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 Day School.

Open Positions

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.

Technology Coach and Innovation Specialist

Posted: March 6, 2018
Position: Technology Coach and Innovation Specialist
Position type: 12 months, full-time administrator
Reports to: Head of School

Position Description:

Almaden Country Day School seeks a dedicated Instructional Technology Coach and Innovation Specialist. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified, experienced educator to contribute personal knowledge, skills and experience to a dynamic, progressive program. The Coach is responsible for collaborating with teachers to co-design and implement curricular projects integrating technology, spanning academic disciplines across the elementary and middle school grade levels. The Coach also teaches and models the design thinking process as the administrator responsible for the Imaginarium, our makerspace environment.

About the ACDS Technology Program:

The ACDS technology program is designed to develop technological literacy in teachers and students. A central goal of this process is to build technological autonomy, so that technology becomes a tool for learning and not an end itself. Students and teachers are also encouraged to exercise the design thinking process as a framework for solving problems in new and creative ways. All ACDS teachers have been trained in project-based learning, and are in the process of developing PBL activities that can be carried out in the Imaginarium or classroom. Technology at ACDS is intended to be both ubiquitous and invisible, an essential tool that is used by teachers to extend and enrich their lessons, and by students to accomplish their learning goals. Technology is to be embedded in rather than apart from teaching and learning objectives.

Key Responsibilities of the Technology Coach and Innovation Specialist:

  • Guide faculty in cross-curricular integration of technology and makers activities in the classroom and Imaginarium
  • Manage "Open Space" sessions in the Imaginarium for students from grades 1-8 several times a week
  • Teach a one-trimester coding elective and a one-trimester makerspace elective in middle school annually; a third elective class may be called for depending on student demand, program needs, and the Coach's own interests and qualifications
  • Monitor changing trends in technology to foster best practices in the classroom
  • Train teacher and student users on all new hardware and software
  • Support the Systems Administrator in database management of courses and classes as well as the parent, student, and faculty portals
  • Assist with device preparation prior to the start of the school year including updates, maintenance and annual inventory audits
  • Manage and maintain the various tools in the Imaginarium; train faculty and student users; plan and advocate for ongoing improvements

Other Duties:

  • As a member of the ACDS administration and instructional leadership team, the Technology Coach is expected to attend all professional development, in-service, and training days, weekly faculty and instructional team meetings, evening events, weekend open houses, as well as attending and/or presenting at onsite workshops and offsite conferences
  • The IT team is quite busy during summer months as well
  • All administrators are expected to take on other duties as assigned, such as carpool supervision, setup and cleanup at open houses and all-school events, and temporary substitute teaching when necessary

Qualifications:

  • K-8 teaching experience required
  • Strong working knowledge of a modern coding language such as JavaScript or Python
  • Understand the fundamentals of computing
  • Knowledge of makerspace tools and workflow
  • Ability to teach computing, coding, "making," and design thinking
  • Experience facilitating project-based learning

Technical Skills:

  • MacOS
  • Creative application of video, animation and digital design
  • Web applications and presentation software
  • Computer Programming
  • End user diagnosis and troubleshooting
  • Help Desk

Personal Qualities Necessary:

  • Collaborative, team player orientation
  • Passion for developing and facilitating innovation and engagement of students in a K-8 setting
  • Enjoys working with and among children and teachers
  • Patient, calm, welcoming presence
  • Effective communication, organization and documentation skills

If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter, résumé, and hand-written statement your philosophy of educational technology to jobs@a-cs.org, attn: Dr. Olaf Jorgenson.

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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, individualized, and joyful.

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             

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.