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Middle School Social Studies/Humanities Teacher

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/24/2020
School Name Cascades Academy of Central Oregon
City, State Bend, OR 
Posted 02/12/2020

Cascades Academy is an independent PK-12, day school located in the beautiful, mountain town of Bend, Oregon. The school was founded in 2003 and resides on an award­-winning 39­-acre campus located on the Deschutes River.

Cascades Academy is seeking an experienced Middle School (grades 6 - 8) Social Studies/Humanities teacher. Please note: the school is also seeking a full-time Math/Learning Support teacher and is open to considering a Math/Learning Support/Humanities position for the right, qualified candidate. Please indicate your interest in such a position in your cover letter.


  • Bachelor's degree is required, Master's degree is preferred
  • 3-5 years experience teaching middle school social studies and/or humanities
  • A passion for teaching social studies or humanities.
  • A passion for teaching in a creative, integrated, and innovative way
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other middle school teachers
  • A commitment to experiential learning, outdoor education, and social-emotional learning
  • A desire to be part of a vibrant, “all-in” community of students, families, and faculty/staff
  • Learning Specialist experience a plus


Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Teach the equivalent of four (4) academic courses which may include Ancient World History, Modern World History, Global Geography, Social Studies, Language Arts OR Integrated Humanities courses.
  • Teach/advise a middle school club.
  • Plan and attend all major off-campus and overnight experiences:
    • Co-lead Fall Confluence/ Steelhead Week (opening week overnight)
    • Co-lead both fall and spring Traveling School trips.
    • Co-lead and execute a Spring ‘Em Course.
    • Co-Supervise weekly expeditions/ski program.
  • Provide feedback and grades to students via school LMS, and update grades on a weekly basis.
  • Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding student performance.

Leadership and Mentorship:

  • Serve in the role of Middle School Advisor and meet with advisees on a weekly basis.
  • Help co-plan and lead traveling school trips.
  • Participate in Parent Conferences.
  • Co-facilitate one Middle School specific co-curricular program (Student Leadership, Clubs, Sports).
  • Uphold and enforce all school and MS-specific policies, procedures, and practices (e.g. phones, dress code, tardy policy, etc.).


  • Participate in all professional development days before, during, and after the school year.
  • Pursue and execute additional professional development throughout the school year via conferences, school visits, books, webinars, etc.
  • Attend weekly faculty and division meetings.
  • Attend school events and functions outside the normal school day, including fundraisers, presentations, board meetings, etc. (as indicated by the Head of School or Middle School Head).
  • Assist in the fulfillment of Accreditation work (as per NWAIS Accreditation Report).
  • Serve on at least one committee or professional learning community (Risk Management, Diversity, Curriculum and Instruction, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Middle School Head or Head of School.


This is a salaried, full-time, benefits-eligible position. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar NWAIS schools.

Reports to: Middle School Head

Start Date: August 24, 2020

Application Process: To apply please send a resume, cover letter, teaching philosophy statement, and two letters of reference to hr@cascadesacademy.org. No phone calls please.

It is the policy of Cascades Academy to provide equal employment opportunity, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental impairment, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other status protected by applicable law. Specifically, employment opportunities are and shall be open to all qualified applicants solely on the basis of their experience, aptitudes, abilities and training; advancement is and shall be based on the individual’s achievement, performance, ability, attitude and potential for promotion. Minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

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