Employment

We are looking for applicants who have vision, energy, a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, strong interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm for working with motivated, college-bound students.

Open 7-12 Positions

Chemistry Instructor | Part-Time Position | Beginning 2018-19 Academic Year

Pinewood School, a K-12 independent college preparatory day school, is seeking an experienced part-time chemistry instructor who is comfortable teaching all levels of high school chemistry, possibly including Advanced Placement. We are looking for an applicant who has vision, energy, a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, strong interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm for working with college-bound students.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Science Department Chairperson, Kim Hudson at khudson@pinewood.edu. No phone calls, please.

Math Instructor | Full-Time Position | Beginning 2018-19 Academic Year

Pinewood School, a K-12 independent college preparatory day school, is seeking a full-time experienced instructor in mathematics to begin in August 2018. The candidate should be comfortable teaching classes ranging from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus BC. We are looking for an applicant who has vision, energy, passion, a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, strong interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm for working with college-bound students.

Please send a cover letter and resume to the Mathematics Chairperson, Christine Walters at cwalters@pinewood.edu. No phone calls, please.

Debate Coach | Part-Time Position | Beginning 2018-19 Academic Year

Pinewood School, a K-12 independent college preparatory day school, is seeking a part-time debate coach to work with junior high and high school students for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. The high school debaters meet five days a week from 7:00 to 7:45 am and the junior high debaters currently meet one day a week after school from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. The job description is as follows:

HIGH SCHOOL

Meeting Dates and Time
High school debate meets five days a week from 7:00-7:45 am. The team is divided into two groups – varsity and novice. Novice debaters meet three days per week, as do varsity debaters. The two groups meet together one of those days.

Curricula
Novices are in their first year of high school debate; therefore, the curriculum is focused on teaching the basics of debate. The two debate forms in which Pinewood has participated are parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas.

Varsity debaters are in their second through third years of debate. Their curriculum is primarily focused on technique, style, and deepening thinking.

Since debate is an elective course, students are graded primarily on participation; however, research and writing are part of the course as well.

Competition
Students have competed in at least two tournaments per semester. Since students often compete in different events, this means the coach attends 4-5 tournaments per semester. Tournaments are on weekends and can be one-day or two-day tournaments. Hours begin around 7:00 am and conclude around 6:00 pm.

Pinewood belongs to three debate organizations: Coast Forensic League (CFL), California High School Speech Association (CHSSA), and National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). CFL holds three meetings per year, which coaches should attend. These are held in local high schools in the evening.

The coach is responsible for registering students for debates on tabroom.com, securing judges, submitting check requests for tournament fees, obtaining parent permission forms, and arranging for transportation, if necessary.


JUNIOR HIGH

Junior high debate club began in 2016 as a feeder organization to the high school debate team. While it is challenging to run the debate club because students come and go as their other activities demand, there is a core group who keep the club together. Attendance ranges from 6-12 students on any given day. It is advisable to insist on a minimum registration of 8 students.

Meeting Day and Time
The junior high debate club has met on Mondays from 3:30-5:00 pm. There are conflicts with junior high sports at various times of the year, but Mondays seem to work for the most part.

Curricula
Junior high debaters are introduced to parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate, as well as general speaking skills. There is a primary focus on quick thinking and poise under pressure through games and drills.

Competition
While there are tournaments open to junior high debaters, Pinewood has not participated in any to date.


Debate Showcase

Since 2016, both the junior high and high school debaters have presented a debate showcase to their friends and family on an evening in May. This is an opportunity for debaters to show their families and friends the skills they have developed throughout the year. Refreshments are offered and students perform demonstration debates throughout the evening.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Laurie Eickmeier (Curriculum Director 7-12) at leickmeier@pinewood.edu. No phone calls, please.

Director of College Counseling | Full-Time Position | Beginning 2018-19 Academic Year

Pinewood School, a K-12 independent college preparatory day school, is seeking a Director of College Counseling to organize, direct and implement a comprehensive college counseling program serving approximately 200 high school students.

The Director of College Counseling will work with students and their parents at every grade level (9–12) to develop and implement an individualized college selection and application plan designed to provide each student with appropriate and realistic college options. Responsibilities will encompass all aspects of a thorough and comprehensive college advising program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Helping students develop a balanced list of college choices reflecting their interests, strengths, and aspirations
  • Assisting students and their parents through the application process
  • Counseling students with testing options and test registration
  • Organizing, publicizing and conducting informational college sessions for students and parents at every grade level
  • Conducting Common Application, UC, CSU application workshops for students
  • Assisting with academic planning for juniors and seniors; freshmen and sophomores as needed
  • Working in a classroom setting with students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Coordinating visits to Pinewood by college representatives
  • Scheduling and hosting college admissions representatives and match appropriate students with their respective institutions
  • Coordinating college programming for 9th, 10th and 11th grades
  • Developing relationships with college admission offices through college/university campus visits, conferences, tours, and workshops
  • Writing an informative and personalized letter of recommendation for every senior, and submitting all supporting admission materials
  • Advocating for each senior through communications with college admission offices
  • Providing letter of recommendation and essay assistance workshops for teachers
  • Writing an informative and detailed letter of recommendation (when requested) for non-seniors seeking summer or other extra-curricular opportunities
  • Revising the school profile on an annual basis
  • Hosting monthly, informal parent coffee meetings to answer questions on all aspects of the college process
  • Overseeing Pinewood’s account with Naviance/Family Connection

