Working at Watershed means being part of a creative, collaborative community of educators.
The words "I've always done it this way" don't work here. Teachers who want to shut the door and do their own thing aren't a good fit. When you teach at Watershed, you're expected to build on other's ideas and share the best lessons you've learned in the classroom. You'll teach in a team and offer feedback on every piece of curriculum in the school. At Watershed, we are always open to learning, and always open to growing through failure. We were founded on a commitment to best practices and we work to make it happen every day.
The school supports this relentless commitment to innovation with robust access to professional learning, structured collaboration, and time to prepare.
Our teachers have three weeks of paid work time - for professional development or simply for course prep - in the middle of the school year. While students are off on vacation or engaging in intensive courses led by outside organizations, our teachers are on-campus planning curriculum, providing feedback to each other, and learning new skills.
The Watershed Expedition to the Future of Learning generously funds professional development and travel to conferences, and your contract year will end with the national Traverse event, which brings national innovators in education right to Watershed's campus. Our teachers present at Traverse annually, and a commitment to sharing what you've learned is a core expectation for our faculty.
As an independent school, we do not need to adhere to Common Core or multiple choice standardized tests. We make our own decisions about curriculum, as a community of educators, based on research-based best practices.
If this excites you - in the heart-racing sense of the term - then we encourage you to apply. For the right teacher, there's nowhere else in the country they'd rather be.
salary and benefits
Salaries are competitive with other independent schools in Colorado. Full-time employees earn contributions to medical/dental/vision insurance, long-term disability insurance (LTD), and a 5% school match to a 403(b) retirement plan. Employees working 30+ hours/week are eligible for 50% tuition remission for children. Teachers receive standard vacations (9 weeks in summer plus 5 weeks during the year), while administrative employees receive take a July break plus school holidays during the year.
Our teachers enjoy a supportive and collegial work environment, dress comfortably, and enjoy close student relationships. Plus, if your dog plays well with others, he or she is welcome to come to work with you.
desired qualifications FOR FUll-time teachers
- Successful experience teaching a rigorous curriculum in a project-based classroom is a must.
- Advanced work (e.g. graduate school or research) in your discipline is highly desirable.
- Interdisciplinary teaching experience is highly desirable.
- International travel and/or trip leadership experience is highly desirable.
- Outdoor education experience is highly desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work effectively as part of a team.
- A proven track record of professional learning, willingness to try new things, demonstrate agility and empathy, and the ability to learn through failure.
- WFA certification will be required for full-time middle school educators before the first day of work. WFR certification will be required for full-time high school educators before the first day of work. The right candidate can earn this certification after an offer is accepted, before arriving to school.
Watershed teachers must be available to travel during the school year, such as Wilderness/Orientation, May Term, and expedition trips during the semester.
2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
Watershed is seeking experienced substitute teachers able to teach a variety of subjects from grades 6-12.
Of key importance is an ability to manage classrooms effectively, to engage with students in a way that is both fun and sets appropriate boundaries, and to be able to lead interactive, student-centered lesson plans in a variety of disciplines. Successful substitutes will quickly find themselves on-call for multiple grade levels and courses.
More specifically, we are seeking:
- Experience teaching adolescents
- Broad academic preparation to work in multiple disciplines.
- Demonstrated ability to execute lesson plans
- Classroom management ablity
- A fun and engaging teaching presence
- A progressive, "Boulder-style" educational philosophy
- Reliability and dependability
We will typically arrange for subbing with advance notice, and potential needs will begin with our academic year on September 5th.
Pay for substitute teaching is $60 for a half day (i.e. three morning classes or one three hour expedition) or $120 for a full day (both).
To apply for any position, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] watershedschool.org.