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Friends Academy seeks qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds who are committed to fulfilling the school’s mission. We offer generous compensation packages and a wide-ranging professional development program. Of equal importance, this is a place where our leadership, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni respect and appreciate each individual member of our community.

Friends Academy is a small, progressive Early Childhood-Grade 8 school of 250 students on the South Coast of Massachusetts. We are known for having a strong sense of community that balances academics, arts, social and emotional learning, and outdoor activities. Our outstanding faculty and staff play a critical role in helping each child reach their highest potential.

Sally Borden Program Middle School Teacher

The Sally Borden Program is a specialized program within Friends Academy for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. The Sally Borden Program Middle School teacher will provide instruction in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and/or specialized literacy intervention (i.e., Orton-Gillingham), utilizing explicit, multisensory instruction to meet the diverse needs of our learners. Other responsibilities include serving as an advisor and chaperoning Outside-the-Classroom trips and overnights.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and implement lessons that are aligned with the school’s curriculum and current standards of best practices for students with learning differences
  • Differentiate lessons to meet diverse needs of Sally Borden Program learners
  • Assess student learning with formative and quantitative assessment tools
  • Report student learning through student portfolios, narrative report cards, and conferences
  • Communicate with families on a regular basis, acting as a point of contact regarding a student’s academic, social, and emotional functioning
  • Implement a social-emotional curriculum within the homeroom or advisory to develop a classroom community consistent with the culture of Friends Academy
  • Collaborate with grade-level teaching partners, as well as division and department members

Qualification Requirements:

The role of a Sally Borden Program faculty member begins with an enthusiastic, dedicated educator who believes in collaboration and a team approach to helping students find success. The role is best suited for teachers who are creative, flexible, and maintain an attitude that encourages both teamwork and personal responsibility. The teacher candidate should be well-versed in technology so that they are able to utilize technology to enhance student learning. Experience or willingness to use a Google platform and assistive technologies is necessary. Candidates should:

  • Possess a Master’s degree in Education or related field; Special Education background preferred
  • Feel a strong alignment with Friends Academy’s Mission and Philosophy
  • Have experience working with students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences
  • Hold an Associate level of Orton-Gillingham certification or are willing to be trained
  • Have strong interpersonal skills that foster trust and collaboration
  • Seek fresh, creative ways to bring learning to life in a engaging environment
  • Value working as part of a team and making contributions to a shared vision of the best possible learning outcomes for students

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Kendal Martes, Director of the Sally Borden Program.

Lower (Elementary) School Teacher

Friends Academy seeks a passionate, positive, and innovative Lower (Elementary) School teacher for the 2022-23 academic school year.

Responsibilities and qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Design and implement differentiated and student-centered curriculum
  • Encourage creativity, thinking, and learning based on the mission of Friends Academy
  • Willingness to work within a collaborative and inclusive culture
  • Collaborate with faculty and specialists to create an integrated academic program commitment to social justice and global citizenship.Understanding of Learning Portfolios and Project-based learning
  • Dedication to social-emotional learning and Responsive Classroom practices
  • Commitment to the out-of-doors and to taking advantage of Friends Academy’s 64-acre campus, nature trails, garden, and outdoor learning spaces
  • Relentlessly sunny outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Experience teaching math to meet the diverse needs of students, including lessons that help teach concepts, engage students and provide authentic assessments
  • Understanding of positive discipline and Morning Meetings aimed at creating a caring school community.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional growth
  • Attend faculty meetings and positively contribute to discussion and dialogue
  • Write individual student comments for each marking period
  • Willingness to be involved with our external programs and the school’s commitment to outdoor education (Fall Outside the Classroom Week/Spring Overnight, daily recess)
  • Commitment to the mission, history, traditions and continuous innovation of our 200+ year old school community

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and teaching experience required
  • A passion for elementary school, a sense of humor, and irrepressible positivity and warmth
  • Commitment to teaching and learning in a vigorous progressive school community with a commitment to equity and inclusion.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Jamie Ross-Cory, Head of Lower School.

Substitute Teachers

We are looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to serve as on-call Substitute Teachers in all grades. Teaching experience is appreciated, but not required. The salary for this position is $120 per day.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Love Lower/Middle School students and learning
  • Deliver curriculum in a variety of disciplines
  • Have a positive outlook on the world and opportunities for young people
  • Be dedicated to social-emotional learning and positive discipline practices
  • Demonstrate a commitment to our school’s mission
  • Promote responsible citizenship and respect for diversity and differences

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter, current resume, and a list of three references and their contact information to employment@friendsacademy1810.org. Please include the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Summer Programs Staff

Friends Academy Summer Programs offers a wide variety of day camps to continue our commitment to our students and the community. The 2022 Summer Programs schedule runs from June 13-August 5.

