• Employment at Park Day School
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    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.
     

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  • Middle School Director

    Overview of the Position

     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 to 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
    • Promote and support MS faculty professional development
    • Oversee 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 grade
    • Serve 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
    • Lead and coordinate the high school counseling process for the graduating class
    • Lead and coordinate a cohesive advisory program
    • Support MS admissions and enrollment in close collaboration with the Director of Admissions through leading tours and open houses, designing and facilitating assessment visits, serving on the middle school admissions committee, and managing retention efforts

    Requirements

    The successful candidate will:

    • Have a proven cultural competence in a community committed to issues of diversity, equity and social justice
    • Be an experienced Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner
    • Possess the ability to contribute to strategic thinking and to lead major initiatives in keeping with Park Day School's commitment to a multicultural, inclusive community
    • 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

    Compensation:

    Administrative salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical with Kaiser, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers.

    How to Apply
    Complete job application and attach resume and cover letter; link is above on this page. 

  • Middle School Drama Teacher

    Overview of the Position

    Reporting to the Middle School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. The dedicated Middle School Team collaborates with engaged students to create a dynamic and joyful learning community that ensures that students master both academic and interpersonal skills. We provide guidance to ensure that students maintain their love for learning as they learn to advocate for themselves and others. Middle School teachers dive into current events with students and arm them with knowledge and help them find their voices to speak out and act when presented with unfair or unjust acts.

    The middle school Drama Teacher is responsible for the dramatic arts aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience including curriculum development, student assessment and parent communication. This position requires the ability to work collaboratively with the entire middle school staff to support students socially, emotionally and academically. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous, creative, and innovative drama program that compliments the rest of the program. We are looking for candidates who have significant experience in teaching drama and theater arts in a middle school environment, have experience designing inclusive and multi-cultural curriculum, and are familiar with directing and staging dramatic productions for adolescent youth.

    Middle School teachers are responsible for the daily instructional delivery of their subject-specific curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and vision. Middle School teachers teach classes each day, support an advisory group (of approximately 12 students), lead advisory meetings/activities for twenty-five minutes each day, function as the liaison between home and school for each advisee, and have other Middle School duties as assigned.

    This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Class size is between 18-20 students. 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.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • 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 staff committees, as well as attending staff meetings and other special events.
    • Teach according to the stated curriculum, demonstrate thorough planning.
    • Maintain an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning.
    • Participate with enthusiasm in curriculum development, committee, and task force work when necessary.
    • Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events.
    • Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activities.

    The qualified candidate will/must:

    • Have progressive educational theory and practices.
    • Be culturally competent.
    • Have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience.
    • Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
    • Able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences.
    • A love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning.
    • A degree with a major in education, or subject-specific field.
    • A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.
    • A collaborative spirit.
    • Have good oral and written communication skills.
    • Organize and manage a positive classroom.
    • Teach and adapt an integrated curriculum.
    • Understand how to work with a diverse student population, including some students with learning and behavioral needs.
    • Be committed to social justice, equity, and diversity.
    • Use a supportive and clear tone with students.
    • Have experience with collaborative teaching.

    Compensation:

    Salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical with Kaiser, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers.

    How to Apply
    Complete job application and attach resume and cover letter; link is above on this page. 

  • Full-time 7th & 8th Grade Science Teacher

    Overview of the Position

    Reporting to the Middle School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. The dedicated Middle School Team collaborates with engaged students to create a dynamic and joyful learning community that ensures that students master both academic and interpersonal skills. We provide guidance to ensure that students maintain their love for learning as they learn to advocate for themselves and others. Middle School teachers dive into current events with students and arm them with knowledge and help them find their voices to speak out and act when presented with unfair or unjust acts.

    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.

    Middle School teachers are responsible for the daily instructional delivery of their subject-specific curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and vision. Middle School teachers teach classes each day, support an advisory group (of approximately 12 students), lead advisory meetings/activities for twenty-five minutes each day, function as the liaison between home and school for each advisee, and have other Middle School duties as assigned.

    This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Class size is between 18-20 students. 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.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Teach two sections of 7th grade Science and two sections of 8th grade science (roughly 80 students), developing curriculum and differentiating instruction for students.
    • 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 staff committees, as well as attending staff meetings and other special events.
    • Teach according to the stated curriculum, demonstrate thorough planning.
    • Maintain an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning.
    • Participate with enthusiasm in curriculum development, committee, and task force work when necessary.
    • Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events.
    • Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activities.

    The qualified candidate will/must:

    • Have expertise in teaching Science.
    • Have progressive educational theory and practices.
    • Be culturally competent.
    • Have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience.
    • Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
    • Able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences.
    • A love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning.
    • A degree with a major in education, or subject-specific field.
    • A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.
    • A collaborative spirit.
    • Have strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Organize and manage a positive classroom.
    • Teach and adapt an integrated curriculum.
    • Understand how to work with a diverse student population, including some students with learning and behavioral needs.
    • Be committed to social justice, equity, and diversity.
    • Use a supportive and clear tone with students.
    • Have experience with collaborative teaching.

    Compensation:

    Salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical with Kaiser, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers. 

