Employment Opportunities

 

Bennett Day School’s goal is to build a top-tier independent school with passionate and highly-dedicated team members that strive for excellence. Our current openings are listed below. Please review and select any positions in which you are interested in applying for to be directed to the online application process. If you have any questions, email us at personnel@bennettday.org

Substitute Teacher Position

Substitute Teacher Position

Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in early childhood, primary classroom, and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.

The substitute teacher positions are for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program.  The ideal candidate would have a flexible schedule that allows for pre-scheduled dates as well as day-of requested dates. Substitute teachers help support classroom learning and school culture.  Bennett Day School fosters a collaborative work environment where a substitute will support an authentic learning place for all students.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood and/or elementary classrooms
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with technology use and applications
  • Adaptability
  • Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree or working towards a degree is preferred
    • Early childhood and elementary coursework required

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 10-15 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral English language.
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Direct classroom work with children ages 4 to 7 years old
  • Work collaboratively with lead teacher in all aspects of classroom life
  • Recess and gross motor play supervision
  • Support and model positive discipline
  • Support family style eating
  • Hours:  
    • Early Childhood Campus Possibilities:
      • M – Th: Full day 7:45 – 2:45, Half day 7:45 – 11:30, AfterCare until 5:30
      • F: Full day 7:45-12:15, AfterCare until 5:30
    • Flagship Campus Possibilities:
      • M – Th: Full day 7:15 – 3:15, Half day 7:15 – 12:45, AfterCare until 6:00
      • F: Full day 7:15-12:45, AfterCare until 6:00
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Learning Specialist Teacher

Agreement Start Date:  July 1, 2018, School Calendar Start Date: August 13, 2018

Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in adolescent learning and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.

The primary responsibility of the Bennett Day School Learning Specialist is to support the academic and developmental needs of the Bennett Day School community.  The Learning Specialist position is an academic-year position beginning in July of the 2018-2019 academic year.  The Learning Specialist will work in close partnership with students, faculty, and families to provide support and direction connected to academic and developmental growth of students in grades preschool through Seventh Grade.  This includes supporting established curriculum, project-based learning, and individual student growth, as it relates to current educational best practices, personalized learning and neuroscience research.  The Learning Specialist is a resource for teachers and parents to consult on academic and developmental needs.  Engaging parents through consultation about learning practices, as well as collaborating with teams of teachers about children, are critical elements of this position. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of children’s academic and developmental expectations at each grade and age level.   Experience with case management, including student IEPs and 504 plans, in addition to management of related resources, personnel, and law is preferred.  

Job Specifications

  • Facilitate developmentally appropriate academic growth at each grade level through whole and small group instruction
  • Develop various proactive academic programs to support classroom instruction for individual student needs, which may include the creation and implementation of varied types of documentation and assessment
  • Collaborate with teachers to support classroom instruction, curriculum, and project based learning
  • To serve as first resource for teachers looking for additional suggestions, strategies and/or methods related to the academic and developmental needs of individual students, as well as groups of students
  • To assist in support of students and families transitioning to/from Bennett Day School
  • To keep the Principal and Director of Early Childhood Education fully informed on student issues and other relevant matters pertaining to student and school life
  • Provide training/teaching for students, teachers and parents for the school’s ongoing development of best practices, pedagogical approaches, and differentiated instruction
  • Build an In-depth knowledge of laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards as related to the unique needs of our student population, teaching faculty, and larger school community
  • To serve as the liaison and coordinate with teachers, administrators, and outside support systems (physicians, mental health professionals, hospitals, courts, child protective services, etc.) for the purpose of providing/receiving requested information, making recommendations, and supporting our students

Job Qualifications

  • Understanding of the tenets of progressive education
  • Passion for the mission and the vision of Bennett Day School
  • Experience in individual student case management
  • Working Knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Act, including Individual Education Plans, 504 plans, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of assistive technologies and learning resources
  • Strong professional network of learning specialists
  • Thoughtful judgment and effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communications
  • Ability to effectively present information to all constituencies of the school
  • Flexibility in adapting to change that happens in an entrepreneurial minded school
  • Three years minimum of relevant experience
  • Master’s degree related to Special Education preferred
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Summer Camp Specialist: STEM

