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Teaching Staff - Science Focus

Position Type Teacher
Start 08/17/2020
School Name Puget Sound Community School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 02/14/2020

Located in the vibrant International District of Seattle, WA, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a nonprofit, independent school, serving students in grades 6- 12. PSCS is known in the Seattle area independent school community as a student-centered, relationship-driven progressive model of education. The PSCS philosophy is based upon the belief that young people are intrinsically compelled by their own curiosities and desires to learn—and that, when provided a positive and supportive environment, along with a variety of opportunities offered by engaging people—they will enthusiastically pursue meaningful and challenging goals. This distinctive approach fosters creativity, flexibility, and passion.

PSCS staff is diverse, with 50% people of color, 50% caucasian, 50% female-identified or non-binary, 50% male-identified, and a high percentage of LGBTQIA+-identified people. PSCS enrollment is 55 students and growing.

Position Summary: Supervised by the Head of School, the Science Focus Teaching Staff position will work closely with other staff members and the school community to implement an educational program for students that supports the mission and philosophy of PSCS. This position is expected to remain flexible to participate in programs and activities not directly specified below.


  • Plan and teach classes both in the area of science and outside the area of science based on student interest and teacher personal interest.
  • Facilitate a high level of differentiated instruction in a school focused on supporting students in becoming self-directed.
  • Collaborate with other staff to address the needs of the whole child.
  • Integrate the teaching of executive functioning skills into classes.
  • Create a supportive environment with a focus on belonging.
  • Effective monitoring and managing of student learning with an emphasis on inquiry and the use of an ongoing feedback cycle for students.
  • Collaborate with staff to plan and facilitate specialty weeks and annual school retreat.
  • Supply class descriptions and record student progress.
  • Serve as an advisor to approximately 12 students.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and belonging.
  • Coordinate parent communication via email, conferences and written narrative reports.
  • Model and promote a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Attend community events both scheduled during the regular school day and outside of the regular school day.
  • Participate in continuing personal and professional development.
  • Engage in self reflection with emphasis on continuous professional growth.
  • Implement current research based best practices related to self-directed learning.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with or ability to obtain Washington State Teaching Certification preferred; prefer candidate has experience teaching in a progressive school environment.
  • Experience in a middle/high school progressive school setting
  • Exemplary written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent executive functioning.
  • Strong collaborative planning skills
  • Desire to work in a progressive school environment focused on promoting student self-directed learning experiences.
  • Flexibility in meeting the needs a wide range of learners

Schedule and Salary: This is a full-time, 40+ hour/week, 10-month position with some evening and weekend work. The expected daily schedule is 8:30am-4:30pm. This position is eligible for PSCS’s comprehensive benefits package. The position salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Send resume/cover letter to: pscsemployment@pscs.org. Subject line should include: Teaching Position.

Puget Sound Community School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

2019 - 20 PSCS Staff Norms (how we relate, engage, and participate):

  1. Assume positive impact.
  2. Hear and be heard, invite others to be heard.
  3. Balance the time and space you are taking.
  4. Address conflict as directly as possible and with compassion.
  5. Respect each other and be open to possibilities.
  6. Be on time and be present.
  7. Follow through and own it when you don't.
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