    How to Apply
    Complete job application and attach resume and cover letter; link is above on this page. 

  • School Maintenance Technician

    Overview of the Position

    Under general supervision of the Facilities Manager,  the School Maintenance Technician performs a variety of skilled maintenance and repair work in the upkeep of school buildings and other structures, including maintenance of equipment, fixtures, and furniture, and moving and set up for events.  Technician must display sound judgment, great attention to detail, and maintain confidentiality at all times. Additionally, this position must be extremely organized and maintain tools, materials, and equipment in a complete and appropriate manner.

    Some of the duties The School Maintenance Technician would be responsible for:

    • Performing maintenance and repairs to multiple school buildings
    • Performing basic carpentry such as repairing/installing drywall, cabinets, furniture, fences, and window panes
    • Repairing plumbing, electrical and safety systems
    • Performing maintenance/repairs on doors, locks, and hinges
    • Maintaining and repair flashings, roofs, drainage, and irrigation systems, walkways, stairs, stucco, parking surfaces, and similar building components
    • Repairing equipment, appliances, and purchasing supplies as needed
    • Responding to maintenance requests in a timely and professional manner using our online tracking tool
    • Set up and move equipment and furniture as needed for events
    • Organize school furniture and materials and repair or dispose of as necessary
    • Respond to alarm triggers, interact with alarm company as needed
    • Willingness to have a flexible schedule, and available to work weekends on occasion

    The ideal candidate will have/be:

    • High school diploma or GED preferred
    • Minimum of 2 years experience as handy-person or maintenance technician
    • Solid experience with plumbing and electrical systems
    • Excellent facility with common hand and power tools
    • Basic understanding of HVAC and fire suppression systems
    • Ability to multitask and work without direct supervision
    • Well-organized and experienced in organizing materials and equipment
    • Detail-oriented with an aptitude for problem-solving
    • Ability to solve problems, independently, in an ever-changing environment; high degree of flexibility and adaptability
    • Able to lift 100 pounds and carry 50 pounds
    • Comfort level in a school environment

    Compensation: Based on qualifications and experience.

    How to Apply
    Complete job application at https://form.jotform.com/90749053101147

  • Full Time Middle School Spanish Teacher

    Overview of the Position

    Reporting to the Middle School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. The dedicated Middle School Team collaborates with engaged students to create a dynamic and joyful learning community that ensures that students master both academic and interpersonal skills. We provide guidance to ensure that students maintain their love for learning as they learn to advocate for themselves and others. Middle School teachers dive into current events with students and arm them with knowledge and help them find their voices to speak out and act when presented with unfair or unjust acts.

    The Middle School Spanish teacher is responsible for the Spanish aspects of a progressive, integrated learning experience (alongside Art, Drama, Humanities, Math, Music, Science, 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 extremely close together to ensure program cohesiveness and continuity. There are two existing grade level curricula (no textbooks) for each grade and the teacher will be responsible for developing materials in response to current events, student interest, and learning styles. Preparing the students for the transition to a high school Spanish program will be a core component of this role. Candidates should be prepared to deliver a rigorous and progressive Spanish program in the context of the cultures that speak Spanish. We seek a vibrant teacher who brings creativity, innovation, and a social justice lens to their teaching practice. 

    Middle School teachers are responsible for the daily instructional delivery of their subject-specific curriculum that aligns with the school’s mission and vision. Middle School teachers teach classes each day, support an advisory group (of approximately 12 students), lead advisory meetings/activities for twenty-five minutes each day, function as the liaison between home and school for each advisee, and have other Middle School duties as assigned.

    This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Class size is between 18-20 students. 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.

    Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Teach according to the stated curriculum, demonstrate thorough planning.
    • Maintain an emphasis on preparing students for the joys and challenges of learning.
    • Participate with enthusiasm in curriculum development, committee, and task force work when necessary.
    • Perform necessary administrative tasks and attend required meetings and events.
    • Engage in reflective practice and various professional growth activities.

    The qualified candidate will/must:

    • Be fluent in Spanish.
    • Have progressive educational theory and practices.
    • Be culturally competent.
    • Have at least two years of exemplary classroom teaching experience.
    • Have a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
    • Able to successfully instruct and differentiate for students at different ability levels and multiple intelligences.
    • A love of learning and desire to work with children as a facilitator of learning.
    • A degree with a major in education, or subject-specific field.
    • A valid teaching credential is strongly desired.
    • A collaborative spirit.
    • Have Good oral and written communication skills.
    • Organize and manage a positive classroom.
    • Teach and adapt an integrated curriculum.
    • Understand how to work with a diverse student population, including some students with learning and behavioral needs.
    • Be committed to social justice, equity, and diversity.
    • Use a supportive and clear tone with students.
    • Have experience with collaborative teaching.

    Compensation:

    Salary and benefits will be based on qualifications and experience. Benefits offered include employer-paid medical with Kaiser, dental insurance, a generous retirement plan and more. We also have a calming, beautiful campus where you can enjoy a discounted lunch from our school caterers.

    How to Apply
    Email cover letter, résumé, employment application (see link above) and three references topersonnel@parkdayschool.org

  • 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.