Career Opportunities

AHB Community School is a fantastic place to work for educators interested in progressive and innovative curriculum, philosophy, and community.  Our low student:teacher ratio, co-teaching format, and bend toward social justice within an inquiry-based learning environment is ideal for those educators who understand, accept, and want to find solutions for the challenges of learning in the 21st Century.

Head of School

Do you believe in progressive education with methods supported by best practices and research? Do you value a system where teachers, students and families are inspired to pursue the best, broadest and most comprehensive education? Do you want to be an integral part of what’s next in education? If so, please read about us, and about the opportunity we have available at our school.

AHB Community School, located in Austin, Texas, is an alternative, progressive, part-time, secular, independent, non-profit school for grades K-8. We are seeking an energetic, hands-on, problem-solving, dynamic and experienced Head of School who will report to the Executive Director. http://www.ahbcs.org/about-ahb/

Qualifications

  • Prefer 5+ years prior relevant experience
  • Deep understanding of progressive educational models and systems
  • Knowledge of current best practices in curriculum implementation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Overview

The Head of School is appointed by the Executive Director to administer the implementation of the school’s academic goals. Broadly speaking, the duties of the position will combine School-Facing Duties (working with the teachers and staff to take care of the current students and the existing community) and Community-Facing Duties (recruit new students and grow the profile of the school). We are looking for a candidate with strengths and skills that can address both of these important aspects of running the school on a day-to-day basis and leading AHB into the future.

Academics

  1. Ensure proper documentation of all disciplinary issues, including developing solid plans for addressing issues.
  2. Provide oversight of all ongoing academic issues with parents and teachers and document accordingly, including developing solid plans for addressing issues.
  3. Attend staff meetings and meetings on vertical alignment between the classes. Manage and support vertical alignment with documentation.
  4. Manage the AHB continua and assessment report process, working closely with teachers and ED to ensure that the documents and reporting methods continue to best serve and represent the classroom learning and school model, working with the team to integrate updates as needed.  
  5. Management of extracurricular offerings
  6. Track and document classroom methodologies through class observations and review of unit plans to see how individual classrooms represent the AHB model, to ensure that classrooms serve the students to the best of our abilities, track movement of curriculum, and to capture the knowledge and talents of our staff and program.

Admissions and Retention

  1. Actively manage student recruiting, which includes responding to all inquiries, conducting family interviews and analyzing potential students and families for compatibility.
  2. Coordinate with teachers on determining good fit students for day visits.
  3. Ensure appropriate data is tracked so that AHB can track the metrics on students deferred, declined, not accepted, etc.
  4. Represent AHB at appropriate school fairs.
  5. Establish relationships with appropriate feeder schools.
  6. With ED, conduct exit interviews with all leaving families.

Staffing

  1. Provide thorough and holistic feedback on the teaching style, classroom management, and professional relationships for all teachers, including documenting AHB’s pedagogy.
  2. Together with the help of any veteran co-teachers, train and provide feedback to new and developing teachers and assistants.
  3. Provide oversight and feedback on curriculum of each class with insight to the scope and sequence of the work and ensuring vertical alignment within the classes.
  4. With ED, identify and implement appropriate Professional Development to further the profile of teachers.

Communications

  1. Along with ED, serve as a public persona and point of contact for the school: supporting parents, students and visitors; attending community events, etc.
  2. With ED, develop and implement a social media plan that addresses AHB’s presence on various social platforms.
  3. When needed, serve as a layer of communication and support between teachers and families of students who are struggling with classroom progress or expectations.
  4. Through ED, provide the Board monthly reports on the implementation of all areas of work.

Strategic Plan

  1. Work closely with and provide needed support to ED on program development and  Strategic Planning.
  2. Oversee the implementation of the Middle School strategic plans for 2018-2021.

General Operations

  1. Provide coverage of general operations in the ED’s absence.

To Apply: Please send your résumé, cover letter outlining your experience and how it relates to the job description, three references, and a one-page educational philosophy to: admin@ahbcs.org

Posting Closing Date: July 1st, 2019

AHB is committed to workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national & ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

 

Upper Elementary Teacher (9-11 year olds)

AHB Community School (http://www.ahbcs.org), an independent, co-educational, and part-time progressive school in Austin, TX, is looking for an experienced 4th/5th grade teacher  (9-11 year olds) for our Gamma Classroom. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong background in current and emerging best practices in education, including but not limited to: differentiation of instruction, developmentally appropriate practices, social/emotional learning, project-based and inquiry-based instruction, great communication with colleagues/students/parents, co-teaching with strong evidence of collaboration, flexibility, non-graded/authentic assessment, and positive behavior support. High-level content mastery in the primary domains of Math and Humanities, and knowledge of the Core Standards is required. Moreover, the successful candidate will creatively and effectively apply these practices to his/her teaching.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field, at least 3 years of classroom teaching or related experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree, Current teacher’s license (or equivalent); experience in progressive education school settings. 

Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and implement quality instruction that encourages students to be actively engaged in the learning process, using AHB Community School’s curriculum as a guide. This includes language arts, math, social studies, and science.
  2. Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a wide variety of students with different learning styles as well as different areas of strength and weakness.
  3. Promote a positive classroom environment and demonstrate strong classroom management skills in order to create and maintain a learning environment that ensures high levels of learning for all students.
  4. Collaborate and communicate with students, parents, colleagues, assistant teacher, and administrators to ensure the highest level of learning for all students.
  5. Collaborate to plan integrated &/or interdisciplinary units that support the instructional objectives of all curricular areas.
  6. Work diligently and promptly to maintain home-school connection and communication and help foster positive relationships with the community.
  7. Employ a variety of progressive teaching methods to ensure optimal learning for all students.
  8. Use AHB assessment models and evaluations to guide instructional decisions; maintain accurate, up-to-date records and communicate results to students, parents, and appropriate others in a timely manner with regard to student progress and performance.
  9. Perform professional duties efficiently, manage resources effectively, and meet deadlines set by the school.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

 

Reports to: Executive Director

Yearly contract with annual review

Monday – Thursday, with duty time from 8:30am-3:30pm (classes from 9:00a-2:30p)

To Apply: Please send your résumé, references, and a one-page educational philosophy that helps describe your interest in AHB Community School to: admin@ahbcs.org

Posting Closing Date: July 1st, 2019

AHB is committed to workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national & ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

Part-Time Teacher’s Assistant

Job Description

AHB Community School (http://www.ahbcs.org), an independent, co-educational, and part-time progressive school in Austin, TX, is looking for is looking for an experienced Teacher’s Assistant for our Gamma Classroom (9-11 year olds).

The duties of the position are to work with the teachers from one or more classrooms and to take care of the current students and the existing community. The successful candidate will be supportive of our progressive practices, which include facilitating hands-on, collaborative, creative learning in an environment that values the importance of social-emotional learning alongside academic rigor.

Required Qualifications: Prior relevant experience with children, understanding of progressive educational models and systems, good communication skills

Education – Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but being enrolled in an education program is acceptable as long as the demands of the AHB job can be easily met.

Preferred Qualifications: Current teacher’s license (or equivalent); experience in progressive education school settings. 

Responsibilities:

  1. Academic Support: Typically, teachers present, introduce, and support new material. Assistants reinforce lessons by tutoring individuals or supporting small-group work or discussions. The assistant might circulate throughout the room to answer questions or explain concepts.
  2. Classroom Management: Assistants help the teacher(s) maintain a positive classroom environment by modeling appropriate behavior and offering positive reinforcement or redirection as needed. They help to ensure that students are upholding classroom agreements and work with those needing support. Teaching assistants might also supervise students on the playground during recess or before and after school.
  3. Clerical Tasks:  Assistants help the teacher as needed with tasks such as copying, preparing materials, and maintaining student files.
  4. Miscellaneous Duties: Teaching assistants might accompany students on field trips or at extracurricular events, help keep library books filed and assist in keeping the classroom organized.

Reports to: Lead Teacher and Executive Director

Contract, Duty, and Compensation:

Position contracted at an hourly rate Monday through Thursday 8:30-3:30

To Apply: Please send your résumé, 3 references, and a cover letter to: admin@ahbcs.org

Posting Closing Date: July 1st, 2019

AHB is committed to workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national & ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

 

Part-Time Spanish Teacher (Middle School)

Job Description

AHB Community School (http://www.ahbcs.org), an independent, co-educational, and part-time progressive school in Austin, TX, is looking for an experienced Spanish teacher for our middle school students. The contracted position will provide 2 hours of instruction per week (2 afternoons a week, 1 hour each session) to a small class (about 15 students) of beginner level 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The successful candidate will be supportive of our progressive practices, which include facilitating hands-on, collaborative, creative learning in an environment that values the importance of social-emotional learning alongside academic rigor.

Required Qualifications: Prior relevant experience in teaching or tutoring Spanish, Bachelor’s degree in education, linguistics, Spanish, or a related field preferred.

Preferred Qualifications: Native Spanish speaker, Current teacher’s license (or equivalent); experience in progressive education school settings.

Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and implement quality instruction that encourages students to be actively engaged in the learning process.
  2. Assign and (informally) evaluate / provide feedback to (a limited amount of) homework as needed. (No formal grading or individual reports required.)
  3. Promote and maintain a positive classroom environment supportive of AHB’s core values and the Classroom Agreements that are established by the Middle School Homeroom.
  4. Communicate effectively with the Middle School core teachers and administration, sharing lesson plans, providing general notes on student progress and reporting any specific classroom situations that need support.

Reports to: Executive Director

Contract, Duty, and Compensation:

Position contracted at an hourly rate (for teaching time in class), rate dependent on experience, 2 one-hour blocks per week, ideally Monday & Wednesday 2:30-3:30 pm

To Apply: Please send your résumé, 3 references, and a cover letter to:  admin@ahbcs.org

Posting Closing Date: July 1st, 2019

AHB is committed to workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national & ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, or gender expression.