A co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school serving grades PreK through 8th since 1982

Careers

Almaden Country 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 ACS sounds like your kind of school, please review the opportunities below!

Thank you for your interest in Almaden Country School.

Open Positions

After-School Care Supervisor, Preschool - Kindergarten

Posted: June 2017

School: Almaden Country School

Position: After-school care supervisor for preschool – kindergarten classes

Effective August 2017

Job Description

Overview:

Almaden Country School is seeking an after-school care supervisor for our Apple Tree program, serving preschool, junior kindergarten, and kindergarten students. The hours for this 60% position are 12:30 to 5PM, Monday – Friday.

The primary focus of Apple Tree is to provide a safe, nurturing, home-like environment for our young students. This is a time for students to continue their learning through play-based activities. Student participation in all activities is by choice, with many opportunities for creative exploration, dramatic play, construction, and physical activity. Quiet time to read, draw, and simply talk with a friend is also encouraged.

The successful candidate will value and support our developmental philosophy. He or she will understand the vision of a home-like environment, while offering enriching activities to engage children. The supervisor will be a fully integrated member of the school community and will join the faculty in fulfilling our mission of discovering the gifts in every child.

Essential to success will be an understanding of the developmental stages of young children, and how these influence student choice. Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate intentionality in building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.

The successful applicant will provide evidence of high personal and professional standards, written and verbal communication ability, and eagerness to grow as a teacher.

Requirements/Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a positive, nurturing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with young children and to value their developmental readiness in various situations
  • Plan and facilitate age-appropriate activities that foster creativity, problem solving, curiosity, social/emotional growth, and joyful learning
  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm and receptive to children during periods of conflict
  • Ability to work with a multi-age group, ages 3 – 6, inside and out
  • Familiarity with Conscious Discipline and/or Positive Discipline
  • Personal characteristics: passion for working with young children, patience, optimism, flexibility, joyfulness, focus on positive
  • Proven collaborative work style
  • Openness to frequent communication with parents
  • Evidence of a desire for on-going professional growth
  • Proficiency with basic technology skills
  • Willingness to carry out other duties and responsibilities outside of the classroom, as is expected of all faculty

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 12 ECE units
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working with young children

Overview of Almaden Country School:

Almaden Country 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." ACS 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. ACS 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 ACS.

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 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.

To apply:

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

or

Cecilia Robb, Assistant Head of School

Almaden Country School
6835 Trinidad Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

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

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

Substitute Teachers

Posted: February 5, 2017

Job Description

Almaden Country 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 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 School
Almaden Country 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." ACS 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 School
6835 Trinidad Dr.
San Jose, CA 95120

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

Non-Discrimination Policy

Almaden Country 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 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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