July 19, 2018- August 10, 2018

Bennett Day Summer Camp is seeking a STEM Director to instruct campers (ages 5-10) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This is a fun job! Campers will have opportunities to work in the school’s state of the art facilities as well as take field trips all over the city. Bennett offers  competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching in a STEM environment
  • Enthusiasm for educating!
  • Ability to create exciting and FUN lesson plans
  • Team player able to collaborate with other counselors and camp directors

Job Specifications:

  • Seasonal Positions
  • Maintain materials and equipment in TESLab
  • Prepare lessons and projects in advance that focus around STEM
  • Participate in three family/community evening or weekend events prior to camp
  • Participate in camp counselor training and camp set up prior to camp

Qualifications:  

  • Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
  • Ability to interact with all age levels.
  • Experience developing or running Stem Programs

 

Some physical requirements may include: standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching.  Requirement for eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to make projects and assist campers.  Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/program.  

 

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Early Childhood: Apprentice Teacher

The Apprentice Teacher positions are for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program.  Apprentice teachers help create and support classroom learning and school culture. Bennett Day School is looking for educators new to the profession who are deeply invested in a collaborative work environment where they will participate actively in the teaching and learning process with students.  Apprentice Teachers at Bennett Day School are also responsible for the integration of technology in the classroom as a powerful tool for student learning and documenting the process. They will work in close collaboration with the lead and specialist teachers to develop and support best practices with technology and materials as it relates to the learning process. Apprentice Teachers should understand that teaching is dynamic and will work in tandem with the lead teacher to adapt and integrate this belief in the daily work in the classroom and school community.  

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in early childhood classrooms
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with technology use and applications
  • Adaptability
  • Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree is required; early childhood coursework preferred

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 10-15 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral English language.
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Full time, salaried – exempt position
  • Direct classroom work with children ages 3 to 5 years old
  • Work collaboratively with lead teacher in all aspects of classroom life
  • Teaching responsibilities include Earth Science
  • Supervision responsibilities: family-style lunch, recess and gross motor play, MorningCare and car queue
  • Model positive behavior and support classroom management procedures
  • Engage in professional development, training, workshops and/or classes
  • Individual student and group work documentation
  • Friday afternoon professional development and Tuesday afternoon faculty meetings
  • Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process
  • Collaborative role in learning and supporting technology and material integration
  • Support the process of documentation, including digital portfolios, and website management
  • Hours:  7:30a-4:00p T/TH/F; 7:30a-5:00p M/W (Faculty meetings and Professional Development

Professional Development

  • Attend summer and school year PD, including New Faculty Orientation August 13-14, Faculty PD Aug 15-24, end of year PD dates, and on and off campus PD.
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Primary Grades Lead Teacher

Primary Teacher positions are for an education professional eager to participate in the development of a growing Reggio-Emilia inspired academic program and help create and support a unique school culture.  Bennett Day School teachers understand that the craft of teaching is dynamic; they adapt to and integrate this belief in his or her daily work in the classroom and school community. The primary grade teacher will work in collaboration with other teaching teams, the TESLab teacher, and the Principal to integrate rich, developmentally appropriate programming in the classroom.  The primary grade teaching position follows a two year loop.

Job Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience in a primary grade as a lead or co-teacher
  • Experience in progressive education preferred
  • Program and curriculum development experience; inquiry-based and/or project-based learning preferred
  • Experience/professional development in/with special education
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Deep engagement in pedagogical trends, research, and best practices
  • Experience with technology as a tool for teaching and learning
  • Adaptability
  • Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree in education preferred   

Job Specifications:

  • Grade-level curriculum development
  • Individual student documentation and evaluation
  • Family communication: home visits, four conferences, family open house, weekly newsletters/blogging
  • Mentoring, collaboration and communication with Apprentice Teacher
  • Professional Development: Tuesday afternoon faculty meetings and Friday afternoon, ongoing professional development in and out of school
  • Collaboration and leadership in Google Chromebook Pilot Project
  • Collaboration, communication, and integration with Specialist teachers (Art, Music, TESLab, Spanish, PE)
  • Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process; individual and team meetings with the Principal
  • Participation in three family/community evening events
  • Supervision Responsibilities: MorningCare, recess, lunch, snack
  • Classroom materials preparation, maintenance, ordering
  • Hours:  7:30a-4:00p T/TH/F; 7:30a-5:00p M/W (Faculty meetings and Professional Development

