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.
Bilingual (Spanish) Lead Teacher – Seedling School (start Oct. 1)
As a Bilingual Lead Teacher for the Seedling School at Wild Oak, you will be the lead for a mixed-age class of 8-10 “Sprouts” with one assistant. Our two Sprouts classrooms consist of children aged 3 and 4 while our Saplings are Kindergarteners and Junior Kindergarteners (older 4s and 5). The classrooms in the Seedling School will often function as one unit and will employ a team-teaching model. Read or download the full job description below.
Lead Teacher – Lower School
The Lead Teacher – Lower School will guide a mixed-age class of 8-12 1st-3rd graders through a highly integrated curriculum of language arts, sciences and math, cultural history, and visual and performing arts. Wild Oak emphasizes differentiated learning that acknowledges multiple intelligence theory and incorporates multi-modal, multi-sensory teaching methods. Candidates MUST enjoy teaching in and about nature; our program will be hosted almost entirely outside until Covid spread has diminished. Vaccinations required.
Download the full job description below. Direct questions and applications to email@example.com.
Assistant Teacher – Seedling School
As an Assistant Teacher for the Seedling School at Wild Oak, you will partner with the other Seedling Assistant Teacher to support three classrooms of children: two classrooms of 8-10 preschool children ages 3 and 4 (the Sprouts) and 6-8 Kindergarteners and transitional Kinders (the Saplings).
Assistant Teachers also have the opportunity to help lead the Seedling Afternoon Friends program from 2:00-5:00 Monday – Wednesday (~10 additional hours) after the regular school day ends should that be of interest.
Prior teaching or childcare experience required. Position is salaried for 30 hours per week at $13-14 per hour dependent on experience and credentials. Knowledge of or experience with child-led learning and natural play a plus! Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
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 5-week sessions one day per week from either 2:15-3:35 or 3:40-5:00. 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 1-2 afternoons per week
- Nature Studies & Outdoor Education Guide: Part-time 1-2 afternoons per week
- Music and/ or Performance Guide: Part-time 1 afternoon per week
- STEM Guide: 1-2 afternoons per week
- Spanish Language & Hispanic Culture Guide: 1-2 afternoons per week
- Sports & Physical Education: 1-2 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.
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.
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.