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.

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

Thank you for your interest in Almaden Country School.

Open Positions

Full-Time Elementary Teacher

Posted:       January 2018
Position:     Elementary Teacher; full time
                   Effective August 2018

Job Description  

Overview:

Almaden Country Day School (ACDS) seeks an Elementary Homeroom Teacher. Core classes include language arts, math, social studies, and social/emotional learning in an academically rigorous curriculum. 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.

Like all ACDS faculty members, the Elementary Teacher is 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 elementary-aged 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
  • 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 at the elementary level
  • Knowledge of and expertise with project-based learning
  • Competence using a Reading Workshop model for language arts instruction
  • Experience teaching Bridges Math
  • Familiarity designing curriculum using Backward Design


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.

The versatility of our alumni is by design. ACDS strives to develop well-rounded young people, with all students taking art, drama, foreign language, physical education, music, 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, a designated maker space (“The Imaginarium”), and a strong fine and performing arts program all contribute to the emphasis on balanced, 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 and work cooperatively with parents at all times. 

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 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 a cover letter and résumé to acsjobs@a-cs.org

or

Cecilia Robb, Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education

Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

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

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

Contact:     Cecilia Robb at  crobb@a-cs.org, Head of Early Childhood & Elementary Education             

learning support coordinator

Posted:    February 15, 2018
Position:     Learning Support Coordinator (LSC)

FLSA Class:    Exempt, 10.5 months (reports 1 week prior to teachers and remains on campus 1 week after they depart for summer break)

Reports to:     Head of Middle School / Director of Learning Support

Description:    Almaden Country Day School seeks a full-time (10.5-month) Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). This is an administrative position serving children in preschool through grade 8. The LSC provides interventions and helps teachers work effectively with students who need remediation or additional challenge. The LSC works with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and outside services to provide students with evaluation, guidance, and resources. The LSC observes and interacts firsthand with students, providing one-on-one and small group assistance, collaborating with and coaching teachers to help them build their instructional repertoires and ability to differentiate. The LSC helps advance the school’s mission by extending the faculty’s ability to cultivate the gifts in every child.


Educational Leadership

  • Attend Instructional Leadership Team meetings and support all aspects of the instructional vision
  • Advise the Heads of Elementary & Middle concerning curriculum revision and serve on curriculum review subcommittees
  • Advise the Heads of Elementary & Middle about professional development needs and improvements to instructional practices school-wide
  • Help lead school-wide instructional initiatives related to differentiation
  • Help determine and carry out professional development needs for faculty during inservice and other meeting times

Instructional Support

  • Establish a regular presence in classrooms and maintain awareness of the overall instructional program, teaching styles, and class dynamics in order to build trust with colleagues
  • Observe classes and work with teachers to identify students needing additional support or challenge
  • Coach teachers in identifying and offering support for children in need of additional scaffolds or extensions
  • Help teachers develop activities that meet individual student learning needs and support student learning plans
  • Work directly with individual and/or small groups of students to identify and help meet their learning needs 
  • Assist with new teacher mentoring and coaching during new curriculum adoptions or initiatives

Learning Support Administration

  • Develop learning plans linked to a learning support list involving administrators, parents, and outside learning specialists as is appropriate
  • Maintain and share with relevant staff, the learning support list of students receiving learning support for their learning challenges or in order for them to be more challenged
  • Track information about the students on the learning support list and coordinate with the Heads of Elementary & Middle, teachers, and parents to recommend outside support as necessary 
  • Create and maintain a database of recommended outside evaluators, specialists, and tutors
  • Coordinate general meetings between teachers, learning specialists and students (as appropriate) to support student learning at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year as needed
  • When needed, lead or co-lead Student Success Team (SST) interventions and attend meetings with parents to share observations and recommendations
  • Other duties as assigned

Specific Abilities Sought:

  • Familiar with learning needs and challenges, sufficient to assist teachers with preliminary identification of learning disorders; ability to interpret results of learning assessments and provide relevant referral support for parents
  • Skillful at instructional coaching to provide support for teachers.
  • Adept at facilitating meeting between parents, teachers, learning specialists and students.