 

Professional Development

  • Attend summer and school year PD, including New Faculty Orientation August 13-14, Faculty PD Aug 15-24, end of year PD dates, and on and off campus PD.
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Primary Grades Apprentice Teacher

The Apprentice Teacher positions are for candidates eager to participate in and learn through the development of a new academic program.  Apprentice teachers help create and support classroom learning and school culture. Bennett Day School is looking for educators new to the profession who are deeply invested in a collaborative work environment where they will participate actively in the teaching and learning process with students.  Apprentice Teachers at Bennett Day School are also responsible for the integration of technology in the classroom as a powerful tool for student learning and documenting the process. They will work in close collaboration with the lead and specialist teachers to develop and support best practices with technology and materials as it relates to the learning process. Apprentice Teachers should understand that teaching is dynamic and will work in tandem with the lead teacher to adapt and integrate this belief in the daily work in the classroom and school community.  

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in primary and early childhood classrooms
  • Creative spirit
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams and open to new ideas
  • Experience with technology use and applications
  • Adaptability
  • Education Background: Bachelor’s degree required; primary education coursework preferred

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 10-15 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral English language.
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Direct classroom work with children ages 5 to 8 years old
  • Work collaboratively with lead teacher in all aspects of classroom life
  • Teaching responsibilities include Earth Science
  • Supervision responsibilities: family-style lunch, recess and gross motor play
  • Model positive behavior and support classroom management procedures
  • Engage in professional development, training, workshops and/or classes
  • Individual student and group work documentation
  • Friday afternoon professional development and Tuesday afternoon faculty meetings
  • Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process
  • Collaborative role in learning and supporting technology and material integration
  • Support the process of documentation, including digital portfolios, and website management
  • Hours:  7:30a-4:00p T/TH/F; 7:30a-5:00p M/W (Faculty meetings and Professional Development

Professional Development

  • Attend summer and school year PD, including New Faculty Orientation August 13-14, Faculty PD Aug 15-24, end of year PD dates, and on and off campus PD.
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Physical Education Teacher

Agreement Start Date: August 2018

The P.E. teacher should possess a thorough understanding of an elementary fitness curriculum and program, along with the ability to teach a wide range of school age children.  This position is also responsible for developing and evolving a curriculum that focuses on group activities, a variety of athletic games, as well as individual skills and lifetime fitness knowledge.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for developing the overall health and wellness of their students with a high level of engagement, leadership, and compassion.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in elementary school Physical Education instruction in required
  • Physical Education and Wellness Program and curriculum development experience
  • Experience/professional development in/with special education
  • High interest in and experience with athletics and physical wellness
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Comfort using technology as an integrated part of the physical education and documentation
  • Collaborative mindset; adept at working with teams, open to new ideas and professional feedback
  • Deep engagement in pedagogy trends, research, and best practices
  • Adaptability as it relates to the evolving nature of an evolving school community and program
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of pedagogy and methods of physical education instruction and general classroom management
  • Commitment to the school’s mission
  • Education Background: a Bachelor’s degree in Education, in physical education, and/or health is strongly preferred.  

Job Requirements:

  • Physical strength to independently lift 20-25 lbs
  • Fluency in written and oral language in English
  • Ability to oversee and ensure the safety of children in and out of the classroom

Job Specifications:

  • Grade level-specific physical education and wellness curriculum development
  • Organize and execute Fall and Spring Field Day
  • Physical fitness leadership role on the Wellness Committee
  • Develop and execute 5th through 8th grade participation in competitive league sports
  • Individual student documentation and evaluation
  • Family communication: family open house, weekly newsletters
  • Monday afternoon faculty meetings; Wednesday afternoon professional development
  • Ongoing professional development in and out of school
  • Participation in self-evaluation and reflection process
  • Participation in three family/community evening events
  • One trimester of MorningCare, pick up and drop off duties
  • Hours:  MO, WE 7:30-4:30; TU, TH, FR 7:30-4:00
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Upper School Lead Teacher

Part-Time: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Full-Time Start Date: July 1, 2019

Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in adolescent learning and school experience.  We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.

