Career Opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in employment at Lake Washington Girls Middle School. LWGMS offers competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package in a stimulating and dynamic academic community.

Lake Washington Girls Middle School invites your interest in the position/s posted below. Please review the position descriptions for application procedure information.

Lake Washington Girls Middle School serves just under 120 students in grades six through eight. Founded in 1998, the school is currently housed in a historic building in central Seattle, and moving to nearby North Beacon Hill in fall of 2019. The School has an innovative and holistic approach to educating adolescent girls*—fostering academic excellence, creative confidence, positive risk-taking, and the development of individual talents. Academic core curriculum is enriched and stretched by a focus on performance and public speaking, an integrated arts program, a STEAM curriculum, and an outdoor education program. Social-emotional learning is essential and inherent in all that we do. Faculty and staff collaborate in developing, planning, and implementing programs, and our values of “Respect and Responsibility” infuse the school’s culture.


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+ TwoSchools Director of Technology

Ensuring the smooth and productive use of all things that plug in, use batteries, beep or depend on a digital network, the Director of Technology manages all aspects of the Giddens School’s and Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s IT infrastructure providing strategic direction and oversight for the development, implementation, integration and user support of all information technology systems, including hardware, software, video, data, and voice.

Managing technology resources and operations, the Director of Technology serves as primary IT support for the TwoSchools, responsible for creating, implementing and monitoring computer hardware and software plans as well as supporting staff and students with the use of technology. This is a professional, full-time, year-round administrative position.

The schools will be moving from their current campuses to one shared campus in November 2019. The Director of Technology will be integral to this move.

LWGMS and Giddens have 300+ users and an inventory of 400 machines including Chromebooks, iPads, iMacs, notebooks, and laptops. We are a mixed environment utilizing Mac, Chrome, and Microsoft and we mainly use Android and Mac Apps for Education. In addition to a school-wide telephone and bell system, the classrooms are equipped with various AV equipment.

The ideal candidate will be organized, self-motivated, flexible, and willing to take a creative approach to technology systems. They will be both a transformational leader and a hands-on tech specialist with an inclination to work in a diverse community empowering learners to consider issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Plan, purchase, install and maintain technology hardware & software (ex. computers, AV systems, copiers/printers).
  • Manage and maintain network infrastructure, including telecommunication systems, security as well as user accounts, G-suite, and other internal systems.
  • Review, maintain and evaluate the technology budget and any technology project expenses.
  • Support students, teachers, and administrators in the use of technology and technology-based systems, responding in a timely fashion to their needs.
  • Work closely with the Leadership team and Teachers to understand and anticipate the technology needs of the school and lead and manage projects to create solutions and/or training to meet those needs.
  • Oversee setup and breakdown of all technology needs for school events such as projectors and sound equipment
  • Work with academic technology team to support the development and implementation of digital literacy curriculum through the use of digital learning tools.
  • Supervise a Tier 1 Technology Help Desk Coordinator whose work will be guided by the director and who will be responsible for direct support of faculty and staff
  • Collaborate with the two Heads of School to engage the community in the discussion and assessment of digital educational tools, developing and updating the school’s Technology Plan to provide a framework for prioritizing technology projects and promoting the meaningful use of technology in the classroom.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field desired; equivalent work experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in computer support, network management or related field;
  • Other required knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Very strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to communicate technical issues with people of varying levels of knowledge;
  • Understanding of educational technology concepts and broad knowledge of products;
  • Proven ability to prepare and monitor operating and capital budgets;
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Self-disciplined to stay on task, even without external motivation;
  • Ability to create and maintain organizational systems;
  • Ability to react calmly and appropriately in emergency or crisis situations;
  • Clear verbal and written communication;
  • High proficiency with Google Dashboard and Google Apps and Apple products required; additional proficiency with Meraki Dashboard required

Compensation The salary scale and benefits reflect our value of teachers as professionals and are competitive with our peer schools in the Northwest Association of Independent Schools

Application Procedure To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to employment@giddensschool.org.

Non Discrimination Statement Lake Washington Girls Middle School and Giddens School are the members of the TwoSchools, LLC. Both schools are equal opportunity employers and comply with applicable state and federal fair employment practices and laws. Neither school discriminates on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual identity, gender identity, family composition, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal laws in the administration of its hiring or employment policies.