Pinewood is seeking an experienced applicant with vision, imagination, creativity, and energy. Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
  • Significant (minimum 3 years) college counseling experience at a competitive college preparatory high school, or significant (minimum 3 years) college admission experience at a selective or highly selective college or university
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills
  • A good sense of humor, strong interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm for working with teenagers and their parents
  • An ability to work successfully with a student/parent population with a range of interests, abilities, and expectations

Qualified applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to Laurie Eickmeier (Curriculum Director 7-12) at leickmeier@pinewood.edu.

Open K-6 Positions

5th-Grade Language Arts Instructor | Full-Time Position | Beginning 2018-19 Academic Year

Pinewood School, a K-12 independent college preparatory day school, is seeking a qualified full-time fifth-grade Language Arts Instructor for the 2018-2019 school year. Applicants must have a solid understanding of higher-level grammar concepts and at least 3-5 years of language arts teaching experience at the middle school or junior high school level.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three references in one PDF document to Sarah Haun (Principal, Grades 3-6) at shaun@pinewood.edu. No phone calls, please.

Grades 3-6 Learning Specialist | Full-Time Position | Beginning 2018-19 Academic Year

Pinewood School, a K-12 independent college preparatory day school, is seeking a full-time Learning Specialist, grades 3-6, for the 2018-2019 school year. Applicant should be passionate about teaching and meeting the needs of elementary grade students with mild learning differences and emotional needs within a rich and rigorous curriculum. The learning specialist will work collaboratively with the Principal of Middle Campus (3-6) as part of the administrative team.

The responsibilities of the Learning Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with faculty to identify students who are having academic difficulties and who may be in need of learning support
  • Working with students one on one or in small groups who need learning support connected to the curriculum in order to be successful in the classroom
  • Observing students in and outside of class in order to provide feedback to teachers, parents, and principals to better serve the needs of the students
  • Guiding teachers on how to differentiate instruction for a variety of learning styles
  • Collaborating effectively with teachers in order to implement recommended classroom accommodations and interventions
  • Case management of students with learning differences
  • Making referrals to appropriate outside specialists
  • Preparing and presenting documentation regarding students receiving services to teachers and administrators, including summaries of the students’ learning disabilities, learning styles, type of support being offered
  • Reviewing screenings and evaluations with parents, teachers, and evaluators to design a support plan
  • Providing professional development for teachers
  • Attending grade level meetings and following up on any recommendations for action that arise at those meetings
  • Providing feedback to teachers on a regular basis
  • Communicating effectively with parents on a regular basis regarding students’ needs and/or progress
  • Attending regular monthly faculty meetings

Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in classroom teaching and a Masters degree in learning disabilities or a related field and will be able to provide 3-5 professional references. Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of at least three references in one PDF document to Sarah Haun (Principal, Grades 3-6) at shaun@pinewood.edu. No phone calls, please.

Open Summer Positions

3D Design/Printing and Math Instructor

We are looking for someone to teach a combination of math and 3D design courses to students in grades 5-8 during our 4-week summer program. Courses in 3D design/printing will have an emphasis in mathematics and involve students printing mathematical models. Additional courses may be only math-based at levels up to Algebra 1. In additional to a background in mathematics instruction, applicant should have a basic understanding of youth-friendly design programs such as TinkerCad and experience using 3D printers. College degree and prior teaching experience recommended.

Summer programs run from July 9 - August 3, 2018. Learn more about summer programs here.

Send resume and cover letter to Heather McCauley, Summer Programs Director, at hmccauley@pinewood.edu.

Computer Science, Programming, Robotics Instructor

We are looking for someone to teach programming and robotics courses

to students in grades 3-4 (potentially up through grade 6) during our 4-week summer program. These are introductory courses that will primarily use block-based programs on Macs/iPads (Scratch, Swift, etc...) to design games and control simple robots. Applicants should have a solid understanding of block-based programs and experience working with children. College degree and prior teaching experience recommended.

Summer programs run from July 9 - August 3, 2018. Learn more about summer programs here.

Send resume and cover letter to Heather McCauley, Summer Programs Director, at hmccauley@pinewood.edu.

Finance/Investing and Math Instructor

We are looking for someone to teach introductory finance and investing courses to students in grades 5-8 during our 4-week summer program. Courses will cover the underlying fundamentals of money, finance, savings, and investing. Additional courses may be only math-based at levels up to Algebra 1. Applicants should have education and/or experience in the world of finance and investments as well as the ability to teach entry level mathematics. College degree and prior teaching experience recommended.

Summer programs run from July 9 - August 3, 2018. Learn more about summer programs here.

Send resume and cover letter to Heather McCauley, Summer Programs Director, at hmccauley@pinewood.edu.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and as such, do not discriminate against employees or applicants in any aspect of our employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. We similarly do not engage in or permit discrimination on the basis of any category protected by applicable local, state, or federal law with regard to the administration of Pinewood School's admissions policies or school programs and activities.

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