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

French Teacher (Part-Time)

Job Description

Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks a part-time Elementary/Middle School French Teacher to teach grades 5-8.
 
Core responsibilities include teaching 5th grade French as well as Middle School French B and French C. The successful candidate will embrace a child-centered teaching philosophy, demonstrate respect for childhood, and establish a warm, dynamic, joyful and fun learning environment to celebrate and cultivate the efforts and talents of all the children he or she teaches.
 
Our objective for this position, as much as building language competence and inspiring budding Francophiles, is to generate excitement for the French program at ACDS and to optimize student engagement in foreign language study. This means that we seek a dynamic, fun, energetic teacher who loves children and understands what it takes to engage and inspire them – as well as someone who can motivate and engage students in their language acquisition while helping them learn about, enjoy, and appreciate francophone cultures.

French at ACDS is not an immersion program. The goal of Elementary French is appreciation of language and culture. The Middle School courses are rigorous and designed to prepare students to succeed in high school French. 
 
Like all ACDS faculty members, the French Teacher is expected to differentiate instruction and meet a wide range of student abilities, needs, and readiness levels. This is accomplished in part by employing a variety of instructional approaches and assignments, including projects, presentations, and student-led investigations, in addition to whole-group instruction. 

Essential to success at Almaden Country Day School is an understanding and appreciation of children’s developmental stages and a deliberate focus on identifying and meeting the needs of individual students, along with building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.
 
The successful finalist will want to be part of a working and learning environment in which colleagues collaborate across subjects and grade levels for the benefit of our students and families; we value cooperation, kindness, joyfulness and empathy. ACDS features a Foreign Language Department with three French teachers and two Spanish teachers.
 
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, providing evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication ability, and eagerness to grow as a teacher.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated success in French classroom instruction at the elementary and/or middle school level
  • Demonstrated success in adjusting instruction to meet individual student needs
  • Comfort with using technology in instruction
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and desire to grow as an educator
  • Evidence of designing creative, engaging French lessons, activities, and projects
  • Experience with or willingness to learn Project-Based Learning methods
  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style and cultural competency
  • Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, joyfulness, sense of humor, commitment to personal and professional growth
  • Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as is expected of all faculty, including participation in the Middle School Advocacy program
 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with current best practices appropriate to elementary and/or middle school learners, in the context of a developmental learning philosophy
  • Teaching experience in a private elementary or middle school setting
  • Teacher certification or equivalent

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 visit our website at www.almadencountrydayschool.org.

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
        

Front Office Intern (Summer 2019)

JOB DESCRIPTION 

This is a summer internship to work jointly in the Advancement and IT Departments of Almaden Country Day School. The position will be part-time for 6 to 8 weeks beginning on approximately June 1.

The goal of the internship is to provide the intern with a clear and articulate understanding of the preschool/elementary/middle school admissions process, assist in front-desk school operations and participate in IT and marketing communications support. The internship will provide the intern with an opportunity to experience leadership activities involving problem solving and decision-making in different arenas.

REQUIREMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

In helping to develop administrative and admissions competencies, this internship will help the intern:

  • Develop administrative competence progressively through a range of practical experiences

  • Enable the intern to test his/her personal interest in a career in educational leadership and/or support
  • Allow the intern to gain insight into the mission, vision, and corresponding initiatives within the school and how the admissions office supports the mission

  • Showcase the intern’s talents within and outside of the school as a future leader



General responsibilities for the position to include some or all of the following: 

  • Answer questions from current parents

  • Support staff during the summer hours and summer camps

  • Support IT upgrades and projects 

  • Conduct prospective family tours of the ACDS campus

  • Answer telephone and email inquiries about the school and the admissions process

  • Help compile components of application files

  • Schedule school visits, family interviews and other appropriate meetings

  • Update and manage information on the admissions and alumni database

  • Support New Family Program

  • Maintain journal of daily activities and project work

  • Contribute to one or more special projects (e.g., research and confirm alumni information)

  • Adherence to the Association of Independent School Admission Professional’s Standards and Competencies is required





PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The applicant must be an excellent oral, written, and personal communicator with exceptional skill and accuracy in keyboarding and tasks requiring attention to detail. A solid familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel programs, and Google Documents and Google Drive is also necessary. Problem-solving ability, creativity, and a strong work ethic are essential. 

This is an excellent opportunity to work with admission professionals, technology professionals, school administrators and teachers, and gain valuable experience in group presentation, project coordination, and volunteer management. This internship is open to high school graduates and above.

Hours, beginning and end dates, and length of internship are flexible. Intern will sign a confidentiality agreement before beginning work.

CONTACT

Mary Jo Heindel
Director of Admissions and Outreach
mheindel@almadencountryday.org

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
        

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.

Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher (Full-Time)

Effective August 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION

Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks a Homeroom Teacher. The curriculum includes social-emotional and academic components. The successful candidate will embrace a student-centered teaching philosophy, demonstrate respect for childhood, and establish a warm, dynamic, joyful learning environment to celebrate the varied talents of every child he or she teaches.

Teachers are expected to differentiate instruction and meet a wide range of student abilities, needs, and readiness levels. Essential 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 finalist will want to be part of a working and learning environment in which colleagues collaborate for the benefit of our students and families; we value cooperation and integration. He or she will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, communication skills, and eagerness to grow as a teacher.

REQUIREMENTS/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Demonstrated success teaching children in a private or public school setting

  • Familiarity with current best practices appropriate to elementary school learners, in the context of a developmental learning philosophy

  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs

  • Commitment to teaching 21st Century Skills, including teamwork, creativity, problem solving, curiosity, ethics, and resilience, cultural competence

  • Aptitude in promoting student inquiry and collaboration

  • Demonstrated success in integrating technology as an instructional tool

  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and desire to grow as an educator 

  • Demonstrated commitment to a collaborative work style 

  • Personal characteristics: passion for working with children, optimism, flexibility, patience, joyfulness, sense of humor, commitment to personal and professional growth

  • Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities beyond the classroom, as expected of all faculty

  • Teaching credential or equivalent degree



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 5 years of classroom teaching experience

  • Knowledge of and expertise with project-based learning

  • Competence using a reading and writing workshop model for language arts instruction
  • Experience teaching Bridges Math





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 about 340 students, with an average of 18 students per class. Our students graduate prepared to succeed in rigorous high school coursework, but characterized by their desire to get involved in all aspects of school life, from fine and performing arts, to clubs, to speech and debate, to athletics, robotics, and more. On average, 95% of ACDS students who apply to private high school are admitted. 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.

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 Day School, candidates are encouraged to read through 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 a cover letter and résumé to jobs@almadencountryday.org

or

Jennine Rodriguez, Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Drive
San Jose, CA 95120
jrodriguez@almadencountryday.org

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



Contact:
Jennine Rodriguez 
Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education
 

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.