Bennett Day School is seeking two dynamic, experienced leaders to be our first lead teachers as we open a new Upper School in 2019. These teachers will be part of a team responsible for the creation and implementation of the Upper School program. During the 2018-2019 school year, upper school teachers will work as consultants, receiving a monthly stipend. These two teachers will be expected to mentor new colleagues as we hire additional teachers in the first several years of the upper school.

Job Specifications (2018-2019) (Part-Time, Approximately 10 Hours/Week)

  • Attend (along with other Bennett Day Faculty) the Project Wayfinder Summer Institute, June 28-July 1 at Stanford
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Upper School to design our competency-based learning program
  • Participate in the admissions process, including evening and weekend admissions and outreach events and application reviews
  • Design essential elements of the school, including a competency map, a student learning library complete with digital, analog and human resources, a schedule and school calendar.
  • Participate in interviews and hiring decisions for any additional Upper School faculty members

Job Specifications (2019-2020)

  • Advise, and work in collaboration with, the Director of Upper School in making critical programmatic and strategic decisions about the Upper School
  • Teach and advise a cohort of new Bennett Day Upper School Students
  • Individual student documentation and evaluation, including digital portfolios and narrative assessments.
  • Family communication: home visits, conferences, open house, weekly newsletters/blogging
  • Monday afternoon faculty meetings and Wednesday afternoon professional development
  • Participation in a self-evaluation and reflection process
  • Participation in family/community evening events

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience working with adolescents in an education setting
  • Recognition that your primary role is an advisor and that your content expertise is secondary to the position
  • Desire to rethink and redesign what it means to be a teacher in modern education
  • Demonstrated success in designing project-based learning and competency-based learning programs
  • Interdisciplinary teaching experience
  • Interest in/Experience working in teams, especially design teams
  • Successful experience working as a mentor/advisor to an adolescent within an academic setting
  • Interest in/Experience designing innovative and experimental curriculum in a collaborative setting
  • Commitment to continual development of one’s cultural competence
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • Comfort in a startup culture
  • Experience or education in, or professional passion for, multiple content areas across traditional silos
  • Experience designing online learning experiences
  • A minimal fluency in Spanish
  • Interest in the Science of the Adolescent Brain/Learning Science
  • Working knowledge of the field of design in education, especially design and systems thinking
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Early Childhood/Intermediate School Director of Admissions
Agreement Start Date:  April 15, 2018

For the 2018-19 school year, the Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions will play a vital role in the development and roll out of the first Upper School admissions cycle, as well as participate in the general and rolling admissions processes for the Early Child and Intermediate grades.

The primary responsibility of the Bennett Day School Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions is to lead the Admissions process for PreK – 5th grade for the 2019-20 school year.  The Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions will work in close collaboration with the Director of Upper School Admissions, Marketing and Admissions team to set the admissions agenda and calendar, and create a “user experience” that takes prospective parents/guardians from the first touch point to enrollment.  The Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions reports directly to the Principal and CEO and works in partnership with the Director of Upper School Admissions.

The Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions is a member of the Executive Team and plays an important leadership role within the school community, both with faculty and new and returning families. The Director of Admissions ensures that the Admissions cycle is in alignment with LMAIS, ISACS and NAIS best practices and directly reflects Bennett Day School’s mission, vision, and values.

Job Specifications

Student Recruitment and Outreach

  • Work with the Director of Upper School Admissions, the Director of Marketing and Education Team to create and execute an admissions outreach plan, including materials/publications, ongoing communications, open houses, tours, and school fairs
  • Oversee play-based assessments and shadow day visits
  • Conduct parent/guardian interviews; student interviews in Upper School
  • Chair the Early Childhood / Intermediate School Admissions Committee and serve as a member of the Bennett Grants Committee
  • Establish and maintain memberships in admissions-related professional associations
  • Maintain contact with external organizations regarding recruitment and enrollment
  • Oversee parent, student, and staff volunteering for admissions events
  • Participate in the development of the “admissions-to-enrollment” user experience for applicant and enrolled families