Required Qualifications and Qualities:

  • 5 or more years’ teaching experience at the PK-8 level
  • Child-centered, developmental, progressive orientation
  • Experience in an educational setting similar to ACDS: developmental philosophy, PK-8, wide student ability range
  • Extensive knowledge of current practice: child development, instructional research, differentiation, motivation, assessment, learning differences, STEAM, 21st century skills
  • Proficiency and comfort with relevant educational technology
  • Experience with curriculum mapping and curriculum development (including backward design)
  • Highly collaborative leadership style
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skill, and propensity for regular and open communications
  • Creative, energetic, patient, and intentionally-inviting demeanor
  • Optimism and sense of humor
  • Desire to learn and actively pursue professional growth to benefit ACDS

Preferred Qualifications and Qualities:

  • Training, certification, and experience in special education
  • Literacy or math specialist endorsement, or graduate degree with specialization in curriculum and instruction, literacy, or mathematics
  • Prior experience as an academic leader/administrator
  • Experience/familiarity with Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
     

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 340 students with an average of 20 students per class. Our graduates are 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 25 percent of the student body receives tuition assistance.

The ACDS instructional program emphasizes balance, as we strive to develop well-rounded children: all students receive drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and art. In the middle school, students choose from an extensive array of more than 30 elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, and a robust integrated technology program all contribute to our emphasis on balanced, whole-child instruction. 

ACDS 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.  

We seek educators 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. All positions involve additional required duties, such as playground and lunch supervision, chaperoning field trips, and more. Administrators are occasionally called to serve as temporary substitute teachers.

Interested applicants are invited to send a letter of interest, résumé, handwritten philosophy statement, and references, as described below.

To apply: Send letter of interest, résumé, and 3 or more references to:  jobs@a-cs.org or to

Dr. Ole Jorgenson, Head of School
Almaden Country Day School
6835 Trinidad Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

All applicants: a hand-written philosophy statement should be mailed to Ole Jorgenson at the above address.

Interviews for this position begin immediately.

Contact: Ole Jorgenson

Part-Time Seasonal Coaches

Effective: August 2017 - November 2017

School: Almaden Country Day School

Position: 5th/6th Grade Flag Football and Volleyball Head & Assistant Coaches

Job Description

Times:               Football - Practices Mon/Wed / 3:15pm-4:30pm

                          Volleyball - Practices Tue/Thur / 3:15pm-4:30pm

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

Age Group:      5th/6th Grade

Stipend:            $1,000 each per sport for the season

Requirements:

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 boys and girls and lead through example.  Practices are twice a week on Mon/Wed for flag football and Tue/Thur for volleyball on campus.  Games are once or twice a week off-campus.  Candidates will need to submit to a background check and TB test.    

To Apply:

Interested applicants can submit a resume to Athletic Director Derek McIntyre at dmcintyre@a-cs.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 career. 

 

Overview of Almaden Country Day School:

Almaden Country Day School is an independent, preschool 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. Our Apple Tree and Apple Orchard, the extended care programs, reflect a nurturing, home-like atmosphere.

We seek candidates who are well versed in developmental pedagogy 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.

The versatility of our alumni is by design. ACDS strives to develop well-rounded young people, with all students taking art, drama, foreign language, physical education, music, and in the middle school, many choices for elective classes. The school’s signature enrichment programs, hands-on science featuring an outdoor classroom, a robust integrated technology program and coding at all grade levels, and a strong fine and performing arts 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 and work cooperatively with parents at all times.

For more information about Almaden Country Day School, we encourage you to read 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.

Substitute Teachers

Posted: February 5, 2017

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@a-cs.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, 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.

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