Our campers are 3-14 years of age, and we offer half-day and full-day programs. Morning session is from 9am-12pm, there is a lunch break for those who are in full day programs, and afternoon sessions are from 1-3pm. We also offer “surround care” – should families need to drop off their children earlier or pick up later. All staff need to be available to fill in a couple of times a summer for the before-care or after-care portion of our day. Staff may also be asked to take a shift during our “HangOut Zone,” which is a half day of camper care – for campers who are registered for half day programs, but need a full day of care.

Positions:

  • Specialty Camp Leaders: Seeking current educators who are comfortable establishing their own curriculum for one or more of our Creative Camps, Enrichment Camps, Computer Camps, Cooking Camps, or Sports Camps.
  • Core Camp Lead Instructors: Seeking current or aspiring educators, experienced student teachers, or seasoned camp counselors to lead one of our Core Camps (Little Friends: ages 3-4, Summer Friends: grades K-1 and 2-3, Adventure Friends: grades 4-6, and Survival Friends: grades 5-8). Lead Instructors will be responsible for designing and facilitating dynamic, fun, and safe summer camp programming organized around weekly themes and pre-planned field trips. Instructors will establish a nurturing and supportive camp environment that also challenges campers to try new activities, form friendships, and explore their surroundings. This is ideally a 6-8 week commitment, but we also have opportunities for shorter commitments.
  • Co-Lead/Assistant Instructors: Seeking energetic and responsible young adults to assist in all aspects of our summer camp programming. This position is responsible for supporting Lead Instructors in providing a safe and enriching camp experience.. This is a great opportunity to learn from seasoned camp and education professionals and gain hands-on experience working with children. This is ideally a 6-8 week commitment, but we also have opportunities for shorter commitments.
  • Counselors-in-training: Younger high-school students looking for meaningful community service opportunities and a chance to be a role model to younger campers.

Responsibilities:

  • Uphold the Friends Academy mission and values and learn and uphold Summer Programs protocols as stated in Staff Handbook
  • Help ensure camp schedule runs smoothly (camper drop-off and pick up, transitions to activity spaces, interactions with health center staff, etc.)
  • All staff are asked to conduct daily check-ins with assistant director and provide support as needed
  • Hold responsibility for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of participants. This includes developing healthy and appropriate relationships with participants, assisting activity staff with inspection of spaces for hazards, helping all students and staff follow the appropriate safety protocols, managing risk and maintaining the safety of participants, and providing direct supervision of participants as assigned
  • Be an active member of the Friends Academy community (e.g. participate in camp set up and take down, and fill in where needed)
  • Present and communicate professionally with participants and their families, colleagues, and the public
  • Have an understanding of the camp overview (be aware of activity scheduling and locations, assist with hangout zones and surround care when asked)
  • Work as a team to ensure all special events run smoothly (e.g. field trips, guest instructors, etc.)
  • Occasionally lead/co-lead an overnight camping trip on the 65-acre Friends Academy campus
  • As a lead or co-lead of Core camps: Develop and maintain a teaching mastery of the following skills: outdoor living skills, team-building facilitation, games and free play, themed activities, forest and ecology curriculum, gardening and food systems; while maintaining a positive and fun learning environment.
  • Help campers engage with the activities of the day, interact in a healthy way with one another, and be a positive part of a larger community.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork (i.e. incident reports, camper reports, trip reports)
  • Instill joy and enthusiasm into the daily life of camp

Requirements:

  • Experience working in educational spaces preferred
  • Current Lifeguard training preferred (Adventure or Survival Camps)
  • Must pass CORI, SORI, Fingerprint check
  • Fill out all HR paperwork, medical forms, and review curriculum
  • Proof of vaccination against Covid-19
  • Attend staff training and/or meet for one-on-one training with Program Director prior to the start of camp

Compensation:

Compensation ranges from $15-$25/hour, depending on experience and level of commitment.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, contact information, and three references to Lesley Heyl, External Programs Director. The materials should clearly indicate the candidate’s qualifications for and interest in this work, articulate why Friends Academy resonates with them as an educator, and demonstrate a track record of increasing responsibility throughout previous employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Friends Academy admits students and hires faculty and staff of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students, faculty, and staff at the school. Friends Academy does not discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity of others in the administration of its educational policies, employment practices, admissions policies, financial aid program, or other school administered programs.

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