Current Openings

Thank you for visiting! Sun Valley Community School has the following job openings available. Scroll down for details descriptions for each position. 

  • Outdoor Program Associate
  • Upper School Music Teacher
  • Middle School Math/Science Teacher
  • Aftercare Program Leaders

Outdoor Program Associate
This is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits that begins on July 1, 2020. The Outdoor Program Associate will work with the Outdoor Program Directors and assist in planning and executing trips for our Outdoor Program. In concert with the Outdoor Program Directors, the OP Associate will help oversee the Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA), an outdoor-focused track that allows 9th through 12th graders to focus on pre-professional and academic outdoor leadership pursuits. The successful candidate will be comfortable working with students of all ages (preK-12th grade) and will contribute to the fieldwork, program development, and program administration. The school seeks an experienced, energetic, and inspirational outdoor leader and educator to help lead Sun Valley Community School’s renowned Outdoor Program into the future. 

Interested candidates should electronically send a cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of reference by Friday, March 20 to:
 
Sun Valley Community School
c/o Patrick Graham
Outdoor Program Co-Director
pgraham@communityschool.org

Responsibilities  
The Outdoor Program Associate is responsible for assisting with:

  • Development and implementation of the Outdoor Program strategic plan;
  • Evaluation, implementation, and design of the Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA) curriculum;
  • Planning for and the coordination of the Outdoor Program and OLA trip logistics;
  • Evaluation and creation of assessments and protocols for Outdoor Program and OLA trip risk management;
  • Training, evaluation and professional development planning for Outdoor Program and OLA faculty and staff;
  • Development and leadership of the OLA;
  • Design and deliver curriculum for Upper School courses for the OLA during all three trimesters.
  • Communicating effectively with parents, students, and faculty about OLA programming;
  • Leading outdoor trips for both the Outdoor Program and the OLA in the field;
  • Organizing and facilitating OLA meetings, events, and expeditions; 
  • Development and leadership of selective summer programs for the Outdoor Program and OLA.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities: 

  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Program ideator and visionary. Contributions to the "what could be" question in addition to the "way we've always done it."
  • Demonstrate initiative and evidence of professional evolution.
  • Proficient facilitation of the experiential learning cycle that employs goal setting, observation, direct feedback, and reflection, to clarify understanding and make contributions to individual and shared endeavors.
  • Technical and instructional proficiency in the frontcountry and backcountry context with elective proficiencies in one or more disciplines of river, snow, or rock.
  • Demonstration of professional writing skills suitable for the larger community audience.
  • Demonstration of professional communication skills in a variety of settings including students, colleagues, parents, board, and community members-at-large.
  • Fluency with basic webpage maintenance and cloud-based workflow.
  • Demonstration of professional accountability in a satellite-based workspace without direct supervision.
  • Organizational skills commensurate with the magnitude of program demands, both administrative and logistical.
  • Willingness and aptitude to play a significant mentorship role to the annual TTA intern.
  • Consistently empathize with colleagues, students, and families who are developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the outdoor context.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to self-awareness and appropriate, professional response to feedback from students, parents, and colleagues.
  • A Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for an advanced degree
  • A willingness to understand and embrace the unique culture of an independent school in a small, vibrant mountain resort community in the Rocky Mountains. 

Upper School Music Teacher
Sun Valley Community School is seeking a dynamic Upper School Music teacher. This position includes teaching elective music classes, which may include songwriting and music technology, ensemble performance, instrumental including guitar and piano, vocal performance (co-taught with theater teacher) including musical theater. This is a full-time teaching position, with benefits, beginning August 17, 2020. Additional duties will include serving as a student advisor, participating in the school’s extensive Outdoor Program, and music directing and accompanying Upper and Middle School musicals and plays. Candidates with extensive piano training and strong sight-reading ability are preferred. For the right candidate, the position could also include Residential Life responsibilities and housing.

Qualities:
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. The candidate must be committed to facilitating the study of music with the belief that the creative arts can help us process and understand historical, moral, cultural, social and philosophical topics, and can foster discussion and catalyze social change. Candidate should be a strong and enthusiastic collaborator with a palpable love of music and the arts. Above all, the successful candidate must love education and demonstrate an energetic and passionate approach to students and teaching.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 3, 2020. Interested candidates should send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference to:

Kevin Campbell
Upper School Head
Sun Valley Community School
kcampbell@communityschool.org

Middle School Math/Science Teacher
Sun Valley Community School seeks a Middle School Team Teacher, with an emphasis on math instruction who also has an interest in and experience with science. This is a full-time teaching position beginning August 17 that involves collaborating closely with other teachers. Our Middle School program is a blend of subject-specific classes and integrated, project-based units that combine science and humanities through thematic, interdisciplinary curricula. 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. In addition, 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 17, 2020.
  • Teach math and science, and co-teach the integrated units (2 sections) with Humanities teacher
  • Advisor to group of middle school students
  • Co-lead four outdoor trips each year
  • Teach/lead one term of co-curricular activities during the fall or spring
  • Communicate with families informally and formally throughout the year

Qualifications

  • A deep understanding of math and science, and comfort with the developmental breadth found in middle school students
  • Experience with or an aptitude for collaboration and co-leading projects
  • 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
  • A committed collaborator, eager to work with co-teacher and colleagues on a dynamic curriculum
  • A Bachelors degree

**Both candidates with traditional and non-traditional paths to education are encouraged to apply.

Please send an electronic cover letter, statement of educational philosophy, resumé, and at least three letters of reference by February 28 to:

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

Upper School History Teacher
Sun Valley Community School is seeking a dynamic Upper School History teacher. This position includes teaching grade-level history classes, which may include Modern World History, U.S. History, and advanced-level history electives. This is a full-time teaching position, with benefits, beginning August 17, 2020. 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. The candidate must be committed to facilitating the study of history and the humanities through varied and diverse lenses that portrays the complexity of the human experience. Above all, the successful candidate must love education and demonstrate an energetic and passionate approach to students and teaching.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through March 6, 2020. Interested candidates should send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference to:

Kevin Campbell, Upper School Head
Sun Valley Community School
kcampbell@communityschool.org

After Care Program Leaders
Sun Valley Community School has positions open in our After School Program for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Successful candidates will enjoy working with children ages two-seven years, and have a positive, flexible disposition. These are hourly positions that do not include benefits. Hours vary from 16-20 hours/week in the afternoons between 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Interested candidates will be required to pass a background check. Please provide an email of interest and resume electronically to:

Janet Salvoni, Elementary School Head
Sun Valley Community School
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

 

Sun Valley Community School is an equal opportunity employer. The school encourages, seeks, and will employ applicants the school deems qualified for the position sought, regardless of age, ethnic background, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or physical ability, with reasonable accommodation to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.