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Upper School Outdoor Education


Position Type Teacher
Start 07/01/2021
School Name Bush School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 04/07/2021

The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity and being part of a collaborative community.

Upper School Outdoor Education Faculty (Seattle, WA)

Part-Time 82% FTE)

Academic Year Schedule (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022)

Compensation based on experience

* This position is eligible for health and retirement benefits (details during hiring process).

* This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.

The Bush School has an extensive Experiential Education and Wilderness program. The school is in search of an individual to join our Upper School team as an Upper School Outdoor Education Faculty member. We are seeking a candidate who will support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency.

The Upper School Outdoor Education Faculty member reports to the Upper School Director and works closely with students and families, as well as the school’s Experiential Education Program Coordinator, Upper School Faculty and Staff and the Physical Education Department. This position will be responsible for teaching three sections of outdoor education per term, in addition to leading two Cascades (winter and spring) and managing one Advisory group for the Academic Year.

While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks listed below:

  • Possesses extensive personal and institutional experience in wilderness education
  • Is able to adapt skills gained while working for a larger wilderness program to a smaller program that values consistency and progression in programming
  • Enjoys working with high school aged students and has a desire to introduce high school aged students to leadership opportunities in the outdoors
  • Possesses documented experience managing outdoor experiences with inherent risk
  • Create and sustain a positive classroom culture, based on the mission and values of the school
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
  • Possess the ability and skills to successfully teach outdoor education to 9th-12th grade students
  • Value and incorporate diverse perspectives in daily interactions and within the curriculum
  • Establish classroom expectations that create a safe and comfortable environment for all students
  • Collaborate and work effectively with the school’s Physical Education Department
  • Create and sustain effective family partnerships, for example: communicate with parents/guardians regarding student progress and classroom news via formal fall/spring conferences, written communications, and school portal
  • Observe/evaluate/assess students’ development and maintain accurate records regarding student progress and areas of growth
  • Attend school related events outside the scheduled school day
  • Participate actively and with curiosity in school/division/department meetings, in addition to activities/committees
  • Serve as an advisor to a group of students
  • Enrich or modify lessons, curriculum, materials and resources as needed to meet differentiated student needs and varying levels of progress inside and outside of the classroom
  • Collaborate with school counselors and learning specialists to establish and maintain social-emotional learning and wellness for all students
  • Collaborate with other members of the history faculty to create common experiences centered on student inquiry
  • Communicate openly, timely and supportively with students, staff, parents and other stakeholders regarding student achievement and progress
  • Utilize technology to support student success (e.g. Google Docs)

Experience and Professional Competencies:

  • Experience in teaching outdoor education – a minimum of 3 years is preferred
  • A bachelor’s degree in education, physical education or related field, is required
  • A graduate degree in education, physical education or related field, is preferred
  • A Wilderness First Responder certification or above

Successful candidates will:

  • Possess a philosophy of education that aligns with the school’s mission and values.
  • Exhibit the capacity and desire to engage in experiential activities and programs with students.
  • Communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with others, including administrators, colleagues, staff and parents/guardians in order to maintain constructive and professional relationships.
  • Complete work in a timely and thorough manner and be conscientious about assignments and deadlines.
  • Capacity and desire to engage in experiential activities and programs with students
  • Be patient and positive and find joy in the journey of promoting a lifelong love of learning.
  • Have proficient skills in the use of technology: including, but not limited to, Microsoft Suite, Google Drive, and Outlook.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should visit our website at www.bush.eduand navigate to the employment section of the website (found under the “About Bush” tab) for additional information/instructions.

If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position doesn’t fit your talents, please visit our website for additional openings: www.bush.edu.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.

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