Employment at Park Day School
EMPLOYMENT OVERVIEW
 
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: 7th/8th Grade Science Teacher 
 
Overview of the Position
The 7th and 8th grade Science teacher is responsible for the Science aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Math, Music, Humanities, Spanish, and Physical Education), including curriculum development, student advising, student assessment and parent communication. The 7th grade science curriculum is Life Science (general biology and human biology), and the 8th grade science curriculum is Physical Science (including chemistry and physical science). In addition to science content, teachers are responsible for focusing on 21st Century Skills, current events, and emergent topics, as well as helping students understand how to think critically, solve problems, think like a scientist, and use the scientific method. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous and progressive science program. We also seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice.

Responsibilities
  • Teach two sections of 7th grade Science and two sections of 8th grade science (roughly 80 students), developing curriculum and differentiating instruction for students.
  • Serve as an Advisor (using the Developmental Designs curriculum). 
  •  Continuously develop and examine the science curriculum in conjunction with the Middle School Science Team and K - 5 teachers. 
  • 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.
  • Commit to other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities such as, teaching electives, supervising lunch and breaks on a regular basis, participating in admission committees, as well as attending staff meetings and other special events.

Qualifications
Candidates should: 
  • Have expertise in teaching Science.
  • Be fluent in progressive educational theory and practices 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
PLEASE SPECIFY "7th/8th GRADE SCIENCE" IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
 

POSTING: Interim Middle School Director 

Overview

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.

Responsibilities

  • 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 

Compensation
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.

Responsibilities
  • 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.
 
Qualifications
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
PLEASE SPECIFY "6th Grade Spanish Teacher" IN THE SUBJECT LINE 

POSTING: 7th Grade Humanities 

 
Overview of the Position

The 7th grade Humanities Teacher is responsible for the social studies and language arts aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Math, Music, Science, Spanish, and Physical Education), including curriculum development, student advising, student assessment and parent communication. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with the entire MS staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically. The Middle school teachers work closely to ensure as much program cohesiveness and continuity as possible. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous and progressive World Civilizations and World Literature program. We also seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice. Teachers thrive at Park Day School when they partake in the opportunities offered by a rich co-curricular program and a tightly knit, diverse community.


Qualifications

Candidates should:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Be prepared to spend additional time getting to know and help students outside of the classroom and committed to understanding adolescent social-emotional development and needs.
  • Have a proven track record of successfully working as a member of a teaching team and communicating effectively and collaboratively with staff and parents.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.A valid teaching credential is strongly desired. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Teach two sections of 7th grade Humanities, a combined language arts and world history curriculum
  • Continuously develop and examine the Humanities curriculum in conjunction with the Middle School Humanities Team
  • Commit to other departmental, committee, and general school responsibilities such as: teaching electives, writing narrative progress reports twice a year, supervising lunch and breaks on a regular basis, meeting with the middle school Humanities team on a regular basis, participating in twice weekly staff meetings. 
  • Participation in some evening and weekend events are required for example: admission open houses, Back to School Night, parent education evenings.
  • Lead an advisory group (experience with Developmental Designs and/a plus).
 
How to Apply 
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references to: personnel@parkdayschool.org 
 
Or, mail to:
Middle School Humanities Posting
c/o  Park Day School
360-42nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609

POSTING: 4th Grade Teacher 
 
Overview of the Position
The 4th grade teacher is responsible for all aspects of a progressive, self-contained classroom, including curriculum development, student assessment and parent communication. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with staff, teaming to support the students socially, emotionally and academically. There are two classrooms at each grade level, and the teachers work together to ensure as much program cohesiveness and continuity as possible. There is an existing grade level curriculum to be implemented, and we seek vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice.

Qualifications
Candidates must be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices, be culturally competent, and have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience. Candidates must have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning. She or he will be able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences. A valid teaching credential is required. We are seeking candidates who have a nurturing and supportive tone with students, and experience with collaborative teaching. The hiring process will include a screening interview with two administrators, with finalists returning for a second round demonstration lesson and interview with the full hiring committee.

How to Apply 
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references to: personnel@parkdayschool.org
 
Or, mail to:
Karen Colaric
Lower School Director
Park Day School
360-42nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
POSTING: Part Time Counselor
 
Position Summary
The Part-Time (10 - 20 hours/week) Counselor is a new role at Park Day School and will report to the Assistant Head of School. This person is responsible for recommending a course of action to support students’ social and emotional needs. In addition, the Counselor will consult with teachers to best support student social and emotional needs in the classroom.

Main Areas of Focus
Develop the new Counselor role at Park Day School. Identify students in need of social/emotional support in consultation with teachers and administration.Provide direct social/emotional support to identified students as well as groups of students.Collaborate with teachers and administrators to implement social and emotional curriculum and strategies to support all students.Facilitate communication between families, allied professionals, and the school to effectively support students’ social/emotional well-being.

Responsibilities
Work closely with the Lower School Director, Middle School Director, and the Assistant Head to define the School Counselor role with the goal of supporting student social and emotional needs. Participate as a member of the team that identifies children with special needs (behavioral, social, and emotional). Conduct classroom observations of referred students. Recommend effective classroom strategies for supporting respectful and responsible student behavior. Perform crisis intervention as needed.Work with staff to maintain a detailed file on each case. Recommends students for outside longer-term support when necessary. Collaborate closely with the Learning Specialists to create and maintain a list of outside social/emotional resources and referrals and assist parents with navigating outside social/emotional referrals. Serve as a case manager to prioritize needs within a student’s profile and liaise between outside support and school staff. Stay current on new and innovative research, theories, practices and available information in the field of learning and psychology. Collaborate with the Program Team to develop parent education resources and provide programming for families in the areas of typical child development and/or specific needs. Participate in meetings and other relevant all-school activities such as Back to School Night, parent education, etc.

The Ideal Candidate Will
Hold a Master’s degree in MSW, LCSW, MFT with license, or MS in Counseling. Have a minimum of three years supervised counseling experience and two years of direct work in the field. Demonstrate strong initiative and flexibility as part of the team who designs and implements a newly-created role. Support students with social/emotional struggles in an academic setting.Manage and organize cases efficiently and logically; demonstrate strong time management skills. Skillfully collaborate with and relate to allied professionals, teachers, administrators, and families. Provide compassionate support for the difficulties and concerns that parents, faculty, and the general school community experience related to social/emotional needs. Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. Maintain a high level of integrity with regard to matters which may be considered confidential in nature. Have a deep understanding of California social services laws, regulations, and practices.

How to Apply:
E-mail cover letter and resume with at least 3 professional references to: personnel@parkdayschool.org
Please do not send a fax or a paper copy. For more information about our school, visit our website at www.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.

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