Current Openings

Thank you for visiting! Sun Valley Community School currently has openings for the following positions. Please scroll down for descriptions and full list of responsibilities and qualifications.  

  • Upper School Biology Teacher
  • Upper School Spanish Language Teacher (One Year Interim Position)
  • Innovation & Technology Teacher
  • Director of Development
  • Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Middle School STEM Teacher
  • Elementary School Full-Time Music Teacher

UPPER SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHER
This position includes freshman biology classes and advanced-level science/biology electives. This is a full-time position, with benefits, beginning August 12, 2019. Additional duties will include serving as a student advisor, participating in the school’s extensive Outdoor Program, and engaging in additional Upper School extracurricular activities. For the right candidate, the position could also include Residential Life responsibilities and housing.

QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates should understand and embrace the unique Sun Valley Community School culture of a small independent school in a mountain resort town. The successful candidate will be an experienced educator with at least a bachelor’s degree, possess a deep understanding of the developmental range within the Upper School population, and also be supportive of the school’s “one school” philosophy across divisions. Ideal candidates should have a healthy sense of humor, be flexible in their approach, and find joy in their work. They should be organized and creative with a commitment to motivate and inspire students to achieve their personal best. Candidates should also work collaboratively with faculty and communicate clearly with parents.

Candidates should demonstrate the ability and desire to work within an inquiry-based educational program, which empowers students to think critically and engage confidently. They should possess a love of writing and have a strong desire to work collaboratively in the department to effectively teach writing and revision. Above all, the successful candidate must love education and demonstrate an energetic and passionate approach to students and teaching.

Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by April 26, 2019 to:

Kevin Campbell
Upper School Head
Sun Valley Community School
P.O. Box 2118 
Sun Valley, ID 83353
208.622.3955, ext. 108
kcampbell@communityschool.org

UPPER SCHOOL SPANISH LANGUAGE TEACHER (ONE YEAR INTERIM POSITION)
Sun Valley Community School is seeking a dynamic and experienced Upper School Spanish Language Teacher for a one-year interim position covering for a long-term family leave. The position is set to begin August 12, 2019 and will conclude on June 12, 2020. This teacher will teach our highest level Spanish classes in our Upper School. The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree, have native or near-native proficiency, and should be well-versed in ACTFL’s guidelines and proficiency levels. In addition, the candidate should be passionate and knowledgeable about the Spanish-speaking world. Opportunities to be involved in the school’s hallmark Outdoor Program, advisory program, and other co-curricular activities are possible, but not required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability and desire to work within a collaborative, learner-centered, and inquiry-based educational program where innovation, differentiation, and a growth mindset are valued. Above all, the successful candidate must have a love for teaching high school students and demonstrate an engaged and flexible approach in the classroom and beyond. This is a full-time position, with benefits. 

Interested candidates should please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by May 17, 2019 to:

Sun Valley Community School
Attn: Upper School Spanish
℅ Nancy Parsons-Brown
World Language Department Chair
nparsons@Communityschool.org

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY TEACHER
Sun Valley Community School is looking for an experienced and inspirational Innovation and Technology Teacher to begin on or before August 12, 2019. This position is a full-time teaching position, with benefits. The primary roles are to teach technology, computer science, engineering design, and maker skills, as well as collaborate with faculty to design and coordinate interdisciplinary activities to promote innovative learning. The ideal candidate will have a passion for making, design thinking, project-based learning, and STEM education as well as experience or interest in working in a student-centered, collaborative, and inquiry-based educational environment.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee the Makers’ Lab Develop and implement design opportunities;
  • Coordinate the learning of the ES/MS Technology curriculum Teach contemporary high school Computer Science classes (i.e. Coding, Programming, etc.);
  • Develop and implement an effective and relevant Digital Citizenship program.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should:
  • An innovative educator who has a passion for teaching and engaging students;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit; Experience in independent school educational settings;
  • Exemplary technology, communication, collaborative, and organizational skills;
  • Experience and/or an educational background with coding, programming, and design thinking;
  • A strong work ethic and a willingness to initiate, and the ability to anticipate needs;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • A Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for an advanced degree;
  • A willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.

Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by April 26, 2019 to:

Sun Valley Community School
Attn: Innovation and Technology Teacher
℅ Gabrielle Rafford, Director of Educational Technology
grafford@communityschool.org

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
This position is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position with benefits. The Director of Development will lead our annual, capital, and endowment fundraising efforts, in addition to overseeing the school’s acknowledgement and stewardship process and alumni relations. In collaboration with the development team, administrative leadership, the Board of Directors, and the Parents’ Association, the Director of Development will engage all of the school’s constituencies in support of advancing the school’s mission. The Director will also supervise all development-related communications and tasks including events. We are looking for an experienced and dynamic Director of Development to begin on or before July 1, 2019.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, in conjunction with the Head of School, the development team, and the development committee of the Board, the strategic priorities for the department in order to most effectively advance the school’s mission;
  • Lead all aspects of the school’s annual and other fundraising efforts;
  • Drive the school’s strategic priority of growing the school’s endowment to a level appropriate for Sun Valley Community School’s upcoming 50th year;
  • Steward relationships with members of the school and broader community and establish new relationships;
  • Maintain, analyze, prepare, and report on all data pertaining to the school’s development efforts;
  • Inspire and ensure professionalism and efficiency in all development work at the school;
  • Create print and digital development marketing materials, supervise all development communications, and enhance the print/online marketing presence of the school in partnership with the Director of Communications;
  • Ensure the accuracy and confidentiality of the school’s gift acknowledgement process and work closely with the school’s Chief Financial Officer and business office to accomplish all development-related accounting and reporting requirements;
  • Work with the development team and a variety of constituencies to host effective and successful community-building and fundraising events.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should have:
  • A dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, and sound judgement;
  • Extensive experience in independent school development or similar development work;
  • Exemplary communication and organizational skills;
  • Expertise or a proven background in marketing, communications, or other related fields;
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to execute logistical details as well as higher-level work;
  • A willingness to initiate strategic initiatives and the ability to anticipate needs;
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment managing multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • Fluency in office, database, fundraising, and graphic design software;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • A Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for an advanced degree;
  • A willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains. 

Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by April 30, 2019 to:

Sun Valley Community School
Attn: Director of Development Position
℅ Liz Kantor, Events and Alumni Relations Manager
lkantor@communityschool.org

FOURTH GRADE TEACHER
Sun Valley Community School is seeking a dynamic fourth grade teacher. This is a full-time position with benefits, beginning August, 2019. Strong candidates will have the following personal and professional attributes:

  • An innovative educator who has a passion for teaching and engaging young hearts and minds;
  • At least 3-5 years as lead teacher in the upper elementary grades;
  • The ability to provide a variety of learning opportunities, methods, and materials, which support the diversity of abilities within the classroom;
  • Have a deep understanding of the developmental breadth found in upper elementary school students;
  • Be an organized, creative individual who motivates and inspires students to achieve their personal best;
  • Works collaboratively and flexibly; understands the need to switch gears quickly from one moment to the next; 
  • Communicates clearly with others, both written and verbal;
  • practices thoughtful, respectful, and effective classroom management techniques, which support active learning and promote responsibility and self-management;
  • Is versed in current trends on pedagogical methodology and technology integration;
  • Values outdoor education and will participate in multi-day field/camping trips as part of our Outdoor Program;
  • Bachelor’s degree 

Please send an electronic cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by April 3, 2019 to:

Janet Salvoni
Elementary School Head 
jsalvoni@communityschool.org

MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM TEACHER
Sun Valley Community School is seeking a dynamic middle school STEM teacher. This is a full-time teaching position as the lead educator for grade level for math and science. Our Middle School Program is an integrated and project-based curriculum that combines science and math with humanities-based studies. The school is looking for an engaging and innovative educator who believes that children should be the focus of all curricular decisions, that learning needs to be differentiated in order to see the potential of each child emerge, and that there are benefits to students completing both individual and group work. A significant part of our Middle School Program involves time in the field on four annual outdoor trips.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits that begins on August 15, 2019;
  • Teach a full load as the lead teacher of Math and Science (2 sections) and co-leading the integrated units (2 sections) with Humanities teacher;
  • Advisor to group of middle school students;
  • Co-lead/chaperone four outdoor trips each year;
  • Teach/lead one term of co-curricular activities during the fall or spring;
  • Teach/lead one after school club during the winter term;
  • Communicate with families informally and formally throughout the year;

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A deep understanding of math, science, and the developmental breadth found in middle school students;
  • Knowledge and experience with creating and engaging students in a differentiated curriculum;
  • A healthy sense of humor and flexibility in approach;
  • A real sense of joy in working with middle school students;
  • An outstanding communicator with all constituencies: students, parents/guardians and colleagues;
  • Organized, creative, and inspiring approach to working with middle school students;
  • Appreciation for working on a team and a creative, relevant, dynamic approach to building a curriculum with colleagues;
  • This specific teaching role is for someone who wants to work in concert with the Humanities teacher and believes in the power of integrated work modeled through interactions with their co-teacher;

Please send an electronic cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resumé, and at least three letters of reference to:

Sun Valley Community School
Sam Herrick
Attn: Middle School STEM position
sherrick@communityschool.org

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FULL-TIME MUSIC TEACHER
Sun Valley Community School is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic full-time Music Teacher who can help bring out the musician in every student. This position includes benefits and begins August 2019. Additional duties will include facilitating various musical productions during the year and collaborating with the Creative Arts faculty, working with students ages 2-18. The successful candidate must have a love for teaching elementary children and demonstrate a willing and flexible approach to education.

The Elementary and Middle School programs build the foundation upon which students can participate in the school’s Creative Arts Academy (CAA). The CAA serves students in grades 9-12, providing opportunities for students to dive deeply into one or more of three creative arts strands: musical arts, fine arts, or theatrical arts.

QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates should understand and embrace the unique Sun Valley Community School culture of a small independent school in a mountain resort town. He/she will be an experienced educator, with at least a bachelor’s degree, with a deep understanding of the developmental breadth found in elementary school students (ages 2-11 years), have a healthy sense of humor, be flexible in his/her approach, and find joy in this work. He/she should be an organized and creative individual who motivates and inspires students to achieve their personal best, works collaboratively with faculty, and communicates clearly with parents.

Interested candidates should electronically send a cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of reference to:
 
Sun Valley Community School
c/o Janet Salvoni
Elementary School Head
jsalvoni@communityschool.org

My colleagues inspire me daily; from their creative ideas in the classroom to their seemingly superhuman passions outside of the classroom. It is such a healthy and positive group of adults to be around.

Naomi Goldberg, Eighth Grade Team

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.