Faculty Member

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, June 10, 2016, 12:00am



Bellingham, WA
United States

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For over 20 years Explorations Academy has has provided meaningful, life-changing educational experiences for high school students.  Our campus, located in Bellingham WA,  is nestled between the Salish Sea and the  North Cascades, but our field programs have included urban and backcountry settings on five continents.  Our staff is composed of dynamic and engaging individuals who are skilled in connecting with students and demonstrate a clear commitment to the value of independent education.  These individuals play a central role in our organization, not just teaching, but in setting organizational priorities, program development, and situating our work within a larger context of educational leadership.  This is an exciting time to join our team.   Our school has recently transitioned from a traditional “Executive Director or Head of School” model to a collaborative based team leadership. The person joining our faculty will be invited not just to teach, but to participate in the governance of the organization.  This position requires great commitment, creativity, and flexibility  but also represents a unique opportunity to be part of shaping the future of a small independent school.  


  • Organize, teach, and evaluate courses in one primary subject area and at least one other subject
  • Collaborate with fellow teachers to design, prepare, and present interdisciplinary curricula
  • Organize and lead multi-day field trips with student groups, including camping and backpacking
  • Serve in a counseling role with individual students (academic, personal, and career counseling)
  • Participate in ongoing organizational and planning processes
  • Support the school through participation in fundraising and other school support functions


  • Demonstrate a high level of personal maturity and integrity, and be a positive role model for youth
  • Exhibit academic strength and ability to effectively teach multiple levels of  Spanish and/or Mathematics
  • Demonstrate the ability to:
    • Build rapport with diverse types of youth and effectively teach to a broad range of ability levels
    • Maintain careful course records and systematically assess student academic progress
    • Prepare and present experiential lessons in and outside the classroom
    • Help students understand the real-world context for academic material presented
    • Take lead roles in staff meetings and community events
    • Work collaboratively as a member of a teaching team
    • Maintain a sense of humor and display a high level of creativity
    • Manage and facilitate groups effectively in nontraditional settings
    • Communicate frequently and effectively with parents and guardians, and as necessary with involved professionals
    • Assess and manage risks appropriately in a wide variety of field settings
    • Maintain the willingness and physical ability to participate in 2-8 day educational field outings, including backpacking and other outdoor trips
    • Possess a strong academic background; teaching license strongly preferred
    • Maintain Advanced First Aid/Emergency Response certification
    • Demonstrate competence in wilderness and international travel
    • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license with good driving record


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How to Apply:

Please provide an electronic resume and cover letter to kiira@explorationsacademy.org.  For more information about our school please visit our website.  Applications received by June 10th 2016 will receive priority. We maintain a nondiscrimination policy and are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

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Compensation Information:

Salary is dependent upon education and experience and commensurate with other small independent schools in the region. This position will begin the school year  part time (.50 FTE) with the potential for growth into a full-time position (1.0 FTE) depending on enrollment.