Careers

Almaden Country Day School is a special place to serve children and families and share your talents.

Teachers with passion for what they do

We seek teachers who are devoted to young people and to education, who are forthright and upbeat, eager to collaborate with their colleagues, excited to take on multiple responsibilities, and absolutely committed to the belief that a teacher’s role is to discover the gifts in every child.

In return, we offer you highly motivated, courteous, enthusiastic and hard-working students, a dynamic and positive work environment, and supportive, involved parents.

Interested in teaching at Almaden Country Day School? Please contact us at jobs@almadencountryday.org.

If ACDS sounds like your kind of school, please review the opportunities below! 

Thank you for your interest in Almaden Country Day School.

Open Positions

Middle School Language Arts Teacher (Full-Time)

Effective: August 2019

Job Description

Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks a middle school English instructor with demonstrated success in teaching literary analysis, composition, and grammar, and inspiring in young adolescents a love for reading and writing; this teacher also has a homeroom class and facilitates student meetings, in conjunction with an student Advocacy program (similar to advisory). The English teacher also helps organize and chaperone a weeklong class trip during the school year. 

This position combines English language and literature instruction, with an emphasis on teaching writing (including expository, persuasive, research, and creative writing) as well as formal grammar instruction. Leading elective offerings have also been part of this position in the past as well.

Additionally, the English program (along with the rest of the middle school disciplines at ACDS) engages students in collaborative and independent projects, so the successful candidate will be both familiar and comfortable with project-based learning.  

ACDS teachers are expected to differentiate instruction to meet a wide range of student needs and readiness levels. Key to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

The successful applicant will value a cooperative learning environment in which colleagues work together for the benefit of the students.  He or she will demonstrate cultural competency in his or her teaching, teamwork, and leadership.  He or she will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication ability, and eagerness to grow as a teacher.

Requirements/Responsibilities
  • Experience in working with middle school-aged children and in teaching literature, writing, and grammar effectively
  • Familiarity with current middle school Language Arts/Literature curricula and instructional strategies appropriate to the middle school learner, in the context of a developmental learning philosophy
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs
  • Familiarity with best practices in middle school instruction, including project-based learning
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style and cultural competency
  • Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Technological competence and willingness to learn 
  • Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as expected of all ACDS faculty
  • Teaching credential or equivalent preparation to teach
Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum of 3 years of classroom experience as a lead teacher
  • Experience with leading advisory
  • Experience with project-based learning
  • Experience with other content areas and electives

Overview of Almaden Country Day School

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, pre-K through 8th grade school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose.  The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

We serve 350 students, with an average of 20 students per class. Our students graduate prepared for a rigorous high school experience.  It is not unusual for half of the students in an ACDS graduating class to be accepted into high school with academic distinction or honors placement.  Approximately 20 percent of the student body receives tuition aid.

ACDS strives to develop well-rounded children, with all students taking drama, foreign language, physical education, music, art, and in the middle school, more than 30 choices for elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, a robust integrated technology program, and a strong drama program all contribute to the emphasis on whole-child instruction at ACDS. 

Our parents are very committed to the school and follow the progress of their children carefully. Teachers are held to high expectations for meeting the needs of our children and families.

ACDS students distinguish the school with their character and personality: Confident, caring, respectful, joyful, curious, engaged, motivated, fun. They are a delight to teach, advise, and coach.  

We seek teaching candidates who are well versed in developmental pedagogy and differentiated teaching methods, and who are committed to providing individualized attention to our students and parents. A collaborative work style and a receptive attitude toward cooperative efforts are required in our small school. 

For more information about Almaden Country School, candidates are encouraged to peruse our website.

If you are a dynamic and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with amazing young people and wonderful peers, please contact us.


To apply, send cover letter and résumé to jobs@almadencountryday.org

or

Jeremy Adams
Head of Middle School
Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Dr.
San Jose, CA 95120


Finalists may be asked to teach a demonstration lesson, to participate in a faculty-led interview, and to provide a writing sample. 

Interviews for open positions begin immediately and remain open until filled.
Contact Jeremy Adams
        

Middle School Flag Football Coach

Effective late August to November 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION

Candidates must have a knowledge or background in the sport. School is looking for a coach with passion and energy who can be a mentor to middle school students (grades 5-5) and lead through example.

Practices are twice a week on Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30pm for flag football on campus. Games are once or twice a week off-campus. Candidates will need to submit to a background check and TB test. Other potential coaching and substitute teaching opportunities available for qualified candidates.

Games 1-2 times a week starting in mid-Sept and are played between 3:30pm-5:30pm. 4-6 hours a week is the average commitment.

To apply: Interested applicants can submit a resume to Athletics Director Derek McIntyre at dmcintyre@almadencountryday.org or to receive further information. School will continue accepting resumes until position is filled. This a good opportunity for individuals looking to start a coaching and/or teaching career. This is a stipend position. Stipend is $1000 for the season.

Substitute Teachers

Posted: February 5, 2018

Job Description

Almaden Country Day School is seeking early childhood, elementary, and middle school substitute teachers. Substitutes must have some classroom experience. Core classes include language arts/literature, math, and social studies; specialists teach science, PE, art, music, French, and Spanish. Lesson plans will be available.

Scheduling

At times, teachers know in advance that they will be absent, and at other times, there is no advanced notice. Substitutes are not expected to be available at all times. Additionally, substitutes are invited to clarify which grades and content areas they prefer teaching. The school day is from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Qualities We Seek

The key to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. All teachers, including substitutes, are expected to interact with students in a respectful and nurturing way.

All faculty and staff, including substitutes, demonstrate high personal and professional standards, communication ability, and eagerness to grow. Substitutes will enjoy the same respect as shown to our faculty, and will value a cooperative learning environment in which colleagues work together for the benefit of the students.

Requirements/Responsibilities
  • Substitutes teaching in our preschool and junior kindergarten classes must have a minimum of 12 ECE units, as required by the State of California
  • Teaching credentials are preferred, and not required
  • Demonstrated success in working with Early Childhood, elementary, and/or middle school students
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with students in a respectful, joyful, and nurturing way
  • Willingness and ability to follow lesson plans, as left by the teacher
  • Ability to be flexible and adjust plans, per the needs of the students at a given time
  • Understanding of the benefits of teaching 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, and resilience

Compensation: $160/day

Overview of Almaden Country Day School
Almaden Country Day School is an independent, preschool through 8th grade private school located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose. The school's mission is to "discover the gifts in every child." ACDS promotes the belief that children learn best when instruction is age-appropriate, highly individualized, and joyful.

Many of our substitute teachers are an important part of our school community. Some have joined our faculty having demonstrated exceptional performance.

If you are a dynamic and caring educator, passionate about children, and prepared to work with amazing young people and wonderful peers, please contact us.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Cecilia Robb at crobb@almadencountryday.org or:

Cecilia Robb, Assistant Head of School
Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Dr.
San Jose, CA 95120

Interviews for open positions begin immediately and remain open until filled.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Almaden Country Day School employs individuals of different ages, genders, races, ethnicities, physical and mental abilities and conditions, creeds, and lifestyles, and values the unique background of each employee. Almaden Country Day School will not discriminate (or tolerate discrimination by its employees or others) against any applicant or employee based on race, color, creed, sex (including gender, gender identity, and pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.