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+ SPANISH TEACHER

0.8 FTE | Start date August 21, 2019 THE POSITION

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teach middle school Spanish classes to two grades, with an emphasis on building oral proficiency, promoting students’ ability to read and write in the language, and exploring the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world;
  • Collaborate with colleagues on curriculum development, pedagogy, and assessment
  • Submit formal evaluations for students four times during the year
  • Attend family teacher conferences and required events outside of school hours
  • Attend department and faculty meetings as scheduled
  • Supervise and be present for students during study halls, lunch periods, passing periods, and community period.

All LWGMS staff members participate in school and class meetings, field trips, teaching about equity and social justice, and leading service-learning activities. All LWGMS staff members are expected to be active community members, sharing supervisory duties and general support and care of the school community.

The successful candidate will possess the following experience, skills, and qualities:

  • Fluency in Spanish and English languages
  • Knowledge and application of current instructional practices, strategies, and technology as well as differentiated instruction and effective student management practices
  • Interest and ability in incorporating diverse cultural perspectives into Spanish courses
  • Commitment to social justice and activism as integral to history and an important foundation for educating youth
  • Facility with standards-based grading and experience providing both formative and summative assessment
  • Experience teaching adolescent and preadolescent students
  • Experience in or commitment to single-gender education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interface with a diverse cross-section of people within the school community; desire to be part of the life of the school
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary DOE
  • Part-time - 0.8 FTE
  • Excellent benefits package

APPLICATION PROCES

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience teaching in a culturally responsive environment to Lake Washington Girls Middle School at employment@lwgms.org.


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+ Associate Director of Admissions and Advancement

Full time, administrative roll | Start date August 1, 2019

The Associate Director of Admissions and Advancement reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and manages the operations of the Admission program to achieve the school’s enrollment goals and support the school’s mission. The ADAA has the following responsibilities:

Participate in all facets and phases of the application and enrollment process at LWGMS:

  • Develops and implements an Admission process and calendar, both internally and externally
  • Uses Ravenna to facilitate the application process
  • Manages the entire inquiry to enrollment process. As a member of the admission committee, read applications and make admission decision recommendations
  • Oversees and manages the program of Open Houses, tours, family interviews, testing days, New Family Social, and all other Admissions activities/events
  • Coordinates the staffing of employees, students, and volunteers for Admissions activities
  • Coordinates Financial Aid Awards and enrollment packages with the Business Office

In collaboration with the entire team, develops, executes, and evaluates the vision for recruitment of qualified students for the school:

  • Thoughtfully and intentionally develops a process and vision that is responsive to the cultures and needs of diverse applicants and enrolled students
  • Develops an annual admissions plan that fosters a culture of collaboration and data-informed decision-making
  • Cultivates relationships within the community at large, especially targeted to PSIS, feeder schools, community organizations, foundations, churches, etc.
  • Identifies trends in independent school demographics and collaborate with internal departments and external consultants to create long and short term recruitment strategies
  • Develops Admissions and Enrollment criteria and goals for approval by the Director of Institutional Advancement and Head of School
  • Develops written materials and other media that support Admission in conjunction with the Director of Communications
  • Assists in the preparation of the Admissions budget and operates the department with budgetary guidelines, including the budgeting and expenditures for marketing material and advertisements
  • Maintains Admissions and enrollment statistics and provides status and achievement reports to administrators and/or board members on a periodic basis
  • Oversees next school transition planning for graduating eighth graders, including communicating with families, planning High School Information Night, coordinating applications and recommendations, preparing students for interviews, and tracking admission and enrollment information for alum into high schools, colleges, and universities.

