTING: Interim Middle School Director 


Working with the Head of School, the Middle School Director leads 120 students, their families, and our Middle School faculty and staff in the delivery of a rich, progressive program that helps our students think creatively, learn deeply, act compassionately and live fully throughout their Middle School experience–and prepares them thrive in high school, college and beyond.


  • Ensure the care and quality of our progressive model of education for Middle School students and teachers
  • Lead, support and evaluate the development of MS faculty and staff, individually and collectively
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of MS faculty and staff when required
  • Promote MS faculty professional development and oversees curriculum development
  • Direct all internal and external communications and meetings for MS students, parents and faculty
  • Serve as a consultant to MS faculty in manners of classroom management, progressive teaching methods and school procedures
  • Take the lead in organizing class trips for 6th to 8th gradeServe as an integral member of our Administrative leadership team, as led by the Head of School
  • Collaborate with the Lower School Director and Assistant Head of School to ensure a cohesive Kindergarten through 8th grade program
  • Promote a safe and positive learning environment by effectively building relationships, maintaining established norms of behavior, and coordinating support for students
  • Oversee the reporting of student progress
  • Participate in a variety of school-wide community functions, some of which are in the evenings and/or on weekends 

Requirements—The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a master’s degree and/or other postgraduate degrees in a subject field or in a leadership area
  • Have a minimum of five years progressive teaching and leadership experience with Middle School students and teachers
  • Exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have a command of knowledge in adolescent development and curriculum development
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and facilitative skills and a passion for people, teaching and learning 

Administrative salary and benefits are competitive and will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including medical, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, and tuition remission. 

How to Apply
Interested candidates should contact personnel at personnel@parkdayschool.org and send a resume and a cover letter.  A final selection will be made by mid- to late June so candidates should submit their materials in prompt and expeditious manner.

POSTING: 6th Grade Spanish Teacher 
Overview of the Position
The 6th grade Spanish teacher is responsible for the Spanish aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Humanities, Math, Music, Science, and Physical Education). The position will be between 8 - 10 hours per week.

Park Day 6th grade Spanish is designed to accommodate students who are new to the Spanish language, as well as those who have been exposed to Spanish in elementary school or in their home community. In this class, students will be guided and supported to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish. The overarching goal is for students to engage with the Spanish language in both receptive and productive manners. The curriculum is rich and varied, and classes include verbal activities, written work, songs, games, and projects. Latin American culture will be explored through an in-depth focus on Spanish-speaking countries, the Spanish-speaking communities in the U.S., as well as a particular study of the United Farmworker movement in the United States. We seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice.

  • Teach two sections of 6th grade Spanish (roughly 40 students), developing curriculum and differentiating instruction for students who have never been exposed to the language as well as those who already have strong Spanish language skills. 
  • Continuously develop and examine the Spanish curriculum in conjunction with the K-8 Spanish Team.
  • Collaborate with the entire middle school staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically as well as to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity
  • Conduct ongoing student assessment and write narrative progress reports twice a year.
  • Communicate effectively and collaboratively with staff and parents.
  • Depending on availability and school needs, possibly commit to other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities such as, teaching electives, supervising lunch and breaks on a regular basis, and attend staff meetings.
Candidates should:
  • Be fluent in Spanish
  • Be fluent in progressive educational theory and practices, be culturally competent, and have at least three years of exemplary classroom teaching experience. 
  • Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning. 
  • Be able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and with multiple intelligences. 
  • Have a nurturing and supportive tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching. Infuse lessons with energy and joy, inspire a passion for learning, and anchor curriculum in meaningful contexts for deep understanding. 
  • Establish and maintain a healthy and mutually respectful learning environment. 
  • Have a proven track record of successfully working as a member of a teaching team.
  • Be culturally competent
A valid teaching credential is strongly desired. The hiring process will include a demonstration lesson and interview with a hiring committee.

How to Apply:
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references to: personnel@parkdayschool.org
POSTING: On Call K-8 Substitute Teachers

Overview of the Position and Qualifications
We are seeking individuals with elementary or middle school classroom experience and/or education to work on an on-call basis to substitute teach in lower school self contained classrooms, middle school single subject classrooms and/or arts and physical education programs. An understanding of progressive educational theory and practices is preferred. We also seek candidates who are comfortable working in a diverse learning environment. We are seeking candidates who have a nurturing and supportive tone with students. The substitute teacher will be responsible for implementing the daily lesson plans and adhering to the posted schedule. Interested candidates will undergo a thorough orientation training to understand our progressive and collaborative professional environment. A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.

How to Apply
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 2 professional references to: karen.colaric@parkdayschool.org
Or, mail to: Karen Colaric, Lower School Director, at
                  Park Day School
                  360 42nd Street
                  Oakland, CA 94609
Park Day School actively seeks to build a diverse student, staff and parent community. We are an avid equal opportunity employer and seek applicants who reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, ethnicity, family-care status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, faith or veteran status.

PDS is an EEO employer and follows all applicable employment laws.