Office Management

  • Work with the Business Office to create and maintain an admissions budget
  • Maintain the admissions section of the website
  • Manage the admissions module within the school database
  • Maintain statistics on all aspects of the admissions and re-enrollment process from year to year (enrollment, retention, tuition assistance, etc.)
  • Prepare enrollment reports for the Board of Directors
  • Attend Board meetings, as required, to provide periodic admissions updates
  • Provide support to other colleagues in admissions and marketing as needed for all to succeed

Job Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission and the vision of Bennett Day School
  • Understanding of the tenets of progressive education
  • Marketing sensibility, preference for proven outreach and recruitment campaigns
  • Technology skills with BlackBaud or similar database systems
  • Professional network of admissions directors
  • Thoughtful judgment and effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communications
  • Strong management and organization skills
  • Ability to effectively present information to all constituencies of the school
  • Flexibility in adapting to change that happens in an entrepreneurial-minded school
  • Three years minimum relevant experience, although we are more focused on your accomplishments
  • Experience with upper school admissions helpful although not required

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Upper School Director of Admissions
Bennett Day School Director of Upper School Admissions

For the 2019-20 school year, the Director of Upper School Admissions will play a vital role in the development and roll out of the first Upper School admissions cycle, as well as participate in the general and rolling admissions processes for the Early Child and Intermediate grades.  

The primary responsibility of the Bennett Day School Upper School Admissions Director is to lead the Admissions process for 8th and 9th grade for the 2019-20 school year.  The Director of Admissions will work in close collaboration with the Director of Early Childhood and Intermediate School Admissions, Marketing and Admissions team to set the admissions agenda and calendar, and create a “user experience” that takes prospective parents/guardians from the first touch point to enrollment.  The Director of Upper School Admissions reports directly to the Principal and CEO and works in partnership with the Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions.

The Director of Upper School Admissions Admissions is a member of the Executive Team and plays an important leadership role within the school community, both with faculty and new and returning families. The Director of Upper School Admissions ensures that the Admissions cycle is in alignment with LMAIS, ISACS and NAIS best practices and directly reflects Bennett Day School’s mission, vision, and values

Job Specifications

Student Recruitment and Outreach

  • Work with the Director of Marketing, Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions, and Education Team to create and execute a strategic admissions outreach plan, including materials/publications, ongoing communications, open houses, tours, and school fairs
  • Oversee project-based candidate assessments and shadow day visits
  • Conduct parent/guardian and student interviews
  • Chair the Upper School Admissions Committee and serve as a member of the Bennett Grants Committee
  • Establish and maintain memberships in admissions-related professional associations
  • Maintain contact with external organizations and Chicago area middle and elementary schools regarding recruitment and enrollment
  • Oversee parent, student, and staff volunteering for admissions eventsParticipate in the development of the “admissions-to-enrollment” experience for applicant and enrolled families

Office Management

  • Work with the Business Office to create and maintain an admissions budget
  • Maintain the admissions section of the website
  • Manage the admissions module within the school database
  • Maintain statistics on all aspects of the admissions and re-enrollment process from year to year (enrollment, retention, tuition assistance, etc.)
  • Prepare enrollment reports for the Board of Directors
  • Attend Board meetings, as required, to provide periodic admissions updates
  • Provide support to other colleagues in admissions and marketing as needed for all to succeed

Job Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission and the vision of Bennett Day School
  • Understanding of the tenets of progressive education
  • Marketing sensibility, preference for proven outreach and recruitment campaigns
  • Technology skills with BlackBaud or similar database systems
  • Professional network of admissions directors, heads and counselors at middle schools, and similar contacts
  • Thoughtful judgment and effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communications
  • Strong management and organization skills
  • Ability to effectively present information to all constituencies of the school
  • Flexibility in adapting to change that happens in an entrepreneurial-minded school
  • Three years minimum relevant experience, although we are more focused on your accomplishments
  • Experience with early childhood and intermediate school admissions helpful although not required

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Bennett Day School is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital, or veteran status; disability; or any other legally protected status.  Equal access to the hiring process, services, and employment is available to all persons.