Exercises a working knowledge of the strategic relationship between the roles of Admission, Communications, and Development at LWGMS as part of the Advancement Team:

  • Assists in the planning, execution, and volunteer management of all Advancement events, including Alum Brunch, Annual Luncheon, Gala, and key community building school events
  • Works alongside Business Office to supply Director of Communications with year end numbers for the Annual Report
  • Assists the Director of Institutional Advancement and Director of Communications with all donor mailings and communications
  • Assists Director of Institutional Advancement with individual giving campaign logistics, including the Annual Giving Campaign, GiveBig, and Gala

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Cover front office when needed
  • Participate in life of the school by attending events
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Institutional Advancement and Head of School

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Two years of admission experience as associate or assistant director
  • Knowledge of and/or past experience in a school setting, independent school familiar
  • Marketing experience and social media use in workplace setting highly desired
  • Proficient technology use, especially with LWGMS platforms: Google Suite, Ravenna Admit/Enroll, Little Green Light database, Squarespace
  • Ability to learn new technology
  • Ability to work evenings/weekends as needed in the execution of admission events and responsibilities

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • Competitive rate DOE
  • Full time, administrative roll
  • Excellent benefits package

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience working in a culturally responsive environment to Lake Washington Girls Middle School at employment@lwgms.org.


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+ STUDENT SERVICES SPECIALIST

Part-time 0.5 - 0.8 FTE | Start Date August 21, 2019

THE POSITION

As a member of the Student Services Team, the Student Services Specialist advocates for students’ well-being, promotes student success, works to engage and support families, responds to student needs, and serves as a valuable resource for their educational advancement to ensure a successful educational environment for all students. The Student Services Specialist is a part-time position, with an FTE that may range between 0.5 and 0.8, depending on responsibilities.

Primary responsibilities included the following:

  • Consult as needed with students, parents/guardians, and faculty/staff on social, emotional, and educational lives of middle school girls
  • Provide responsive and proactive group instruction and facilitation on a variety of topics related to adolescent development and social dynamics
  • Work with Student Services Team to staff students and implement comprehensive educational plans for students
  • Meet regularly with the Student Services Team and the Academic Leadership Team to exchange information and ensure alignment of academic support, social-emotional support, and restorative justice practices.
  • Provide instruction, guidance, and support of school staff/faculty on topics impacting the well-being and success of students
  • Research and coordinate referrals for mental health providers, programs, and services in the community
  • Act as liaison between a student’s current mental health provider, physician, and/or tutor and the school; coordinate and/or implement in-school therapeutic plan (developed with mental health provider and family)
  • Assist in the implementation of Student Support Plans and associated accommodations and modifications at school
  • Engage in short-term counseling support for a range of issues
  • Facilitate and support crisis intervention
  • Meet with students one on one to engage in conversation around wellness and needs
  • Communicate proactively and provide regular outreach to families and students
  • Research and maintain a resource library for students, families and staff about the social and emotional and educational issues affecting adolescent girls
  • Provide active and responsive engagement in support and supervision as needed throughout the day
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School

The successful Student Services Specialist candidate will possess the following experience, skills, and qualities:

  • Commitment to social justice and activism as integral to a school community and an important foundation for serving youth
  • Experience serving adolescent and preadolescent students, especially those who identify as girls, in a school or therapeutic setting
  • Experience in or commitment to single-gender education
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interface with a diverse cross-section of people within the school community; desire to be part of the life of the school
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and professional development
  • Flexibility in contributing to daily problem-solving and peripheral roles inherent in a small independent school
  • A growth mindset, active sense of humor, and excellent organizational skills
  • Strong passion for the school’s mission and vision
  • Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology and/or Education

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • Competitive rate DOE
  • Part-time 0.5 - 0.8 FTE
  • Excellent benefits package

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience working in a culturally responsive environment to Lake Washington Girls Middle School at employment@lwgms.org.


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+ PART-TIME LEARNING SPECIALIST

Part-time 0.5 - 0.8 FTE | Start Date August 21, 2019

THE POSITION

As a member of the Student Services Team, the Learning Specialist works to provide academic support and instructional strategies to ensure a successful educational environment for all students. The Learning Specialist is a part-time position with a range between 0.5 and 0.8 FTE, depending on responsibilities.

