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 professional learning time 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.

You know you’re working in a special place when you not only find yourself side-by-side with your students, learning and exploring together, but you come to a point where a student launches forward and is suddenly teaching you.
— Jeff Osgood, Humanities Educator

salary and benefits

Salaries are competitive with other independent schools in Colorado. Full-time employees earn contributions to medical/dental/vision insurance and school contribution to a Simple IRA 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.

Working at Watershed feels like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. It feels like we are doing something different, something important. Each day feels new and feels as if anything can happen. There is an electricity in the air and it’s powered by the exchange of ideas.
— Taylor Replane, Art Educator

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 the 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.

At Watershed, I can teach in the best way I know how.
— Hannah Nelson, Science Educator

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Assistant Head of School (FT, starts JUNE OR August)

The Assistant Head of School is a senior level administrator, serving on the Administrative Team and reporting directly to the Head of School. While the Head of School is responsible for providing institutional direction, articulating mission and defining purpose, the Assistant Head is primarily responsible for the quality of the day-to-day program. In addition to a broad responsibility for supporting the Head in his/her leadership of the entire school, the Assistant Head takes the lead in matters related to student life, experiential programs, and day-to-day school operations. Responsibilities include the following:

School Leadership

  • To act as Head of School in the Head’s absence and communicate with the Head about any special situations occurring at the school.
  • To articulate and promote the school’s mission and philosophy, and to sustain and enhance the school’s climate and culture, involving school staff and families in support of the school’s mission, vision, and values.
  • To manage faculty and staff on day-to-day operations and the consistent execution of school policy.
  • Advise Head on all school-wide policies, programs and best practices.
  • Respond to daily needs of Head, including management of administrative staff and faculty.
  • To prepare and edit, with the head's supervision, the Parent/Student and Employee Handbooks and the School Emergency Response Plan.
  • To serve on Financial Aid and Admissions Committees.

Student Life

  • To build school culture, school community, and the consistent embodiment of school norms, such as dress code, technology/cell phone use, language, and food/drink.
  • To assist the Head of School in evaluating faculty in their success building school culture, school community, and the consistent embodiment of shared norms.
  • Supervise and support faculty coordinating the school’s Community Life Council, Tuesday/Wednesday Gathering, Social Committee, and Intramural programs.
  • To take actions that advance the lived ideal of the school’s 7 Character Traits by all members of the community.
  • To take leadership of matters related to student discipline and follow-through related with correspondence and record-keeping.
  • Monitor student growth and progress, including monitoring student concern and probation contracts.
  • To support the faculty and staff with student discipline and in ensuring consistent enforcement of school norms, both on and off campus.
  • Maintain the student handbook and inform families of its policies, including the academic and social probation program.
  • To keep the Head fully informed on student issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life.
  • Supervise students and implement appropriate disciplinary measures including attendance/tardy, handbook policies and procedures, and developing and implementing behavioral plans.
  • Communicate as needed with families regarding students academic and social well being; work with families to address emerging academic and social issues; facilitate parent conferences and maintains records and correspondence relating to parent conferences.

Experiential Programs

  • Lead the development and execution of the school’s experiential programs, including Wilderness/Orientation, Intensive Weeks, SLO, and May Term.
  • Oversee the development of safety and risk management plans for all experiential programs, including overnight expedition trips during fall and spring terms.
  • Evaluate faculty in their execution of experiential programs and adherence to safety and risk management protocols.
  • Implement school-wide risk management & emergency response protocols.
  • Assistant Head collaborates closely with the Dean of Faculty and Head School for all staffing related to the school’s delivery of experiential programs.

Director of Development, Events, and Possibilities (FT, STARTS JUNE OR AUGUST)

The Director of Development, Events, and Possibilities has responsibility for the school’s marketing and generating all non-tuition revenue. He/she will lead the school’s advancement program, including marketing, communications and development.  Primary advancement duties include fundraising, public relations, marketing and development office infrastructure. 

The ideal candidate for the position will have the following:

  • outgoing personality
  • excellent communication skills
  • demonstrated organizational skills
  • commitment to high academic and interpersonal standards
  • demonstrated success as a collaborative member of a team
  • previous experience with independent schools
  • familiarity with current issues in education

Specific areas of responsibility include:

Development

  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment and capital campaigns, special projects, and other school-related solicitations.
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
  • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations.
  • Oversees the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.
  • Works with the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Head of School to develop strategies to initiate and meet fundraising goals.
  • Develops fundraising training for Trustees and other leadership volunteers.

Public Relations and Advertising

  • Oversees production of all major publications including the School’s website and other social media, and working with designers and printers to promote the school’s fund and friend raising goals and activities.
  • Coordinates with news media to promote the school and its initiatives
  • Develops and implements strategies to promote Watershed School’s mission to both the internal constituencies of the School and the community at large.

School Events

  • Coordinates school events (other than admissions events), including Shed Fest, Film Festival, New Parent Orientation, Wilderness/Orientation ROLs, Back to School Nights, May Term Information Nights, May Term ROLs, FAIR, and Graduation.
  • Coordinates logistics for parent education events.

Community and Strategic Initiatives

  • Leads new initiatives to connect Watershed with the broader community, such as Startup Weekend Youth Boulder, as directed by the Head of School.
  • Coordinates programming for the Expedition to the Future of Learning, including Educator Visit Days, Traverse, and other conferences as scheduled.

to apply

To apply for any position, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to Head of School Greg Bamford at greg [at] watershedschool.org.