• 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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  • POSTING: 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

  • POSTING: Full Time Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

    Overview of the Position

     Reporting to the Lower School Director, the school seeks vibrant teachers who bring creativity and innovation to their teaching practice. This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. Class size is between 16-18 students, and there is a part time Assistant Teacher supporting the class. 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.

    In the Lower School self-contained classroom the lead teacher is responsible for:

    • All aspects of the academic curriculum including social-emotional learning, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
    • Conducting ongoing formative student assessment to guide and plan for differentiated instruction so that a wide range of students reach their full potential.
    • Collaborating consistently with the grade level partner teacher and assistant teacher to ensure as much program cohesiveness and continuity as possible.
    • Communicating proactively and routinely to parents/guardians in a supportive manner: writing newsletters, conferencing with families twice yearly as well as when additional needs arise and writing progress reports each semester.
    • Teaming with administrators, learning specialists, and specialist teachers to support students throughout the day.
    • Managing classroom budget for supplies, equipment and books to stay within allotted budget.
    • Ensuring the safety of each student by supervising and engaging with students during daily recesses and scheduled lunch duties.
    • Supporting the professional growth of the assistant teachers with clear expectations, opportunities for demonstrations and constructive feedback.

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Have at a minimum three to five years of exemplary lead classroom teaching experience and a valid California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.
    • Be well-versed in progressive educational theory and practices and be culturally competent to build an inclusive community.
    • Have a proven track record of working successfully in a diverse student environment that upholds high values in social justice education and practices.
    • Possess a working understanding of developmental/constructivist teaching practices and social-emotional learning.
    • Have a nurturing, supportive, and clear tone with students, and 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

  • POSTING: Elementary Assistant Teacher

    Overview of the Position

    The Assistant Teacher works under the supervision of the Lower School Director and the classroom teachers with whom they work. The hiring process includes a screening interview, group interview and time in the classroom in the assistant role.

    The Lower School Assistant Teacher is responsible for:

    • Assisting the teacher in all aspects of teaching and implementing classroom management strategies
    • Practice leading whole group, small group and individual instruction.
    • Designing, planning for and leading small group instruction in core subjects under the direction of the teacher.
    • Supporting children with their social and emotional development; facilitating student conflict resolution.
    • Providing general clerical support in the classroom.
    • Ensuring student safety by supervising and engaging with students during recesses, lunch duties, morning drop off and afternoon check out.

    The ideal candidate will:

    • Hold a university degree and be enrolled in a university program leading to teaching credential.
    • Have experience working with elementary aged children in an active, multicultural classroom setting.
    • Have completed coursework in child development and education.
    • Understand the core tenets of progressive educational theory and practice while building inclusive communities.
    • Be skilled in following directions from classroom teachers and know when and how to take initiative to support the students.
    • Possess a nurturing and supportive tone with students.

    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.