Employment Opportunities

We are actively hiring for Afternoon Academy guides. Feel free to reach out with questions.

Wild Oak is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity of all kinds: race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, neurodivergence, and many other wonderful things that make us different. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all Wild Oak employees and students.

Lead Teachers

Lead Teacher – Seedling School (can be filled as an Assistant Teacher – Seedling School)

As a Lead Teacher for the Seedling School at Wild Oak, you will work in collaboration with three other teachers to lead a mixed-age group of 20 Sprouts, aged 3-5. This Lead Teacher will be the primary learning guide for a subset of 10 children in the Sprouts group. In addition, the teacher will lead Afternoon Friends , Wild Oak’s afterschool program for the Sprouts age group. The required hours for this role are 8:45-5:15 with a 30 minute-1 hour lunch break.

The role is scheduled for 40 hours per week over a 42-week year, with the school year ending June 17, 2022 and the teacher’s contracted period Wednesday June 22, 2022.

Read or download the full job description below.

Assistant Teachers

Assistant Teacher – Seedling School (can be filled as a Lead Teacher – Seedling School)

As an Assistant Teacher for the Seedling School at Wild Oak, you will work in collaboration with three other teachers to support a mixed-age group of 20 Sprouts, aged 3-5. This Assistant Teacher will be the primary support teacher for a subset of 10 children in the Sprouts group. In addition, the teacher will lead Afternoon Friends , Wild Oak’s afterschool program for the Sprouts age group. The required hours for this role are 8:45-5:15 with a 30 minute-1 hour lunch break.

The role is scheduled for 40 hours per week over a 42-week year, with the school year ending June 17, 2022 and the teacher’s contracted period Wednesday June 22, 2022.

Read or download the full job description below.

Afternoon Academy Guides

If you are interested in any of these positions please reach out with your questions. To apply submit a resume with a cover letter expressing your specific teaching interests and expertise and this form. Afternoon Academy classes are held in 4-6-week sessions one day per week from either 2:30-3:30 (typically younger or all ages groups) or 3:45-5:00 (typically 3rd+). We expect that most Guides will teach 2 classes back-to-back one day per week, although this is flexible.

  • Visual Arts Guide: Part-time 1 afternoons per week
  • STEM Guide (particularly Robotics): 1 afternoons per week
Important Information for Prospective Wild Oak Staff

Wild Oak strives to implement a team-based model of shared leadership within a culture of support and collaboration. 

Collaborative Culture

Wild Oak is a startup nonprofit organization. As such, we are bounding with potential and energy. Being a small startup also means that our teachers must feel comfortable working in a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment. Our teachers will share in “wearing of many hats.” In order for this model to work properly, we must have a balanced representation of skills, interests, backgrounds, and expertise among our teachers, board, and staff. 

Teachers and staff build curricula and activities collaboratively, leveraging individual strengths and experience. Wild Oak intentionally hires to ensure expertise across subjects. As a team, our teachers will have expertise not only in the sciences and humanities, but in social-emotional learning, wilderness and nature studies, environmental issues, music, and the arts, among others.

Shared Leadership

Our team model will be one that prioritizes mutual respect and trust as we all participate in creating a positive school culture where individuals thrive.  

Just as children and families are expected to collaborate in the creation of educational and personal goals, team members will create both individual and team goals to nurture and enrich their personal and professional growth. Team members should expect to be active participants in creating and supporting this culture by regularly sharing ideas and thoughts, giving and receiving feedback, being mindful of the school’s mission and culture when making decisions, and sharing accountability for Wild Oak’s ongoing success. 

We respect the relationships that will inevitably develop between teachers and students in our small model, but in the event that difficult issues arise without clear resolution, teachers should expect to work openly and collaboratively with directors, families, and outside health care and other providers (therapists, etc.) to find solutions.

Commitment to Equitable Opportunity

We believe that some business and organizational practices disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people  in society, including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. Because we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Role of the Directors

The Co-Directors will provide institutional knowledge, administrative management, and programmatic support for teachers, families, and their students, so that teachers can focus on students, their learning, and growth. 

Our organizational model is relatively “flat” and our decision-making processes democratic. However, the co-directors of the school hold the ultimate responsibility for enacting corrective action for staff, suspension from duties, or dismissal from the school. While all individual voices matter and deserve to be honored equally; the co-directors, with oversight by the Board of Directors, are tasked with ensuring the safety, health, and mission of the school.