Primary responsibilities included the following:

  • Develop academic support and intervention plans for students – including tracking learner progress, creating and monitoring accommodation plans, making referrals for outside support and assessment, communicating with outside professionals, and consulting with students, faculty, parents/guardians, and any outside constituencies
  • Lead planning for family-student-teacher conferences, for all students in the school
  • Prepare and lead faculty meetings to discuss student needs and recommend appropriate instructional supports
  • Work directly with students in both one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings on topics such as effective study strategies, time management, organization, executive functioning, and self-advocacy
  • Meet regularly with the Student Services Team and the Academic Leadership Team to exchange information and ensure alignment of academic support, social-emotional support, and restorative justice practices.
  • Provide faculty support through active collaboration and professional development on learning support topics
  • Seek professional development opportunities in order to remain current with industry needs and current research
  • Research, recommend, and implement emerging, new, and/or revised practices and strategies
  • Serve on administrative and academic committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School

The successful candidate will possess the following experience, skills, and qualities:

  • A Master’s degree in Special Education or related field with emphasis on teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion as an important foundation for educating youth
  • Experience and understanding of academic support practices
  • Experience with 504 plans or similar academic support plans
  • At least two years of experience working in a school setting
  • Experience with and passion for working with middle school students
  • Ability to interface with a diverse cross-section of people within the school community
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues, students, and families

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS

  • Competitive rate DOE
  • Part-time 0.5 - 0.8 FTE
  • Excellent benefits package

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience working in a culturally responsive environment to Lake Washington Girls Middle School at employment@lwgms.org.


+ PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR

Part-time .1 FTE | September through June

THE POSITION

Lake Washington Girls Middle School, located in Seattle’s Central District, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Part-Time Middle School Fitness Instructor for the academic school year. This class meets twice per week, Wednesday and Friday from 2:20–3:30p.

Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Generating one-term fitness curriculum in collaboration with the Program Director and Dean of Teaching and Learning, with clear goals and assessments.
  • Planning and teaching fitness lessons for a balanced program of instruction and demonstration.
  • Adapting teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students at varying ability levels.
  • Providing students with understanding about how fitness can contribute to overall health in a positive manner.
  • Observing and evaluating student performance and progress.


The ideal candidate:

  • Has at least one year of fitness teaching experience in a school environment, fitness studio, or equivalent experience.
  • Enjoys working with students in middle school and should demonstrate flexibility, cooperation, energy, enthusiasm, and an understanding of the developmental needs of middle school age students. Experience teaching middle school students is preferred but not required.
  • Has strong classroom management skills.
  • Is punctual. Punctuality is critical; the candidate must be able to arrive at work on time and stay for the entire teaching period.
  • Must be certified in CPR and First Aid. (LWGMS offers CPR training in late August.)
  • Must successfully pass background checks.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience working in a culturally responsive environment to Lake Washington Girls Middle School at employment@lwgms.org.


ABOUT LAKE WASHINGTON GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Lake Washington Girls Middle School serves just under 120 students in grades six through eight. Founded in 1998, the school is currently housed in a historic building in central Seattle, and moving to North Beacon Hill in fall of 2019. The School has an innovative and holistic approach to educating adolescent girls*—fostering academic excellence, creative confidence, positive risk-taking, and the development of individual talents. Academic core curriculum is enriched and stretched by a focus on performance and public speaking, an integrated arts program, a STEAM curriculum, and an outdoor education program. Social-emotional learning is essential and inherent in all that we do. Faculty and staff collaborate in developing, planning, and implementing programs, and our values of “Respect and Responsibility” infuse the school’s culture.

SCHOOL AT A GLANCE

  • Located in Seattle’s Central District

  • Founded in 1998 - the first girls middle school in the Pacific Northwest

  • 118 students in grades 6-8

  • Class size is approximately 19 students

  • Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm

  • Approximately 23 Faculty/Staff, plus specialists and guest instructors

  • 54% of students are people of color

  • 33% of faculty/staff are people of color

  • 25% of students receive tuition assistance

  • Five interscholastic sports with a 85% participation rate

  • Many student-led clubs and after-school classes

  • Summer programs for girls in grades 4-11

  • Member of NAIS, NCGS, NWAIS, and WFIS

*LWGMS uses the word “girls” to include anyone who identifies as or has been socialized as a girl.

 

Lake Washington Girls Middle School is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable state and federal fair employment practices and laws. Lake Washington Girls Middle School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual identity, gender identity, family composition, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal laws in administration of its hiring or employment policies.